The ONLY book of its kind

Written by the most trusted DIY aquarium hobbyist on the planet

What to expect:

In this book I will not only take you step by step on how to build essentially anything for your aquarium, but more importantly I will explain and show you the HOW and WHY we do it in the first place.

  • This book can give the total control you want over YOUR hobby.

  • This book will PACK you full of information you can’t find anywhere else.

  • This book could save you HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of dollars!

  • This book pays for itself

  • This book can save you TIME and MONEY

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Check out the full index:



Chapter 1 – How to build aquariums

Chapter 1 –overview

Chapter 1, part 1 – Choosing the tank size

Chapter 1, part 2 – Aquarium materials

Chapter 1, part 3a- Glass aquarium

Chapter 1, part 3b- Additional method

Chapter 1, part 4- Acrylic Aquarium

Chapter 1, part 5- Plywood Aquarium

Chapter 1, part 6- Get the most

Chapter 2 – Aquarium stands and canopies

Chapter 2, part 1: Aquarium stands

Chapter 2, part 2: Stand strength

Chapter 2, part 3: Aquarium canopy

Chapter 3 – Aquarium repair

Chapter 3, part 1 – Scratch repair and prevention

Chapter 3, part 2- Preventing and resealing leaks

Chapter 3, part 3- Preventing and repairing cracks

Chapter 3, part 4- Rebuilding aquariums

Chapter 4 – Bracing your floor

Chapter 5 – Filtration

Chapter 5 – Overview

Chapter 5, part 1: Know your bacteria

Chapter 5, part 2: Types of filtration and media

Chapter 5, part 3: How much is really needed?

Chapter 5, part 4: Flow rates and sizing

Chapter 5, part 5: Building filters

Submerged filters:

Internal power filters

Full style

Water polisher

Water skimmer

Internal air driven filters

Air driven power filter

Air powered sponge filter

Canister filter

Internal Canister filter

Below tank sump filter

Above tank sump filter

Internal Mat filter

Media reactor

Emerged filters:

Trickle tower

Easy Aquaponics

Bucket filter

Fluidized filters:

Internal fluidized bed

Sump fluidized bed

Barrel fluidized bed

Chapter 6 – plumbing

Chapter 6- Part 1 Understanding overflows

Chapter 6- Part 2 HOB overflows

Chapter 6- Part 3 Through the tank overflow

Chapter 6- Part 4 Bulkheads

Chapter 6- Part 5 Drilling aquariums

Chapter 6- Part 6 Installing a bulkhead

Chapter 6- Part 7 Overflow standpipes and weirs

Chapter 7 –Lighting

Strong LED lighting

Cheap LED lighting

Cheap Fluorescent lighting

Chapter 8 – Equipment

Gravel vacuum

Water changer

Co2 system

Understanding why plants need Co2

Understanding how Co2 reacts in water

How to create Co2

Building the reactor

Algae scrubber

Aquarium chiller

Dosing system

Aquarium alarm system

Under gravel jets

Aquarium lid/cover

Drip system/automatic water changes

Auto top off

Heater guard and distributor

Protein skimmer

Chapter 9 – Decorations

3D backgrounds and caves



Aquarium trim

Chapter 10 – Food

Understanding ingredients and their values

Color enhancers

How to make DIY food

Chapter 11 – Power outages & failed equipment

How to survive a power outage

Emergency equipment


First and foremost: DIY stands for “Do It Yourself”.

Let’s discuss what DIY means though. You’ll purchase this book for one of a few reasons:

You want to save money on an already expensive hobby.

You want the full control, creativity, flexibility and customizability that DIY offers.

You need to build something unique to your situation that you simply can’t buy.

You simply enjoy building things, with the satisfaction of the end result being something you created.

So let’s get one thing straight before we move on: “DIY” does NOT mean you are cheap!! Heck, maybe it does and DIY does save you money. In my opinion however, this is not the definition of DIY.

The contents of this book will not only serve as a guide to how to build various projects, but also the even more valuable information on how and why they work. You will also find inspiration within the contents of the book as well as be introduced to new concepts and ideas that you may not have seen before.

As you read this book, I want you to feel comfortable with the information.

So know this; this book literally took years to gain the knowledge on how to do these projects. I didn’t just build these once or twice and then claim to be able to teach it.

These have been done countless times by me. This book not only took a ton of time to gain the knowledge to write, but also an incredible amount of experience.

