How it Began:
Factory Fish Tanks started as just a manufacturer of glass and acrylic. Sitting in a small warehouse was the founder, two employees, and one laser. With just about everything they needed, Factory Fish Tanks began cutting glass and acrylic for commercial projects.
Pools were the first big break for them. With the rise of acrylic pools, they found a place to stand out with their boutique like craftsmanship. They began crafting acrylic pools for some of the biggest hotel chains and for everyday people who want a beautiful pool.
The first aquarium customer started as a pool contractor. The contractor loved our acrylic and decided they want to build a near 500 gallon acrylic in wall aquarium for their oﬃce. With little experience in aquariums they started learning. Working with a close customer gave them the confidence to expand into this new territory. They hired the best aquarium craftsman they could find and started this new venture. Soon enough, they started getting more aquarium orders than pool orders. This transitioned into them getting so many fish tank order they had to change their name! The rest is history…
Cutting, Polishing, & Drilling the Glass:
From a laser cutter to an extrusion machine, they can now create acrylic sheets up to 12” thick. Yes, a whole foot thick. Their warehouse carries multitude of sizes and clarities, including low iron glass which is one of the highest clarity glasses available in the industry. The glass is then sanded and polished to a perfect edge.
Sealing the Tank:
The next step is to begin sealing the tank. The team members carefully align each cut to size plane to the correct orientation and begin taping each edge. This make it easier to apply the silicone next. They carry both clear and black reef safe silicone that is the top of the line silicone up to 10x stronger than standard silicone ensuring a leakproof tank. With the silicone set, the tank is clamped and inspected for any imperfections.
A recent low iron 180 gallon tank built by Factory Fish Tanks
Curing & Crating:
The silicone takes at least 24 hours to fully cure. At Factory Fish tanks silicone is double sealed and allow up to 48 hours to fully cure. Then the tank is encased in wood creating a strong crate that will hold up during transportation. All of Factory Fish Tanks aquariums are white glove shipped with a truck to every home or business.
With thousands of happy customers, Factory Fish Tank has stood out as a custom aquarium manufacturer for years. With its recent branding refresh and push towards retail, Factory Fish Tanks has come a long way from just being a glass cutter.