TCMAS Weekly Discussion We would like to get more reef related discussions going on the forum. We will post a weekly topic to get the discussion started then let you all take it from there. The rules are simple, keep on topic and keep it positive. This weeks topic: So... What can you do? What DIY projects you have attempted; successful and not so much? What outside knowledge, talents and abilities you have brought into or gained in this hobby?[SIZE=5][/SIZE] Since this hobby is just more than a box of water with pretty animals, it suggests that the hobbyist learn a wide array of knowledge, talents and abilities. Many of us probably never thought that we would learn so much about plumbing and electrical or chemistry and biology. And as we've dipped into these different areas of skill and knowledge, many of us have developed a knack for doing it ourselves; the DIY'ers. There is something to be said for those that like to take the challenge of designing/building/programming what we want for our systems by oneself. Of course, we all could just go out and purchase these items off the shelf or internet, but that's not what we're after. When a project is successful, there's the satisfaction that comes with that accomplishment. And there's also the pride associated with knowing that you did it yourself. Sometimes, it takes a few tries. Not every attempt is perfect; sometimes it's not every attempt is even close to what we thought. But the knowledge that we gain in trying to improve on the earlier attempts is what is really matters. When it comes down to it, this hobby really isn't just a box of water with pretty animals. We find ourselves brainstorming and researching a myriad of topics and projects to make that box of water into a working/living piece of art and science. What I would like to discuss this week is your DIY abilities and projects. There seems to be plenty of talented and knowledgable members here that have "done it themselves". Let us know what projects you have attempted; successful and not so much. Let us know what outside knowledge, talents and abilities you have brought into or gained in this hobby. And show us what you have designed/built/programmed; post some pics or share a link to your thread.