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Welcome to John Allan Aquariums

John Allan Aquariums was founded in 1963 by brothers John and Allan Riley who started their business making angle iron aquariums in their garden shed in Edmonton, North London.  In 1964, with business booming in what was then a niche market, they made the decision to relocate to the rural market town of Bury St Edmunds where the John Allan Aquariums factory still stands today.

John Allan Aquariums have always enjoyed a close working relationship with EHEIM and has been their official UK Service Centre for nearly 50 years - receiving EHEIM's Lifelong Achievement Award in 2014.

In 1966 the company started manufacturing Juwel aquariums under licence and continued working closely with Gerd Kohlmoos until 1994, when Juwel opened their own depot in the UK.  Gerd and Allan remain good friends.

John Allan Aquariums launched their own shopfitting range in 1974 and have continued to supply display Aquariums, Vivariums and Small Animal cages to the aquatic trade and universities for 45 years. They will also be able to offer the comprehensive range of EHEIM shopfitting displays in the next few months so please watch the website for further updates.
John Allan started distributing JBL in 2000 and, over the years, has increased the range to include the full aquatic programme which, along with the complete EHEIM range, Juwel and selected biOrb products, has enabled the company to offer a small but select range of products from leading brands.

Allan still runs the company full time, working closely with his son Robert and daughter Karen. His brother, John, is still involved with the company and keeps close contact with the staff, many of whom have been with John Allan Aquariums in excess of 20 years.


The Eheim UK Service centre was established in 1970 when Eheim first started working with John Allan Aquariums. 

In the early days pumps needed bearings to be oiled every six months, heat fuses were attached to the coil and would overheat and blow the fuse to protect the pump, sump pumps were oil filled and a lot of care was required to keep equipment running smoothly..

Even with all the innovative progress made to date making the products simpler and easier to maintain, the Eheim Service Center continues to offer every spare part for the whole Eheim range of products.


At John Allan Aquariums we manufacture high quality pet, aquatic, reptile and small animal units in our own factory. where each unit is built to the customers specifications, enabling us to meet individual requirements

Our units have stood the test of time and, made from 2mm thick anodised aluminium tubing,  have proved  to be robust, reliable and efficient.

We are also working with the EHEIM shopfitting department to deliver a programme offering additional options that will include a new and comprehensive range of aquatic, pet, bird and reptile units. This will enable us to supply shopfitting to any retail outlet - no matter what size or requirements.