The things Newbies do (or want to do)

Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by RiaanP, 26 Oct 2009.

  1. RiaanP

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    Let us list all the things New-to-marines people think they can do better, re-invent the wheel, alternative solutions. I joined over a year ago. And in this "short" period seen a lot of new guys jumping into this hobby. And they think, and some even can do things better. So it is not to criticise DIY jobs, but to show newbies, what has been done, or what has been tried out, and what normally at the end of the day cost you the same (or more) that the real thing. Or the time spent on it does not justify the savings gained.

    Ok, my attempt first. Build my own 6*39w T5 light unit. Costing me about 1500 in total (globes included). Where I could get a Chinese import for under 2000 ,complete just plug and play. And mine looked crap. And I spend a good part of a Saturday connecting everything.
     
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    not to criticize the thread in any way but if a newbie really wants to know what can be done and what cant be done then they really should take the time and effort to search through the DIY threads ....... then they can see what worked and what did not ......

    that being said i fully encourage all, new and old to challenge the status quo, it is what leads to change ....... it is the same thought process that has evolved the hobby to enable us to keep corals longer than a couple months, we must also realize that most challenges of he status quo will lead to failure, but that one that works....... how many times did Eddison fail ????
     
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    I'm going to build my own monster DIY skimmer.

    Everybody must have looked at a skimmer and though
    "That can not be that difficult to build"

    I did, it is a bunch of acrylic pipes and a pump. How difficult can it be?

    Again I'm not saying that a DIY skimmer is inferior. Just a lot of people tried it, be it designing, posting their design, finding parts prices etc, and eventually ended up buying one.

    So what else are there that people try to do, and in most cases the effort and cost in doing it yourself is in line as what the product costs?
     
  6. ben lloyd

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    Thats so true RiaanP,
    but the problem is the availability of parts at a low cost. IF we can just get what we really want we can build what we had in mind!
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Ben,
    You summed it up 100%. For example Perspex in South Africa is priced redicilously, compared to North America for example.

    Some stuff are just not worth to DIY, because of the part prices.
     
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    i wanted to make a diy skimmer and the perspex cost R1200.00
    We need to start a DIY shop on line for reefers.
     
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    Weird Thread
     
  11. Seabass

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    Agree with you RiaanP, cost catch up fast, but hell of a lot of fun to see what can be achieved. See my Scrubber build. Cost + time but still very satisfying.

    Cheers
     
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