So while you flip through the pages and slowly learn what I am about to teach you, I need you to know one thing about my intentions here: My goal for you is to teach you everything I know in the matter of a few hours.

The years it took for me to be able to do this and the costly mistakes I made along the way will all be avoided by you in this one book. I will save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars by learning how to do it right the first time.

With that said, this book just paid for itself the instant you buy it.

Joey Mullen

The King of DIY

How to build aquariums

Building an aquarium is easily the most popular and sought after aquarium project. For good reason: The savings are potentially huge and the ability to customize the exact dimensions and overall look of the aquarium is completely up to you. In this chapter we will cover the most popular and proven methods of not only how to build an aquarium, but how to build one out of various materials. Including; glass, acrylic and plywood.

In this chapter, I will help you discover:

What size aquarium is right for you?

What material should you build with?

The planning and preparation stages.

Once you complete reading this chapter, you will know:

Exactly how to build an aquarium out of the 3 most popular materials.

Everything there is to know about building aquariums from start to finish.

You will know everything I know.

This will be broken down into 6 parts:

Choosing the tank size.

What should I build my tank out of?

Glass aquarium

Acrylic Aquarium

Plywood Aquarium

Getting the most out of a sheet of material

Stands and canopies

Building an aquarium is the second most popular and sought after aquarium project. However, it is probably the most done due to the ease of the project. Building your own stand is a no brainer, you save a ton of money and you build something stronger and more durable than any store bought stand can offer. Not to mention, you can make it make the rest of the furniture in the room for a better looking interior.

In this chapter, I will help you discover:

  • How to build an aquarium stand
  • How to build an aquarium canopy
  • The planning and preparation stages for both.

Once you complete reading this chapter, you will know:

  • Exactly how to build an aquarium stand and canopy using the best format possible. While completely understanding what it all means.
  • You will know everything I know.

This will be broken down into 2 parts

  • How to build an aquarium stand
  • How to build an aquarium canopy

Aquarium Repair

Aquarium repair is a HUGE aspect of the hobby.

Aquariums that need repair might need to have scratches removed, be resealed, patch a crack, or even taken apart and rebuilt. You might even need to repair the brace. I want to show you how to do this for the following reasons:

Ever buy a second hand tank? Got it for free or a really good deal because it’s scratched up or even leaking? Maybe you just have a really old tank that needs to be restored and resealed. Removing scratches and knowing how to resealing the aquarium is exactly what you will need to know to do it.

What about a cracked tank? Ever see one selling really cheap because it is cracked? Or maybe you’re like me and have cracked more tanks than you would like to admit! Again, we need to know how to do this.

You might be able to simply patch the crack or need to take the tank apart and replace the whole panel. So you need to know how to do that as well.

In this chapter, I intend to show you not only how to repair your aquarium, but how to prevent it in the future as well.

We will cover the following:

removing scratches from glass and acrylic aquariums

Preventing scratches

Resealing glass aquariums

Preventing leaks

Preventing cracks

Bracing your floor

Ever wonder if your floor will even hold your aquarium?

We have all heard this before: “I want to place my aquarium on the second floor, will the floor hold it?”

The fact of the matter is this:

A floor can hold a tremendous amount of weight, but there are some things to consider.

Aquarium Filtration

Filtration is my favorite part of DIY. In fact, it’s my favorite part of the hobby. Filtration is equivalent to popping the hood on a sports car to see what makes it tick.

Most people will often not give filtration the attention it deserves.

I look at it this way:

Filtration is the life support system for your aquarium.

Filtration is the heart of your system. Circulating the water throughout the entire aquarium.

Filtration is the lungs of your system. Delivering oxygen to your aquarium.

Filtration is the liver of your system. Removing and filtering out harmful compounds from your system.

Obviously, the filtration system is what facilitates the nitrogen cycle.

So we can even take this view a step further and state that we don’t keep fish, we keep bacteria. The fish simply feed our bacteria. In fact, there is more life in your filter than will ever be in your aquarium.

You see, the nitrogen cycle is the single most important aspect of the hobby. Period. Without it, we would not be able to keep fish much longer than a couple of days without changing the water 100% a couple times a day. Without it, the fish would die of ammonia poisoning within a very short time frame.

So if we realize just how important filtration is and give the nitrogen cycle the attention it deserves, your hobby will be a lot easier.

