Online Aquarium Sales

Online Aquarium Sales

Dallas Aquarium Experts Online Store offers one of the largest online selections of aquariums, aquarium stands, and canopies. We also offer the same equipment and aquarium products we recommend to our aquarium maintenance service clients here in Dallas, TX and the surrounding communities. 

Planet Aquarium with stand and canopy

Local Aquarium Sales, Delivery, and Installation

When a local client decides they want to purchase a new aquarium set up, Dallas Aquarium Experts delivers and installs the aquarium for our clients here in DFW.  We will install and prepare the aquarium’s biological, and mechanical filtration systems, circulation pumps, lighting systems, and aqua-scaping in preparation for delivery and acclamation Dallas Aquarium Experts Certified Fish and Corals.  We then set up the regularly scheduled aquarium maintenance service.  We have experienced tremendous success here in Dallas with this process.

Aquarium Sales

Custom Plant Aquarium Set Up

We're experiencing an increase in requests for information about shipping custom glass aquariums, stands and canopies to areas outside of our local service area.  Here is an example of what to expect when purchasing an aquarium online through us.  The sales process is very similar. The main difference is that the aquarium, stand and canopy are delivered via freight through a third-party carrier.

Custom Aquarium Purchase Process

Initially the process is similar.  We have conversations with clients to determine wants, needs, and budget.  We then make our recommendations that will ensure client’s aquariums are set up for long term success.  Once we have determined what aquarium, stand, and canopy or any combination, we then are able to request a crate and freight estimates from the manufacturers and third party shipping/carriers.

Custom Aquarium Crate with Pricing Example

Aquarium being prepared for transport

When a brand-new custom aquarium set-up leaves our manufacture and is being prepared for transit it is placed in a custom-built crate prior to going into a box truck and sent out for delivery.  In our example of a client’s crating and freight costs. This aquarium set up is a 90-gallon tank a with stand and canopy.  This 90-gallon aquarium is 48.5 inches in length along.  The aquarium stand is a 36-inch tall Elegance Stand with matching Elegance Canopy 12 inches in height. The cost of a custom crate in this example is $170.00.  The dimensions are important because the larger the items being shipped the more materials needed to build the shipping crate which in turn increases our price.

Custom Aquarium Freight with Pricing Example

In this example, the aquarium set-up is leaving Planet Aquariums located in Arlington, Texas and headed to Mebane, North Carolina, a small town with a population of approximately 15,000.The freight cost was $250. Freight charges can vary greatly depending on location. Fuel costs and shipper volumes are variables that effect pricing daily. We have no profit margin on crating and freight fees those costs are passed along to our clients.

custom aquarium being loaded on a box truck for shipping

What’s the Cost to have an Aquarium shipped to me?

In this example, the cost to have the a 90-gallon show tank, an Elegance Stand, and Canopy delivered via freight added an additional $420 to the cost.  Purchasing an aquarium online with these additional fees will not make sense for everyone. However, if you live in an area without access to custom aquariums, furniture grade aquarium stands and canopies then purchasing your new custom aquarium setup online through Dallas Aquarium Experts is likely a great option for you.

90 Gallon Glass Tank with white elegance aquarium stand and canopy

When will my new Custom Aquarium Arrive?

At the time this article was published in September 2020 the current production time is 4 to 5 weeks.  Once Planet Aquariums craftsman have completed your project and everything has passed our quality control our inspections, it is ready to be shipped. Transit time varies by local, in this example it added an additional 5 business days.

What should I expect when my delivery Arrives?

crated aquarium being moved with a forklift

Your crated aquarium set up arrives on a box truck.  The driver will have a lift gate and the crate will be unloaded.  Once the aquarium set up is off the truck, the driver is not responsible to help you move your aquarium crate.  You need to be there to accept the delivery and sign off on the Bill of Landing.  This is a critical part of the process and can be easily overlooked.  The carrier is responsible for delivering the shipment to you without damage or loss. It is your responsibility to open the crate and check the aquarium inside and outside.  If any damages are found, take clear photos of any damages to the aquarium and the crate.  You must make note of all issues on the Bill of Landing before signing.  If the aquarium glass is cracked or if the cabinetry has damages that cannot be fixed with touch up paint, you must refuse delivery and call Dallas Aquarium Expert immediately. It's also important to have the man power ready to move your new aquarium set up somewhere safe after carrier delivers your crate.

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