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  1. Default DIY Aquarium Tools!


    1 Not allowed!
    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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    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 12 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 1 Cockatoo Apisto, 1 Crowntail Betta, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 BN Pleco

  2. #2

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    Merry Christmas - DougStanley TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123 You're A Great Asset To AC - metweezer Happy new Year!! - SeaLady Happy New Year! - fishmommie 
    Congrats on your new fish, & thanks for being my first forum friend! - hydrophile Have another tetra for recieving healthy fish from TWS :) - steeler58 Thanks 4 help - pRED TGIF my friend, it's traditonal. - Taurus For another safe delivery from TWS :) - steeler58 
    All is well with the new fish - SeaLady new fish -- Yay! - RiversGirl You deserve one! - Timthegoldfish For you MOTM win :) - steeler58 Congrats on MOTM and new crab tank.lol - pRED 
    For your new 10G tropical tank :) - Boundava Congrats on first MOTM 2015! - James` For passing yet another member, look at Cliff ;-) - steeler58 keep on Yapping - cm12setx 17,000 nuff said :) - steeler58 
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    0 Not allowed!
    Very handy!...I have made a few DIY tank tools myself, always nice to see new ideas!
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  3. Default


    1 Not allowed!
    Oh cool! What kinda stuff have you made? I love DIY items!
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 12 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 1 Cockatoo Apisto, 1 Crowntail Betta, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 BN Pleco

  4. #4

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    Merry Christmas - DougStanley TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123 You're A Great Asset To AC - metweezer Happy new Year!! - SeaLady Happy New Year! - fishmommie 
    Congrats on your new fish, & thanks for being my first forum friend! - hydrophile Have another tetra for recieving healthy fish from TWS :) - steeler58 Thanks 4 help - pRED TGIF my friend, it's traditonal. - Taurus For another safe delivery from TWS :) - steeler58 
    All is well with the new fish - SeaLady new fish -- Yay! - RiversGirl You deserve one! - Timthegoldfish For you MOTM win :) - steeler58 Congrats on MOTM and new crab tank.lol - pRED 
    For your new 10G tropical tank :) - Boundava Congrats on first MOTM 2015! - James` For passing yet another member, look at Cliff ;-) - steeler58 keep on Yapping - cm12setx 17,000 nuff said :) - steeler58 
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - steeler58 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - aquariumlover10 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - gronlaura Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - SeaLady 

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    1 Not allowed!
    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
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
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  5. #5

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    Merry Christmas - DougStanley TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123 You're A Great Asset To AC - metweezer Happy new Year!! - SeaLady Happy New Year! - fishmommie 
    Congrats on your new fish, & thanks for being my first forum friend! - hydrophile Have another tetra for recieving healthy fish from TWS :) - steeler58 Thanks 4 help - pRED TGIF my friend, it's traditonal. - Taurus For another safe delivery from TWS :) - steeler58 
    All is well with the new fish - SeaLady new fish -- Yay! - RiversGirl You deserve one! - Timthegoldfish For you MOTM win :) - steeler58 Congrats on MOTM and new crab tank.lol - pRED 
    For your new 10G tropical tank :) - Boundava Congrats on first MOTM 2015! - James` For passing yet another member, look at Cliff ;-) - steeler58 keep on Yapping - cm12setx 17,000 nuff said :) - steeler58 
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - steeler58 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - aquariumlover10 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - gronlaura Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - SeaLady 

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    1 Not allowed!
    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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    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

  6. Default


    1 Not allowed!
    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.

    Hardscaped 29G: 12 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 1 Cockatoo Apisto, 1 Crowntail Betta, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 BN Pleco

  7. #7

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    Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady 
    Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly 
    TGIF! - wgoldfarb T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 thanks for the tip on the ammonia alert.  it's great for cycling with fish. - fishmommie Merry Christmas - steeler58 Merry Christmas - fishmommie 
    Happy Christmas! - Slaphppy7 For all your help. - metweezer Best wishes for the new year - SeaLady Thanks for the nomination :) - steeler58 Thanks 4 help - pRED 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

    Default How do you clean your hoses?


    1 Not allowed!
    Okay, what does everyone use to clean canister hoses? Any DIY ideas? I want to clean my hoses before I stock the Dual 29s.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras
    Future 40 Long - Rummynose Tetras and Cories

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  8. Default


    1 Not allowed!
    I don't have a canister hose but how wide/long is the hosing???
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 12 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 1 Cockatoo Apisto, 1 Crowntail Betta, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 BN Pleco

  9. #9

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    Merry Christmas - DougStanley TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123 You're A Great Asset To AC - metweezer Happy new Year!! - SeaLady Happy New Year! - fishmommie 
    Congrats on your new fish, & thanks for being my first forum friend! - hydrophile Have another tetra for recieving healthy fish from TWS :) - steeler58 Thanks 4 help - pRED TGIF my friend, it's traditonal. - Taurus For another safe delivery from TWS :) - steeler58 
    All is well with the new fish - SeaLady new fish -- Yay! - RiversGirl You deserve one! - Timthegoldfish For you MOTM win :) - steeler58 Congrats on MOTM and new crab tank.lol - pRED 
    For your new 10G tropical tank :) - Boundava Congrats on first MOTM 2015! - James` For passing yet another member, look at Cliff ;-) - steeler58 keep on Yapping - cm12setx 17,000 nuff said :) - steeler58 
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - steeler58 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - aquariumlover10 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - gronlaura Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - SeaLady 

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    2 Not allowed!
    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
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

  10. Default


    1 Not allowed!
    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.
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 12 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 1 Cockatoo Apisto, 1 Crowntail Betta, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 BN Pleco

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