1. avgreen

    Coral Only Tank Build Ideas

    Hey guys, So I am a college student who has been successfully keeping coral for about two years now and I do aquarium set-ups, breakdowns, and maintenance for one of my LFS but need some other kind of income because as I progress in college, my schedule is getting crazier because I am trying to...
  2. Tristan

    Epoxy Paint or Marine Coating?

    Hey everyone. I’m building a stand for a tank I got a while back and I’ve been trying to see how to get a similar quality feel to something such as the Red Sea Reefer Stand. So far, I’ve found out that the doors are epoxy coated, but doing that in a home setting would take a lot of materials and...
  3. S

    24v DC pump battery back up

    So if you run DC pumps that are 24v why can’t you just use 12v battery’s hooked in series Parallel with a battery charger charging the batteries. In theory the pumps would run until the batteries were dead. You could even put some kind of cut out if the battery voltage dropped below 24v. What...
  4. DirtDiggler2823

    Reefer Madness 2.0 Is In Progress

    My weird 90 gallon named Reefer Madness was TOO weird, and the glass was blocking too much light from my already inadequate 4 bulb T5 fixture. I decided to transition to a 4 foot 120 gallon tank, and transfer all my hardware, sand, rock, and livestock over to that. I've also purchased 3...
  5. crobs808

    DIY Algae Reactor

    I made my own algae reactor and posted the materials needed and build steps here. It is under $100 total (or about $115 with starter chaeto). LINK: Benefits: Reduction of harmful Nitrates and Phosphates Consumption of excess CO2 Acts as a copepod...
  6. Reefer37

    Tunze Air Silencer Cap

    So when I bought my Tunze skimmer, it did not come with the silencing cap. I realized how loud this thing is when it isn't covered and this may be one of the few things duct tape ISN'T the best solution for. ;Hilarious Anybody have recommendations for a DIY cap or cover to use?
  7. Michelesreef

    DIY stand

    Okay, so here's the thing.. Everytime my boyfriend and I want to di a water change, he holds the 5 gallon jug up above hos head so the water flows through and it freaks me out every time. So I want to make it easier and build something strong enough and tall enough to hold the jugs while we do...
  8. Eg0790

    Custom 45 gallon Build

    New here, just wanted to share my custom build with all of you, i custom built the stand and made it in white acrylic over a sheet of quartz to make sure it was sitting level.this is a downgrade from my previous 65 gallons, i wanted something small built to my taste. The tank is a SCA 45 gallons...
  9. D

    Starting a 46 gallon bow front reef, any suggestions welcomed

    I recently purchased a second hand 46 gallon bow front with the stand and was going to upgrade my current nano 10 gallon to this new tank at some point. I have never drilled a tank before but I have drilled glass before so I'm confident I can do this. The tank has a tempered glass sticker so I...
  10. Justgottadiy

    New AIO filtration redesigned

    Being in this hobby and loving to create and invent things and this is one of them. I hope you like it First thing is the tank is 20g 12/20/20 inches but the system is 30g 12/20/29 but we here at innovative acrylic we don’t count the filtration as the size of the tank just to seem bigger Also...
  11. Nate_Krohn

    DIY overflow help

    I have a 29 gallon reef tank already set up with HOB equipment that I would like to add a sump to. I can’t bring myself to spend over $100 on an hob overflow box so I thought I could make one out of pvc. Has anyone else done this? If you could share some tips with me that’d be great. Thanks!
  12. WallyB

    ★ DIY [Auto] ★ [ ALKALINITY MONITOR ] ★ 3 Tank [HANNA with Raspberry PI / Ardiuno ] with ADVANCED Features

    IT's finally over. 6 months of hard work is coming to the End Game. (Working Alk Monitor) A crazy idea I came up with, actually works. All started because I couldn't get a Apex Trident (none available), nor or was I will to shell out the money (and throw out two perfectly working two Apex...
  13. R

    Aluminium Extrusion in the UK

    Trying to find aluminium extrusion for a custom light fixture. Using 20mm star led boards have 13 3W leds spaced over 800mm±100mm. Anybody got any ideas or sources? Ideally in the UK to keep costs down. Cheers
  14. gotmesalty77

    Im decent a DIY but im gonna need the creative minds here to help me with this one

    So basically ive been told that until we find a larger house i am on a tank restriction. I can add whatever i want to under the tank including tanks just nothing unsightly outside of my undisputed territorial lines. As of now i have a mess of wires and neat freaks nightmare for a sump fuge area...
  15. Apex control stand

    Apex control stand

    Almost ready to build and install doors. Last project is plumbing the chiller back in.
  16. High pH diy two part dose conatainers

    High pH diy two part dose conatainers

    Dosing recipe on containers for consistency. Is it ocd or laziness to not look up recipe later?
  17. Justgottadiy


    Starting a new system after loosing EVERYTHING I’ve had in the hobby to a divorce. Ive moved across country and started not only my tank but life all as well. enough with the long boring story tho. My GF and I are doing a complete DIY 75g reef build and are in the beginning stages of the...
  18. Andrew Schubert

    DIY Fish Food leaching copper?

    So I received back my 2nd Triton ICP test, and unlike the first one I had a small presence of copper in my tank. Didn't think a whole lot about it, just assumed that it might be a false positive. Figured I'd start to worry if it still showed on my 3rd test. Well, I remembered I actually...
  19. Des Westcott

    reef-pi User Interface (UI) development thread

    After a discussion with @Ranjib, we have decided to open a separate thread for the discussion around the reef-pi User Interface (UI). This thread is for suggesting UI features / upgrades reef-pi users would like to see in reef-pi. Requesting / suggesting a feature here is not going to be a...
  20. Vaul

    Acrylic Tank

    I have a few questions regarding acrylic tank build. I just want to gain knowledge since I can’t seem to find this info online and understand it. Lets go with an example tank size, say 48 x 24 x 24 inch tank, we need to use 12mm thick acrylic with bracings to prevent tank from bowing and...
  21. S

    where to get quality fittings/equipment in Australia

    calling all Australian members apologies if this is very obvious... believe me i've looked and have found a few sources, but would like some experienced people to provide me with your pearls of wisdom. thank you could you please provide your sources for obtaining equipment, tanks, plumbing...
  22. J

    How to create a refugium in an existing 10g sump?

    I am looking to create a refugium in my existing 10g sump which is a standard 10g leader for the purpose of sustaining a healthy copepod and microfauna population rather than nutrient export. I've kicked around a few ideas of how to accomplish this however I'm running into a few problems: 1.)...
  23. R

    Making the grade? DIY stand and your feedback

    Hey there, I need some advice on this stand (see picture) in terms of structure and long-term stability. The steel frame is 49'' L x 21'' W x 39'' H. Each steel frame is about 1.6'' (4 cm) in thickness. I don't have any additional corner supports or vertical supports in the middle of the...
  24. the.introvertebrate

    Cheap and easy ATO Cover/Lid

    Hi, I'm new here (first post, hope i'm not breaking any rules) Just thought id share a quick DIY hack that I put together for my ATO over the weekend. I noticed I was going through 20L of ATO water quicker than usual, needing to re-fill every 4-5 days so I created a cover to stop the...
  25. ajjw0828

    A.J.’s 70 gal shallow reef

    Hi All, I’m a little late on starting this but I figure something is more fun than nothing so I’m going to try and post my build and go from there. Started the process back on Feb 13th when I saw a 69 gallon deep blue rimless tank for 225, not drilled or anything but never used. PayPal the guy...