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20% off the price off our range of tanks and cabinets limited availability until stocks are cleared.

Custom Tropical and marine aquariums with real wood cabinets.

All pictures on this site are actual installations carried out by the company. We design and build aquariums to your specification. All our aquariums are custom made. Bespoke aquariums to your specification. We build Marine and tropical aquariums. salt water tanks, Turtle tanks to your specification.

We build plug and play systems which just need salt water and switch it on. Our range of Blue Shark tanks come in a choice of finishes.

Our new sumps come in four sections with trickle tower. protein skimmer, heaters and refugium light compete with auto top up. We can supply for DIY installation or our engineers can do the installation for you.

All enquires to massuk2013@gmail.com

Bespoke tropical and marine aquariums

Wide range of styles.colours and sizes. The essential factor in cabinet construction is the ability to take the weight of the aquarium and to spread the load evenly across the floor. The frame is constructed of 3x2 pine with 18mm top and base and 12mm back.

the front and sides to customers specification. Most aquariums in aquatic shops and garden centres are specifically designed for tropical fish. adapted for marine with hang on skimmers. external filters which are totally unsuitable.

if you want Marine fish. The initial investment is essential in keeping marine fish in an appropriate environment. will ultimately save money iin replacing fish that die because they are not properly cared for.

Beware of false claims by inexperienced and unqualified operators. We are licenced by DEFRA


Most of our range of home aquariums and conversions can be installed in several hours in one visit. Because of Health and Safety regulations large aquariums are assembled on site due to the weight and size. some of these can take 12 weeks to complete depending on size.and curing time of glass.

Complete Marine aquariums with no water changes

Redesign wier taking up a fraction of the space. increased efficiency and silent running.Drawing water from the bottom and the top. turn over rate x 4 tank volume. increased oxygen levels. easier to conceal and requires no maintenance. Keeps live rock in peak condition drawing water through the rock. No dead spots, excellent circulation.

Constant water flow through sump. Skimmer operates 24/7, recommend auto top up to ensure consist salt water level.

Don't waste money on systems designed for tropical. buy salt water filtration systems designed to do exactly that.

Hand made cabinets in real wood.

The new premises offers greater flexibility in the manufacture of Aquariums and cabinets.with five experienced staff both in the construction and installation of our products we are able to offer an improved service.

We have a sperate tank building room and fish house as well as our work shop facility. We able to build systems in any size in glass up to 5 metres.

All  our aquariums carry a two year guarantee and covered by our public liability insurance.

our installation team are experienced in all forms of construction work.including all ground work and building work. electrical and plumbing services. 

we are able to under take assessment of floor loading for large aquariums. Hole in the wall.Shop fitting and commercial installations.Acrylic aquariums up to 500mm thick,and installation of commercial projects.



Site inspections, not sure what you want. need advice, 85 pounds up to 100 miles from Camberley. price on application for any other distance.

What do I get. written report and recommendation.


We offer a constancy service for marine/tropical and cold water fish. We also provide a design service for filtration systems. We provide site inspections and written reports based on an hourly rate of 25 pounds per hour. You can provide us with photographic evidence and test results for a prompt response to your enquiry.


NEW SERVICE for beginners and experience aquarist. E mail us with your question and receive a professional response. Due to pressure of work this may not be instant but we aim to reply in 24 hours



The biological cycle of the aquarium is Fish - produce waste which is Ammonia. (gold fish in a bowl,smells and cloudy after a few days) Highly toxic and kills fish.

Broken down by Bacteria to nitrite less toxic but still a killer.

Broken down by Bacteria to Nitrate less toxic for fish but harmful to Corals. Different type of bacteria requiring oxygen free water. Removed by water changes.

Sponges soon clog up with waste producing phosphates.

NO water changes.

OK so how?

There are no water changes in the Sea. The sea is a huge filtration system and self supporting. Live rock contains bacteria as well as lots of live crabs/shrimps and an essential element in a marine system.


Our New Sump follow this process.

Stage 1 inlet from aquarium Trickle tower breaking down ammonia to nitrite.

Stage 2 Protein Skimmer removes waste before it break down polluting the water.

Stage 3 Deep bed sand filter. Live sand and calurpa growing in the sand. Roots absorbing Nitrates through the roots.

Lit 24/7 forces the sea weed to grow and increase until it needs to be harvested.

Stage 4 return pump.

Refugium light lit 24/7 with white and blue lights

Our sump kits include.

Over flow box saves drilling the tank fits on back or site. takes water to sump.

