Detailed Info on “SP Aquatics”

SP Aquatics was created by Sean Hawkins out of a garage just simply to create his own filtration for his reef aquarium. Unsatisfied with store bought filtration he began heavily researching all aspects involved in a well designed filter.  Word began to spread locally and before he knew it, he was selling filters across North America. He continued this for several years and paid his way through college at Old Dominion University were he studied Finance.

Filters soon were not enough, and custom aquariums quickly became a standard product as well. Soon after college part time was not enough to keep up with demand and he choose to leave his full time job and moved his operation into a larger facility.

SP Aquatics pushes for individuals to become more active in their local aquarium community through local organizations such as reef clubs. The sharing of experience good and bad helps others who may not have the same experience.  We are the proud sponsor of several Virginia Reef clubs as well as the sponsor for several online reef forums.

Many things have changed, but one thing remains the same, SP Aquatics only does it for the improvement of the hobby. We are enthusiasts in the truest sense, businessmen second.

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Different Types of Tanks that SP Aquatics has to Offer – Their Selection

This is where we like to show off. All of our aquariums are acrylic, which we feel is far superior to glass in many ways.  If your one of the many people who are afraid to use acrylic aquariums because of horror stories about scratches, then you should read through our article on “caring for acrylic.”  Acrylic is an amazingly easy material to care for it just takes some different products and methods.

Here at SP Aquatics, we believe that not everyone wants a standard sized tank, some people love depth while some love tall aquariums.  We plan to give you just what you want, so go ahead email us about that 48″ tall tank you have been pining over for months and months.  You wont find a price list on our site, simply because we typically don’t build the same aquarium twice.  Please call or email us about any questions you may have.

A list of “some” of our features:

  • Rounded corners and access holes
  • All viewable seams polished crystal clear until nearly invisible
  • Available full tank seam polishing(optional)
  • Any panel available in blue or black(optional)
    • (we can also get red/green/yellow, etc. if you really really want it)
  • Internal or external overflow boxes, including the “Calfo Style” external overflow
    • named after reef author Anthony Calfo (overflow pictured to right)
  • Custom sized overflow boxes(optional)
  • Custom location of overflow boxes, i.e. corners, middle, island, etc.
  • Drilling for closed loop circulation and overflow drain/return lines(optional)
  • Solid one piece top with any access holes cut into them, much stronger than several pieces glued together to make a top


This is were it all started, no matter what size tank you have, we can make something to fit it. All of our sumps are custom tailored to your specs. You won’t have to worry if your protein skimmer or return pump will fit inside unlike standard issue generic sumps and wet dry filters.

If you have an idea of what you would like, we can create that, or you can draw from our years of experience and have us design one for your needs.

All we ask is that you provide us with the following information:

  • Size of space the sump will be placed in
  • Size of any equipment going inside of the sump(if you do not know, tell us the model and we can find out)
  • Number of overflows if any on your tank.  (At least one, either internal or external in the tank is required)
  • Zip code for estimate on shipping

There are two standard “styles” but remember we build what you want so feel free to get creative, we enjoy the challenge.

The dual overflow style, water enters on the left and right chambers, and flows into the middle chamber for the return pump.

All refugium chambers include a black panel as a way to keep algae growth within the refugium chamber.

Custom 30″x16″x16″sump for a 125 gallon system

The next style is for single overflows or where multiple drains are plumbed together to one spot. In this style, water flows from either the left or right through each chamber into the final return chamber for the return pump.

Custom 60″x30″x20″sump for a 700 gallon system

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Freshwater Stingray Info for Fish Aquariums

Setup and Care Instructions:

Aquarium size: (for one stingray) 50 to 100 gallons

Aquarium bottom: Soft (i.e. sand) substrate. No sharp objects (gravel, rocks, sharp decorations, etc.) that may cut the stingray, allowing bacteria to enter or infection to develop.

Water Quality guides: 1.5 pounds of regular solar salt per 50 gallons water, 3 pounds of solar salt per 100 gallons. This will help to control the bacteria content of the water. Water quality is very important in the survival of your freshwater stingray.

Filters: Use a biological filter (or change the 1/3 of the water every day!) Contact us, or search the internet, if you need more information about biological filters.

Diet: Carnivore (Freshwater shrimp, snails, feeder fish, krill and other meaty foods). NOTE: The stingray may eat other aquarium fish that fit in it’s mouth.

Size of Adult: Disc size 12″ to 14″, length approximately 20″ to 26″ inches long. (Shipped size is approximately 6 ” to 7 “)

Water Temperature: 60-80 degrees F.

Safety: The Dasyatis Sabina Stingray, like other stingrays, did have a sharp, dangerous spine that could cause injury. We remove this spine prior to shipping all stingrays. However, this spine will grow back. Click on Spine Removal for more information.


Permits : Please check with your local Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ; and obtain any permits that may be required prior to purchasing.

From the freshwater habitats in the Florida rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean, these unique pets will quickly become the main attraction of your aquarium. These stingrays are fully acclimated to fresh water. We take pride in the best care of each stingray, from the time we catch it, to the time it arrives at your door. Over time, we have developed a solid understanding of the best process for taking care of these stingrays to ensure your satisfaction. In addition, we care about ensuring you have all the information about the proper care you need to ensure a long time of satisfaction and enjoyment. This web site includes this information, and we request you read the setup and care instructions before deciding to purchase.

STINGRAYS !  Fresh Water  “Dasyatis sabina”  $99.95 Each / Plus Shipping…FedEx Overnite to your door. The STINGRAYS Disc Size is Approx. 6–7 inches. “Arrive Alive” is our guarantee! Be sure to include your Zip Code with your order.

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Welcome to Xtreme Aquatics on-line

You can browse the web page and join Xtreme Aquatics Forum, where we discuss all about the aquatics, member aquariums, or an idea to build a new one, so please join the community.

If you have an idea for this web site then please email us in “contact us” under About us. Remember this web site was created for our customers to make Fish keeping easier.

If you see something you like then email us and we will confirm if we still have it in stock.

We also have a AD section where customers can ask us to place ads for them. Ads will be charge for in advance

You can mail us your ad and we will send you a quote.

If you want to know more please email us.

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About Us

This is supposed to be a page devoted to my personality and sort of getting to know me a little bit better. I’m not really good at this type of thing but iamb for sure very full hearted and what I believe in and that is beta fish. I’ve been in this hobby for very long time of keeping fish in aquariums and I have phone that the beta fish happens to be my favorite and I have specialized in it.

I started breeding beta fish a couple of years ago and I’ve been selling them online for a couple years too. What I really love about this type of Fishdam most is you never know what kind of design the babies are going to be because you are crossbreeding so many different designs of fishtails and just different DNA strands.

Sometimes in my writings here I might come across as a know it all and I do apologize because I don’t want to claim to be one but I’m just trying to help give a good resource here. I have been up-and-down all articles it seems in the world on how to do different things of beta fish and thus is why I am creating all of that put together and the outer truth of what you should expect to do.

If you have anymore questions you can feel free to head out the comments section or else you can visit the contact page where you can email me. I’m always looking for new people that can talk about this type of thing without getting bored. This truly is my up session and that’s basically all I have to say about me knowing who IM because I don’t want to put too much information on here if you know what I mean.

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