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Title: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:30:55 AM
my tank has changed some since I first started it,a lot of the equipment has been upgraded as I could afford it...the tank is 3 years old now,as of 5-31-12

right now I'm using better lighting,better skimmer,and better pumps....but these pics are of it as it progressed

this is it as it is now... :D

my equipment now is..

Reeflo Orca 250 skimmer fed from the tank overflow
4 250w Lumatek electronic ballasts
4 Lumen Bright DE pendants with Phoenix 250w 14000k DE bulbs
2 twin bulb retro fit 54w T5HO with ATI blue + bulbs for actinic
Reeflo Hammerhead pump with an Oceans Motion 4 way for a closed loop
Vortech MP60 with battery back up for waving action and as a safety flow if the power goes out...very nice addition I might add :D
NextReef MR-1 XL media reactor with GAC and GFO
AC Jr,with temp. and PH probes
3 stealth 250w heaters and fans for heating and evaporative cooling
Little Giant 1325gph return pump,soon to be replaced with a Reeflo Dart


(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2795.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:32:09 AM
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0914.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0915.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0916.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0917.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0918.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0919.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:48:09 AM
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0926.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0927.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0929.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0928.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0930.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0932.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0931.jpg)

my reworked closed loop plumbing...

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1363.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1381.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1383.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1384.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1385.jpg)

it was nearly impossible to do anything to the rear of the tank,it is still tough but at least I can reach the tank now
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:48:56 AM
found some black elbows in ABS,I got the street elbows so the lower end isn't as large,they look so much better in there than the white did......they're also the long sweep,so they flow better too :D

I also added a black tee to the intake and 2 screens,that made a big difference in the suction by dividing it between the 2 screens,but it still has a very strong suction to it...

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0940.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0939.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0938.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0943.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:49:45 AM
and my big a$$ skimmer...ReeFlo Orca 250

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0883.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0884.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0885.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0886.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0887.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0891.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:50:30 AM
Orca in action

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0896.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0898.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0897.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:51:20 AM
my lights

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0888.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0889.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0903.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0904.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0908.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_0905.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:52:19 AM
my tank was 2 years old on 5-31-11,here's pics of its birthday present  :D

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1069.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1070.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1071.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1072.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1362.jpg)

and I finally took some pics of the 90g frag/fuge/whatever tank :D

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1380.jpg)

and some of my filtration plumbing and whatnot....

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1365.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1366.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_1369.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:55:01 AM
FTS

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2909.jpg)

some of the SPS that are finally coloring up some

pearlberry finally looking fine
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2877.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2878.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2888.jpg)

some of the blue zoas from JJ's collection,don't remember the exact name :P

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2887.jpg)

a few other random shots

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2891.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2892.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2893.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2894.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2897.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2899.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2905.jpg)

Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:55:46 AM
my candycane.....JJ can you count the heads now :D

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2907.jpg)

and my pretty but becoming an issue rapidly blue clove polyps

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2898.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2902.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2906.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2832_zps2c709863.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 03:58:50 AM

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2913-1.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2949.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2915.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2935.jpg)

a few pics of my frags,not anything too spectacular there LOL

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2939.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2941.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2943.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2946.jpg)


here's the chaeto side of the frag/fuge,notice the piece of plexiglass separating the 2 sections,it's just standing there,nothing but water flow from the twin prop powerhead holding it in place,but it keeps the chaeto spinning and in it's side of the tank LOL

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2927.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2928.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2947.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 04:00:12 AM
here's my last 3 fish....


black/white clown about inch and a quarter long
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2951.jpg)

copperband butterfly 1.5 inches
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2955.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 04:03:04 AM
that's where I'm at now with pics,but I'm about 4 months behind with my camera LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 04:14:00 AM
for my controller I have these pieces ordered....

ATmega2560-16AU Board with USB Cable For IDE MEGA 2560 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271150447339

ITDB02 Arduino MEGA Shield v1.1 KIT  http://imall.iteadstudio.com/prototyping/kits/im120717001.html

ITDB02-2.8 module is 2.8" TFT LCD  http://imall.iteadstudio.com/display/tft-lcm/im120419009.html

US 9V 1A AC/DC Power Adapter with Cable http://imall.iteadstudio.com/im120718003.html

USB Cable Type A to Type B(150cm)  http://imall.iteadstudio.com/im120530009.html

hopefully some of you guys can tell me if all this stuff will work together :D

Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on April 19, 2013, 11:40:45 AM
nice one dude many thanks for posting the pics

that some nice tank :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 19, 2013, 02:19:20 PM
nice one dude many thanks for posting the pics

that some nice tank :)

thank you sir,I've not taken any new pics of my tank in 3 or 4 months,once I get some LEDs on it,I'll get the trusty ol' camera back out :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: tangtastic on April 21, 2013, 01:05:52 AM
great build matey real nice work
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 21, 2013, 05:26:37 AM
great build matey real nice work

thank you sir
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 24, 2013, 01:30:39 AM
found an old video of my tank,figured I'd post it since I finally learned how to embed

http://www.youtube.com/v/HZhsBrEp8n8&fs=1

and just for laughs,here's my old chaeto tumbler :D

http://www.youtube.com/v/0swLeG-NsLg&fs=1
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on April 24, 2013, 05:29:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/0swLeG-NsLg&fs=1

I don't need one of these but I sure want one  :) :) :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 25, 2013, 01:39:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/0swLeG-NsLg&fs=1

I don't need one of these but I sure want one  :) :) :)

LOL I don't use that tank any more but I still have my chaeto spinning like that,and I use an old 10k 250w halide to light it with,it grows like a weed :D
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 25, 2013, 09:13:26 PM
got 2 of my lights in today and hung 'em over the tank...just need 2 more 

in these pics,it's kinda deceiving,the back wall isn't as bright with these as it is with the halides but the rock pile is as bright if not more so with the LEDs

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2984_zps0d2909a9.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2986_zpsd6fe7226.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2989_zps91151ab5.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 26, 2013, 08:38:33 PM
That is a fantastic side by side comparison shot!  Let us know how much your electric bill goes down (not to mention the cost of having to replace those bulbs).  And I love that chaeto washing machine / rotisserie / monster truck tire lol.  I watched that vid about 10 times.  Thanks for sharing, and I hope you keep it coming...
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 27, 2013, 12:57:48 AM
That is a fantastic side by side comparison shot!  Let us know how much your electric bill goes down (not to mention the cost of having to replace those bulbs).  And I love that chaeto washing machine / rotisserie / monster truck tire lol.  I watched that vid about 10 times.  Thanks for sharing, and I hope you keep it coming...


