Category Archives: DIY Components

Aquarium Cooling Fan Failure

Over a Holiday weekend recently, our aquarium cooling fan stopped working. We discovered this because our Apex Aquacontroller alerted us to increased temperatures in the tank. With most shops not open, or on shorter hours, and an hour drive to … Continue reading

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Homemade Neptune Apex Breakout Box

Thought I would share my just finished and tested (and works wonderfully) Neptune Apex Breakout Box. 😉 The Cable that plugs into the Apex is the same connector that Apple serial printers of yesterday used so they are cheap and … Continue reading

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Feeding our Scooter Dragonet

I had written previously about our newest addition to our aquarium, a Scooter Dragonet, and promised to write further concerning his feeding. Dragonet’s are considered finicky eaters, preferring only live food, so to begin we purchased some Reef Pods to … Continue reading

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Investigating “Bugs” Crawling On Our Coral

Recently, we noticed that our Chocolate Mint Chip Zoanthid Coral had seemed agitated and had been closed more often than open over the past few days. We have found that when the aquarium lights go out for the night is … Continue reading

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Changing out Deionization Resin on RO/DI Unit

The last step in creating RO/DI water is deionization, which is simply removing ions from water. This step is done in the single canister on the right in the photo below. Next to the canister is a digital read-out that … Continue reading

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Building a Custom Aquarium Canopy

Building a custom aquarium canopy is a great option for anyone looking to customize their aquarium setup. The aquarium stand was a bit easier to build than the canopy, (you can check that out here) but we felt it was … Continue reading

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DIY Aquarium Stand And Canopy

DIY Aquarium Stand and Canopy: After shopping around for new and used aquarium stands at pet stores, Craigslist, ebay and other online stores, we decided to build our own. This way we could customize it to our liking for less than … Continue reading

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How to Make Saltwater For Your Aquarium

Having never owned an aquarium before, I was not aware that water needed to be changed on a regular basis. For saltwater, this means making saltwater before performing a water change. See below for how to make saltwater for your … Continue reading

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