4 stage sump in sizes 1000mm - 1200 - -1500  in standard size 350 x 350.

Can be built to any specification on order.

What are the benefits of a sump?

The aquarium is a piece of furniture and should blend into the room. Therefore we don't want Skimmers and other equipment hanging from it. The equipment in the aquarium should be the minimum required and therefore a sump is firstly a means of providing space in the cabinet to house all the equipment ,leaving the aquarium free for viewing.

The biological cycle is the same whether tropical.cold water or marine. The difference is in the way in which pollution is dealt with. Salt water has a greater density than tropical water. The fish are totally different in the way they absorb and discharge salt from thier bodies and therefore the filter system in order to be successful has to be able to deal with the waste produced by the tank.

What is the waste. Uneaten food. dying corals/fish/ etc. these are produced as ammonia. highly toxic to fish. If the filter system is unable to cope with this waste then fish will die. The filter will only produce bacteria to a level to deal with the waste present in the aquarium. Added fish,corals etc will initially cause an additional pollution until the filter expands to absorb the waste.

Bacteria break down the ammonia to Nitrite and thence to Nitrate which is less harmful. Nitrate can only be removed by water changes with water containing no Nitrate. Pointless using tap water as the nitrate content is higher than that in the aquarium.

What a sump does.

The water flows from the aquarium into the first chamber. The level of the water remains constant in this chamber and therefore idealy suited for the skimmer. The skimmer operates on the principle that waste attaches its self to the bubbles and rises to the surface and is pushed up into the cup. The bubbles must give an appearance of milk to be effective. Skimmers only work effectively in salt water which produces the fine bubbles required.

The second chamber contains live sand. This is matured and bacteria grow in the sand. Calurpa is added to the sand as a plant. The roots then absorb Nitrate as food. eliminating the need for water changes. The calurpa is lit 24/7 by a 30W tube forcing it to grow. The Heater is also fitted in this chamber. The Sump becomes an eco system of its own with tiny shrimps(copeds) star fish.turbo snails which feed on the waste produced by the aquarium and flowing into the sump. it is therefore essential not to block off the flow of water. sponges will absorb the food desperately needed by the creatures in the sand filter

The Final chamber contains the Bio Balls. These have a massive surface area and bacteria grow inabundance on it.This breaks down the ammonia to nitrite.

The pump returns the water to the aquarium.

The sump is designed to  take the excess water from the aquarium in the event of a power cut or maintenance. The advantages are obvious. the aquarium is free of equipment. Filters are easy to work on. Increased oxygen levels and no water changes.

Over flow Box
The fantastic Marine Sources Siphon Overflow Box is designed to hang over the outside of your aquarium (suitable for rims up to 30mm width)
enabling water to be pumped directly from the aquarium back into the sump, eliminating the need for drilling messy holes into your aquarium. Water can be pumped from the sump into the aquarium, and then via the overflow box back into the sump. 

Each unit is designed to reduce noise and features a removable safeguard comb to prevent your fish from entering the overflow box. Dual air-draining tubes can be connected to your Marine Sources skimmer air-silencer dual nipple to enable air to be sucked out faster and more safely.


 Removable safeguard comb
 Manufactured using high-quality acrylic
 Eliminates need for tank drilling


 Model no. SOB-02
 2 x Outlet pipes - size: 38mm (1.5")
 Flow rates up to 5,000 l/h (c. 1,250 gph)
 To fit tank rims up to 35mm
 Dimensions (L/W/H): 237 x 197 x 260mm / 9.3" x 7.8" x 10.2"
 FREE 12 months warranty

The deep bed sand filter is the ultimate filtration in our opinion. In order to understand its function a number of factors have to be taken into consideration.

 Fish are fed and produce waste. This waste is highly toxic as ammonia. looking at the extreme situation. The gold fish in the bowl. with no filter soon becomes murky and smelly and the fish die.

The biological filtration comprises - fish waste- ammonia - Nitrite - Nitrate.

Bacteria required in the removal of Ammonia require high levels of Oxygen as does the nitrite bacteria. The end product is nitrate.

Nitrate bacteria require no oxygen to survive.

These factors determine the design and application of the Deep bed sand filter.

The trickle tower involves a wet and dry filter. water trickles between the bio balls which contain colonies of bacteria. high in oxygen. the wet part of the trickle tower contains more bacteria.

Water flows to the protein skimmer. This contains high levels of air bubbles. the bubbles should look like milk to be effective. Protein and waste attach to the bubbles are carried to the surface. the waste begins to build up and is gradually pushed upwards by the waste behind it. this then falls into the skimmer cup.

