This is an unstoppable hobby! :)
Well, first off I shall introduce myself a bit. I got my first real fish tank when I was 9. It was a 5 gallon tank and I've had fish for all but 2 years ever since! I am a college student so most of my fish keeping is diy. This can be anything from hoods and filters to random decor, fish tanks, etc. I will try to post pictures and instructions of what I make if anyone want to try them on their own.
I have 3 main tanks. The 10 gallon cichlid tank (for my roommate's fish), the 75 gallon community tank (owned by my college, cared for by me - I love my job) and my 55 gallon tank. The other two I will randomly mention will be my 3 gallon plastic tub that acts as a quarantine tank (custom filter) and my 15 gallon holding tank (will be gone when my 55 gallon gets set up).
To start this off, I figure I should tell you a bit about this custom filter I have in my quarantine tank. It's a very simple thing and works great for my purposes.
What you need:
a small container (I used the Ball Freezer storage jars from Walmart)
an air pump with tubing and stone
First thing to do is punch small holes in the bottom of the container. Then place air stone attached to tube inside container and fill with gravel about 2/3 the way full. (see attached picture). Then place some filter wool down into the top of it, place in tank and plug in the air pump. I can make 5 of these for less than $5 (excluding air pump).
For my quarantine tank I don't want the carbon or all the filtration, because depending on what I'm doing with it, depends on the needs.
In other news, I have been having problems keeping the school's tanks stats steady. Not surprised. They were told to put straight tap water in the tank (no treating), the filter has almost nothing to it, heaters didn't work and don't even get me started on the substrate. So I have finally been able to pull the kH up from just over 0 to 4 naturally, but all the other tank stats are fluctuating. So today, I stuffed an old spandex sock full of crushed coral and stuffed it behind the plants and under the bubble wall. I'm going to let it run a couple days and then clean the filter before the break. This is a project to say the least, but thankfully, I have 4 years to fix it. This tank is planted with plants I'm told are native to S.C. that is all I know on that. I will try to take pictures tomorrow to post on here, maybe you know what kinds they are. Some crazy kid dumped a bunch of chemical in the tank a couple years ago and killed everything, the plants destroyed, but they have grown back considerably and as I know little about plants, any advice would be awesome!
Well I have a test to study for, but next time I will have two projects.
1) the LED hood
2) the under gravel filter.
Current self study project: custom aquarium decor
Current favorite fish: Featherfin Catfish, Pictus Catfish, Rainbow Shark, Lyretail Molly, Gouramis, Discus, Red Lined Torpedo Barbs
Current tank of focus: 75 gallon School Tank