Reef eScape is open during the July 4th Holiday Weekend - Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4, and Monday 12-4

Now open for walk-ins and appointments! are not required to wear masks!

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Making aquariumdreams come true

Reef eScape is Northern Virginia's and the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area's premiere destination for all of your aquarium needs.  Our team of experts can help anyone from the first time hobbyist looking for initial design help to professional aquarists with systems from the most basic of freshwater tanks to high-end saltwater museum exhibits.  Put your trust in the professionals from Reef eScape where your dream is our specialty.

Reef eScape is open during the July 4th Holiday Weekend - Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4, and Monday 12-4

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NOW OPEN FOR WALK-INS AND APPOINTMENTS!

Fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear masks in the shop.  All others must continue to wear a mask at all times, including children and infants.

MAKING AQUARIUM DREAMS COME TRUE

Reef eScape is Northern Virginia's and the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area's premiere destination for all of your aquarium needs. Our team of experts can help anyone from the first time hobbyist looking for initial design help to professional aquarists with systems from the most basic of freshwater tanks to high-end saltwater museum exhibits. Put your trust in the professionals from Reef eScape where your dream is our specialty.

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Come see what the Experts at Reef eScape can do for you

Reef eScape is the premiere high-end aquarium center in the area.  We design, install, and maintain saltwater aquariums for your home, business, and public spaces.  We also have a retail storefront conveniently located in Fairfax and will be tripling our current retail and showroom space in late 2020 in addition to an online store where you can order anything you need from livestock to dry goods from the convenience of your home no matter how far away from our shop you are.  On top of our fully quarantined, treated, and conditioned fish, our fishless invertebrate and coral systems, thousands of pounds of live and dry rock, and our huge stock of the best equipment and supplies you might need for aquarium success, what truly sets us apart is that we place people first.  We want you to be happy with your hobby and are honored to be your trusted source of information and expertise.

With over 13 years in the business and experience that spans decades in the aquarium hobby and industry, our reputation precedes us.  Trust the experts at Reef eScape.

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Full Service Aquarium Design, Installation & Maintenance

Turn to the professionals that even the experts turn to for adding the perfect aquatic system to your home, business, or public space.  Reef eScape's portfolio includes public museums, hospital and senior centers, educational institutions, local businesses, and homes cross the DC Metropolitan Area.  Whether your service needs are for 10 gallons or 10,000 gallons, we are the choice for you.  Visit our Design, Installation & Maintenance page to find out more or schedule a free consultation with us to find out how we can meet your needs!

Reef eScape Retail

Come visit the area's best showroom where you can view models of your new aquarium, purchase both the products that you know and love as well as explore new ones, and select livestock for your aquarium with the help of our expert staff.

  • Corals

  • Inverts

  • Fish

  • Food

  • Live rock

  • Dry goods

See the latest technology in action from leading brands.

  • EcoTech

    EcoTech

    EcoTech Radions, Vortechs, and Vectras

  • Red Sea

    Red Sea

    Complete Line of Aquariums, ReefLEDs, Gyres and Skimmers

  • AI

    AI

    AI Primes, Hydras, and Neros

  • Nyos

    Nyos

    Nyos Quantum Skimmers, Torq Reactors, and Viper Pumps

  • eShopps

    eShopps

    A full line of eShopps products including Sumps, Skimmers, and Reactors

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Shop From Home

Shop from the convenience of your own home and explore our shop for available livestock, the latest equipment, and all of the supplies that you'll need to achieve your own perfect aquarium!  We have curb-side carryout, limited delivery, and shipping options to suit your lifestyle.

  • Fish

    Fully Quarantined, Conditioned, and Treated Fish

  • Invertebrates

    Invertebrates such as Snails, Crabs, Shrimp and Echinoderms

  • Corals

    Corals from Acropora to Zoanthids and Everything in Between

  • Dry Goods

    Full range of Dry Goods

Having Issues with Your Existing Tank?

Schedule an In-Store Evaluation at Reef eScape's Fairfax Showroom if you are experiencing issues with your aquarium system and want to discuss it in depth with one of our on-staff aquarium experts.  We have three levels of System Evaluations.

  • Quick On-Site Evaluation
    (Your Location)

  • Full In-Store Evaluation
    (At Reef eScape)

  • Full On-Site Evaluation
    (Your Location)

TESTIMONIALS

L.M.

