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Dream kitchen for the modern reefkeeper

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 17, 2013 09:30 AM
Aquafront was commissioned last April to design integrated aquariums for luxury kitchen designer Poggenpohl. One of the results of this partnership is this modern kitchen reefkeepers dream of.
Dream kitchen for the modern reefkeeper

We would never leave the kitchen.

This Aquafront-designed aquarium is a bespoke handmade system that has been completely integrated into the units of the Poggenpohl +Artesio design kitchen. The idea behind this whole concept was to showcase how an aquarium can add a dynamic and colorful element to any living space including the kitchen.

From concept to fruition:



System specification

  • Display tank: 1190mm (l) x 520mm (w) x 675mm (t)
  • Sump tank: 1000mm (l) x 500mm (w) x 500mm (t)
  • Material: 10mm low iron float glass held together by structural grade silicone.
  • Total System Volume: 650 litres (170 US gallons)
  • Frame: 800mm tall powder coated aluminium frame
  • Panels: Poggenpohl +Artesio glass laminated MDF panels (Colour Arctic White).
  • Main pump: ATB Airstar 6000 - Total system turnover 5000 litres per hour.
  • Protein Skimmer: ATB Nano B
  • Lights: 2x AI Sol Blue LED
  • Boxed in fan assisted vents for cabinet ventilation and cooling.
  • Algae bed with 4 different species of macroalgae  in sump powered by LED’s to keep the system in balance.
  • Ehiem twin auto feeder
  • 80kg of Fiji Live rock
  • 20kg of live sand
  • Soft coral and polyp only tank
  • Water changes dropped from once a week to once every three weeks with the recent addition of 2 x Deltec fluidised reactors (one with Rowphos the other bio pellets).





Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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