A lot of the time, we worry about what the fish need to survive. We often overlook what the bacteria need to survive. Just like fish, they do better in an ideal environment. There is no point to building a filter if you are not aware what the bacteria require, or how they will perform in different types of filtration.

In this chapter I will not only show you how to build various filters, but WHY and HOW they actually work.

We will take a look at the various methods of filtration, and what you should know about each style. With this information, you will be able to make a much better education decision when it comes to providing filtration for your aquarium.

We are going to break this chapter down into a 6 sections.

Know your bacteria

Types of filtration and best media for them

How much media is really needed

Flow rates and Sizing your filter

Building filters

Aquarium plumbing

Plumbing is a huge part of the hobby not often understood.

Ultimately, it’s actually something no one even thinks about or even considers until they want to have a sump on their aquarium!

Only then, do they start to feel overwhelmed and sometimes completely turned off from the idea of having a sump.

In this chapter, I aim to bring you a better understanding on how it all works and more importantly; how to do it!

Aquarium lighting

Lighting is hugely popular in the aquarium hobby for obvious reasons: We need to be able to see the fish, or we need to grow something in the aquarium!

Lighting requirements can be broken into 3 aspects that and aquarist is looking to accomplish:

  • They want the best lighting for their fish to display their best in
  • The have a planted aquarium
  • They have a reef aquarium

So depending on what you are looking to do, these do not all require the same sort of lighting.

Aquarium equipment

Aquarium equipment varies so much in uses that a lot of the time we overlook their usefulness or how much we actually really need them.

In this chapter we cover the most important as well as useful pieces of equipment. We don’t only talk about how and why they work, but you will be show how to build them!

Aquarium decorations

Decorations play a huge role in the aquarium. Creating a unique aqua scape can sometimes be limited to what available though. Building your own decoration becomes hugely important when you discover what is actually possible.

In this chapter will take a look at building the 3 main components to aquarium decor:

3D backgrounds and caves



DIY aquarium food

DIY aquarium food is a huge interest in the hobby. However, not a lot of people are doing it. Why? Most don’t know what to put in it or why. So for most, it’s easier to just buy food and assume that is what’s best as their fish seem to be doing ok.

What if there was something better? What if you could drastically improve their color? What if we knew EXACTLY what was in our food and knew where it came from and that it was fresh. Wouldn’t we all want that?

That’s what DIY food can potentially offer. IF done right and you know what and why you are mixing something into the food.

In this chapter, we will look at:

• What do fish need in their diet?

• Possible ingredients and their values

• Color enhancers

• How to make DIY food

Power outages and failed equipment

When you think about it, we are keeping live animals on life support systems.

The animals we keep are fish and other aquatic life. They depend on the life support systems that we provide.

Remember when we talked about this in the filtration portion of this book?

Filtration is the heart of your system. Circulating the water throughout the entire aquarium.

Filtration is the lungs of your system. Delivering oxygen to your aquarium.

Filtration is the liver of your system. Removing and filtering out harmful compounds from your system.

What happens if we shut this system off? How long will the life in your aquarium survive without it? Hours? Days?

Your fish will start to show signs of distress in as little as a few minutes. Maybe it might take a couple of hours. Obviously this will come down to stocking and what you have in the tank, but it is safe to say that the effects of removing their filtration or heating would be the fastest way to kill your fish.

We can’t control when your power goes out, or when a piece of equipment fails. Since we don’t have any control over it, we can at least be ready for it.

In this chapter, I will prepare you for the worst. You power might go out, or your equipment might fail.

We will break this chapter into 2 sections:

How to survive a power outage

Building emergency equipment


So now you have a massive amount of information at your disposal, the big question is:

What will you do with it?

Will you build a new aquarium that sits on the stand you built? Will it be filtered with a filter you designed and built?

Or maybe it will be lit by the light you built? Perhaps the fish you stock this tank are fed with food you made?

Maybe you’ll start to build things for other people with the new skills you have learned… When is the last time you heard of a service like that being available in your area?

Maybe you just thought of a new side income!

This book might have had an impact on how you view the hobby. It might also have an impact on how much more affordable this hobby now is for you.

Maybe, and just maybe you turn what you learned in this book into some form of money making business and this book now has had an impact on your life!

Doors are now opened to you that may not have been opened before.

I am on the other side of that door welcoming you in!

Joey Mullen: The KING of DIY

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