Phone: 320-283-5014

Midwest Custom Aquarium

Welcome! We are a leader in custom acrylic aquarium design and manufacture focusing on attention to detail, highest quality, reasonable lead times, competitive pricing, and overall customer satisfaction.

We are not the middleman; we are the fabricator. We design and build high quality custom acrylic aquariums and related components for private homes, businesses, zoos, research facilities, public aquariums and other educational institutions. Though the bulk of our fabrication is for aquaria, we also built a lot of research vessels, lab tanks, high-end displays, trade show tanks, acrylic props, museum cases, cabinetry, etc. Other than artificial reef inserts, all acrylic fabrication, cabinetry, welding, etc. is done right here under our own roof. Everything is built to order, one at a time, by experienced craftsman.

Though we are a small company, we are very capable and take on many jobs that other companies can’t or won’t. Though a small fraction of what we have done, in this site you should find a good variety of pictures and examples of different things we have built since getting our start in 2001.

An old-fashioned work ethic and the fabrication of quality products over many years have allowed us to be lucky enough to establish a solid reputation. You will not find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. self-promoting. Though powerful tools today, our time is better spent taking care of our valued customers to insure their satisfaction. The word-of-mouth that results from it is still the best advertising there is. It is how we got to where we are today. When you speak with us, we take the time necessary to explain anything you have questions about or need recommendations on. You will not be transferred around from one person to another and will not have trouble reaching the person you need to talk to regarding your inquiry. Messages and emails are returned promptly. Lead times are met. Pricing is always competitive.

With our well-equipped shop, extensive experience, and large thermoforming oven we have full fabrication capabilities and are able to offer tanks of any size and virtually any shape, limited only by your imagination. We are likely able to make your dream tank affordable when other manufacturers cannot, and specialize in large aquariums and custom shapes. Attention to detail and quality is of high importance. We do not work with glass, only acrylic.

We use only full gauge high quality acrylics in the construction of our aquariums. They are all produced from either Polycast, Plexiglas, or (if larger) Reynolds brand acrylic. These brands of acrylics are widely recognized by reputable aquarium manufacturers and the plastics industry as the highest quality acrylics available. No off-brand imported acrylics allowed. Insist that your investment is produced from a quality product as no other will perform as well in the long run.

Midwest Custom Aquariums’ tanks are guaranteed for a lifetime against leakage due to manufacturer’s defect. They are built from thicknesses proven to hold up well over time. We will not quote a tank built with thinner materials just to reduce cost or make a sale. The single biggest factor you can do as a consumer when looking for a new tank is ask about acrylic thickness, and make sure you are comparing apples to apples when getting quotes from multiple fabricators. Purchasing a tank built from an inferior thickness to save money is probably the biggest mistake you could make, as there is a good chance it will be much more expensive in the long run. If the fabricator doesn’t specify, make sure to ask.

We are not limited to just aquariums. We either fabricate or supply all the components you may need for your system, including high quality cabinetry, steel support frames, wet/dry (trickle) filters, mechanical and chemical filters, protein skimmers, heaters, chillers, a variety of pumps, lights, ultraviolet sterilizers, refugiums, artificial reef inserts, rockwork, etc. Each of the above is integrated to work specifically with the tank you order so you do not have the hassle of coordinating the details necessary to insure they all work together. We supply anything from individual components to complete high-end turnkey systems, installed anywhere in the US and beyond.

It is our hope that by looking through this site you can make yourself familiar with some of the major aspects of acrylic aquarium system and tank design before you buy, and hope you will find the pages and information of this website informative and useful. All pictures in this site are of our own aquariums, our own cabinetry, our own frames, filtration etc. All built in our shop, by us. No robbing pictures from other sites or paying somebody else for use of theirs.