The Chicken or the Eggcrate - How have you used eggcrate in your system?

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How have you used eggcrate in or around your aquarium?

  • Aquarium lid

    Votes: 99 30.9%
  • Frag rack

    Votes: 163 50.9%
  • Skimmer stand

    Votes: 96 30.0%
  • Sump Divider

    Votes: 64 20.0%
  • Other (please describe in the discussion)

    Votes: 47 14.7%
  • I have not used eggcrate in or around my aquarium

    Votes: 80 25.0%

  • Total voters
    320

Peace River

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Reefkeepers have found many uses in the aquarium space for egg crate light diffusers. Whether it was for an aquarium lid, a frag rack, a skimmer stand, a divider in your sump, a connection point for an ATO float valve, or a way to separate fish within an aquarium - how have you used this versatile material?

Here is a way that one of our members, @bisteclol, used egg crate with 3D printed legs that they created!

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image by @bisteclol

If you aren't familiar with egg crate and are looking for a source, the white version can be found at most major home stores and the black version can be found at online suppliers including Bulk Reef Supply, Saltwater Aquarium, Premium Aquatics, and more.
 

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Frag racks so far and hardware stores. Also sometime you can order the black egg crate to home depot for a little cheaper price then a lot of the well known online reef stores....
 

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The first time I used egg crate was 32yrs ago and I used it because one of my wrasses went carpet surfing, I didn't want to pay big bucks for a lid and made one out of crate.
I have also used it to construct an acclamation pen for new fish, as a frag rack and as my first sumps dividers oh and to hold my bio balls in the wet dry filter... that's OLD SCHOOL RIGHT THERE lol
 

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I read - and ill try to look for the book - to place rock work on egg crate. Book was old(er) but i to this day cant figure that out. Anyone heard/done/understand that?
Rock was more stable sitting on the egg crate…without crate, sand could be moved and rocks could topple.
I think the problem was with the dead spots that were in each little square.
In my tanks most of the base rock is sitting above the tank floor because of acrylic ‘legs’ that were drilled into each rock.
Fish and cuc can go under almost every rock.
 

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I've used it on top my glass lid under light to dim down intensity on certain part off my tank and currently use it under skimmer to higher it and also got a little thin piece with a elastic band around a rock on the eggcrate to create a little ladder for the naughty murderous crabs in the sump so can get from one section to another ^_^
 

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Wow, egg crate. Maybe one of the most versatile diy products. Have used in the past as a sump divider to contain bioballs in a wet dry, with screen mesh to make the void space in a plenum system, as a foam stabiliser in diy air stone and Venturi skimmers, elevating aquascapes on bare bottom setups, as a frame for rock bommies, overflow snail guard and currently using as the floss holder in my Waterbox 10. Great stuff, always have a sheet in the shed.
 
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Does it matter to you whether your fish are captive-bred or wild caught?

  • I only buy captive bred fish.

    Votes: 50 13.2%
  • It matters, but I will buy either captive-bred or wild-caught.

    Votes: 282 74.6%
  • I think wild-caught fish are the better option.

    Votes: 5 1.3%
  • I don’t care where the fish were bred.

    Votes: 41 10.8%
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