Washington, DC

I was very fortunate to encounter Reef eScape on the internet. I had just gone through a nightmarish situation with another company, Reef eScape was a lifesaver, they upgraded me to a beautiful 220 gallon reef aquarium that is breathtaking. Dedicated, dependable, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work with aquariums. And customer satisfaction is extremely important.

The aquarium is both peaceful and alive. The corals are brilliant with colors and most of them seem to move as if they’re dancing in air. The fish and invertebrates are all peaceful, happy, and in love with their home. Careful thought, research, and observation was done to accomplish those processes. Finally, there’s one more thing to mention. Phil has a magic touch when it comes to constructing live-rock landscapes (or “reefscapes.”) One can tell that the animals are very happy because they are constantly exploring every area of their beautiful home.

Thanks Phil and Reef eScape for your passion, care, dedication, and love for the animals and customers.

PS—It’s true that (with weekly service visits) they do all of the work…I only have to feed everyone.

M.C.

Oakton, VA

We have had our 120 gallon reef tank for more than two years now and have struggled with the balance of self-care and outside professional assistance. The biggest obstacles we had with in-home service were trust, communication, care and commitment. I can say without hesitation that Reef eScape has not only met our expectations, but the communication, quality and consistency of the professional service we and our tank receive are beyond compare. Our only complaint is that we had to go through the aggravation and disappointment of the three service companies we tried before finding Reef eScape!

K.C.

Fairfax, VA

The impact of the aquarium on our center has been amazing! I want to share with you some of the daily sights and sounds that occur in our waiting/reception area.

First, everyone that comes here naturally gravitates towards our gorgeous tank the minute they enter the building. Some sit and relax looking at the colorful, lively activity in the tank, but more often, spontaneous conversations erupt as adults and children share tidbits of information. People are teaching and learning from each other as to what’s in the tank and what to look for. Each week they discover what’s new in the tank, how things are growing and moving, and the fish are becoming more comfortable and animated. Daily there are squeals of delight from children as well as a, “there’s Nemo” discovery.

All of our clients and the entire staff has become emotionally engaged with our tank.  It has become the “water cooler” of the office where at anytime of the day you’ll find any number of people standing in front of the tank talking about the fish!

The impact and response is more than I could have ever hoped for.  I just wanted you to know the effect the aquarium is having on all who enter and I want to thank you again. When you come for your weekly visits for service, you are taking care of more than fish and live stock! You’ve become a treasurer fixture and your informational conversations bring delight to all.

I know I speak for everyone here when I say, Thank you Reef eScape!

Andrew Swails

via Google

Very, very knowledgeable! The staff is A++++! Went for micro algae left with more information that never knew about! If I could give 10 stars I would! I’m going to pass the word about this place, it’s AMAZING

Marissa Brown

via Google

Everyone here is so knowledgeable and friendly! I love that they will go out of their way to make sure you're purchasing what's right for your tank without pressuring you to get what you don't need.

Ahmet Ozan Sivri

via Google

Went there to get some fresh water plants. Even though they are focused on salt water tanks, staff was super nice and knowledgeable on fresh water aquariums. Prices were also more affordable compared to the other places and chains. Definitely would suggest to anyone in the hobby.

Viet Phan

via FaceBook

I’ve been here quite a few times to get some saltwater items/livestock. There’s a gentleman named Chad who is always super helpful and is usually the first to greet me. I noticed he also does this eagerly for all customers. He tries to make kind conversation and asks about my aquarium hobby that I feel is very sincere. I’ve also been helped by Jennifer, and she’s approached me a few times to get what I needed. Those are the two that have assisted me with all of my purchases and checked me out. I don’t know anyone else’s names but they seem nice too.

David Walburger

via FaceBook

Best quarantine process that I have ever seen and they will order fish in for you.

Winston L

via Yelp

I went here many times like over 20 times and they here all great experiences!I trust there quarantine as I have had very bad experience marine velvet and ich. Just yesterday I bought a beautiful anthias it is in perfect condition and is eating.One thing I would say is the store fish and coral are a little pricey but I think that's because if there long QT process and the medicine they treat there fish with.Overall Fantastic store I would give 1000 stars if I would.(PS I would love this store to expand a little bit.)

