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  1. Printed Reef

    Ideas for Attachments for Acrylic Rod

    Hello Reefers! On my website, I currently sell a sand sifter that allows you to sift your sand bed quite easily. The question here is what other attachments would you guys find useful? The item would essentially be a 36 inch acrylic rod fitted with a handle (just like on the current sand...
  2. A

    Nano Refugium

    After searching for refugiums for my 20 gallon salt tank i found little to nothing that would work or was sold to fit that product need. I was wondering if anyone else has found a company that makes this, or has any experience making their own? I made my own using a breeder box then adding a...
  3. Leon Gorani

    Should I take out these unions on my return line or no?

    I put this check valve and union on my return manifold, but when I attach the return line into the tank, both unions push up right against the wall of the stand. I am worried that this will cause the pipe in the overflow to leak at the hole of the overflow box. Should I be worried or should it...
  4. BeardedDragon21

    Build Thread Dream Tank- Overhaul of 75gal

    Hello All! I can't wait to get a little more involved in the community. Buckle up this is somewhat of a long post but I am seeking advice in the last paragraph if you would like to jump ahead. Starting off I would like to introduce myself. I am a Marine Biologist and had originally hoped to...
  5. Leon Gorani

    Should I soft plumb the rest of this return line or hard plumb it?

    I am almost done plumbing my Red Sea 170, and I built a manifold and most of the hard line for the return line. I am not sure if I should do the rest of it, to where it connects to the return pipe, with soft tubing or if I should do it all with hard pipes. Please let me know what you would do...
  6. B

    Question about plumbing return line

    Hey all. I finally bought a new house, which means that I'll soon be able to set up my new 180 gallon tank. I've got everything laid out except for my return line. I'm having a really hard time finding any information on if I should drill my return into the back of the tank or use a HOB return...
  7. B

    Question about plumbing a return line

    Hey all. I finally bought a new house, which means that I'll soon be able to set up my new 180 gallon tank. I've got everything laid out except for my return line. I'm having a really hard time finding any information on if I should drill my return into the back of the tank or use a HOB return...
  8. N.Sreefer

    Diy dryrock is colorant safe?

    I'm planning on making a batch of diy dryrock and cant for the life of me find someone who sells white cement mix in my area. So I was wondering is there a safe colorant or brightener I could add?
  9. JoannaCora

    Build Thread First Build Thread - 20 AIO Reef, Then the Plot Thickened.

    After posting about my refugium over in the macroalgae forum I decided why not post up my whole build progression while I'm at it. First off, I suppose this would be considered a budget build by most standards, and/or DIY, nearly everything was repurposed from old builds during my last foray in...
  10. Leon Gorani

    Should I redo this connection in plumbing?

    So I went to glue a corner piece to a straight piece of pvc, I made two marks because I needed it at a specific angle. I put on the primer pvc glue on the straight piece of pvc that goes inside the corner connection, and then I wiped it off because it removed my mark I made with sharpie, then I...
  11. Nate Chalk

    Need thoughts on sump plumbing 1st timer (180 gallon Shallow Reef DIY build)

    Okay we have put the tank on the stand, Very Heavy, had a buddy help. Plumbing is dry fit currently. Would like feedback if everything looks good or if I need to change anything (means ordering more parts, so hope not) It's my first time running a sump so.... My main drain has the gate valve...
  12. Nate Chalk

    Sump Plumbing (extension of my build thread for quicker feedback)

    Okay we have put the tank on the stand, Very Heavy, had a buddy help. Plumbing is dry fit currently. Would like feedback if everything looks good or if I need to change anything (means ordering more parts, so hope not) It's my first time running a sump so.... My main drain has the gate...
  13. Schreiber

    Build Thread Leviathan Lagoon- DIY Automation, Custom Laser-Etched Canopy, & More In My New & Improved Tank!

