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Hi..I thought I would put together a list of Nano-Reef.com's most popular and useful DIY post's. I thought it would make it easier for all of use instead of having to go back and research over and over. If you know of any great links, ie, submissions by our members of a DIY project that you thought was clear, concise and used good pictures and/or diagrams, post it here or PM me and I'll edit it in. Thanks. Feel free to critique. The order of listing has no implications. As always, ..the fine print.


DIY Library Threads


Aquapod Related

  1. Aquapod Hood Cooling by Keepher
  2. 120W PC Lighting Mod by keepher


Aquarium Canopies

  1. ross76053's Custom 10-Gallon Canopy Plans
  2. DSparks DIY MH Canopy 10G
  3. Matt Gecko's Making progress, Mini Bow Stand & Canopy


Aquarium Design

  1. The Barbe-Hatten Project's Custom In-wall 20L with 20L sump https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=47256/a>
  2. Tigahboy's 67g Reef Project
  3. NewbieReefer's 1st ReefOne Aquarium, 1st DIY Acrylic Tank


Aquarium Stands

  1. MattGecko's Making progress, Mini Bow Stand & Canopy https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=14526


Auto Topoff Systems

  1. Undertheradar's Battery powered air top-off...$10. http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...p;p=entry
  2. GreenUku's Sun Tea Jar Auto Topoff http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...&hl=sun+tea
  3. willtel's Air Powered Auto Topoff


Calcium Reactors

  1. Wetworx101's DIY Nano Reef Calcium Reactor http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...c=18001&hl=



  1. Taekwondodo's Chiller for $60



  1. Loc-line
  2. Over the wall bulkheadless outflow for NC's


Closed Loops

  1. Dhoffroad's closed loop w/ heater chamber (pico size) http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...p;p=entry



  1. KrackerG's 30" DUAL 70w MH retro conversion http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...c=26375&hl=
  2. KrackerG's 20" 70w MH retro conversion http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...c=24893&hl=
  3. Dsparks DIY MH Canopy - 10G
  4. Neanderthalman's LED Lighting for a Pico http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...c=57855&hl=
  5. jmt's HOW TO: DIY $110 150w MH Pendant - Regent Revisited http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...p;p=entry
  6. Reefriot's DIY 70watt or 150w MH HQI pendant http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...c=16346&hl=




1) Sinistards' Cold Cathode Mod



2) Fishhead's Diy Moonlights With Pics http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...p;p=entry


Nano Cube Related


1)Web Guy's Sump Jump Guard


above link lost during the website upgrade. Complimentary thread:



2)Tigahboy's NC6 Mods



3)Shao-lin nano's 24G nanocube





1) impur's 29gal external overflow and sump DIY - lots of pics



2) melcolm's Cheap Overflow



3) Tigahboy's Overflow Diagrams, Durso, Stockman Standpipe, & External Durso-style overflows



Protein Skimmers


1) Undertheradar's Nano Skimmer



2) Code Toad's Smallest protein skimmer http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...=30941&st=0


3) Reefer_Buddha's Nanomora Protein Skimmer http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...=22469&st=0


4) Nico's 24g NC Skimmer



5) Davidd's Xtreme Billyblanco Skimmer http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...p;p=entry


6) wetworx101's Gotta Crappy Skimmer? Convert it to an eductor style...DIY





1) Physh1's AquaClear 500 HOB



2) Epictankhere's Aquaclear 110(500) Fuge For Eclipse 12 Project http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...=52245&st=0


3) Mainframe562's Nano Cube Refugium



Refugium lighting


1) Doncb's LED Fuge Light



2) DHodges34's Nanocustoms Fuge light with pics



3) Steelhealr's post documenting Matt Gecko, Trumph, Shao-Lin Nano, diverkk and Bobalouy's 24G refugium lighting titled Easy Refugium Fuge Light for the Nano Cube, Illustrated for Newcomers Options



Surface skimmers


1)Doriftu's cassette skimmer



2) NanoBob's surface skimmer




3) Stoney Waters 12G, A modded nano (skimmer mod)



4) fuzzman24's small surface skimmerbox?



Related and Helpful DIY Sites


lgreen had a good suggestion to list a few other related sites that provide DIY assistance that is usual to us here at NR.


1) Melev's Reef http://www.melevsreef.com/


2) Garf's Site http://www.garf.org/


Reference Section


Compatibility Charts


1)Liveaquaria.com's chart http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/compati...ility_chart.cfm


2) Marine Depot's chart http://lib1.store.vip.sc5.yahoo.com/lib/ma...mpatibility.GIF


Acclimation Protocols


Liveaquaria's acclimation http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/general...9&subref=AI

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I like those threads where people add baffles to the tank to make an 'in-tank sump'. I have one, but I dont want to toot my own horn...others have some nice ones as well.

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Originally posted by g0tfish

some people's sump designs would b good for people who want to change their existing glass tanks to sumps. =)


yep. does melevesreef.com count?

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Like rmulet said

Auto Topoff Systems

1) Undertheradar's Battery powered air top-off...$10.


is going to the wrong hyperlink, it is pointint to the link for


Closed Loops

1) Dhoffroad's closed loop w/ heater chamber (pico size)


Great thread though.

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You're DA' BOMB! Steelhealr!


This is wonderful! A onestop shop to refer newbs to, great job as usual too!


Just had to give you a bump up for the great work!


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As always, sensei, thank you. It amazes me at the ingenuity and hard work some people put into their tank and then, without hesitation, share it with others. I wanted to make it easier for them to find these (me too). SH

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