Posts Tagged DIY

Making Live Rock

The major bio-filtration media in use by marine aquarists, whether they keep a reef or fish only system, is probably live rock and for good reason. Premium live rock is rock that has been fairly recently harvested from around the reefs, meaning it is ‘rubble’ rather than

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There’s Some Interesting Stuff Out There

There certainly is and as far as marine aquarists are concerned it ranges from photographs and videos about the wild reefs, information and discussion on aquarium equipment, to setting up and maintaining a marine aquarium. Amongst all of this is something that is dear to many of

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Acrylic Aquariums – Do It Yourself

Aquarists have a choice of aquarium construction material. There’s glass which is probably the most popular, then acrylic. Aquariums can also be constructed from plywood with a suitable lining. Glass is the material usually targeted when DIY is involved. However, is it possible to use acrylic? The

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A Good Reference For Automatic Calculations

At some time or other many or probably all marine aquarists need to work out volume, or how much additive to dose their aquarium with, and such like. This can be difficult, for example if the aquarium has been filled with live rock and seawater what is

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Good Idea Or Am I Getting Lazy?

Like many others I am quite keen on efficiency. My free time is precious and though I don’t object in any way to the maintenance of my reef system I don’t want to spend unnecessary time at it. For example, a good while ago I wondered if

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Building Your own Calcium Reactor

Those aquarists that own a fish only system are not overly concerned with calcium levels as it is mainly the captive reef where the level needs monitoring. Even an aquarist with a reef aquarium could be able to maintain a sufficient calcium presence by the use of

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DIY Metal Halide Lighting

Do It Yourself (DIY) with a project of any kind is not for everybody. However, there are large numbers of people who do complete various projects successfully, and there is a lot of satisfaction to be had never mind the financial saving. Often the only requirement to

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DIY Aquarium Stand Resources

There are quite a few reasons as to why an aquarist would consider building their own aquarium stand. The current financial climate is one that springs to mind. It is a lot cheaper to build your own than purchase ‘off the shelf’ The challenge and satisfaction of

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DIY Protein Skimmers

The protein skimmer is considered to be an essential piece of equipment nowadays and assists greatly in the maintenance of high quality seawater. The device removes much of the dissolved organic material (DOM) that could accumulate. Anyone who has seen the dark stinky ‘yuk’ in a protein

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Can You Build A Fish Tank From Plywood?

Aquariums get more expensive as they get bigger. Well, there’s a pretty obvious statement to start with! However for the aquarist who is not keen to meet the price of a large aquarium but is able to deal with the cost of everything else there is a

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