    I’ve actually been writing & re-writing this build thread since August. Every time I’m about to post it, I make another major change/addition & put it off by another month. But I finally decided to set it in stone & post! My thread index has the coolest/most unique sections in bold, if...
  14. killergoby

    Supplemental T5 bulb/fixture choices- Best for SPS growth?

    I currently have a 48" SBox Pro from SB Reef Lights and a 48" T5 in the front as shown. My tank measures 48" long. I'm considering adding an additional 1-2 T5 bulbs on the rear of the tank for better light spread and shadowing issues. Currently, with how far up the T5 has to be mounted to allow...
  15. Wayne Kruger

    Build Thread My Journey Reefing On A Tight Budget 55 Gallon

    Well, where do I begin? I'm a student of Architecture in my beautiful 3rd world country Namibia. A geological location that feels pretty much like the butt side of the world in terms of what is available on the other side of the world. Nonetheless we fellow like minded reefers all have what...
  16. JoseQ

    Need help on xr30 Gen 5 spacing

    Hello everyone, This is my first post on reef2reef! I am looking for help on spacing guidelines for my new display tank. The tank is 10 feet long by 30" wide and 30" tall. I have 5 radion Gen 5 blue lights. The tank will be a mixed reef and I am having a hard time finding any info on sapcing...
  17. S

    Found a cheap, properly shape/size ATO reservoir

    Hey everyone! Just wanted to share what I’m now using as an ATO reservoir. I, like many others, have very limited space in my tank cabinet, so finding a reservoir that holds a decent amount of water but also takes up a small amount of space has been a challenge. I have a solid foot of space...
  18. Leon Gorani

    Plumbing not pushing all the way into union? Is this okay?

    I am plumbing my tank with pipes and unions bought from bulk reef supply and when I put a union onto the pipe it looks like the pipe doesn’t push in all the way. There is some space on the inside, Is this normal? If I use a lot of force then maybe I can get it pushed farther in but my question...
  19. Q

    Automatic On/Off switch for aquarium sump pump

    So I am wanting to make a DIY aquarium sump as I am limited by space, now to do this I am going to run a normal canister filter as a pre-filter and send the return to a sump, and then have a second (separate from the canister filter) return pump to the display tank itself. However as you...
  20. loneboat

    Found a use for broken eFlux wave pump

    Magnetic frag holder!
  21. Leon Gorani

    Is it okay to remove these baffles from a Red Sea 170 sump? how to?

    I am trying to make a new set up in a Red Sea 170 sump so I can fit a filter roller mat, and I would need to remove the existing baffles put in by Red Sea. In the 1st and 2nd image I am showing the baffles that I want to remove. it is the filter sock holder tray, and all of the little pieces of...
  22. Dennis Cartier

    CO2 Tank Auto Switcher

    People who run CalRx have to make sure to keep an eye on their CO2 tank and be ready to get it filled on a moment's notice, or if you have a spare full tank, be ready to swap the backup tank for the active one when it runs out. The thing is, CalRx's often end up being a set it and forget it type...
  23. Reefer of Oz

    DIY ATO <$100: Aquahub Top-It-Off Kit Modification

    Yo yo! Whats up with them ATOs..... Salinity is one of the major parameters within our systems that requires our attention to maintain. Differences in salt mixing procedure and products aside, the one factor affecting salinity that all aquarists have to manage is that of evaporation. It...
  24. W

    DIY 3D printed Digital Color Analysis for Aquarium test tubes under $15 and no soldering required.

    I'm been working on this for while and i feel that it looks good enough to show.... i hope it helps others analysis digital color representation for people who are color blind like me, parts are pretty cheap possibly under $15 and no soldering required. DIY Digital 3D Color Analysis for...
  25. D4jack

    Finally ready to swap my livestock!!!

    I recently built my 40 breeder 20 sump setup. Stand hood and all, even lights!! Check out my build thread. I've had great numbers for days. Moved my livestock today. Everything looks good except my 1 bta. I managed to rip its foot! I'm extremely disappointed in myself. Should I quarantine it...
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