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By admin - Posted Jan 14, 2002 07:00 PM
Below is a listing of all of our Do It Yourself articles sorted by date with the newest at the top of the list.
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Product Review: Apogee Instruments' PAR Meter (Model MQ-200) and Software

By Dana Riddle on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The Apogee MQ-200 Quantum Meter offers many advantages to aquarium hobbyists. The meter is relatively inexpensive (as quantum meters go) and the submersible sensor is small and allows measurements to be made in tight spots. Hobbyists should take a careful look and see if this PAR meter is for them.

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Aquarium Equipment: PAR Meters and LEDs - How Accurate are the Measurements? A Comparison of Three Meters and Lux to PAR Conversion Factors for LEDs

By Dana Riddle on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

How do PAR meters stack up to one another? Dana delves into the data comparing and contrasting three light meters and gives us his take on the results.

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Product Review: EcoTech Marine MP60 Propeller Pump

By Dana Riddle on Sep 05, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This review will report on operational issues of a MP60 that has seen over a year of service. How well did the pump hold up? What problems, if any, encountered? These questions and others will be answered below.

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Aquarium Setup: Atlantic Biotopes

By Adam Blundell M.S. on Aug 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Often overlooked and underappreciated, the Atlantic biotopes are amazing aquariums. Sustainable inhabitants are here in our own backyards and ready for hobbyists to create new and interesting aquariums. Much can be learned about these animals from captive systems and hobbyists have a remarkable opportunity in front of them to participate in the process and progress.

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Product Review: Maxi-Jet Pro Series Pumps

By Dana Riddle on Aug 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Marineland Aquarium Products' Maxi-Jet pumps have been around for quite some time. Recently, their design changed as well as their country of manufacture. The manufacturer promises relatively high performance while offering them at very modest prices. Is this a case of 'you get what you pay for' or are they a true value?

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Aquarium Chemistry: An Attempt to Test Test Kits

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

James Fatherree and Dr. David Flanigan asked hobbyists to test samples of the same water with multiple test kits. The results were interesting, with important lessons learned for both hobbyists and testing manufacturers.

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Equipment Review: Getting the Most from Your T-5 Lights: A Look at Reflectors and More

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on May 09, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It is imperative that you use reflectors with T-5 bulbs, and individual reflectors do a better job of sending light into a tank than a single reflector. Bulb temperature and even an aquarium's background has a measurable effect on lighting performance.

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Feature Article: Building a Plywood Aquarium

By Dana Riddle on Dec 07, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The internet is generally a good resource of information but I did find some sites containing DIY tips for building plywood tanks that presented outdated or inaccurate information. This article will attempt to correct that information and detail the trials and tribulations of plywood aquarium construction along with updated information as well as construction time, a cost breakout and lessons learned.

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Feature Aquarium: The Aquarium of Craig Bagby

By Craig Bagby on May 25, 2011 at 08:00 AM

Craig shares his 335 gallon reef system with us this month. His 247 gallon peninsula-style main display - with elegantly minimalistic aquascaping - and frag tank are home to an impressive assortment of vibrant corals and fishes

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AmericanReef Video Podcast: Tank Tour with Dr. Sanjay Joshi of the 500 Gallon Penn State Reef Tank - Part One

By Gary Lindner, Russ Kikel on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

AmericanReef.com visits with Dr. Sanjay Joshi at Penn State University to discuss his large 500 gallon aquarium.

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Open Discussion: What's your thought on the state of water circulation?

By Advanced Aquarist Readers on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

How do you provide circulation for the critters under your care?

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Feature Article: The Innovative Aquarium Products of InterZoo 2010

By Jake Adams on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

Jake highlights numerous products seen at InterZoo 2010.

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Feature Aquarium: EcoReef One: A New Kind of Nano Reef

By Jake Adams on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

The description of this tanks sounds like a list of things not to do when setting up a reef tank: it has no live rock, no live sand, minimal filtration, no additives, the water is never tested, 100% water changes and yet this 5 gallon glass box is one of the most attractive, successful and least demanding reef tanks that I have ever set up.

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Aquarist Courses: Marine Aquarist Courses Online (MACO) is proud to announce the first of 2010's offerings!

By D. Wade Lehmann on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

Classes include Marine Reef Fish Husbandry and Aquarium Photography!

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Product Review: Reefing like it's 1999: How Reef Aquarium Flow and Lighting has Changed Over the Past Decade

By Jake Adams on Jan 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

Jake takes a walk down memory lane recounting how lighting and water flow has changed over the last ten years in the reef aquarium hobby.

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Feature Article: Potential Dangers of Water Changes

By Dana Riddle on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:00 PM

Here, we report the effects observed before and after two monthly water exchanges and discussion the results' implications.

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Freshwater Aquariums: How to Overhaul a Planted Tank

By Jake Adams on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:00 PM

In any case, a planted tank occasionally needs to be bushwhacked and replanted and there a few things the aquarist can do to make the rebirth of their aquarium go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

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Do It Yourself: A Guide to Making Gadgets for Your Aquarium, Part Two

By Dana Riddle on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:00 PM

Dana details different techniques and items you can use to make various devices for your next aquarium project.

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Beginner's Column: Getting Started

By Terry Siegel on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:00 PM

Terry showcases a number of ways a new reefkeeper can aquascape his or her tank.

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Product Review: VorTech MP10 Propeller Pump

By Dana Riddle on Oct 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

In a day of product hype and hyperbole, it is refreshing to find a product that delivers more than it promises. Our testing found that the MP10 maximum flow rate exceeded the manufacturer's claim, and all other advertising points were reasonable.

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