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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.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

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