DIY: Tool Maintenance

When you get into this hobby there are certain tools that go along with maintaining the aquarium system. Using the correct tools and keeping them in top shape will make you job easier. Unfortunately most tools are taken for granted…

We Made a Hypnotic Spinning Barrel of Macroalgae

Pretty much as long as reef tanks have been around, mini reef keepers have employed algae in its various forms to control and reduce nutrients of the aquarium water. The popularity of using micro or macroalgae for this purpose has…

Coral Frag Garden Maintenance

When you are a collector like me, you will eventually be buying a lot of small frags of corals due to the lower cost and availability of imported corals these days. The challenge will be to grow these little nubs…

An overview of 3D Printing in the reef aquatics hobby

There comes a time in this hobby that something breaks, or a custom solution is needed, and you wish you can just make it like a scene in some old science fiction movie.¬† For my last tank build, I needed…

LEGO ROV is Powered by DIY Vortech Pumps!

Vortech water pumps from Ecotech Marine is a marvel of engineering, using a unique, patented design to magnetically coupe the torque between an externally mounted motor and internally mounted propeller. So imagine our surprise when a talented LEGO builder at…

Converting Built-In ATO to an Auto Waste Collector

There’s a relatively new class of reef aquarium and saltwater fish tank sump that have started to include built-in sections to function as reservoirs of freshwater to feed an automatic top off system. If you caught our last project building…

Leviathan is the DIY Controller of 2020

Aquarium Controllers have become much more widely available the last few years even as higher end aquarium gear has become increasingly smart and connected. Although there are certainly a lot more aquarists using Profilux, Aquatronica, Apex & Felix Smart, these…

Making a Simple DIY Dosing Line Holder Redux

The reef aquarium hobby used to be just as much about building what we needed as it was about unlocking the secrets of keeping saltwater fish, and making corals grow. The last decade has seen an explosion of mass-produced skimmers,…

Auto Filter Rolls are Ripe for DIY Tinkering

If there’s one piece of equipment in the reef aquarium hobby that we wish had more DIY options it’s the automatic filter roll. Fleece filter, rollermat or whatever you call them require the least amount of technical know how to…

Check Out This Cheap & Easy DIY Underwater Tripod Idea

SCUBA diving is a notoriously expensive hobby to get into and if you want to add underwater photography to the mix,¬†fuggedaboutit! But not everything about diving has to be ungodly expensive with a multitude of zeroes behind the sticker price,…