This waste is removed before it has an opportunity to break down over loading the filtration. The skimmer must operate 24/7 because it can take several days to function properly. Nothing may be accumulating  in the cup butt its working in the event of a dead fish or excess feeding.

The third chamber is the deep bed sand filter. This contains Calurpa a form of Sea weed. We have over many years experimented with various forms of Calurpa so very sensitive to changes in PH.

The depth of sand we recommend is 2 inches. We are not attempting to produce a lower level of oxygen free water as this defeats the object of our design. the calurpa roots in the sand and absorbs Nitrates as natural food.

The sand  Crushed Coral Sand allows the roots to get oxygen and worms and creatures to survive in the sump

  • Does a sump smell
    No. there is no smell. (The calurpa sea weed)produces oxygen which circulates in the water ibreasing biological activity.

  • How deep should the sand be.
    no more than two inches. deep sand filters are void of oxygen and therefore produce toxic gasses

  • Do I have to feed the filter
    We recommend Bacterlife by Water life and PH 8-3 as essential additives in the marine aquarium

  • Does The Sump need cleaning.
    No definitly not. The essential cleaning of the sump is carried out naturaly with the introduction of Bacteria.Bactilife/cycle or any simiilar product.

  • What maintance do I need to do.
    The skimmer will require regular cleaning of the cup to ensure that the scum reaches the cup.and ensuring that the bubbles are like milk. Large bubbles dont work.

  • Is there any noise.
    The skimmer will produce small levels of noise as the bubbles rise in the chamber.

  • Do I need sponges
    No. The sump becomes a mini eco system with copeds.star fish and tiny crabs. these need to be fed to survive and therefore any thing which prevents excess food from reaching the deep bed filter will elininate the minute animals depending on the supply of food.

  • Why only three chambers.
    Simple is best. the more complex the system the more difficult it becomes to manage.water flow and oxygen are essential requirements of any marine system.

  • Why do I need Live rock.
    Live rock is the oceans filteration system containing bacteria as well as live creatures algea and corals.The amount of rock is based on the volume of water it displaces. a tank full of live rock will have a substatialy lower volume of water.Getting the balace is essential.


The only way to successfully keep  Marine fish is to buy Net caught fish. Cyanide caught fish survive only months already poisoned by the cyanide.Many shops don't care because they know you will be back to buy more. People give up because they are to hard to keep. Marine fish can live over 20 years if they are caught and cared for properly.

Our partnership with our supplier guarantees quality fish in a wide range of sizes and species. We don't have the facility to keep the fish you can collect or we deliver the minium of one box. with weekly shipments.

There are people on the internet who object very strongly with what we do. It interferes in the profits of cyanide caught fish which costs pennies.

People like Peter Norman of Woking who has engaged in various protests against net caught fish. look at the videos on our fish farm website at www.mytchettfishfarm.com

Take a look at our new web site for Sea Food, displays and commercial projects.

People in the trade will tell you that blast fishing and cyanide fishing are a thing of the past. Its now used in over 30 countries around the world. Many of the fish sold in the uk are caught with cyanide. Its easy,just squirt a bit of cyanide into a hole and the fish either dies or is stunned never the less survival is likely to be around 12 months.

Many hobbist give up because they claim to be too hard to keep. Not true. Many fish live to 25 plus in captivity.

Edible fish like grouper are caught with cyanide. The problem is that stocks of cod are diminishing rapidly and in 20 years will be gone unless action is taken now.


Research confirms  that in 20 years fish stocks around the world will be depleted to a point where there will be very little left to catch.

Fish farming is the future source of food and already salmon and trout farms produce huge stocks allowing wild fish to recover. It takes three years from the egg to a full grown salmon and are bred disease free

Many marine aquarium fish are now bred in captivity and corals farmed to reduce the devastation caused by cyanide and blast fishing on the reefs. Fishermen now have to travel for five to seven days to find fish to collect. the local reefs have been destroyed.

We are setting up our own fish farm. Breeding and growing on Edible sea fish in our new marine centre. Reducing the pressure on already  damaged reefs. We have already successfully bred three species of sharks, We will continue our program sending sharks back to the wild.

People are shocked when we tell them no water changes but this is a system that's been around for some years. algae scrubber are very simple means of removing nitrates and phosphates and we include them in our new system. Of course its not popular in the trade. they lose sales in RO water and salt.