LOL thank you sir......the chaeto video got a few hits on youtube too,none of my other vids done that LOL

I'm gonna need your help when I start my controller build,I ordered 2 screens,2.8 and 3.2 ,2 Mega 2560,1 Funduino and 1 Arduino,the screen shield with the RTC that I hope I can assemble myself, 1 normal screen shield that came with the 3.2 screen,in case I can't assemble the other LOL

2 - 12" long male to female 40 pin cables and a bunch of other wires to connect all this stuff together with,I figured I'd start with the Funduino ,if I can make it work without frying any circuits,I'd go ahead and work with the Arduino

I figured I'd try to get the LED dimming figured out before adding relays,temp monitoring ,and pH monitoring...

I was looking at the Arduino for dummies link you posted in another thread but I think I need to actually be working with the Arduino before I'm gonna be able to figure all that out LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 12:58:05 AM
got part of my new toy in today,I got a lot to learn but I managed to get it to do this from Henning Karlsons site

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2992_zpsa67d78ed.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2990_zps8e4d77d3.jpg)

I still don't understand what I'm doing though LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 09:44:45 AM
OK guys,what am I doing wrong ?

I got it to load and run the UTDB02_graph16 program from Henning Karlsen but when I try to load anything else,I get this line hi-lighted (( UTFT       myGLCD(ITDB32S,38,39,40,41);   // Remember to change the model parameter to suit your display module! )) and a warning stating UTFT does not name a type

what does it mean," does not name a type " ?

here's the shield and screen I've got http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FWSGTM/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
with an Arduino Mega2560

I've even got a white screen that I can write stuff on,but I still can't figure out what I'm doing wrong with other sketches LOL

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2993_zpsc78f0eee.jpg)



Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 30, 2013, 03:59:53 PM
You will need to add this line, somewhere around line 130 or so:

     #include <ITDB02_Graph16.h>

And where you see:
 
     UTFT myGLCD(ITDB32S,38,39,40,41);

change it to this:

     ITDB02 myGLCD(38,39,40,41,ITDB32S);

I'm assuming you have placed the ITDB02_Graph16 folder in the Arduino libraries folder.  If not, please do so and restart the Arduino IDE prior to uploading the changes to your Arduino.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 04:06:46 PM
You will need to add this line, somewhere around line 130 or so:

     #include <ITDB02_Graph16.h>

And where you see:
 
     UTFT myGLCD(ITDB32S,38,39,40,41);

change it to this:

     ITDB02 myGLCD(38,39,40,41,ITDB32S);

I'm assuming you have placed the ITDB02_Graph16 folder in the Arduino libraries folder.  If not, please do so and restart the Arduino IDE prior to uploading the changes to your Arduino.

thanks,I'll try than and yep,added the ITDB02_Graph16 to the library folder
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 30, 2013, 04:15:30 PM
That should do it, and btw, don't forget to clear your EEPROM prior to uploading, especially if you had any other versions of the Jarduino previously loaded.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 04:26:54 PM
now I get " ITDB32S was not declared in this scope " LOL man I got a lot to learn

this is just with Henning Karlsens demo's,I'm not actually trying to load the aquarium controller sketch but it see's the same issues too..

I don't have my shield with the RTC yet,I was just playing around with what I do have just trying to get a feel for loading code....

once I have all my components in,I'll try to get the Jarduino sketch to work,I'll be donating to your work as well Jamie,thank you for all your hard work on this
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 04:56:29 PM
donation sent Jamie,wish I could afford more,but I'll donate more later..thanks again for your hard work on all this
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 30, 2013, 05:53:28 PM
Thanks for your donation bud!  Just sent you a password.  As far as the errors you're getting goes, I'm fairly sure they are a result of things not being in the right place.  I complied everything into another all-in-one download available on my SkyDrive (https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=DD57CB5ECF7A2106&resid=DD57CB5ECF7A2106%211942&authkey=AKJcKb1mC7fCZ0c).  I think you should simply delete your current Arduino folder, download what's in the link, and follow the instructions in the Jarduino User Manual (http://code.google.com/p/jarduino-aquarium-controller/downloads/detail?name=JARDUINO%20USER%20MANUAL%20v1.2%20beta.pdf&can=2&q=).  Let me know if you run into further issues.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 06:03:46 PM
Thanks for your donation bud!  Just sent you a password.  As far as the errors you're getting goes, I'm fairly sure they are a result of things not being in the right place.  I complied everything into another all-in-one download available on my SkyDrive (https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=DD57CB5ECF7A2106&resid=DD57CB5ECF7A2106%211942&authkey=AKJcKb1mC7fCZ0c).  I think you should simply delete your current Arduino folder, download what's in the link, and follow the instructions in the Jarduino User Manual (http://code.google.com/p/jarduino-aquarium-controller/downloads/detail?name=JARDUINO%20USER%20MANUAL%20v1.2%20beta.pdf&can=2&q=).  Let me know if you run into further issues.

thanks Jamie,I'll do that....do you think I need to wait until I get all the correct components together before loading your Jarduino sketch onto my Arduino ?
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 30, 2013, 06:12:47 PM
no, but whenever you hook up you're temp sensors, you'll have to go back and update the addresses, then reupload. No big deal...
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 06:14:05 PM
no, but whenever you hook up you're temp sensors, you'll have to go back and update the addresses, then reupload. No big deal...

OK,I'll try to load it up then
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 06:22:12 PM
now I'm getting EEPROM_writeAnything was not declared in this scope...and this line hi-lighted

Code: [Select]
EEPROM_writeAnything(600, MinMaxIsettings); 

I have no idea what that means but when verifying,it has gone farther than ever before finding an issue LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 30, 2013, 06:41:51 PM
select the correct board and have the sketch folder location pointed to your Arduino folder?
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 07:03:54 PM
select the correct board and have the sketch folder location pointed to your Arduino folder?

I'm working on getting rid of all other Arduino downloads so I can start over,then I'll post again and let you know where I'm at.....I have this junk all over my PC LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 07:30:33 PM
well,got all the junk removed,reloaded Arduino 1.0.4,added Jarduino to the library,installed sketch to the Arduino no problem this time but here's what I have now

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2994_zps63eb04c7.jpg)

but when I touch the screen,it doesn't do anything.....so I think I'm getting closer
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on April 30, 2013, 07:50:25 PM
clear the EEPROM, then reupload
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 07:53:53 PM
clear the EEPROM, then reupload

I did,ran screen calibration then reloaded and it's working perfectly,now I just need all my other components and we'll see what this baby can do...

thank you so much Jamie,you're the man :D
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: Nigel Marlow on April 30, 2013, 08:39:39 PM
Nice one Willie,  Isn't doing this a blast, I can't remember having this much fun in ages.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 08:51:33 PM
Nice one Willie,  Isn't doing this a blast, I can't remember having this much fun in ages.

oh man,I love it,this is a lot better that cleaning the skimmer cup or filter socks LOL it's so much more encouraging once you see something actually working correctly though...

