Let's see your bestest and ugliest ghetto mods or builds!

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  1. Mandelstam

    Mandelstam Well-Known Member

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    Of course it's fun to see all of the super clean laser cut and color coded acrylic/glass/pvc builds and systems. But myself I also love to see the pure barebone no aesthetics pure function el cheapo diy builds and mods. :) They are often a ton more inspiring than the super clean builds from a pro custom workshop.

    So have you done any cool builds where you just had to wing it and improvise with what you had lying around and it then turned out great? Show us! Even if it failed catastrophically, we promise we won't laugh! ;)

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  2. glb

    glb Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    The name of your post cracked me up!
     
  3. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Okay, I'll play.

    Bubble box:

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    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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  5. AdamNC

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    That’s not too ghetto, it actually looks nice.
     
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    Homebrew skimmer.
     
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    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I agree this is nice!
     
  8. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you guys. Really wasn't intended to be ghetto. Sometimes you need to think outside the box, and that's what I did. Works.
     
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    Mandelstam Well-Known Member

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    Exactly my thought too!
     
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    DIY Sulfur Denitrator, wouldn't call it ghetto but it was WAY cheaper than buying a fancy acrylic one.
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    Mandelstam Well-Known Member

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    Really nice build! And maybe a gentrified ghetto build.. :D
     
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    Converted ato for my Red Sea to an ATS.
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    This is frickin brilliant.
     
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    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I was tired of looking at a bunch of dosing lines so I used some extra PVC to jury-rig this. Pretty ugly but it worked.

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    cycled123 Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    That's cool! I may to steel the idea
     
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    Diy polyfill overflow filter sock in line reactor thingy....
    Actually worked pretty well, just toss and replace filter floss every other day. I’ve upgraded since then, lemme see if I can find a pic of my new concoction. . EB3DBCC9-5797-4E05-A4B8-2F63604047E3.jpeg BE556F50-3BE4-4595-A102-13351602DFD9.jpeg
     
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    This thread is awesome, keep it coming!
     
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    Diy led pendant and light stand.
    That's emt conduit and a stainless mixing utensil container turned pendant.

    Next up is my Diy controller.
    This is a gutted audio receiver. It holds my diy ato, diy metal halide ballast, 2 led drivers for actinics and my diy ats, my diy temp controller, switch for ato, switch for a diy moon light, and timers for the lights. It was a nightmare to wire but it uses one plug, all the sensor and feed wires have plugs so it is completely removable. Just don't show this to my home owners insurance company. It is not ul listed..... [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Almost forgot my diy algae feeder. [​IMG]
     
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    cycled123 Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Neat! What is the frame made of?
     
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