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Maximizing Space with Minimal Impact

A new client saw one of our aquariums in our online gallery and said she loved the “built in” look of the tank without any cabinetry. This was the style she wanted to put in her new salon she was opening on the north side of Chicago, problem was; space. The aquarium as seen on the left that she was hoping to similarly have installed was built into a storage closet, facing a reception area. The tank was 6 feet long, 2 feet deep and 2 feet tall for a total of 180 gallons. The salon had no extra square footage to dedicate nor a storage room. What we came up with was a “wall aquarium” or picture frame aquarium.

The picture frame aquarium has very little capacity and only holds 40 gallons of water although is quite large at 60″ x 8″ x 24″ tall. As you can see on the pictures on the right, the aquarium still is a focal point of the room. This particular model we are very pleased with, as it has built in sophisticated chemical, biological and mechanical filtration. Being so compact, there unfortunately is no place for a protein skimmer so we set the aquarium up as freshwater instead of salt water.

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About Jon Wolf

Servicing Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana & Michigan, Blue Planet Aquarium Services has been the most trusted name in aquarium design, installation and maintenance since 1999. A company large enough to be dependable but small enough to still watch out for your best interests, Blue Planet is the only company to call if you are planning to install an aquarium or have one maintained.