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The Versatile Frag Plug Project.

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects' started by spinycheek, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    very cool website and I'm glad you have the 3d print models. Is there a specific recommended plastic that's reef safe?
     
  2. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    Thanks! I was waiting for my testing to conclude to make sure they work as intended. So far I'm pretty happy with the results. Works best with sticks rather than plates.
     
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  3. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I believe that most of the common plastics used on FDM printers are reef safe. Just avoid the ones with metal powder in them like the magnetic or conductive ones. The printers that use UV curing liquid resin can leach stuff that might be toxic to marine life, so I would avoid using that kind of plastic in large quantities. I've used PLA, Nylon, PC, ABS and Acetal with no problems, both colored and uncolored. My preferred printing material however is PLA because it sinks in water and prints easily. Some people are worried about PLA because it's often advertised as biodegradable and so the fear is it won't hold up for very long, but it takes decades under ideal composting conditions for that to happen so it's really not worth worrying about.
     
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  4. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    Zoanthid grow out plate. Frag your matting or encrusting corals with minimal effort and stress to the coral.

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  5. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Awesome idea!! I'd use that right now!
     
  6. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    $1 per square inch, just let me know.
     
  7. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    How many little squares per square inch? I think that question makes sense
     
  8. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    6.25 squares per square inch. It's not exact because I build in metric, but the above 25 square piece is 4 square inches.
     
  9. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I wonder how it does close to a power head does it blow around?
     
  10. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Good question. Might need some little spikes to hold it down if you have a sand bed.
     
  11. Fitz19d

    Fitz19d Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Id love to try maybe 12 or 15 square inches. Come in blocks that size or like a cut to fit sheet.
     
  12. spinycheek

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    Put it directly in front of my ecotech MP10 on the apex of a rock and it stayed there. Wobbled a little back and forth, but considering that's a terrible location, it holds up pretty well. This was without using any means to attach it, just resting on the rock. Adding rock anchors, sand anchors, rack adapters, etc is also an option.
     
  13. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ill try some out too. What part of town are you in?
     
  14. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I made it into a sheet that is about 5 x 5 inches which totals 144 squares. So that can be cut down to any size you want.
     
  15. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I am in Westminster, so not too far away.
     
  16. High Plains Reefer

    High Plains Reefer Sardine Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    are you bringing some of these to reef ed?
     
  17. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I will be in France unfortunately, so can't attend. But I'll try to get my stuff over there somehow.
     
  18. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Pm sent
     
  19. spinycheek

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  20. Fitz19d

    Fitz19d Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    From a quick skim, I'd try to figure out more pics or exciting looking description to catch peoples eye that these arn't just expensive plugs. (the clipping into egg crate etc.)
     

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