Aquatic Design Centre

Aquarium Design Specialists & Aquatic Supplies

Aquarium Design, Manufacture, and Installation

The Aquatic Design Centre have created some of the most stylish and luxury bespoke built aquariums and fish tanks in the country. We draw on over 25 years of expertise in designing, manufacturing and installing aquariums. With over 1,500 bespoke aquarium installations under our supervision and an exclusive client list, we are the UK’s leading specialists in custom built aquarium design and installation.

You will see our work in landmark buildings, stores, restaurants, offices, museums, exhibitions, TV, stylish homes and gardens in the UK and International designs in North America and the Middle East. We undertake commissions of all sizes, from large commercial developments to small domestic residential aquariums and ponds. Private homes to international headquarters and each solution is completed to the highest professional standard.

Our key points in design ensures a personal flexible professional service

Initial consultation with clients and architects. Financial forecasting and budget planning, project management, site study, architectural planning/drawing and site planning. We can help you develop the concept to something that not only looks amazing but will work at the intended location dealing with the complexities of large volumes of water and the weights involved. We work to the exacting standards demanded of architects, designers, film and TV industries, delivering on time and within your budget.

Tailored aquascaping to suit the environment, client vision and aesthetics

We deal with all the lighting, plumbing, and filtration system installation. Using the very latest in equipment and aquatic technology. Introduction of livestock and ongoing professional maintenance with on and off site water monitoring systems.

Aquarium manufacturing service

Our workshop facility has expanded over the years. We also occupy a large premises in Surrey, where our facilities enable us to manufacture large scale glass aquariums, filtration manufacture, steel supports, cabinet fabrication and livestock holdings.

24hr emergency call out service

Our 24 hour emergency service is also back up with our workshop and retail centre, which holds all the supplies and equipment to resolve any problem quickly.

Whatever your requirements we’ll be able to realise your vision. If you have a project which requires an bespoke aquarium or custom built pond installation please call our London Office on (+44) 20 7636 6388 for free advice or to book an appointment.

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Aquarium Maintenance Services

With over 30 years in the business and nationwide coverage we are one of the foremost aquarium and fish tank maintenance companies in London and the UK. It is also the reason that some of the most prestigious and famous companies in the world employ us to maintain their fish tanks, from hotels, restaurants, stores, airports, cosmetics counters, private residences, offices and headquarters.

Reliability and Professionalism

We have earned a reputation for reliability and unparalleled service. Our dedicated team of engineers, experts and back-office support help to maintain and look after your aquaria, whether it be freshwater, marine, coral reef system. All staff are employed by the Aquatic Design Centre and you have access to the most experienced aquarium experts in the country. This way we are able to maintain high standards and ensure we provide an economic and valuable service to our customers.

Nationwide Service and Overseas

We offer nationwide maintenance services and can also manage contracts overseas, currently helping businesses in North America, Europe and the Middle East. There are over 1500 fish tanks and aquaria maintained by us.

High Quality Livestock and Materials

Our central London Aquatic shop and store enable us to supply accessories and equipment for any job we are working on. We source high quality livestock bred for better health and have our own coral farm to supply healthy corals without damage to the environment.

24hr Emergency call out service

Our 24 hour emergency service is also back up with our workshops and retail centre, which holds all the supplies and equipment to resolve any problem quickly.

Due to the large number of customers we serve, it enables us to offer unbeatable prices for a full service. Please Call our London Office on (+44)20 7636 6388 to speak to our experts and discuss your aquarium or pond maintenance requirements or obtain a quote.

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Cultured Coral Frags

We have a huge collection of cultured Coral Frags and in-house cultured frags now available, hundreds in fact, many species common and rare for all types of aquaria. Coral fragging is the new sustainable way to keep corals in the home aquarium and has little impact on the worlds coral reefs. We always have new stock available are continuously replenishing every week with new coral cuttings.

“Low Prices starting at £10.00 each (6 for £50.00)” 

Our Marine staff will also happily guide you in what you need to know about keeping corals and have all the equipment needed to keep these wonderful colourful animals.

“Extensive Selection of cultured farmed Corals and Frags in Store – Buy 6 for the price of 5 (Cheapest Coral Free)”

Soft Corals For Beginners

Soft corals for example Sinularia, Nephthea, Briareum, Xenia, and Sarcophyton species are regarded as beginners corals making them great choices for new reef tank owners and are a fantastic addition to any home reef aquarium. All Soft corals grow best with water conditions of pH 8.0 to 8.3, calcium levels 380-450ppm, magnesium levels of 1250-1350 ppm, S.G. salt levels of 1.022 to 1.025 ( 32-35ppt), alkalinity of 7-12 dKH. This can be maintain by regular filtered (RO) water changing using good quality marine salts. Although most corals obtain their nutrition photosynthesis via zooxanthelle algae they also benefit from feedings of  microplankton and coral additives. Given the right water conditions, moderate water flow and bright light, they can grow rapidly.


Zoanthids or zoanthus are sometimes referred to as colonial anemones and are one of the easiest corals to care for, very colourful and fast growing, are now a very popular addition to reef and nano aquariums. Given the right water conditions, zoanthids can grow quickly to form large low growing mats which may sometimes overgrow other sessile invertebrates. They prefer moderate to strong water flow and are quite light tolerant from medium to strong depending on the species. Not all species contain symbiotic zooxanthellae algae and will respond to feedings of planktonic foods and sometimes even larger foods like frozen brine shrimp and mysis shrimp.

Mushroom Corals and Corallimorph Corals

Most of corals go under the names Discosoma, Rhodactis, and Ricordea. These multicoloured and iridescence eye-catching corals are generally also one of the easiest corals to keep, and is a favourited of many reef and nano reef enthusiast. They are quick growing, given the right conditions. They prefer moderate water flow, although some can tolerate brighter conditions, strong light is not required and indirect light or medium light intensities is better. They are also know to be tolerant to higher nutrient levels.

Stony Corals for the Intermediate to Expert

These coral are typically classed as Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS) or Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Corals. They need a little extra care than soft corals and it is important to maintain good clean water conditions with moderate to high water flow and bright lighting. It is best to have consistent water conditions with low phosphate (< 0.03 ppm) and nitrate levels , S.G. salt levels of 1.022 to 1.025 ( 32-35ppt), a pH of 8.2 – 8.3, Calcium levels of 380-450ppm, Magnesium levels of 1250-1350 ppm, and water alkalinity of 8-12 dKH. These levels can be maintained through regular water changing with filtered RO water, a Calcium reactor, Kalkwasser stirrer, and other automated dosing systems.

LPS corals are generally larger calcareous corals with large fleshy polyps and tentacles. They use these long stinging tentacles for gathering food and to defensively keep other organisms away. Placement of these corals in the aquarium is of concern and must be thought about. Although most stony corals obtain their nutrition through photosynthesis via symbiotic zooxanthellate algae, they are also voracious feeders and benefit from additional feedings of plankton, meaty foods, like mysis and brine shrimp, and other coral food additives.

SPS corals are generally calcareous corals with small polyps and tentacles. These corals are for the advanced reef hobbyist and can make the standard reef aquarium into stunning reef display tanks.We currently hold a very large selection of SPS, LPS, Softies, Zoanthids, and Anemones in Store and have all the equipment needed to keep these wonderful animals.

“Purchased Frag may not be the same as one pictured, but will be closely matched as possible”

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