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.

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  • 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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MarcosTacos

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I have a laser cutter. I bought it back in 2014 and can't see myself without one.

But that saw is 99% 3d printed.
What model is it?

Also to get back to the topic of the thread, I have a 3d printer and design lots of stuff for my reef tank. Floss baskets, replacement skimmer silencers and risers, test kit caddys, nem guards, tube / probe / valve holders, etc. I am in the process of designing a controller board to clean up my cables a bit.
 

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I made this light rack for my reef brites lol.. it's nothing special compared to the real DIY people, but it made those lights functional for me. 20240217_210353.jpg
 

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What laser cutter you got? I was thinking about getting myself one to go with my 3d printer. Also, you build your own electronics?
I just got a cheap 10w Mecpow x3 pro laser (270€ in europe included bed and air assist). I work mostyl with 3/3.5mm black plexi. Surely if budget would let me, a big CO2 would be my choiche so i would be able to cut also transparent plexi. If by build your own electronics you mean put components together on a pcb no, i am not, i am more repurposing electronics to fit my needs.
 

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I build everything from the ground up.. stands, sumps, tanks, canopies, lighting, skimmers etc lol. Last one I just did for a buddy..
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That is awesome. What did you use to cover the cabinet? Is plexiglass, expansed PVC or what? I want to do a new cabinet in the spring and i am looking for a way to cover it.
 

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That is awesome. What did you use to cover the cabinet? Is plexiglass, expansed PVC or what? I want to do a new cabinet in the spring and i am looking for a way to cover it.
It’s fully aluminum.. 1.25 aluminum sq tube and laminated with .063 aluminum sheets, all painted satin black with automotive paint. The door is 6mm acm panel for better rigidity.
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I currently have two projects in the works. 1st project I am working on is an algae turf scrubber. I still need some more materials to build the box to house the scrubber material and to purchase some grow lights. 2nd project is going to be a water mixing station with auto water change and RO/DI auto fill & top off controlled by Hydros.
 

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I just built this LED fixture for my 5.5G frag holding tank the other day-
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Its on the bottom shelf of my DIY (Rocketengineer plans) stand on my 40 breeder, which also has DIY LED pendants-
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I also stopped by TAP Plastics to buy more Weld-On #4 and acrylic to build some protein skimmers based on some twenty year old plans from Nano-Reef, from this thread here (I'm building the aspirating venturi version)


I have built a few over the years, and they always work excellent.
 

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That's cool! Brine eggs don't have a hard time hatching in reef tank salinity levels?
It's my first time attempting, but from this article they hatch in exactly the water parameters (temp,ph,salinity) I have in the DT. Made me panic a little though

 

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Getting ready for my first reef tank, 40B. I know the 2x6 are overkill, but can’t hear free! I left that gap at the tuck all the wires in and have room for my HOB.
 

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It's my first time attempting, but from this article they hatch in exactly the water parameters (temp,ph,salinity) I have in the DT. Made me panic a little though

I read a bit lower was optimal but 35ppt will probably work, you just have to make sure the egg shells can't escape since they take a long time to break down and might pollute the tank
 

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Getting ready for my first reef tank, 40B. I know the 2x6 are overkill, but can’t hear free! I left that gap at the tuck all the wires in and have room for my HOB.
That looks' great dude!

My 40 Breeder I didn't do 2x6, but each leg is three each 2x4, and I have a center brace between the front and back rails on the top. Between that, glue, screws, and a plywood top these are super strong.
 

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I read a bit lower was optimal but 35ppt will probably work, you just have to make sure the egg shells can't escape since they take a long time to break down and might pollute the tank
I keep mine at 32ppt as it's Fowlr. I actually made another version that has higher walls to prevent leakage of eggs. Thanks for the reminder. I read that if the bbs mate in good water the new eggs are friable easily. So hopefully this the last batch of hard eggs.

I also made a 500nm grid into another chamber to separate the n* from the juvees. I haven't figured out how to feed them yet but hoping there is enough phyto/algae/copepods floating in the fuge load them up. Also potting some LEDs on an ESP to guide them through the stages of a maze exit hopefully into the DT in certain intervals for feeding. I'm journaling the process so I can automate it better in the next interation.

Just dropped eggs for the first time an hour ago and we shall see what happens.
 

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I design and build for the entertainment/theme park industry. Special effects and water/fire features.
Currently starting back up after 12 years.

I work with Autocad and sometimes solidworks. I can generate dxf and stl files if anyone needs help.

Check out my build thread to see my tank/stand layout.
I decided to go with t-slot instead of welded frame to make it easier for folks to copy.
I’ll post Drawing soon of new t slot stand layout.

Here to help my fellow reefers
 

Fusion in reefing: How do you feel about grafted corals?

  • I strongly prefer grafted corals and I seek them out to put in my tank.

    Votes: 6 4.4%
  • I find grafted corals appealing and would be open to having them in my tank.

    Votes: 71 52.6%
  • I am indifferent about grafted corals and am not enthusiastic about having them in my tank.

    Votes: 45 33.3%
  • I have reservations about grafted corals and would generally avoid having them in my tank.

    Votes: 10 7.4%
  • I have a negative perception and would avoid having grafted corals in my tank.

    Votes: 3 2.2%
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