I'm still clueless on the coding but I ordered 2 Mega2560s and screens so I can get a working controller and have a spare to play with...I want to learn how to make this stuff work so maybe I can be of some help here too :D

Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on April 30, 2013, 09:31:04 PM
has anybody tried this controller with the 5 inch or 7 inch screens ? I'd like to try a large screen but they are a lot more expensive to take a chance on them not working  LOL

I've been looking at this 7 inch wide screen :) http://www.ebay.com/itm/181052646803
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: dale on May 01, 2013, 02:07:23 PM
I think that was one of the first thing's I asked was could I use a bigger screen. You have to use the 3.2 because that is what the program was made for every thing on the screen was made to fit that screen size. you can get a bigger screen but it will only work on a 3.2 screen size area and the rest of the screen will be unused.

to bad it isn't like a tv set you get full picture no matter what size screen you use
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 01, 2013, 06:32:48 PM
I think that was one of the first thing's I asked was could I use a bigger screen. You have to use the 3.2 because that is what the program was made for every thing on the screen was made to fit that screen size. you can get a bigger screen but it will only work on a 3.2 screen size area and the rest of the screen will be unused.

to bad it isn't like a tv set you get full picture no matter what size screen you use

major bummer,I wanted to mount my screen beside my tank to look kinda like a 5"x7" framed picture....oh well,it's still cool as heck :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 02, 2013, 04:27:55 AM


Sorry if you wasted too much time with this.  I mistakenly assumed that everyone using my prgram would either be using the HX8347A or the SSD1289.  I therefore disabled support for the other controllers.  I did this to reduce the memory footprint of the UTFT Library by several kB's.  But the good news is you can definately use the ILI9327, all you have to do is re-enable it.  Here's How:

  1) Close the Ardunio IDE 1.0 if it is currently running.
  2) Open this file using either WordPad, or NotePad, or some other editor  ...\arduino-1.0-Jarduino\libraries\UTFT\memorysaver.h
  3) Put a comment "//" in front of the controller you are using.  You can uncomment any controller that you are not using to further reduce the memory footprint.
  4) Save the file.
  5) Open Arduinio 1.0 and the Jarduino Sketch, then edit it in the following way:
       - Assuming you have the ILI9327, edit LINE 147 so it now reads: UTFT myGLCD(ITDB32WC, 38,39,40,41);     
       - LINE 148 should be commented "//" so it is all in grey.
       - Upload and enjoy all the wonderous joy Jarduino 1.2 has to offer

Note the change "ITDB32WC" to the left of ,38,39,40,41).  That is for the ILI9327.  At the bottom of this post is a detailed list of all the controllers UTFT supports, and by extension the Jarduino v1.2.  The codes you may need are listed under "Arduino Code for UTFT()" beside the corresonding controllers.  Please note that the Jarduino is specifically formatted for Touch Screen LCDs that are 320x240, so there are several more than just those three that it should work with.

EDIT: Not sure what happened with the attachment.  Here's an annotated list:
(http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff370/TheDOdblG1/controllers.png)

For a full list of compatible controllers, check out the PDF in the UTFT Library .

Jamie,rather than clutter your thread,I copied your quote and posted it in my thread  :-*

does this mean I can actually use the 5" screen and have a full screen or will it still display at the 3.2" screen size ?

I can see the 3.2" screen OK but my eyes aren't as good as they used to be and they ain't getting any better :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on May 02, 2013, 05:12:06 AM
Well, there are some 5 and 7 inch screens that are supported by the UTFT library (as indicated in that chart).  The Jarduino is designed to run on a 320x240 screen.  The 7" screen you pointed out earlier (according to the eBay listing) is 800x480, so the Jarduino will look like this on that screen, taking up just the first 320 pixels from the left side, and 240 pixels down from the top (The pic below is a mockup of the 7" screen on a board, with the blue boarder being the board. For the most part, it's to scale and how it would look without any program alterations):
(https://graph.facebook.com/676919285655339/picture)

So not much work at all is required to get the Jarduino to display on larger screens (but as far as hardware goes, you may need a different connecting shield that pulls more power for the larger screen). If you want to fill up the entire screen area, then there's several thousand lines of code you'll need to go through and unfortunately you would have to change a good percentage of it.  This is certainly possible, but extremely time consuming.  Another thing worth noting is the font size would remain the same (just as it appears in the picture above).  You can add in larger fonts, but the larger the font, the more memory it takes, and I'm fairly close to the limit already.  So if you do want to adapt the Jarduino to a 5 or 7 inch screensize, you will pretty much have to live with the current font sizes that you see within the Jarduino.  I suppose you could save larger fonts to an SD card, but I don't know how that would affect performance/speed.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 02, 2013, 06:04:42 AM
Well, there are some 5 and 7 inch screens that are supported by the UTFT library (as indicated in that chart).  The Jarduino is designed to run on a 320x240 screen.  The 7" screen you pointed out earlier (according to the eBay listing) is 800x480, so the Jarduino will look like this on that screen, taking up just the first 320 pixels from the left side, and 240 pixels down from the top (The pic below is a mockup of the 7" screen on a board, with the blue boarder being the board. For the most part, it's to scale and how it would look without any program alterations):
(https://graph.facebook.com/676919285655339/picture)

So not much work at all is required to get the Jarduino to display on larger screens (but as far as hardware goes, you may need a different connecting shield that pulls more power for the larger screen). If you want to fill up the entire screen area, then there's several thousand lines of code you'll need to go through and unfortunately you would have to change a good percentage of it.  This is certainly possible, but extremely time consuming.  Another thing worth noting is the font size would remain the same (just as it appears in the picture above).  You can add in larger fonts, but the larger the font, the more memory it takes, and I'm fairly close to the limit already.  So if you do want to adapt the Jarduino to a 5 or 7 inch screensize, you will pretty much have to live with the current font sizes that you see within the Jarduino.  I suppose you could save larger fonts to an SD card, but I don't know how that would affect performance/speed.

yea,that's what I thought...oh well,I like the 3.2 screen just fine :) thanks again Jamie,you rock dude
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 02, 2013, 08:59:12 PM
I just spent a boat load of money today on fle-bay and Amazon......got all this ordered,my wife is gonna kill me :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110773284133?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/130864188593?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140941940165?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/130877017165?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140941936635?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181092299665?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181107370099?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057OC5O8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007STHA22/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006J4FZW4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008MH97I4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i04?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WLJZMI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i03?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I ran outta card on the above orders so I still gotta order all of these next month and then I gotta figure out how to DIY some heatsinks and wire all this stuff together :D

I need 10 or so of these http://www.powergatellc.com/led-driver-dc-dc-converters.html

I need 10 of these http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/Epileds-LED-3W-Ultra-Violet%28UV%29.html

about 30 of these http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/Bridgelux-LED-3W-Royal-Blue.html

and about 80 to 100 0f these http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/60-degree-lens.html

most of this is Chinese but hopefully it'll light my tank well enough.....140x3w LEDs should make a nice glow :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on May 02, 2013, 09:40:44 PM
Don't say anything  :-X, and get to the mailbox before she does. I feel like a secret agent sometimes sneaking in parts and what not lol. Better than having to answer "Now what did you get!?!" and having to watch those eyes of hers roll into the back of her head.  ::)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 02, 2013, 09:45:35 PM
:D she will like the power bill better once I get all this hooked up,these halides are killing us on power usage
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: Nigel Marlow on May 03, 2013, 06:31:23 PM
Err, Isn't 140 x 3w leds on a 48v power supply 8.75 amps ?
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on May 03, 2013, 06:59:59 PM
Err, Isn't 140 x 3w leds on a 48v power supply 8.75 amps ?

