View Full Version : Upcoming custom build - builders needed

04-02-2013, 08:52 AM
Hi all,

Long time no post or visit for me. I've been living in Australia for the past couple years. I'm returning to Calgary soon and am going to be starting up a new reef tank. For those who've never seen my old tank, here's a quick youtube vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5MqxHR7sHI

I'm finally getting away from the nano scene, and will be looking on starting a new custom build - inbetween 150-200 gallons.

Having been out of touch for a while, I'm wondering if there are any tank builders on Canreef whom are in the Calgary area? I'd likely need someone who could also help me build a matching sized stand and assist with a sump design & build.

Any suggestions / tips? Is starfire glass still the preferred material for this sized build... not sure if there's been any advances there?

04-02-2013, 09:39 AM
Talk to concept aquatics

04-02-2013, 11:32 AM
I am in the process of getting a tank built with Denny at Concept. Process has been easy and they know what they are doing. My build is basic, but they can do all types. Price is good as well.

I went Starphire on front glass only - price difference was not huge for my size of tank. Bigger you go, which requires thicker glass, the cost seems to jump a lot. I have read both accounts of it being worth it or not, but as I said the price difference was not huge so I went for it.

04-02-2013, 01:38 PM
Talk to concept aquatics


04-02-2013, 03:49 PM
Cute nano! Very clean.

I also suggest Concept Aquatics. I've seen several tanks built by them, including my own. My tank has Starphire on the front.

04-02-2013, 06:03 PM

+2. Draw your imagination and they should be able to bring it to reality :)

04-02-2013, 06:05 PM
Anyone suggest concept yet? I hear they're pretty good :wink:

04-02-2013, 06:07 PM
Anyone suggest concept yet? I hear they're pretty good :wink:

No, but Concept builds a mighty fine tank I hear.

04-02-2013, 06:10 PM
No, but Concept builds a mighty fine tank I hear.

For example this:


Pretty sweet I must say ;)

P.S. Lights and livestock cannot be "manufactured" by them. (Included this line since I am very sure Levi gonna get back at me with those unless mentioned ;) )

04-02-2013, 10:37 PM
I have never seen that tank in my life :razz:.

but yeee, good example haha.

04-03-2013, 04:29 AM
There's a place near big als that builds really nice aquariums., but for the life of me I can't remember the name :-)

04-03-2013, 05:21 AM
heres a little treat for all you folks;)

this tank we are doing is destined for saudi arabia on thursday, this is a full ppg starphire 60 x 21 x 24h tank with a one piece eurobrace, this is the second build from that part of the world we were approached with, its nice to see the concept name go international.

we had supplied the woodskirting which has two doors in the front that when closed are perfectly flush with the rest of the stand, the stand is walnut and has a beautiful finish.

we had made a custom light hanger and a custom stand that we had powdercoated for a professional finish, the lights are 2 x orphek atlantik leds.

the system runs a bean animal overflow and has a custom sump with built in dual filter socks, refugium,skimmer,return section, ato section and dosing chambers plus a built in water changer and hooked up for a chiller.we did all the plumbing here in shop and finished everything black to match the back of the tank.

the system will run a alpha 250 skimmer and dc pumps for the return that we supplied as well.

heres some pics , its taken from the back of the warehouse by the loading doors so not the easiest place to get pics lol but here it is anyways, i also removed the leds before i got pictures as i didnt want them out of the box for long:)

tank with skirting on:



one piece eurobrace:


the walnut wood skirting:



the stand doesnt sit this far out just wanted to show you guys its a simple skirt but can look fantastic:)



the sump inside, you wouldnt say there was that much stuff installed , the idea was to keep everything on the back of the tank so as not to obstruct the sump too much , i mean everyone hates when plumbing crowds the sump right:P


notched teeth for overflow:


custom light hanger , flush and clean :)


shine a little light you say?


a little shot of the backside, dark so very hard to photog:P


we are currently working on a drop off tank, a waterfall tank , a 12 ft x 12 ft " L " tank plus many other gems our customers think up, theres no task were not up to:)

thanks for all the kind words guys cheers!!


concept aquaticse

04-03-2013, 08:39 AM
:surprise: wow - fantastic work! I'm getting very excited and also completely sold... can't wait to begin my build with you guys!