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Do It Yourself and Save!

Our DIY projects section contains many DIY plans for filters, diy decorations, diy aquarium stands and more. If you are an aquarist on a budget, then the DIY projects can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars! Don't let a budget restraints prevent you from providing your fish with all of the equipment they need to be happy and healthy. Visit our DIY Aquarium Projects section today.

 


Popular Fish Profiles

Checkerboard CichlidCheckerboard Cichlid photo
These are small, thin torpedo-shaped fish. Checkerboard Cichlids have an off-white ventral surface. That same color, along with dark beige,...
DiscusDiscus photo
Discus fishes are large cichlids that have been appreciated by aquarists since the 1920\'s and there are several different Discus cichlids...
Yellow labYellow lab photo
One of the most commonly kept african cichlid species. The Yellow lab is not overly aggressive and works well with several other african...
Featherfin CatfishFeatherfin Catfish photo
The Feather Fin Catfish is a fish for long time aquarists. It is a fun fish to have, but difficult to care for. It gets its name from the...
Electric Blue JohanniiElectric Blue Johannii photo
Like all Melanochromis species, M. johannii has horizontally striped males and females of different colors. Males are a variable bluish...
Jewel CichlidJewel Cichlid photo
The jewelfishes from Africa are one of the most beautiful, and most bellicose, of the cichlids. While bimaculatus was the original...

Popular Aquarium Advice

Green Spotted Puffer ProfileGreen Spotted Puffer Profile
Common Name:Green Spotted Puffer.  Other Name:GSP.  Scientific Name:Tetraodon nigroviridis.  Family:Tetraodon....
The Pictus Catfish: The Fish That Needs A Shave?! The Pictus Catfish: The Fish That Needs A Shave?!
At first glance, there is no doubt that this fish is a type of catfish! Just check out those catfish whiskers! They are nearly as long as...
When and How to Strip African Cichlid Eggs: Step by Step How to InstructionsWhen and How to Strip African Cichlid Eggs: Step by Step How to Instructions
This article contains helpful tips, advice and techniques for stripping the eggs from an african cichlid mothbrooder. It includes...
How to Determine the Sex of Discus FishHow to Determine the Sex of Discus Fish
One of the biggest question asked of the discus breeder is "how do I determine the sex of my fish?" There are very few easy identifiable...
Breeding Tetra Fish SuccessfullyBreeding Tetra Fish Successfully
Breeding tetras is not typically very difficult. They are well-suited for reproduction in a home aquarium...

Popular DIY Projects

How to Build a DIY Aquarium StandHow to Build a DIY Aquarium Stand
The following article outlines the construction of a dimensional lumber and plywood aquarium stand. I have used this design in two separate...
Make Your Own Background From StyrofoamMake Your Own Background From Styrofoam
 I had seen several very nice backgrounds made from styrofoam in various tanks so when I bought my new 720 liter I decided to make...
Make Your Own DIY Aquarium Cave From PVC PipeMake Your Own DIY Aquarium Cave From PVC Pipe
This project outlines how to create a decorative DIY aquarium cave out of PVC pipe and some extra substrate or sand. The best thing about...
DIY Overflow Using Only PVC PipeDIY Overflow Using Only PVC Pipe
 I have made a few overflows in my time, but it always seems like the parts list for diy overflows can be a little tricky. They...
Cave Grotto Aquarium BackgroundCave Grotto Aquarium Background
Here's a little Do-it-Yourself project. It's basically a background with a network of caves built-in, and covered w/ lava rock, so it...
Quick and Beautiful DIY Fish Cave Made From a Coconut!Quick and Beautiful DIY Fish Cave Made From a Coconut!
Coconut caves are great for any fish that likes to hide and that will fit in them. Kribensis. african dwarf frogs, african knife fish, and...

Recent Fish Profiles

Masked JuliMasked Juli photo
Marleri are among the most widespread of the Julidochromis in the hobby. You can find them at virtually any aquarium shop, but that never...
5-Bar Cichlid5-Bar Cichlid photo
A good fish to keep the Tret as it is commonly known as is an african cichlid that is a bit less agressive than most cichlids and is an...
Lemon TetraLemon Tetra photo
Lemon Tetras have clear, yellow bodies. The dorsal and anal fins are edged with black. The front of these two fins are yellow. The eye is...
Dwarf Sucker CatfishDwarf Sucker Catfish photo
A black line runs from the snout, through the eye, until it reaches the caudal fin. The catfish is dark tan above the line, and light tan...
Blue Cheek Dwarf CichlidBlue Cheek Dwarf Cichlid photo
Blue Cheek Dwarf Cichlids are "pebble eaters". They scoop up pebbles into their mouth and suck on them, probably eating the algae off. This...
Black Neon TetraBlack Neon Tetra photo
Black Neon Tetras are schooling fish. They prefer schooling with a minimum of five fish. Black Neons are very peaceful fish. When scared...

Helpful Aquarium Information and Tools

Aquarium Heater  

Heater Wattage Calculator

This tool is very helpful when calculating how many watts of total heating you need for your tank. This is an advanced tool that accounts for ambient room temperature as well as tank size.

Aquarium Substrate  

Aquarium Substrate Quantity Calculator

This handy tool will tell you how many pounds of substrate to purchase to get a specified substrate thickness for any size aquarium.

Aquarium Fish Profiles  

Aquarium Fish Profiles

We have added an aquarium fish profile database to our website. Species are added daily to the aquarium fish database.

Aquarium Calculator  

Aquarium Capacity Calculator

Have you purchased a used aquarium and never really knew your capacity? Planning on building a custom aquarium and want to know how big it needs to be to hold 300 gallons? Our Aquarium Capacity Calculator can tell you the gallon capacity of your aquarium

Hexagon Calculator  

Hexagonal Aquarium Capacity Calculator

If you have a hexagonal aquarium, try this calculator to compute your hex tank volume.

Fish Quantity  

Aquarium Fish Quantity Estimator

Wondering how many aquarium fish you can fit in a given tank size? Use our handy tool to determine how many 6 inch cichlids you could fit into your 125 gallon tank or how many guppies you could fit in your 29 gallon tank.