140 LEDs could be 14 LEDS (42W) on 10 x LDD700 (7.0 amps).  That close to 300w of the total output of 420w of the power supply.  Its on the Mid range of the numbers but should work fine.  The power supply have a fan, but  I would use another one if you are putting the power supply into an enclosure.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on May 03, 2013, 07:01:23 PM
Redtop03 ... do you have any information on those LEDs or know anyone else that has used them?  Its a great price, it just might be to good.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 04, 2013, 01:52:57 AM
guys,I'm still gathering pieces,I will likely need another power supply or 3,that is 130 LEDs,I plan on having over 200 or more LEDs,and I'll need several of the LDD drivers,I just tossed out the number 10 or so,I may need a lot more but if I buy 10 or more at once,they are cheaper :)

I still don't know where all this is gonna end up at but I wanted to start somewhere :)

once I get started connecting things,I'll know more of what else I'll have to have

each of those LEDs have their specs listed on the ebay links...except the reds,they are all basically the same....if I remember correctly they are 3.2 to 3.8 forward volts,700ma,3w...the reds are 2.8 to3.2v,700ma,3w or there about

I do have a few questions before I commit to buying the LDD drivers like,even though the LEDs are listed at 700 ma,do I need the 700ma drivers or can I get the 500ma drivers and drive the LEDs easier ?

I've been looking at this LED calculator trying to plan out what all I'll need http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz I'm still very new at the LED needs,so I'll have a lot more questions before I apply power to anything :)

Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 04, 2013, 05:22:44 PM
if any of the LED experts will have a look and tell me if this (in my quote)will work,this plan came from here http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz

according to the LED wizard,I can run 2 strings of 16 LEDs each for a total of 1000ma but each string will only have 500ma....if this is doable,I can use less drivers and run the LEDs easier too......if this will work,I can use 6 or 7 drivers rather than 12 to 14 :) tho I will still get 10 because 10 is cheaper than 8 :)

like I said,I'm still planning and this is just a hypothetical layout :)

I do know that some of the DIY LED stores recommend 2 or 3 strings like this on some of the normal Meanwell drivers to soften the current to the LEDs

man this is all brain wrecking LOL

Quote
48  Source voltage
  3  diode forward voltage
500  diode forward current (mA)
 32  number of LEDs in this array



  16 x 2 array uses 32 LEDs

          +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +/\/\/\-   
+48v                                                                                                                                                             -48V----this will draw 1000ma
          +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|- +/\/\/\-

I'm fairly certain I'll need approximately 200 LEDs to cover my tank,but I need to plan it all out in advance...thanks guys for all the help,it is greatly appreciated
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 07, 2013, 10:12:57 AM
I successfully redone some of your code Jamie :) since I plan to have green LEDs in my build,I wanted to have a channel dedicated to them,I changed the royal blue to green,and since I didn't have a clue what numbers corresponded to what color,I used the colors you have set for the sump as my green since it was green,then I set the sump colors to blue...this only took me about 4 hours LOL 

notice the name across the top now too :)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2998_zpsee032e8e.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2996_zps017a190f.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_2995_zps06eb81f7.jpg)


dude,you have an amazing head on your shoulders to figure all this out,it unreal
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 09, 2013, 07:37:28 PM
got a few more pieces in today,the RTC and a power supply for the arduino,and got the RTC soldered in and working :)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3001_zpse3b2291b.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3002_zps3f7b29f1.jpg)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on May 09, 2013, 07:54:58 PM
Looking good Willie, keep up the good work!
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 09, 2013, 08:04:26 PM
I figured something out while soldering the RTC,I either need glasses or a magnifying glass,these things are tiny :) good thing about it though,I've had the soldering iron for several years,this is it's first job and it worked LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: Nigel Marlow on May 09, 2013, 08:11:56 PM
Nice going Willie,
I hope to change the (Sump-Green) to (Scrubber-Red) and instead of a green channel have Turquoise.  Still it fills the time while waiting for parts!
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 09, 2013, 08:29:27 PM
Nice going Willie,
I hope to change the (Sump-Green) to (Scrubber-Red) and instead of a green channel have Turquoise.  Still it fills the time while waiting for parts!

it is doable but it ain't easy,my son helped me figure out how to change mine,he looked at the code for a few minutes and figured out more than I did in 4 or 5 days of staring at it LOL

there's probable a hundred or more lines to change,what I did was open the code in 2 different windows so I could change a few things and test it,if that didn't work,I'd set everything back like Jamie has it then try something different LOL it took a long time but I did learn a lot about it...

there's absolutely no possible way on this Earth that I could have written that code....Jamie is a genius :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 23, 2013, 06:29:22 PM
I accomplished a few more things today,I found a sheet of acrylic in my scrap pile and mounted my PSU,Arduino,and a project board to it,once I get a few more pieces in,I'll mount them too,I still need to make a front to mount the screen in and figure out how to turn this into a covered box LOL

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3013_zps5137f8a2.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3012_zps8b235ae9.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3011_zpsfed4b98d.jpg)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3010_zps9997fe07.jpg)
Title: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on May 23, 2013, 07:48:07 PM
Nice one
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 23, 2013, 09:19:51 PM
thank you sir :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 26, 2013, 04:11:50 PM
I stopped in at the local hardware store yesterday and purchased 5 pieces of 8 foot long 1 inch aluminum channel to create a heatsink(more about that later) and just placed an order for 14 of these little jewels http://www.powergatellc.com/mean-well-ldd-700hw-dc-dc-converter.html :)

I'm gonna need another PSU to handle all this and a few more LEDs but I'm getting closer :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on May 26, 2013, 07:57:16 PM
look forward to seeing that been built :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on May 27, 2013, 06:44:24 PM
I ordered a few more pieces last night.....8 x 120mm fans,12v 10a PSU for the fans, moon light, Arduino, and probably the fuge light, insulating washers to insulate the mounting screws from the LED stars,and some heatsink grease for the thermal transfer of the LEDs plus 20 more LEDs,royal blue this time....

I still need/want another 48v PSU, UV LEDs, warm white LEDs and figure out how I'm gonna connect it all together and then try to build a hood to put it all in....

