1. Jud

    Nuvo 40 AIO Build Thread

    I’ve been slowly amassing the materials to start up a new 40-gallon reef tank. It’s been 6+ months in the making, and I’m now just getting around to posting photos. Needless to say, I’ve been taking my sweet time. My last tank was an Aqueon 150 - not the greatest tank for a third-floor...
  2. fsamir

    DIY Sticky Aiptasia Killing solution. Reef safe?

    Hi @Randy Holmes-Farley can you please advice if there is anything concerning on my DIY Aiptasia killing solution? I have been using this recipe for around 4 years, without a problem, on my SPS dominated reef tanks and my experience is positive. However, I was wondering if it could be...
  3. JoshF7

    Theiling Compact Rollermat - Alternative Replacement Fleece?

    I have the Theiling Compact Rollermat on a new system I am setting up, and generally love it. However, the tank is going through it's ugly phase and I'm regularly cleaning glass/etc. which is using up the fleece at an incredible rate (about one roll a week)! At BRS it is $50 for 3 rolls, so that...
  4. Jerzyray

    Gen 1 AI Hydra Q?

    Hey all, Iv bin researching the AI hydra (non-HD) LEDs. I don't have a controller for them, but I do have an apex. Can anyone help me figure out how I can control these lights? When I plug them in all the LEDs come on full power.
  5. DirtDiggler2823

    Vodka vs Vinegar vs DIY NOPOX

    I'm currently on my 3rd week of dosing vodka to reduce nitrates in my tank, when I remember that I stumbled upon a couple of DIY NOPOX recipes that mix vodka, vinegar, and rodi water (sometimes). What are the benefits, if any, to dosing the DIY NOPOX vs the vodka I'm currently using?
  6. Anchor

    What magnets for DIY things

    I am considering making a few Frag racks to stick to the side of my tank(s). I read neodymiam were usable but shouldn't you coat them with something? If so, What? I want magnets to hold for at least 1/2 inch glass.. what size neo's are suggested?
  7. Irishman

    Let’s see them skirts/skins

    I’m all finished with my build and started cycling my tank. While the cycle is going I need to get my facade going. Can anyone help with some ideas on what they did. Also the tank is very quiet the only thing I hear is the skimmer and return pump, would the facade damp the noise down or would I...
  8. smartwater101

    MP40 extension: Having trouble finding wires, 10-conductor 22awg and 26awg (shielded)

    I don't want to send the dryside to Echotech and pay 60$ for an extension. But the only place I can find these wires, sell them in bulks of hundreds of feet. Pricey to say the least. I posted in the 'Looking to buy' forum (hoping someone has a busted dryside that i can steal the cable from)...
  9. smartwater101

    California Dryside cable for a vortech MP40 (older ver w/white controller) I do not need motor or controller

    WTB I want to extend the cable for my MP40, and I rather not pay 60$ to send it to Echotech for an extension. Does anyone have a busted Dryside sitting around? I'm not sure what it would cost me for shipping, but even just cutting the motor off would be fine by me lol I'm having a heck of a...
  10. Brian Goldstein

    DIY Wooden Stand - verify this is okay?

    Hey Everyone- I can't seem to find a stand that fits the dimensions for my acrylic tank, so I'll be building my own wood stand for the first time. If you guys are familiar with "the king of DIY" on Youtube, I'm basically replicating his process of building it out of purely 2 x 4's. I plan on...
  11. Alemoki

    • Dane's Mixed Reef Cube •

    So it's come time to finally create this thread that I promised to do a while back. Been a member here on R2R for a while now but have only been lurking. I currently have about a 220 litre system with the sump included in that. Display volume around 170 litres. It's a cube and my first ever...
  12. damselindistress

    Mount for glass skimmer?