L.M.

Washington, DC

I was very fortunate to encounter Reef eScape on the internet. I had just gone through a nightmarish situation with another company, Reef eScape was a lifesaver, they upgraded me to a beautiful 220 gallon reef aquarium that is breathtaking. Dedicated, dependable, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work with aquariums. And customer satisfaction is extremely important.

The aquarium is both peaceful and alive. The corals are brilliant with colors and most of them seem to move as if they’re dancing in air. The fish and invertebrates are all peaceful, happy, and in love with their home. Careful thought, research, and observation was done to accomplish those processes. Finally, there’s one more thing to mention. Phil has a magic touch when it comes to constructing live-rock landscapes (or “reefscapes.”) One can tell that the animals are very happy because they are constantly exploring every area of their beautiful home.

Thanks Phil and Reef eScape for your passion, care, dedication, and love for the animals and customers.

PS—It’s true that (with weekly service visits) they do all of the work…I only have to feed everyone.

M.C.

Oakton, VA

We have had our 120 gallon reef tank for more than two years now and have struggled with the balance of self-care and outside professional assistance. The biggest obstacles we had with in-home service were trust, communication, care and commitment. I can say without hesitation that Reef eScape has not only met our expectations, but the communication, quality and consistency of the professional service we and our tank receive are beyond compare. Our only complaint is that we had to go through the aggravation and disappointment of the three service companies we tried before finding Reef eScape!

K.C.

Fairfax, VA

The impact of the aquarium on our center has been amazing! I want to share with you some of the daily sights and sounds that occur in our waiting/reception area.

First, everyone that comes here naturally gravitates towards our gorgeous tank the minute they enter the building. Some sit and relax looking at the colorful, lively activity in the tank, but more often, spontaneous conversations erupt as adults and children share tidbits of information. People are teaching and learning from each other as to what’s in the tank and what to look for. Each week they discover what’s new in the tank, how things are growing and moving, and the fish are becoming more comfortable and animated. Daily there are squeals of delight from children as well as a, “there’s Nemo” discovery.

All of our clients and the entire staff has become emotionally engaged with our tank.  It has become the “water cooler” of the office where at anytime of the day you’ll find any number of people standing in front of the tank talking about the fish!

The impact and response is more than I could have ever hoped for.  I just wanted you to know the effect the aquarium is having on all who enter and I want to thank you again. When you come for your weekly visits for service, you are taking care of more than fish and live stock! You’ve become a treasurer fixture and your informational conversations bring delight to all.

I know I speak for everyone here when I say, Thank you Reef eScape!

Andrew Swails

via Google

Very, very knowledgeable! The staff is A++++! Went for micro algae left with more information that never knew about! If I could give 10 stars I would! I’m going to pass the word about this place, it’s AMAZING

Marissa Brown

via Google

Everyone here is so knowledgeable and friendly! I love that they will go out of their way to make sure you're purchasing what's right for your tank without pressuring you to get what you don't need.

Ahmet Ozan Sivri

via Google

Went there to get some fresh water plants. Even though they are focused on salt water tanks, staff was super nice and knowledgeable on fresh water aquariums. Prices were also more affordable compared to the other places and chains. Definitely would suggest to anyone in the hobby.

Viet Phan

via FaceBook

I’ve been here quite a few times to get some saltwater items/livestock. There’s a gentleman named Chad who is always super helpful and is usually the first to greet me. I noticed he also does this eagerly for all customers. He tries to make kind conversation and asks about my aquarium hobby that I feel is very sincere. I’ve also been helped by Jennifer, and she’s approached me a few times to get what I needed. Those are the two that have assisted me with all of my purchases and checked me out. I don’t know anyone else’s names but they seem nice too.

David Walburger

via FaceBook

Best quarantine process that I have ever seen and they will order fish in for you.

Winston L

via Yelp

I went here many times like over 20 times and they here all great experiences!I trust there quarantine as I have had very bad experience marine velvet and ich. Just yesterday I bought a beautiful anthias it is in perfect condition and is eating.One thing I would say is the store fish and coral are a little pricey but I think that's because if there long QT process and the medicine they treat there fish with.Overall Fantastic store I would give 1000 stars if I would.(PS I would love this store to expand a little bit.)