I got a long way to go still but it is coming together a little at a time :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 05, 2013, 09:45:59 PM
well,for the past week or so,I've been tinkering around with my LEDs,yesterday,I received my Meanwell LDD drivers so today I had to see just how cool the Jarduino really was,this so freaking cool,the only lights that ran on my tank today was my LEDs and my tank temp never raised any plus I was able to turn the thermostat up on the AC unit so it's not cold in here LOL

I still have a lot to do to make my LED system presentable for pics but it functions perfectly...right now there's wires hanging everywhere and the heatsink is just laying on top of the tank LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on June 06, 2013, 05:14:16 PM
Nice, looking forward to seeing your "completed" build.  I know what you mean with the whole AC thing.  I'm sure a lot of people switching over from HM's to LEDs will now be able to do away with their chillers (or having to keep their Home AC running at low temps).  The savings just keep adding up lol!
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 07, 2013, 01:29:33 AM
Nice, looking forward to seeing your "completed" build.  I know what you mean with the whole AC thing.  I'm sure a lot of people switching over from HM's to LEDs will now be able to do away with their chillers (or having to keep their Home AC running at low temps).  The savings just keep adding up lol!

dude,this auto brightening/dimming is freaking sweet,I've spent the last 2 mornings watching it turn daylight in my tank LOL I'll try to snap some pics in a day or 2,I've just been too lazy,I'm not really ashamed of all the wires hanging everywhere LOL

I got the fans mounted today and I still need 80 or so more LEDs and another PSU but I had to get started somewhere :)

one thing I've noticed,so far with the heat from the LEDs to the heatsink,with 4 x 120mm fans running on 5 x 8 feet of 3/4" aluminum channel with just over 100 LEDs,I'm only seeing 2 degrees over room temp at about 90% brightness,I guess that is good,but I have 4 more of those fans just in case,and I will be adding more LEDs

I honestly dreaded starting building an LED system,I really thought it would be more difficult that it really is...so far,everything has went smoothly with the exception of messing up a few LEDs with the soldering iron melting the LED lens itself from not paying attention to where the back of my iron was LOL but I am learning,and this is the biggest reason I started with Ebay LEDs LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: tangtastic on June 07, 2013, 08:12:28 AM
Its great the only bugga is getting all channels to look good and ramp up and down together, now i have the blues going up first the falling down when the whites come on, then when whites start to go off blues ramp up some more as well then after a few hours ramp right down 
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 07, 2013, 03:30:40 PM
Its great the only bugga is getting all channels to look good and ramp up and down together, now i have the blues going up first the falling down when the whites come on, then when whites start to go off blues ramp up some more as well then after a few hours ramp right down

I tried to adjust each channel from the Arduino but kept getting messed up on it,I finally reloaded the sketch and altered the time in it so I could see all the colors at the same time and adjust accordingly they cleared epprom and reloaded that way,it's easier for me doing it like that :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 14, 2013, 02:53:13 AM
Jarduino is now controlling my tank lights,water temperature,and running 2 wave pumps in my frag/fuge tank...but I still have wires hanging everywhere and it's all just pieced together,nothing finished LOL

I need to figure out what kind of connectors I'm gonna use and get all these pieces boxed up into something better looking.....right now,the PC boards are mounted to Acrylic sheets and hanging on the wall next to my tank with wires spliced together between the pieces.....I did enclose the relays and AC electrical wiring to be a little safer with it LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on June 14, 2013, 03:08:46 AM
Be weary of the DC stuff too, the 5V stuff doesn't concern me all that much, but the DC power coming directly from the huge Power Supply makes me a bit worried.  Safety first Willie! 

With that said, I'm glad your build is moving along.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 14, 2013, 03:51:12 AM
Be weary of the DC stuff too, the 5V stuff doesn't concern me all that much, but the DC power coming directly from the huge Power Supply makes me a bit worried.  Safety first Willie! 

With that said, I'm glad your build is moving along.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

LOL yea,the 48v from mine could zap a person I guess,I have all the wiring up where no small people can reach it and all the power wiring is covered or taped over,I didn't want to short out my electronics either LOL the only exposed wires are just the PWM and 5v stuff from the Arduino.....it ain't really as dangerous as it looks
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 15, 2013, 12:58:31 AM
purchased this fish feeder today at a local petsmart  http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752267&cp=2767036.11209639&utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default

I may have decided against buying it if I had read the reviews at petsmart online but it works perfectly with the Jarduino program :) had to do some minor rewiring,it is now powered my the Arduino and the controller function is awesome with it,I put some flake and pellet food in it but I usually feed frozen food,this is just another "gotta have" cool gadget LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on June 15, 2013, 01:56:31 AM
Nice!  If you like it now, wait until the next release when it not only will feed your fish, but will also shut off your choice(s) of powerhead(s), pump, and/or skimmer!  BTW, on eBay they sell some feeders very similar to what you got for about 1/3 the price...
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 15, 2013, 02:56:33 AM
Nice!  If you like it now, wait until the next release when it not only will feed your fish, but will also shut off your choice(s) of powerhead(s), pump, and/or skimmer!  BTW, on eBay they sell some feeders very similar to what you got for about 1/3 the price...

yeah I seen 'em,I also found the Eheim for less than I paid for this one too but I was there,it was in hand,I couldn't wait to wire it up and let Jarduino impress me even more LOL

they had the Eheim for $45 and if I had read the reviews on this one,I would have gotten it,but this one looked more simple to mess with,and it was easy to figure out,just 3 wires,a ground,the 3v,and the trigger wire to the manual feed button....

it only turns 1 time if I use the manual feed button on the controller but it turns 6 times with the programed feed timer,I assume that is a time set in the code,this feeder needs positive voltage for just a second or less to activate the motor and it makes 1 revolution,it has a micro switch and cam to stop it with....

it has a build in timer to feed either 1 or 2 times a day but it has no way of setting a specific time,kinda generic there like the reviews said,but with a Jarduino it functions awesomely LOL

I've been in every store within 100 miles of here looking for some nice boxes/cases to put all this controller stuff in but ain't found anything I thought would work yet,looks like I may have to build something to suit my needs
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on June 15, 2013, 04:32:04 AM
I have been thinking about doing the feeder thing but I was worried it would be to big to fit in the canopy of the jbj 28g nano and it would feed to much since I only have 5 fish. I am camping this weekend so the fish won't get fed Saturday.

Can someone give an around about estimate on the size and a link to the eBay ones.

Thanks.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: Nigel Marlow on June 15, 2013, 05:47:48 AM
I have the Eheim 3581 like Jamie,  it measures 5.5 inches long, 2.5 inches high and 2 inches wide.
Purchased here.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EHEIM-AUTO-FEEDER-UNIT-FISH-FOOD-FEEDING-AUTOMATIC-3581-/370831044664?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&hash=item565740b038
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 15, 2013, 10:12:50 AM
I have been thinking about doing the feeder thing but I was worried it would be to big to fit in the canopy of the jbj 28g nano and it would feed to much since I only have 5 fish. I am camping this weekend so the fish won't get fed Saturday.

Can someone give an around about estimate on the size and a link to the eBay ones.

