Captive Aquatic Ecosystems, LLC.
We take the design and maintenance of custom aquariums to a higher level. Our mission is to provide our customers with state-of-the-art equipment, technical support, and service on their freshwater aquarium or saltwater aquarium.
Whether you are looking for a freshwater aquarium, saltwater aquarium or have an existing aquarium that needs regular maintenance, you can trust Captive Aquatic Ecosystems, LLC. to do it right the first time. Let us bring life into your home or office by creating a living picture — your window into a beautiful underwater world!
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About Captive Aquatic Ecosystems
Founded in 2002 by Ben Johnson, Captive Aquatic Ecosystems began as a small aquarium maintenance and installation company while Ben was a zookeeper at the Houston zoo. Initially hired to improve the 4000 gallon reef zones exhibit at the zoo, Mr. Johnson began to yearn for the excitement of creating new systems for clients that he acquired in his spare time. After two years of building up a faithful client base, Ben left the zoo to work for himself full-time.
Captive Aquatic Ecosystems has grown many times over and is recognized as one of the highest quality aquarium installation and maintenance companies in the Houston metro area.
Freshwater community (small)
This type of aquarium environment is dominated by schools (5 or more) of small (1.5” and smaller) South American tetras or Southeast Asian barbs. Larger, peaceful fish such as angelfish or gouramis as well as bottom dwellers such as corydoras catfish or clown loaches would round out the inhabitants. Decorations would consist of either live plants or high-quality, artificial plants mixed with driftwood and rock.
Freshwater community (large)
This environment consists of mixing larger, more aggressive fish together. Decorations would consist of high-quality, artificial plants together with driftwood and rock. Live plants do not work in this environment as these fish would uproot and destroy them.
African rift-lake cichlids
African cichlids are some of the most colorful freshwater fish in the world. They are very territorial and don’t co-exist well with fish from other regions. Rocky formations dominate these fish’s habitats. Live plants do not work in this environment as these fish would uproot and destroy them; however, high-quality, artificial plants can be used if desired.
Saltwater community (small)
This type of system can be decorated in many different ways and contain a wide variety of inhabitants. Live rock mixed with coral replicas or entire reef replicas are used to provide these systems’ inhabitants with a realistic home where they can feel safe. Many different invertebrates — such as starfish, urchins, crabs, shrimp and snails — can live in harmony with these small, peaceful saltwater fish.
Saltwater community (large)
An environment not for the weak of heart! This aquarium would be inhabited by large, meat-eating, predatorial fish such as triggerfish, groupers, lionfish, wrasse and even eels. Other not so aggressive yet large fish (i.e., some types of saltwater angelfish and surgeonfish) can also coexist with these brutes.
This is the pinnacle of aquarium-keeping in most people’s minds, an environment dominated by multicolored corals, anemones and polyps that require bright lights to grow and thrive. A wide variety of invertebrates such as starfish, urchins, crabs, shrimp and snails add interest to the community, while small, peaceful saltwater fish dart in and out of the reef structure.
Rain forest aquariums
These very unique aquatic systems offered by Captive Aquatic Ecosystems, LLC. feature sculptural driftwood branches and Bromeliad plants arranged realistically in a shallow, freshwater aquarium. This design system truly brings a touch of the Amazon into your indoor space.
Hired CAE to install and maintain my 300 gallon reef tank. Excellent from start to ongoing maintenance. Always is professional and does a great job of keeping the reef tank in beautiful condition. My tank is now developed and growing very beautiful corals and is a joy to see each day. I highly recommend this business for installations and maintaining the aquarium!Randy B
I visited with Ben a few years ago when we were building our house to set up a 200+ gallon salt water tank. We decided to go with Ben because of his knowledge and his passion of marine life. Ben has done weekly maintenance for us since he got it all set up and has brought our tank to a beautiful and thriving seascape. It is very well established now and we love the coral and fish and the tranquility it lends. Ben has done a great job for us!Sherry L
Great company!! We have been working with Ben for about 12 years now and couldn’t be happier with his work. He is very reasonable, easy to work with, meticulous and very passionate about his work. Highly recommend him to anyone needing to set up or service a freshwater or saltwater tank.Beatriz P
Ben is very knowledgeable about setting up and maintaining tanks. He made it easy for me to have a 75 gallon tank – all I had to do was feed and enjoy! I always wanted a tank, but I didn’t know the first thing about setting it up or what fish to put in it. He kept the tank I had clean and even chose the fish for me. He is a really nice guy! Funny too! Life happened in such a way I had to get rid of it, but when I can again, I will definitely call Ben!Carlie C
A+ company in knowledge & service. Ben installed our aquarium in 2016 and we couldn’t be happier with the results. He was responsive to our questions and has always provided outstanding support. We recommend him without reservation.Chris K