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Jason McK
03-06-2009, 04:56 PM
March 2009

This months subject: Ghetto DIY.
Show us your most embarrassing or true Genius DIY aquarium project


Requested, but not required, members should post info about their picture. This could include a picture title and camera specs.

Only the first 20 entries will be used, so do not delay.Entries will be accepted until March 23rd, 2009.

Entries to be posted in this thread, if you have troubles posting please email your photo to candjszoo@gmail.com and I will post it for you

sphelps
03-06-2009, 07:16 PM
Haha, great idea. I'll go first.

This is all equipment I built when I first started, even had an inline phytoplankton and rotifer culturing system, beat that! :lol:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/filtrationrelocation016.jpg

That's probably the tallest kalk reactor ever made as well.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/filtrationrelocation005.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/filtrationrelocation009.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/filtrationrelocation008.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/filtrationrelocation015.jpg

Jason McK
03-06-2009, 07:25 PM
That's wild. It looks like you have every sized PVC and Flex fitting known to man. But I bet it worked very well

J

parkinsn
03-06-2009, 10:49 PM
This in my 944 watt 1/2 Ghetto 1/2 Genius DIY Light and stand

2x250w Ushio 10K MH PFO Ballast
6x54w T5HO 2 lamp Advanced Ballast's x3
3x40w Fans
Waiting for my piece of glass to block splashing
The reflectors are from a defective 4 lamp Cooper fixture, and im still thinking about getting individual reflectors on the MH's as well as mirrored plexie around the inside
The 4 panels around the metal stand are held with magnet strips on 1x2 frames with 1/4" rock panel
It may look ghetto but its better than my old fixture hanging from the celing and blinding me while im trying to watch TV.

Whole Shot

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr41/parkinsn/IMG_0224.jpg

Inside

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr41/parkinsn/IMG_0227.jpg

Side

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr41/parkinsn/IMG_0222.jpg

Front

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr41/parkinsn/IMG_0223.jpg

Top
1 switch for attinics 1 switch for the other 4 T5's the MH's are hard wired to the ballast

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr41/parkinsn/IMG_0217.jpg

cprowler
03-06-2009, 11:04 PM
This is my genius first attempt at plumbing a OM 4 way, that I later ditched all together.

LOL...Great topic!

http://www.zld.ca/reef/DSC_0692.jpg

Snappy
03-06-2009, 11:32 PM
After seeing the "house" I'd love to see what this guy would come up with for a tank.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h210/Trainer02/redneck-mansion.jpg

Lance
03-07-2009, 12:11 AM
After seeing the "house" I'd love to see what this guy would come up with for a tank.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h210/Trainer02/redneck-mansion.jpg




:faint:

Jay180reef
03-10-2009, 09:19 PM
Here's my ghetto DIY stand...the base is black steel square tubing, and I cut white styrofoam for the removable panels. The styrofoam makes the stand whisper quiet and they pop out for full access.
The hood is a unique design, I didn't like the look of a square hood, so I put some angles in the canopy. It's an open top, fans blow inward and draw the heat from the 3 250W MH and 4 T5 lights up and out. I think it looks cool as well. The hood is hinged on the wall so it is easily removed for maintenance.

Before paint
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/picture.php?albumid=83&pictureid=772

After paint
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/picture.php?albumid=83&pictureid=773

sharuq1
03-30-2009, 03:12 AM
Yes, this was what we were using to hang the lights :lol::redface:

http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/3194/morepicsoctober050fz7.jpg