Thanks.

they are kinda big but if you can find the room to mount it,it's really cool.....I told my wife that I wont feel as guilty now for not feeding every day,if they miss a meal now,I can blame the feeder :)

I think you'll be more satisfied if you get the Eheim like Jamie used,although this one seems to be working just fine,the quality of Eheim products has always been outstanding......

I was gonna get 1 from Ebay but I was in the PetSmart yesterday and they had this tempting me too much,plus,I figured if there was a problem with it before I disassembled it,I could take it right back for an exchange...almost no waiting like that,it was absolute torture waiting on the LED stuff to start my controller build LOL

another thing I've already noticed about my fish with this thing,it has fed 4 or 5 times now and my fish seem to be anticipating when it's time for the next feeding,they're already gathering under it and waiting LOL

once Jamie releases the new version and the main pump can be shut off automagically during feeding,this will be an awesome piece of equipment,with mine right now,the fish have to hurry before the overflow gets the food.....

I tried to locate it in a high flow area so that the food would be dispersed into the tank more that just floating on top and going down the drain almost instantly,it works pretty good like that but a lot still makes it to the sump
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: Nigel Marlow on June 15, 2013, 01:00:10 PM
I cut the bottom and top off a plastic bottle and mounted this at the surface directly below the feeder.  It stops the food spreading across the surface and being dragged down the weir.  The flow from one of the wave-makers draws bits out and down across the tank.  :))
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on June 15, 2013, 05:22:36 PM
I have the Eheim 3581 like Jamie,  it measures 5.5 inches long, 2.5 inches high and 2 inches wide.
Purchased here.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EHEIM-AUTO-FEEDER-UNIT-FISH-FOOD-FEEDING-AUTOMATIC-3581-/370831044664?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&hash=item565740b038

don't forget to add in some extra head room for this one, as it has a rectangular hopper, so when it dispenses food (that is, when it spins), it needs more space vertically
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on June 15, 2013, 05:48:10 PM
...it only turns 1 time if I use the manual feed button on the controller but it turns 6 times with the programed feed timer...

a while back (oct 2012) I pointed out this bug, and promptly posted a fix.  Check out reply#492 of my thread (http://ukreefs.com/index.php?topic=117.msg6375#msg6375).  If it spins more than once after updating the sketch with my fix (I would be surprised), then there are further things you can do to fix it.  But just apply the update first and we'll go from there...


...another thing I've already noticed about my fish with this thing, it has fed 4 or 5 times now and my fish seem to be anticipating when it's time for the next feeding, they're already gathering under it and waiting LOL...

Pavlov's dog in action!  Amazing how quickly fish can be "classically conditioned."  I'm that way too lol, kind of milling around the kitchen come dinner time... 

I cut the bottom and top off a plastic bottle and mounted this at the surface directly below the feeder.  It stops the food spreading across the surface and being dragged down the weir.  The flow from one of the wave-makers draws bits out and down across the tank. 


Good solution.  If I had the food loss issue I would certainly add in a pipe (chute) for the food, but luckily, the way my water return and powerheads are positioned, 1/2 of the food stays on the surface and the rest gets blown throughout the tank, with only miniscule amounts being sucked down the overflow.  I like that lots of food stays at the surface, as some of my fish seem to prefer eating it from there.  I'm guessing that once the next release comes out, you'll be removing your "fix?" If only I had a few full days to work on the program, I'm sure I could get it out within that time... sigh
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 15, 2013, 09:13:15 PM

a while back (oct 2012) I pointed out this bug, and promptly posted a fix.  Check out reply#492 of my thread (http://ukreefs.com/index.php?topic=117.msg6375#msg6375).  If it spins more than once after updating the sketch with my fix (I would be surprised), then there are further things you can do to fix it.  But just apply the update first and we'll go from there...

done and fixed....thank you sir,you are the man,and I remember distinctly reading that post,it just completely slipped my mine...old age wins again LOL


If only I had a few full days to work on the program, I'm sure I could get it out within that time... sigh

you'll get to when you can,don't let it get between you and enjoying your family and life,this is really cool stuff but it ain't worth getting stressed out over or taking time from your family,it is just a hobby...but I am looking forward to the next edition :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 15, 2013, 09:15:22 PM
I cut the bottom and top off a plastic bottle and mounted this at the surface directly below the feeder.  It stops the food spreading across the surface and being dragged down the weir.  The flow from one of the wave-makers draws bits out and down across the tank.  :))

brilliant idea....I'll do that until Jamie has time to release the next edition of Jarduino :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 15, 2013, 09:39:45 PM
Nigel,your idea works great,I have it mounted where just a 1/4 inch or so of the jug is in the water,it holds the floating food until it has absorbed enough water to sink,some sinks some stays afloat,but very little if any is going toward the overflow now,what that didn't sink immediately before usually went down the drain LOL...thank you for sharing that
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: Nigel Marlow on June 16, 2013, 04:43:44 AM
That's how I have my feeding ring, pleased it worked for you my friend.
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on June 16, 2013, 11:42:48 PM
So I am looking on ebay for an inexpensive feeder, but how can you tell if you can control one with arduino?  Also, what are the modification needed to make to them?

Thanks
Billy
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 17, 2013, 01:02:36 AM
So I am looking on ebay for an inexpensive feeder, but how can you tell if you can control one with arduino?  Also, what are the modification needed to make to them?

Thanks
Billy

mine is the Top Fin brand,it's just basic,no bells or whistles but it has a DC motor in it that runs off of 3v or 2xAA batteries...

I got a feeder from Wal Mart that had a clock motor in it,the drum was connected to the hour movement of the clock motor and turned continuously making 1 full revolution ever 12 hours,thereby feeding the tank 2 times a day,but it was not compatible with any controller and it went back to Wal Mart :)  so,not all of them will work....

the best as I can recommend is to get one like what I have and know it will work or best to get the Eheim like Jamie used....look on the specs of which ever feeder you're considering,if it says powered by 1xAA battery,it will likely not work....look for the powered by 2xAA for the best possible chance of it being compatible...

but with connecting the Top Fin feeder,I tapped into the 3.3v on the Arduino to feed it power in place of the batteries,it has a manual feed button on the feeder,with 2 wires,1 wire that connect between the micro switch and motor positive voltage,the other wires connect to the positive of the power supply,if you press the feed button,it powers the motor enough to pass the micro switch and will continue to run until it comes back around and the cam releases the micro switch,at that time power is cut again until the next press of the button.....

