Crystal Reef Aquariums

World class aquariums and filtration

 

Master aquarium builder with over 30 years of experience. Previously from Oceans by Design

 

Design Overview

In an Crystal Aquariums 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

 
 

Common center overflow

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 also.

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 Overflows with trough

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 connecter trough

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

 

Stealth overflows

Add our Stealth overflow on any of our tanks. The Stealth 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 Stealth overflows can be placed almost anywhere and come in any size desired and are made from black cast acrylic.

 

The Stealth overflow

Our Stealth 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 ghost 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.

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Starfire vs Regular

We offer both Clear Annealed and Annealed Starfire glass on our custom aquariums . Starfire glass is an ultra clear glass to enhance viewing. Starfire glass (unlike other Low E glass) only removes a small amount of Iron and then uses clarifiers to achieve this clarity . We find this important in Aquariums, as the more Iron you remove, the more susceptible to scratching it becomes