Become a reef project master!!! Have you made any DIY items for your reef lately?

Have you made any DIY items for your reef lately?

  • I have made DIY items for my reef lately.

    Votes: 146 54.1%
  • I have made DIY items for my reef, but not lately.

    Votes: 73 27.0%
  • I have not made DIY items for my reef, but I plan to.

    Votes: 27 10.0%
  • I have no plans to make any DIY items for my reef.

    Votes: 19 7.0%
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Peace River

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Become a reef project master!!! Have you made any DIY items for your reef lately?

Sometimes we DIY items for our reef to save money, sometimes it is because we need a custom item, and sometimes it is because we can! At times these DIY projects can be a simple hack or other times they can be a well-designed project. Whether the item was quickly assembled or was far more demanding in time and resources, have you made any DIY items for your reef lately? Let us know what opportunity that you had and how you went about addressing this issue. We encourage you to share any tips or recommendation on how you approach possible DIY projects!

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Oh man, lots of stuff: rolling RODI/salt mixing station; many 3D printed holders for probes, float switches, controllers, etc.; control board; Arduino module for measuring temperature, salinity, ATO level; frag tank stand from 30mm extrusion (thanks to thread/article on this forum); adjustable height LED mount from 20mm extrusion; new 15A circuit with outlets in the utility room so I could put my frag tank back there; new recessed lights and drop ceiling tiles in the utility room as long as I had to do the electrical work. I may exit the hobby just to get a break from making stuff . . .
 

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I made a Battery Back up, for minimal water flow from a Watch Dog Back up Sump Pump. Three Spot Light LED Fixtures, with Dual 30Watt LED’s Heat Sinks and Fans, a Ten Minute Time Delay, to match the Ten Minute Delay on my Pumps, for the UV. Built out a Power Supply Cabinet for my LED Strip Lights. Made a Wet Catch Bucket, for picking up Saltwater. It’s rather crude compared to the ones at work though. Does keep the Saltwater out of my Wet Vac if careful. Built a Couple Spill Trays for my Sump Cabinets. I want to Build Two Old Time Wood Single Pulleys, to raise my Canopy. Can’t find someone with a Floor Stand Drill Press to cut the Blanks out of 3” Oak with a 4” Hole Saw.
 

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I made a couple stands for my tanks, and also repurpose things sometimes. I always look at the time/money balance. But the older I get, the more I value my free time.
 

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Got a laser cutter and plenty of stuff can come out... Skimmer cup extension with alarm when full, ato alarm when empty, automatic filter for sock chamber, feeding portal for net, repurposed a old aquarium to ATO reservoir, balling reservoir
 

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Got a laser cutter and plenty of stuff can come out... Skimmer cup extension with alarm when full, ato alarm when empty, automatic filter for sock chamber, feeding portal for net, repurposed a old aquarium to ATO reservoir, balling reservoir
What laser cutter you got? I was thinking about getting myself one to go with my 3d printer. Also, you build your own electronics?
 

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Wish I could find a good source of acrylic sheets around here that dont cost $$$
Find a local sign shop I’m sure they would sell scraps to you for dirt cheap… we throw so much away here it’s insane! I have like unlimited supply for my projects haha..
 

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I make most of my own stuff.

CaRx

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Ozone Reactor

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Coral Wetsaw

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5' Kalk Reactor and Controller




And if you click on my build thread, you'll see that most of my build is DIY.

Engineering is my passion!
 

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I made a couple stands for my tanks, and also repurpose things sometimes. I always look at the time/money balance. But the older I get, the more I value my free time.
I did HVAC Work, and I built UL Control Relay Cabinets. I really enjoyed that part of my work. Liked doing the Nuts & Bolts part of Control Work. I like building Electrical stuff, and it keep my mind Sharp, in Retirement. Won’t say, I haven’t let the Factory Smoke out of something, luckily it was a Cheap Power Supply.
 

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Find a local sign shop I’m sure they would sell scraps to you for dirt cheap… we throw so much away here it’s insane! I have like unlimited supply for my projects haha..
Wish I could find a good source of acrylic sheets around here that dont cost $$$
Check with Stores, they throw a Ton of Acrylic out. A little 3m Polish and it’s as good as new.
 

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Our aquarium has kept my CAD skills and 3d printer very busy lately.

Currently prototyping a self-sustaining In-Sump brine shrimp farm.

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That's cool! Brine eggs don't have a hard time hatching in reef tank salinity levels?

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5' Kalk Reactor and Controller




And if you click on my build thread, you'll see that most of my build is DIY.

Engineering is my passion!

What do you cut your acrylic with?
 

How hands-on are you as a reef keeper?

  • Very hands-on

    Votes: 133 64.3%
  • Somewhat hands-on

    Votes: 58 28.0%
  • Not very hands-on

    Votes: 9 4.3%
  • Not hands-on at all

    Votes: 5 2.4%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 1.0%
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