Million Dollar Tanks

by | Nov 10, 2015 | Industry, Tanks | 1 comment

While working as Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums and directly for Middle Eastern royalty for several  years, I learned a great deal about the luxury aquarium market and the endless possibility for aquarium design when money is no object. Custom aquarium designs can come in any shape or size imaginable, and can accommodate every whim of their ultra-rich owners.  The rise of reality TV shows like Tanked and Fish Tank Kings (my personal favorite) has helped to fuel the desire for custom, high end aquariums.

Photo Credit- Aquarium Architecture

A 2,645-gallon saltwater tank built by Aquarium Architecture, valued at $310,000, houses a rare Gem Tang

In addition to ATM and Living Color, there are several other companies that create impressive custom tanks, some of which are mentioned in this recent Wall Street Journal Article about luxury home aquariums. With more companies entering the luxury custom aquarium market, we should expect to see the extravagant custom aquarium trend to continue.

The more complicated or unusual the design, the steeper the price. Custom aquariums can range from a few thousand dollars to over a million dollars. Custom woodwork, installation, plumbing, and lighting are just some of the costs. Maintenance on these tanks is a whole another expense, with costs easily exceeding $1.00 per gallon per month. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

1 Comment

  1. Steven Obiol

    I know of a tank coming soon to the north shore of long island that will dwarf most if not all current privately owned systems.


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