A Day in the Life of an Apprentice (undergraduate on work experience)

Aquamacs on the road

After an early morning start on a miserable day, Stuart and I set off for a busy day up to Birmingham with three jobs on route. After a quick pit stop at Taunton Deane, we were nearing our first job in Bristol. As my first experience of working with Aquamacs, I was unsure of the procedure, but Stuart was well known to all the staff at Bristol, and I soon felt part of the Aquamacs family!

We carried our buckets and brushes, maintenance kit, fish food and headed off to the first aquarium. After a thorough clean, the tank was up to standard and looking a great asset within their office!
Paperwork completed, we were back on the road again… before heading to our next jobs we had another food stop (starving!) and chatted until before we knew…we hit Coventry!

As you can see from the pictures – the weather left much to be desired! At a local fish supplier we bought some new additions to add to the tanks which were well welcomed. ( Aquamacs are SVS authorised animal transporter Type 2 (EC) No 1/2005 – as licensed by DEFRA)

Particularly at the nursing home it was lovely to observe how the tanks were special to the residents and their enjoyment of the aquariums made the day so much better!
I thoroughly enjoyed my days work experience at Aquamacs, and felt as though I had learnt a lot, but boy was I tired at the end! A well-earned meal and sleep that night I reckon!

New Column Acrylic Aquarium Install

Here are a couple of photos from another new Aquarium install this year.

This is for a nursery in London and is one of our very popular column acrylic aquariums.
As you can see the nursery has put on extra stickers and information so that the aquarium is educational as well as fun for the children to look at.

We love it!

column acrylic aquariums

Little Mermaid Aquarium – Savoy Hotel London – A Case Study


We were approached by an events company in London.  The brief consisted of;

“we are holding an event in March in Central London and it is Little Mermaid themed, we are looking to hire for one day 4 x column aquariums  and two at one height and two a bit smaller – please could we have some rough costings?”

So not a lot to go on!!


We sent off our quote immediately , but it was the end of February before we got the go ahead and the exact location of the event – The Savoy Hotel in London – the specs of the aquariums had changed as well – they now wanted 3 x taller columns and 1 x smaller one. This was fine – as we have a large stock of aquariums.

We had to research and source decor and fish that would be suitable for the theme of the Little Mermaid, with help from our daughter who is a Disney Fanatic this was no problem.

The spec changed again in March – all very last minute – they now wanted 4 x 6` column aquariums! – again this was fine as we had them already. The aquariums were to stand on plinths, so we had to get the weight when full of water, fish and decor of the aquariums.  We finally got some final details through a week before the event – we didn’t know who the event was for until we arrived on the Saturday. We were then told it was for Tamara Ecclestone’s daughter’s Birthday.

Saturday – Arrival on site at 15.00 hrs

Set by approx – 21.00 hrs

Sunday – event 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
Derig – straight away


The main concerns were parking, access and would there be enough water pressure to fill the aquariums in time. Luckily all this was OK, but until we were actually on site – this was an unknown factor.

On arrival to the SavoyHotel on the Saturday afternoon – we were shown to the ballroom, given the floor plan and just left to get on with it!! – there was a large number of contractors present building all the sets for this event, but everything from our point of view went very smoothly with no hitches. It was important to get the water conditions right in the aquariums so that the fish have time to acclimatise before the event – and we had over 60 large fish to deal with. All the fish were happy and they were all swimming around and they are all still healthy after their `celeb event`.

The aquariums were checked again on Sunday prior to the party – everything was perfect and we had really positive feedback from the event organisers.

Client Feedback

`Better than expected` and `very straightforward to deal with you` and `pleased about the number and size of fish`

Children always love fish especially the more quirky type, so our aquariums are very popular with children of all ages.  We are always `on call` for these type of events should we be needed.

We have been doing these type of events and short term hires for a long time now and we always exceed the expectations of the brief – our staff are very experienced and love this type of job.



Aquamacs Chosen To Supply Aquarium for Bad Education Movie


Aquamacs were chosen to supply a large aquarium for this exciting new film – one of the many film and exhibition requests that we are regularly asked to do.

This summer sees multi-award winning comedian Jack Whitehall hit the big screens as the infamous Alfie Wickers from the smash hit comedy ‘Bad Education’. The hotly anticipated THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 21st August 2015.

Bad Education’ launched on the BBC in summer 2012 and ran for three series. It regularly achieved a cumulative 3.5 million viewers across the BBC platforms. The show went from strength to strength with series 2 and 3 being amongst the most viewed shows on the BBC i-player, hitting highs of 2.9 million requests.


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