I disassembled the feeder and got out the old trusty volt meter and tested wires with it powered with the batteries until I figured out how it worked and went from there with it :)

I tapped into the wire between the micro switch and motor and connected a wire between that and the feeder control pin on the Arduino..the Arduino feeds that wire power long enough to get the feeder motor started (just like if you press the manual feed button on the feeder) and it will run until the micro switch is released again,while the feeder motor is running,it is getting the power from the Arduino 3.3v feed wire until the micro switch is released again....

only 3 wires to hook up like I did mine but it works flawlessly,the Jarduino is the magical part of it,the feeder is just a motor with a cam activated stop position switch....I hope you can figure it out from my explanation,if not,let me know,I don't care to disassemble it again and photograph the wire connections for you,but it will only be viable if you get this exact model...it's easier to wire up than it is to explain it LOL I should of taken pics when I was working on it but didn't think about it at the time,I actually wired in RCA cords so I could quick disconnect it from the controller if needed,but it is still just 3 wires needed,I just have an extra ground wire with my hook up...

this feeder has a 2 position slide switch also,it is supposed to feed 1 time or 2 times a day,depending on the setting of that switch,with it's built in timer and I did nothing to prevent that function from working,I just set it to 1 feeding a day,but I have yet to see that function work LOL

Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 17, 2013, 01:21:49 AM
Billy,any of the programmable feeder on this page should work http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=auto+fish+feeder&LH_BIN=1

and the AF2012 model in this link is almost identical to mine http://www.ebay.com/itm/Resun-Aquarium-Digital-Automatic-Auto-Fish-Food-Feeder-AF2003-2012-2009-2005D-/180956901763?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item2a21df3183

this is the exact same one I have http://www.ebay.com/itm/Top-Fin-Automatic-Feeder-Fish-Food-Auto-Aquarium-Tank-Battery-Operated-NIB-/160938463875?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2578ae1283
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on June 17, 2013, 02:50:54 AM
Thanks redtop03 for taking the time to put all of that together.  I have to try and figure out if I can fit one in to my style of canopy on my aquarium.

http://www.jbjlighting.com/prod-28g-nano-cf.html
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 17, 2013, 01:52:17 PM
Thanks redtop03 for taking the time to put all of that together.  I have to try and figure out if I can fit one in to my style of canopy on my aquarium.

http://www.jbjlighting.com/prod-28g-nano-cf.html

that presents a whole new challenge,this thing is fairly large and I doubt it would fit under your canopy,I think the Eheim is a little more compact because of the square shape but I doubt it would fit either,unless you are willing to do some major alterations to your canopy,it's gonna be tough finding one that will fit....

some of those that I seen while looking for those links did appear to be smaller but it's hard to tell from pics online...I'll keep an eye out for something though,if I see anything I think might work,I'll let you know
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: WmTasker on June 17, 2013, 05:09:44 PM
How air tight are the containers when they are not dispensing food?  My other concern is the food soaking up moisture due to the high humidity inside the enclosure.  The canopy is always dripping with condensation when I first lift the lid. 
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 17, 2013, 10:00:26 PM
How air tight are the containers when they are not dispensing food?  My other concern is the food soaking up moisture due to the high humidity inside the enclosure.  The canopy is always dripping with condensation when I first lift the lid.

mine has just flap that gravity keeps closed,I assume that it would allow moisture in if it were enclosed in the canopy,and that was a complaint in the some of the reviews with my feeder too...

I think you would have to do something like Jamie did by using the funnel and having the feeder mounted above to minimize moisture,that allows air to circulate around the feeder and help keep it dry....I'll know more about moisture effects after I've have mine a while but so far so good with it....
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on June 17, 2013, 10:02:06 PM
How air tight are the containers when they are not dispensing food?  My other concern is the food soaking up moisture due to the high humidity inside the enclosure.  The canopy is always dripping with condensation when I first lift the lid.

mine has just flap that gravity keeps closed,I assume that it would allow moisture in if it were enclosed in the canopy,and that was a complaint in the some of the reviews with my feeder too...

I think you would have to do something like Jamie did by using the funnel and having the feeder mounted above to minimize moisture,that allows air to circulate around the feeder and help keep it dry....I'll know more about moisture effects after I've have mine a while but so far so good with it....
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 12, 2014, 04:41:53 PM
some of you may already know that we recently bought a new home and in the process of moving my livestock, I lost almost everything I had in the 360g tank.....

since I don't have room for the 360 yet, I set up a 90g at the new home to try to keep as much as I could from the 360, it proved to be too stressful for all my nice coral and all but 2 fish, a 6 line wrasse and a PJ cardinal, my RBTAs survived too as did my ricordea and a few zoas and GSP...

loosing almost all my livestock was really depressing and I all but gave up on reefing, I let the 90g go with no water changes or any kind of husbandry at all, needless to say, algae has taken over and thetank looks like crap......but the reefing bug is back :) I recently purchased 5 new fish, a yellow tang, a unicorn tang, lawnmower blenny and a pair of nemos :) and I'm trying to get the tank into shape again...

I even pulled out my Jarduino build I was working on for the 360g and cut it down to fit the 90g....here's some pics of the wiring mess and I'm building a canopy to fit all this into and hopefully make the 90g looks some better :)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3046_zpsff5032ab.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/IMG_3047_zps109da0a3.jpg)
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Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 12, 2014, 04:44:50 PM
here's what I have so far for a canopy, I'm trying to decide whether to go tall or low profile with it....it needs a lot of work still but it's a start :)


(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/023_zpscb5d622b.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/021_zps887ffd95.jpg)
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(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/013_zps08dea0f5.jpg)


once I'm satisfied with the wood frame I'll cover it with oak plywood, oak trim, and build some doors, I'm gonna try to decide where I want the touch screen and then I'll rout out a place for it to have easy access and hopefully look cool too...

I just hung the heatsink with cables for now, I want it mounted solid and have a splash shield and I have the 90 degree optics that will go on some of the LEDs so I'll be able to hang 'em up higher and still have plenty of room to work in the tank when needed...

it's still a work in progress but I'm liking it better than the old ugly shelf I had hanging there before LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 12, 2014, 04:51:09 PM
I don't have my relay board hooked back up so I can control the heating and cooling of the tank but everything else about the Jarduino is working flawlessly :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 12, 2014, 05:15:39 PM
I redid the top section so that I would have room to rout out the center for the touch screen, it is very crude work but the screen itself is centered and level, I'll hide the crude work with oak plywood and hopefully one of Ian's trim plates later :)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/001_zps9c823ed6.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/002_zpse7d6087a.jpg)
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(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/010_zps2b05e16f.jpg)

and you can see the algae I'm fighting now in the last 3 pics...believe it or not, this is a lot better than it was LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on March 12, 2014, 05:18:46 PM
Nice one i am going threw the hair alga as well thought tank had cycled a nem killed it self in power head and boom hair algae all over :( just starting to go slowly :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on March 12, 2014, 08:00:32 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share.  I know how busy you must be right now with the move and all.  Things are looking on the up and up for you, but that really sucks that you lost a lot of your livestock during the move.  I feel your pain, I haven't shared yet what happened during my move back in January, but I too lost a lot of life.  Not sure what the weather is like in the UK or where you live (still in KY?), but this winter here has got to be the coldest on record.  I'm talking ice age stuff man. I was dreading moving my tank, and in fact it was the last thing I decided to do.  I was kinda waiting for the weather to warm up a bit, but it was in the negative temperatures for over a month straight with no letup in sight, and I had to get everything out, so I really had no choice.  When I say negative temps, I'm talking Fahrenheit negatives, and it just so happened to be -12⁰F when I "decided" to make the tank move (windchill was something god awful).  For those on the Celsius scale, that's roughly -24.5⁰C! I ended up losing all but one of my fish, an urchin, and most of my shrimp.  Curiously, all of my Coral made it.  My theory about the lone surviving fish surviving is that it is a Yellow Watchman Goby, and is paired with a pistol shrimp.  The fact that those two had each other to live for is what kept them going.  Love conquers all, no?

