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Old 12-12-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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Diy projects for winter break

Winter break starts for me in 5 hours (i am thrilled)!

Not sure if I'll get hits on this thread, but worth asking.

Are there suggestions for DIY projects/craft projects I may want to consider over the break?
I have only nano-small/medium planted tanks. I think my first task will be to construct baskets to hold up my nonsubmergible plants out of the water, such as my peace lily and vines.

If you have any projects youve done that you enjoyed please share
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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I thought for your "baskets" is you could make pots out of carved styrofoam and coat them in concrete or better would be sikatop. They should still be buoyant and would appear as a floating rock.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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I've been thinking about a DIY pond, which would have to be really small pond wise since I live in an apartment. Do you have the space?
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No im in a tiny apartment too!! Share ideas with me my apartment is small, dark, and fully carpeted. Eww. Hence I have several very small tanks. Saving space is my motto. I also save on electricity by using low to no light throughout the day.

Aquariums are not for the budget restricted, I've found

Could the mods please move my thread to the diy forum? I just realized i posted in the wrong place! Thank you
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:20 PM   #5
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How about, having two tanks connected. Ever heard of open bottom tanks? Check out my threads on the topic, that way you can have a bigger system, without having one big tank.
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I've seen those, they are awesome looking tanks.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:52 PM   #7
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I'm fixing up a new tank for my gecko, a silicon/great stuff background with driftwood and potted plants all along the back wall. I'm also going to do a riparium for my pearl fighter. And I guessing stocking my 36g back up.

I'm going to try to learn how to crochet. I got this kit from Barnes and Noble that shows you how to make crochet fish! I hope I can make a lizard too.
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I'm fixing up a new tank for my gecko, a silicon/great stuff background with driftwood and potted plants all along the back wall. I'm also going to do a riparium for my pearl fighter. And I guessing stocking my 36g back up.

I'm going to try to learn how to crochet. I got this kit from Barnes and Noble that shows you how to make crochet fish! I hope I can make a lizard too.
That sounds fantastic! Update on your progress

As for open bottom tanks, yes I have seen those and I think they are extremely intimidating! Will research.
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Thank you! I'm going to be doing a similar thing for my riparium as you are doing with your baskets. Did you buy specific ones or are you constructing them yourself?
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:30 AM   #10
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Nooo given my student budget and textbooks to buy in January, my only resource for materials is AC Moore I know there's a guy named Hygrophyte that makes great riparium equipment in case you haven't looked there.

Another forum member gave me the cheapest idea so far: tie plastic cross-stitch canvas together into a basket! Very easy too I'm not sure how to hang such baskets thought to keep the foliage out of the water. I imagine something like an over-the-door coat hanger, just over-the-tank plant basket....?

Actually, my thread should be titled: Poor, Cheap, Space-limited Student's Winter Break Project: How Many Things Can You Make Using AC Moore Supplies?

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