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Buying a Custom Made Aquarium Or an Off The Shelf Model?

fluval-roma-240When you are in the process of looking for an aquarium for your needs and space available you have probably looked at what the major brands of aquarium builders such as Fluval, Aqua One and Juwel have to offer in their range however it might well be worth considering getting one custom built.

Instantly I am sure there is concerns about costs behind this however we want to look in to the pros and cons of going down this route of having an aquarium built for you.

The first thing to consider has to be the cost so we have done a bit of analysis comparing an off the shelf model with a custom built one.

Off the shelf glass aquarium with cabinet stand and hood – for this we decided to use the ever popular Fluval Roma 240 aquarium. As with most off the shelf aquariums this ships with all your filter, heater and other dry goods requirements so you can effectively plug and play with everything you need (except fish!). The RRP of this aquarium is £549.98 and includes the following:

  • Fluval Roma 240 Aquarium (120 x 40 x 55 cm)
  • Cabinet
  • Hood
  • Fluval GLO lighting unit
  • One Power-Glo Fluorescent Aquarium Tube 40W 106.68cm (42in) T8
  • One Aqua-Glo Fluorescent Aquarium Tube 40W 106.68cm (42in) T8
  • Filter Model Fluval 306 External Filter with Filter Media inside
  • Fluval Heater 300watt

P1040419Now if we take a look at the custom aquarium, we have picked what appears to be the most popular custom aquarium builder in the UK – ND Aquatics although similar options are available from Aquariums UK Ltd and Seashell Aquariums. They do not do an aquarium of the same size, the closest is a 120cm x 60cm x 45cm which is slightly larger than the Fluval Roma 240 and has a capacity of 295 litres compared to 240 litres. The price of this is £481.00, this does not include any filters, lighting or heating which would cost an additional:

Fluval 306 filter – £134.99 (SRP)
Fluval 300W heater – £42.99 (SRP)
Glo T8 Double Tube Light Starter Unit - £42.99 (SRP)
2x T8 light tubes – £30.00 (SRP approx.)

This would bring the total cost of the ND Aquatics aquarium to £731.97 (SRP) compared to £549.98 (SRP) for the Fluval equivalent. So cost wise the custom aquarium seems like a very expensive option, however, the situation is less black and white than this I think because with a custom aquarium you can get any shape and size, so if you were for example going to go for the ND Aquatics 120 x 60 x 60cm tank, cabinet and hood then the cost would be £541 plus the extras listed above however the tank would be a capacity of 396 litres – nearly twice that of the Fluval Roma 240 aquarium.


Just wanted to say that I enjoy all your posts

by 3DayEventer

Reading celebrity gossip is my guilty pleasure... lol.
Are you guys (who post pictures) the photographers, or do you find them on other sites to post here?
Saw Sinbad today, at a tropical fish store in Chatsworth. He'll be back there on Saturday to drop off his 9ft boa that they are going to sell for him. Couldn't figure out why he looked so familiar, so I said "You look so familiar..." and he replied that it's because he's always in the store. Then someone called his name from the back of the store and he laughed and said "Or maybe you've seen me somewhere else" Ha! I felt like an idiot, but at least I wasn't gushing at him or something equally annoying; we just talked snakes & reptiles while they finished my sale & his paperwork about the snake

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