Our systems are designed to replicate the reefs and provide the ultimate aquarium a stunning moving picture. No water changes. stable systems guaranteed  for successful fish keeping.

want to get involved contact massuk2013@gmail.com


The difference between tropical fish and marine fish is salt water. Some fish such as Salmon have evolved over hundreds of years to move freely from one to the other. The majority of fresh water fish cant live in the sea and the revere. In reality therefore aquariums built and designed for fresh water fish cant maintain salt water fish in the same system. Many people claim they are too hard to keep they are not. provided they have the appropriate filtration.

The sea is vast and the parameters vary small. there are fluctuations in temperature dependant on the current flow. but marine fish can adapt easily to this in thier natural environment.

Lets talk about calculations and constructive planning. Who makes these rules is uncertain 2 inches of fish per gallon of water? this is at thier adult size.  I prefer 1 inch per gallon of water. therefore a 100 gallon aquarium will sustain 100 inches of fish at adult size.

This is of course based on the type of filtration system. A cannister filter when fully matured and at its maximum could as an example maintain 50 inches of fish. it will never be able to cope with any more.

Our system has an infinite loading. its open to oxygen for bacterial growth. the approbate flow rate for skimmer and trickle tower. contains the correct media. requires minimum maintenance. No water changes. The system replicate the ocean and the fish thrive.

The investment is greater but having to constantly replace dead fish balances this out.

The animal welfare act specifies that all animals including fish must be maintained in thier natural environment. This includes all the parameters to keep fish in the correct environment. Salt levels/ph/ temperature/ammonia-nitrite and nitrate. Where stability is a problem the act is breached and an offence has been committed.

We are the only company offering this system. No water changes. higher stocking levels,healthy fish. If your looking for quotations from other companies bear in mind. we don't use lamaite or chip board. don't offer flat pack. only solid wood hand built systems made in the UK. You get what you pay for. There are companies who offer cheaper prices using second hand and reclaimed glass which are inferior our glass comes from pilkiinton.

So what is it all about. marine fish travel thousands of miles to get to your home. To die in a totally unsuitable environment. its the hobbist responsibility to reduce the deaths to a minimum.

Marine fish keeping can not be achieved on the cheap.

We offer free advise on how to maintain these levels by contacting our advise line on massuk2013@gmail.com


They say that proof is in the pudding. Our sharks are breeding. The Epaulette sharks have laid not only one pouch but seven so far. This tank has not had a water change for nearly two years and obviously its good enough to produce baby sharks. The Pouches are all fertile and therefore hopefully in 90 days we will have baby sharks.

What does this mean to conservation. We can send them back to Australia and save any more being caught. That's the objective of Breeding programs. The quality of the water must be good enough for them to breed but to lay pouches goes a long way to prove that waterchanges just aren't necessary.

More information on massuk2013@gmail.com

The Complete Marine Aquarium

We provide the complete service. from design and build.to installation,stocking of the aquarium and maintenance. but much more than that. Looking for the Wow factor you're come to the right place. We provide some thing very special and unique. With a huge range of fish/corals and inverts available to us,The aquariums are tailor made to your specification. For Corporate Aquarium installations we supply systems designed around your company requirement to complete a stunning display.

Complete aquariums for the beginner.low maintenance and easy fish keeping. full instructions and technical back up.

The combination of our import licence and our pet shop licence insures we can buy only the very best in fish and corals

For full specification e mail us on massuk2013@gmail.com

ROOM DIVIDER AQUARIUMS with picture frame view on one side and enclosed cabinet on the other. The thickness of most walls is 9 inches. The volume of water in a marine system is an essential factor. the larger the volume the easier to keep. Any variation in pollution levels is slower and therefore easier to control. Small tanks its instant.

Our basic systems are manufactured in pine. this is resistant to salt. MDF,Chipboard etc absorb the moisture. We also build in Hardwood.Oak etc our real wood aquarium cabinets.

Style,Colour and size are to customers specification.

Our Service Manager John. installing our system in Wimbledon. this is a double false wall enclosing both sides of the aquarium. Access to filters and aquarium on one side.picture frame  on the other.


This aquarium is 3120 x 1200 x 600 deep. Built as a shark tank on a wooden base and idea as a central attraction. Filtration in the base comes with hood and lighting.

Oak cabinet with side cupboard under construction on site
Pine cabinet ready for staining with hand made shaker doors
Custom aquariums and cabinets in real wood made in the UK

The Ultimate Aquarium Ltd


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145-157 St johns Street




Enquiries  07527456151

Directors Sharon Bandy & Daniel Patterson.

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