Custom Aquarium Options

In an Crystal Reef Aquatics custom aquarium you can feel assured that it is made using only the very best of materials.

On our glass, no matter if its Annealed or Annealed Starfire Glass we Diamond polish all edges on all pieces. This allows a perfect surface for the application of Silicone, no matter if the edge is viable or hidden.

For silicone we use Momentive RTV specially designed for maximum strength. We pre-brace the aquarium using a perfect 1/16 spacers and then high pressure inject the silicone into the joints. This allows for no skinning of the silicone, no prior contamination and a perfect joint every time.

We don't hide our craftsmanship with cheap plastic or metal trims, but instead treat the aquarium as a work of art that it is. This also goes for our overflows that we make out of 3/8 Black cast acrylic, not thin cheap plastic commonly seen.

In order to help you in designing your new Dream Aquarium we have assembled a collection of features and the concept behind them . Feel free to browse the option and contact us.


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Custom Aquarium Form


Crystal Reef Aquatics Standard features:

  1.  Our glass is all made and manufactured in North America ( not imported from China)
  2. Our glass is available in clear annealed and Annealed Starfire.
  3. ALL edges on ALL pieces are diamond polished. This allows for a perfect surface for the application of silicone, free of imperfections.
  4. Top euro braces made for 1/2 annealed glass used when required, all edges on all sides diamond polished
  5. Full floating bottom bracing. Instead of doing a perimeter euro style bracing we use full panels as bottom bracing. This allows for more structural strengthening of the bottom and more rigidity/stiffening of the wall panels 
  6. Full bottom panel of Black ABS (horse hair finish) to cover the entire bottom of the aquarium. This makes for a safety feature from collapsing rock-work or the odd Oppps? Also great for those that prefer a bare bottom. ABS is attached and fixed in place.
  7. Black or clear cast acrylic corner guards. We place these in all corners of our aquariums to protect the structural Aquarium seam and allows the users not to have to worry about cutting into the silicone when cleaning the aquarium panels.
  8. 1/8 black cast acrylic base strips to cover various bottom joints. We do not automatically put these on our aquariums but do offer them as a free addition. They be made to whatever height the client desires.

Common center overflow.

Our overflows are made from High quality 3/8 Black cast acrylic and can be designed for any style or size.


COMMON CORNER OVERFLOW

Common Corner overflow. Our overflows are made from High quality 3/8 Black cast acrylic and can be designed for any style or size or location.

 

CENTER OVERFLOW WITH TROUGHS (COAST TO COAST).

Center overflow with troughs (coast to coast). This overflow system gives you the drainage of a centered overflow but extends two troughs off either side for maximum water draw off the top of the column and thus, aides greatly in the pulling off of organics that form on the top of the water column. These troughs can be held back off the ends of the tank to provide room for return bulkheads as well.

CORNER OVERFLOW WITH TROUGH

Again made out of 3/8 Black cast acrylic give the end user a corner overflow with the ability to pull off organics and great oxygen exchange by adding a trough. The trough can be any length base on the user’s desires.

CORNER OVERFLOW WITH TROUGH

Again made out of 3/8 Black cast acrylic give the end user a corner overflow with the ability to pull off organics and great oxygen exchange by adding a trough. The trough can be any length base on the user’s desires.

DUAL CORNERS WITH CONNECTOR TROUGH

Dual Corners with connector trough. A beautiful and popular design to allow for two half Hex corner overflows to add more drainage and then a connector Trough to get the maximum organic pull and oxygenation.

LOWPRO OVERFLOW

Add our LowPro overflow on any of our tanks. The LowPro overflow allows our clients to minimize the real estate taken up by internal overflow to allow for a more natural scape and still get all the uses from multiple drain systems. Our LowPro overflows can be placed almost anywhere and come in any size desired and are made from black cast acrylic.

THE LOWPRO OVERFLOW

Our LowPro overflow comes in two standard sizes of 16 or 24 inch, but we also offer to customize them to any size you desire. The image show the front of the LowPro that goes inside the aquarium and then the rear section that will hang off the back.

 

EURO BRACING

Here we show our euro bracing. This bracing is required at different stages depending on the height and/or length of your custom aquarium. As always are glass is diamond polished to insure not only the beauty of the end product but to give the silicone a perfect surface to adhere to.

External Glass Overflow Box

If a fixed glass overflow is required we can accommodate you with most any size you desire. Allowing you to customize your filtration requirements. We cut in a polished notch into the panel that get the overflow attached at the appropriate depth for your design and then adhere the glass box on to the rear. From there, we like to add a slim internal overflow (2.375 tall x 2.375 width) by what ever length you like. This allows you to still get a great pull of organics off the top of the water column (and oxygenation) and not be restricted by notch length.

 


Have a custom project in mind?

Send us some information about your project and we will get back to you with an estimate and any additional questions we have.

Custom Aquarium Form