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  1. General Reef Discussion
    The whole idea started with a free 10 gallon fish tank with a screen top given by a kind neighbor. I figured I may spend a $100 bucks and make some use of things from my office, my garage and the cabinet of my current fish tank to make a small garden. So here are the things I found to be used...
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    Most of my system is made by me. My sump is a 30 gallon aquarium with only two sections. My lighting sys did not work so I replaced the ballasts and the relays connectors and about half the wiring. My stand 2x4 frame sheeted with 1/16th plywood. My skimmer is a hodgepodge of parts from yard...
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    this is my DIY aquascape for my new 150 Tall build. pvc skeleton. epoxy putty. will post additional pics after painting it.
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    I had a crazy idea to build a lighting system in a hood covering a 240g aquarium(72"lx24"dx31"h). I recently purchased new led headlights for my car that are rated at 6500K and 8000 lumens. I was thinking of putting 3 to 4 of these over the tank with a mylar reflector. any thoughts?
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    Hello, I am new to the forums but have been keeping reef tanks/fowlr tanks for the past five years. I recently picked up a 125 gallon tank that was brand new from craigslist for $100 dollars so that was too good of a deal to pass up. So, since I have picked up this tank, I was looking to see...
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  7. Tank Specs
    I was recently at my friend's house and they had just gotten a new in wall collum seahorse tank. The seahorses were fascinating creatures and I couldn't but want a tank like that for my own. Since I was already working on a DIY ATO system. This inspired me to do a full DIY tank. The tank is DIY...
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    Just finished up my saltwater mixing station! I used all Sch 80 fittings and Sch 40 pipe w/ Cepex Ball Valves and Spears Gate valves... No leaks on my first test! No more carrying jugs and paying for pre-mixed saltwater
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Hello everyone, Please see Attachment for my sump design. Here are the key ideas of my sump: - No Filter Sock, use Sponge instead. (I find it easier to change sponge in this design) - But the Sponge filtering happens AFTER protein skimmer for 2 big reasons: Reason 1. Get must crap out of...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I recently acquired a 46 gallon tank from chain pet store to upgrade my little 10 gallon. I'd like to ultimately turn the original 10 gallon in to a sump for the main tank. However, the tank I bought is tempered glass, thus no drilling. I'm trying to decide if I should buy a HOB overflow...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys I have just started adding aquarium videos to my YouTube channel and would like for you guys to take a look. I am doing a series right now on my 300 gallon plywood reef tank that I built 2 years old! Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYqb6jIUSRPFJIaIS2xlg2w
  12. DIY Forum
    I have a YouTube video on me building a 300 gallon plywood reef aquarium. Feel free to share and ask questions. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtsqYYBFJl4
  13. General Reef Discussion
    My plan is to use an inline power head near the top of the aquarium. Hook some small tubing to it or drop the size of the tubing down w/in 4 feet before it reaches the cooler under the stand. In the cooler i will have the tubing looped around and around and around but have a cavity in the...
  14. Marine Depot
    The AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro with a DIY Twist! Reef hobbyist and engineer Randy Lindsay returns with this guest post about his experience swapping out the built-in pump of Autoaqua's Smart ATO Micro with a peristaltic pump.
  15. Marine Depot
    VIDEO: Build Your Own Custom Sump We'll show you how to build your own sump in today's video tutorial! HOW TO SET UP A REFUGIUM IN YOUR SUMP HOW TO ADD A SUMP USING AN OVERFLOW BOX
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Im interested in starting a project to build my own LED light. Im looking to start a discussion about where are the best sites to find components and/or kits.
  17. DIY Forum
    I made a frag rack out of 1/4" acrylic and used Weldon #4 to solvent weld the seams. How long does the rack need to cure before it is safe to put in the tank? Thanks, Ken
  18. General Reef Discussion
    so the past 2 days ive been literally ripping my hair out going back and forth between different sites and sources telling me all sorts of answers concerning the best full spectrum led build. since i have little trust anymore for companies that use bridgelux LEDS out of random bins, i...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys I know this is probably answered somewhere on here but i can't seem to find a for sure answer and I'm too broke to take any chances. I have 5 gallon tank, basic glass. I bought it at walmart. Does anyone know if the bottom of this thing is tempered? I'd like to drill 3/4 inch hole in...
  20. Tank Specs
    Hey guys! I'm new to this forum, and relatively new to "REEF tanks". I've owned several marine tanks that contained anemones, a few small hardy corals, MANY inverts: starfish, shrimps, Sea urchins, a pair of clowns, Green spotted puffers (marine & fullgrown). I had one 29 gallon, with an...
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