About BeanAnimal.com

This website is the creation of me, William Burnett, for the purpose of helping to inspire those who endeavor to DIY. I hope you find the content entertaining and useful.

Where did the word “BeanAnimal” come from? Very simple, circa 1985 I attempted to iron the words “Be An Animal” onto a t-shirt for wrestling practice. The words were placed too close together, giving the impression that the shirt said “Bean Animal”. The rest is history.

The Mission

The DIY community (society as a whole?) is rife with misinformation and urban legend. Many people have stopped using science and logic to form well thought out arguments. Instead, they offer unsubstantiated opinion (many times agressively) as an alternative to fact. That would be fine, but they have no desire or intention to prove that opinion with fact and instead take great offense to having that opinion disproved by fact. When I grew up, having opinion discredited by fact was called learning!

The act of shouting down facts with unsubstantiated opinion is regarded as a right by many people. We hear things like “lets agree to disagree” or “stop bashing his opinion” or “everybody is entitled to an opinion”. What has been lost is the simple fact that in many of these arguments, there is most certainly a right and wrong. It follows that not all opinions are good opinions and not all opinions are valid opinions, they are, well, just opinions.

My desire is to (when possible) cut through this nonsense and help people by promoting fact over fiction. Our physical world is governed by well known science that can be (sometimes very easily) applied to anything in it. Common sense and logic can be used to fill in many of the gaps that the layman (me and you) does not understand.  I hope that this website can be a beacon in the fog of misinformation that surrounds much of the DIY community. The more we all learn from each other, the smarter we will all be.


BeanAnimal can be contacted via gmail in the form username@gmail.com The username is of course, beananimal You may also contact him via the MAIL function at Reef Central forums.

PLEASE NOTE: As a rule, questions regarding the BeanAnimal overflow will not be answered via email. Overlfow related questions are handled via the Reef Central community forum in the BeanAnimal Silent and Fail-Safe Aquarium Overflow System thread. I do my best to frequent the thread, as do other helpful RC members.


The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by BeanAnimal.com and whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.

Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from the use of information, or in connection with the use of this website.

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Copyright Notice

The designs, projects and plans, images and software published here are my work and my property unless otherwise specifically noted.

No part of this website, its content or related files may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, by any means (electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of William Burnett.

Put simply, I have worked extremely hard to create this content. If you wish to use or republish my work, or any portion of it, please ask first. In most cases, I will simply require that due credit be clearly given and that a link back to the original content be clearly provided.