Our Story

our-story-header-vansLike many other companies, Custom Marine Aquaria was started in the garage at home with the dream of building our own company. In 1999 Mark Collier made the decision to leave his long time employer of 10 years, Steve Poleo of The Aquarium in Phoenix. Steve had built his reputation as the best and most meticulous Custom Aquarium Installation Company in the Valley. As Steve moved on to the wholesale supply side of the hobby, Mark took his years of apprenticeship and put them to use to build one of the largest and well known custom aquarium installation and service companies in Arizona.

Mark Collier of Custom Marine Aquaria (AKA Arizona FishGuy) has been involved in the saltwater business since 1987. His reputation has been built on unmatched service and exceptional aquarium designs.

We are aquarium design experts, giving thought to the whole installation process to ensure a spectacular display. Starting up a saltwater aquarium is an exciting venture; our complete aquatic systems consist of aquarium cabinets, efficient life support as well as custom manufactured acrylic aquariums in standard shapes as well as cylinders, bull nose and bow fronts. We can provide live-rock reef setups, skeletal coral displays or fabricated coral reef inserts.

We are also available as consultants for your large aquarium project. We have worked closely with the following industry leaders:

  • The Boston Aquarium Marine Fishes Department
  • Humboldt University Marine Lab
  • The designer of the Mandalay Bay Aquarium
  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
  • Acrylic Tank Manufacturing ATM Las Vegas
  • Casco North American Pet
  • Petsmart Aquatic Lifesupport Systems
  • Petco Aquatic Lifesupport Systems
  • Walmart Aquatic Lifesupport Systems