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DIY Aquariums and Refugiums

Build Your Own DIY (Do It Yourself) Aquarium or Refugium


Here are DIY (Do It Yourself) plans for building aquariums and refugiums from glass, acrylic, plywood and/or other material combinations, as well as how to repair small leaks or fix other major tank damage. It's easy to learn how to build your own aquarium. Build your own custom DIY (Do It Yourself) aquarium just the way you want it and save money at the same time.

How to Design an Aquarium

There are a few things that must be taken into consideration when designing a glass aquarium. How to select the right glass thickness is a primary concern. Here is a step-by-step procedure for selecting the right glass thickness and save some money at the same time.

DIY Glass Aquarium Plans

An introduction to building your own tank with tips on working with glass. Included is a materials and tools list as well as pre-assembly instructions and complete step-by-step directions for how to construct a glass aquarium up to 55 gallons with 1/4 inch glass. Here is everything you need to know about designing and building your own saltwater aquarium. When used with the Glass Thickness Calculator these basic plans and instructions can be used to build a glass aquarium of any size.

DIY Seahorse Tank

Stan & Debbie Hauter
Here are complete instructions for building a 12 gallon DIY Seahorse tank. Also included: parts list, equipment list and a livestock list. Initially, this tank contained 2 Seahorses, 2 Featherdusters, a Striped Mandarin, 1 Bluelegged Hermit Crab and a Turbo Snail. The Seahorse tank itself costs about $25 to build in less than an hour.

Aquarium Glass Thickness Calculator

Once you have decided to take the leap and build your own custom tank, you will need to determine what glass thickness to use. Too thin is a road to potential disaster, too thick is the road to spending more money than you have to. Also included are steps you can take to economize tank construction without reducing tank strength or safety. It's all in the planning.

DIY Custom Glass Aquarium Building Tips

An Introduction from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on how to calculate the correct thickness of glass to use when building your own DIY glass aquarium. Includes considerations on the quality and characteristics of the choice of material.

DIY 7g "Nemo Cube" Tank

Looking for a great little tank for a single Percula Clownfish (Nemo), some invertebrates or a collection of corals? This could be the ticket for you. Parts list and Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions for building a 7g Nemo Cube or Mini Reef Tank.

Building A Refugium

From your About Host-Guide Don Carner, Don explains what a refugium is, how to plumb and put one together, what lighting to use and what you can place inside of it.

DIY Hang In/On Tank Acrylic Refugium

If you have been thinking about building an acrylic aquarium, but thought that acrylics were to hard to work with, here is the perfect project for you. Building this Hang In/On Tank Refugium (use for Mangroves, Algae, or a 'Pod Farm) will give you the experience and confidence you will need to build that acrylic tank you have always wanted. Complete with parts list, instructions and photos.

Solving Leaky Glass Aquarium Problems

Here are tips from your Guides on why leaks occur, and a list of common mistakes to avoid when making repairs on minor or major leaks in glass aquariums.

FAQ - Can I Build my Own Aquarium?

FAQ - Can I Build my Own Aquarium? Yes you can. Here is where to go for information, plans and Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions.

How To Repair Small Leaks

Small leaks in an aquarium can be annoying and may be a precursor of worse things (major leak) to come. Fixing small aquarium leaks isn't difficult and can take just a few minutes. Here is how to repair small leaks in an glass aquariums in 9 easy steps.

How To Repair Major Leaks or Replace a Broken Pane of Glass

Step-by-step instructions on how to repair major leaks, or replace a broken pane of aquarium glass.

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