A Passion for Aquariums
StarFire Aquatics is an Australian business, founded by Billy in 2010.
My love for fish began when I was a child. My father was meticulous in his passion of keeping tropical freshwater fish and I remember tagging along with him to countless aquarium stores and wishing that I had a big enough tank to keep every fish imaginable. I got my first aquarium when I was 7 and from then on, I was hooked. Having started out with keeping freshwater fish, when I entered into the world of marine fish, my passion exploded! Eventually, top of the range manufactured aquariums weren’t enough and I sought high and low for custom aquarium builders. I couldn’t find what I wanted, especially for the right price. So, having been in the shoes of a frustrated customer, I started my business in 2012 – specialising in custom-built aquariums from my parents garage. I would go to glazing companies around Melbourne buying and salvaging any pieces of off cuts they had lying around, bring them back and practice building tanks. Now years later we’re operating through 2 factories and occasionally in my parents garage.
Animals belong in their natural habitat and I, like many others, do not want to see the oceans depleted of these magnificent creatures. That is why we seek livestock from sustainable, Australian suppliers. I do not believe that keeping fish in captivity is cruel if they are allowed to thrive in a healthy, predator-free environment. I have seen the joy and pride in my customers when they talk about their aquariums. Fish, as well as their aquatic counterparts, are not disposable to aquarium hobbyists. Many dedicate a lot of time, effort and money into building the ultimate aquarium in order to maintain the health and wellbeing of their stock. I do my part in ensuring this happens by building quality homes and providing quality equipment so that the best of care is provided for these beautiful creatures and their owners.