DIY Pod Condos

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  1. pickupman66

    pickupman66 Well-Known Member MTRCMember

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    SO, I saw these a LONG LONG time ago from G.A.R.F and made a pair for myself about a year or so ago. these are SUPER easy to make and super cheap too.

    Materials:

    Currogated plastic sheet. (an old yard sign, election sign etc)
    Zip ties
    piece of reef rubble
    Drill and bit (i use a drill press)


    Cut the plastic into 3 or 4" squares. I usually make 6. the more even they are, the neater. I usually cut a long strip with a knife then cut that up with scissors into the squares. Drill a hole in 2 opposite corners and secure together with a zip tie. also tie a piece of rubble to them so they sink. the ones i have sink so you can gauge the size.

    from here, drop them in your sump or behind the rock. The pods will go inside and lay their eggs and use this as a safe heaven. you can get alot of pods in these things. they will come out and get eaten and or disperse within your rock work.

    I have two large ones in my sump and a good shake releases TONS of pods. they get sucked into the pump intakes and back into my tank. I just put a small one like this behind my rock.

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  2. PmCarbrey

    PmCarbrey Well-Known Member

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    Interesting design, I've never seen them made like this before! usually I just use rubble in netting, but I may have to try this!
     
  3. pickupman66

    pickupman66 Well-Known Member MTRCMember

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    I like them because they are very compact. they can hold a TON of pods. you can make them as small or as large as you want and they really arent detritus traps like the rock rubble can be.
     
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    bct15 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Showcase Editor

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    Cool, I'm going to make a couple this weekend
     
  5. mixer911

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    Cool idea Lindsey! I use coroplast all the time so have scraps that now have a use :D
     
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    pickupman66 Well-Known Member MTRCMember

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    Rick, if you start producing and selling these on Synergy, I want royalties.
     
  7. mixer911

    mixer911 Make them green with envy R2R Supporter MTRCMember Gold Sponsor

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    Lol... i dont see that happening anytime soon.
     
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    hes talking about the royalties:xd:
     
  9. Duffam3434

    Duffam3434 **TASTE THE RAINBOW**

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    Cool idea! we may have to make one!
     
  10. sarahwoods

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    Hmmm interesting! I am going to have to try this!!! Thanks.
     
  11. reefyrob

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    Like this idea, going to give it a try, thanks Pickup :bigsmile:
     
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    fyrfytr Well-Known Member

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    This is a GREAT idea
     
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    Djshabb Well-Known Member

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    I made a few and I'm going to try them out. ImageUploadedByReef2Reef Aquarium Forum1379686361.507130.jpg
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    Thanks for the idea, gives me something to do while waiting for corals to grow
     
  14. pickupman66

    pickupman66 Well-Known Member MTRCMember

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    attababy!!!
     
  15. Djshabb

    Djshabb Well-Known Member

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    Pickupmann66 have you noticed or heard of anything leeching into the water column from the sign board?
     
  16. skinz78

    skinz78 Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Great idea! I've also seen people take those shower poof ball things that ladies use for liquid soap and use them as pod safe havens.
     
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    Dave3112 Well-Known Member

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    Sweet! Good job!
     
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    Dave3112 Well-Known Member

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    That's a heck of an idea too...
     
  19. pickupman66

    pickupman66 Well-Known Member MTRCMember

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    its a pvc product so there should not be any leeching.

    Skinz... admit it, you use one of those poof thingys.
     
  20. mrbee2828

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    These seem way easier to make and store vs the rubble hotels. Awesome idea!
     

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