When it comes to custom tanks it’s all about the detail, and when it comes to premium custom tanks it’s all about the quality of finish too. This Voodoo Concept collab between Emoceans and New Wave oozes fine design details, high-quality finish, and design innovation that is crying out to be pride of place in a modern minimalist studio, with an aquascape, fish, and corals to match.
The aquarium dimensions are modest, at 100cm long by 70cm wide, by 45cm high, but it’s built from super clear but chunky acrylic with a Euro Brace and a white base and external weir. The blue edging is unique to New Wave Aquarium Concepts and is actually a glow-in-the-dark blue glue that charges up during the day and then glows for up to 12 hours after lights out. Other colors include green, orange, pink, and red.
New Wave made a black and orange Voodoo tank of the same design to match Abyzz pumps and this blue and white number that suits the Emoceans colors to a tee. The finishing touch for this tank? Blue and white pipework and equipment to match, for the discerning reef aquarist who likes to color-coordinate while also standing out on Instagram for both what’s in the tank as well as what’s powering it underneath.
One of the subtleties of a good freshwater planted aquascape is the blue glow of the low-iron glass that frames it, and the glowing blue edges of the Voodoo acrylic tank borrow that fresh look, bringing it over to the saltwater aquascaping side, only without the need for additional back-lighting.
Reef aquarium designs tend to follow each other, with very similar looks and features, but this one really stood out to us in a sea of social media for being different, and decidedly appealing at the same time. Once wet this sort of aquarium would have to remain immaculate at all times to fulfill the design brief and honor the spirit of its construction. But it made us look more than twice, we drooled a little, wanted to touch it, and went off on a fantasy journey of what we would do if it was ours.
This aquarium is a credit to those who designed and built it, and although now more than 12 months old, in many ways it represents the state of the art in what’s possible in visual yet functional reef aquarium design.