    I originally posted in the equipment thread but someone directed me here... I bought a glass skimmer from a fellow reefer and need to fabricate some kind of mount for it. At the moment while I'm testing it out I've cobbled together a suction cup and ponytail holder contraption you can see below...
  13. Darsh

    My DIY/Ghetto/cheap build

    So a quick back story… I’ve been out of the saltwater hobby and actually completely tankless for about 6 years. I sold my tanks when I left my home country of Ireland to live in Poland. The itch starting to come back and I finally decided I NEED A TANK!! After spending a lot of money in the...
  14. Jose Berry

    225g rebuild.

    I know this would be my second 225 g aquarium purchase. I had started the other build but it’s been a stand still. (Time)(a lot is need for the tank) This is a shorter but wider and taller tank then my other one. I will be getting this done a lot quicker as it’s easier to turn around. It just...
  15. Pinback


    in the next two years...i'm looking at building a 72" GLASS tank, 18" tall, and 24" wide (135 gallons) hopes & dreams: interested in keeping a few tang species (yellow, kole, powder blue tang, etc.). mixed reef. DIY floating hood and black box LED units. i have priced this out at around $400...
  16. actik

    My first aquarium (Nano)

    Hi everyone, ive never done this before or even created a threat with build progress but im going to do my best lol. I fell in love with how beautiful corals were and decided i would give it a try in a nano sized tank and if all goes well perhaps go bigger ofcourse, this may be my new hobbie...
  17. This guy is Extra Salty

    DIY AIO 5gallon nano

    So I was a bit bored at work and was like hey let’s build something I figured why not better than dying of boredom.. I found a few pieces of acrylic and decided to make a “prototype” AIO.. about 15 minutes later coming off a laser cutter and some weld-on Go ahead and critique it I know some...
  18. NotASpammerDude

    muh nano tank

    Hi R2R, I'm documenting the conversion of my 23gal Vista (mid brackish) to FOWLR with the plan of growing Coralline algae (moving it into the reef space). I've had the tank for about 2.5 years now at various FW to low end brackish salinities... The biggest reasons I am turning the tank into...
  19. Auto-pilot

    Battery backup

    Soo I looked into the market for an automatic battery backup for my tank. I found options but didn't like the products or price on alot of them. Some you even had to buy their fans and others didn't even have heaters! I saw this and decided I'll just make my own and wanted to share what I made...
  20. Brad Miller

    Culturing and feeding Phytoplankton to Coral, Pods and Fish

    I've exhausted myself over the course of several months researching this and still can not seem to find the answers I'm looking for. I did order "Ocean Majic" Phyto from Algae Barn (4 strain mix) and have been doing their recommended dosing once a day by adding to my refugium for just over 1...
  21. Nolan Shinn

    Dual overflow into algae turf scrubber??

    I’ve been considering how best to plumb the dual overflow/return on my center drilled 150gal build and I need some input from you knowledgeable reefers out there: Is there any reason I couldn’t pipe both of my overflow down tubes through two algae turf skimmers? In theory this would mean all...
  22. Nolan Shinn

    Seattle center-drilled 150

    Hey gang! I moved out of my apartment to a house in Seattle, so The Apartment Reef has been disassembled. On the bright side, the new house has a semi-finished basement, so I’m back in the big tank game! The new (to me) tank is a centerdrilled 150gallon tank I picked up from a nearby guy on...
  23. Tangina20

    DIY mount for hydra 25, ai prime, hydra 52

    Hey everyone I made a diy mount for my 2 hydra 26 lights and it only costed about $25 to maleness both mounts which is a lot cheaper than the store bought ones feel free to ask any questions on how I did it! I still need to paint them and drill holes to hide the wires.
  24. Tangina20

    DIY mount for hydra 26 lights

    I’m looking for ideas to mount 2 hydra 26 lights and am having a hard time finding info on it. Does anyone have pictures of mounts they did? Thanks!
  25. buddy.

    Buddy's Reef-Pi Build

    Hey everyone! Here is another #reef-pi build for anyone interested in following :D My build will consist of @Ranjib reef-pi (of course) and I will also be using the HAT and PWM module from @wykat . I only have a laptop so I couldn't do the standard raspberry pi set up with a mouse and keyboard...