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    Default DIY Aquarium Tools!


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    Once I started my tank, I quickly realized that I needed more tools! Sometimes I don't want to be elbow deep in water so I created a few items.

    Materials

    -Garden sticks (for the handle)
    -Small paintbrush (to stir up sand/landscaping)
    -Toothbrush (to scrub hard to reach places)
    -BBQ skewers (to pick at stuff/retrieve veggie snacks)

    Instructions

    1. Break garden stick to desired length
    2. Attach chosen tool with elastic bands in two sections for added strength

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    Very handy!...I have made a few DIY tank tools myself, always nice to see new ideas!
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    Oh cool! What kinda stuff have you made? I love DIY items!
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

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    One thing I came up with, that I use quite regularly, is a mini-substrate vac, see here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=115488
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    I made this little inner tank glass scrubber/cleaner with a cut piece of plastic clothes hanger, a chunk of AC110 sponge, and 2 tie wraps (zip ties)

    The plastic "handle" is sturdy enough to get a good scrubbing leverage to remove algae from the glass, and it's long enough that you don't have to immerse your whole arm into (mid size or smaller) tanks

    You could use just about anything, including an old piece of rag or cloth, for the scrubbing end...when you cut the hanger, leave the curved "hook" end to help secure the sponge or whatever you use, keeps it from sliding off


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    Oh that's neat! I think I'm going to try it, I have a couple of hard to reach places like under my driftwood and I try to use my paintbrush tool to stir up the sand, catch it with a net or the siphon, but I end up creating more of a mess when I start hitting the driftwood with it. This would be very useful, thanks!
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

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    Default How do you clean your hoses?


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    Okay, what does everyone use to clean canister hoses? Any DIY ideas? I want to clean my hoses before I stock the Dual 29s.
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    I don't have a canister hose but how wide/long is the hosing???
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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    Okay, what does everyone use to clean canister hoses? Any DIY ideas? I want to clean my hoses before I stock the Dual 29s.
    LOL, I could get into SO much trouble joking about the title of this post...

    ANYWHO, if you are in a rush and must go DIY, use fishing line and a bit of rag tied at the end...run lots of hot water through the hose, thread the fishing line through it, and pull the bit of rag end through the hose...rinse and repeat

    If you can wait a few days, get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Marina-10681-H...ter+hose+brush

    I love mine, works like a charm...the brush head swivels in such a way that if you play with it and twist the cable a bit, you can even make those tough angles on the hard canister tubes, and get every nook and cranny VERY clean

    Well worth the $7, IMO
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    LOL, I was going to suggest the exact same thing but to tie a small fishing weight to the end of the fishing line so that it would just fall all the way through instead of feeding it through.
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