I'm still rather ticked off about losing everything, and I'm sure you know how pressed I am for time these days, I still haven't done much of anything with my tank since I moved.  No water changes, algae growing out of control, and all my coral and rocks are just tossed in the tank.  I even have several things in cups and bowls just sitting at the bottom of the tank, but the corals all seem to be doing great (I think once I get around to aquascaping my tank, I'll take in a bunch of my coral that really is growing out of control and trade them in for some more livestock at my LFS).  Also, over the past several weeks I've never seen more copepods, amphipods, and other little critters running around.  They've taken over now that there's no fish to prey on them.  It's a pod paradise!
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on March 12, 2014, 08:03:40 PM
glad i do not have to move :) sorry about your loss as well dude man that's cold :) how the new house coming on ;)
Bigguy
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on March 12, 2014, 08:23:00 PM
Thanks man.  Things are moving along at a snails pace as free time to work on things is so rare these days.  Come to think of it, I'm eating a snails dust  :-\

I do have one thing I would like to run by everyone (maybe I should start a new thread).  My house has both a city supply of water, and well water.  I haven't done any testing on the well supply (although it looks and smells fine), but I'm thinking about hooking my RODI system up to the well water as it is essentially free and RODI systems waste a lot of water.  If I stay on the city water, I'll have to pay for it...  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on March 12, 2014, 08:27:48 PM
the point of a good system with resin it removes all the impuritys dude so on the well should be fine :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 12, 2014, 08:33:44 PM
thanks guys, Jamie, I'm still in Ky. we just moved 3 doors down from where we were, my bro-in-law bought a new home and we bought his old one...sorry to hear you had about the same luck with moving your tank, it sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do, family comes first over anything else

I'd go with the well water if the TDS isn't too high, chlorine kills a lot of bad stuff in city water but if they weren't pumping it out of a river or lake, they may not need the chlorine LOL

we have a well (bad pump though) and city water too, worst thing about well water around here is iron, it will ruin white clothes and bath fixtures with the yellow stain, not to mention it tastes terrible, but a good RO/DI filtration system could make it taste much better
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 12, 2014, 08:45:20 PM
Jamie, I'm about to order a couple of the Jebao WP10 powerheads, I noticed that in the Ferduino, he has incorporated them into his Arduino build, my Spanish is non-existing and I can't figure out how he did it LOL, Have you looked at any of that yet or is it gonna be available in the Jarduino ?
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 13, 2014, 05:16:00 PM
Jamie, some of the guys on another forum think that you should add voice command to the Jarduino...I told 'em I'd mention it to you but I doubt it will get that LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: TheDOdblG on March 13, 2014, 06:24:10 PM
I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I finally caved in to all the hype and purchased a WP10 & a WP25 (Got them both from some dude out in Cali).  While I haven't put them in my tank yet, I did try them out in the kitchen sink.  I must say, they are quite impressive. I dialed in a resonant frequency in no time flat and splashed water all over the floor.  I was laughing like a little schoolgirl!  I also was pleasantly surprised at how small they are, smaller and yet quite a bit more powerful than the cheaper and larger Hydor Powerheads I currently run.  So given my positive initial impressions, I will eventually be incorporating them into the Jarduino.  Not the next release, but maybe the one after...  After briefly testing them out, I'm left wondering why anyone in the world would waste any money on other DC powerheads that cost ~3-4x's as much.  I did have my hands on a Vortech for a while, but I just didn't like it all that much, it was loud and put a big dent in my wallet.  I tried giving it some time tinkering around with it and fine tuning it and what not, thinking I might start liking it, but after a few days I just couldn't stand it anymore and sold it on eBay.  It was because of the Vortech's that I decided a while back that I wasn't going to be doing anything with DC powerheads...  Anyway, the Jebao's (and all the Jebao lovers out there) have changed my mind so I will definitely come up with something to control them via the Jarduino.  As far as voice commands, I highly doubt it (but then again I said that about DC powerhead control, so with enough convincing who knows?). 
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 13, 2014, 07:29:40 PM
I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I finally caved in to all the hype and purchased a WP10 & a WP25 (Got them both from some dude out in Cali).  While I haven't put them in my tank yet, I did try them out in the kitchen sink.  I must say, they are quite impressive. I dialed in a resonant frequency in no time flat and splashed water all over the floor.  I was laughing like a little schoolgirl!  I also was pleasantly surprised at how small they are, smaller and yet quite a bit more powerful than the cheaper and larger Hydor Powerheads I currently run.  So given my positive initial impressions, I will eventually be incorporating them into the Jarduino.  Not the next release, but maybe the one after...  After briefly testing them out, I'm left wondering why anyone in the world would waste any money on other DC powerheads that cost ~3-4x's as much.  I did have my hands on a Vortech for a while, but I just didn't like it all that much, it was loud and put a big dent in my wallet.  I tried giving it some time tinkering around with it and fine tuning it and what not, thinking I might start liking it, but after a few days I just couldn't stand it anymore and sold it on eBay.  It was because of the Vortech's that I decided a while back that I wasn't going to be doing anything with DC powerheads...  Anyway, the Jebao's (and all the Jebao lovers out there) have changed my mind so I will definitely come up with something to control them via the Jarduino.  As far as voice commands, I highly doubt it (but then again I said that about DC powerhead control, so with enough convincing who knows?).

I kinda figured you'd like the Jebaos, fraction of the cost of a vortech and perform almost exactly like 'em, I have the MP60 and 700 or so bucks was a hard lump to swallow but it is a badass pump.....I lost a 6 inch naso tang to it running full power, I don't do that any more either, it's hard to pull your hand away from it at full power

I really didn't get it so much for the pump as for the battery backup, which was another hundred and a half or so LOL the WPs weren't around when I bought it though or I'd have a pair of the WP60 for the 360 :)

I'm running the MP60 in my 90g turned all the way down and it's still too much, it's great for the 360 though, I'll keep it but I ain't gonna buy another LOL
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 13, 2014, 07:47:18 PM
I finally built my refugeum light today...it has 5 red and 4 white LEDs and Jarduino is controlling it of course :) I'll redo the heatsink later but this was handy so I ran with it :)

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/001_zpsa3459c30.jpg)
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp188/redtop03_photos/002_zpsfe26128a.jpg)
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Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on March 13, 2014, 08:11:51 PM
Nice one Dude What LEDs did you use for that and is it just on and off or you can ramp it up ?

Bigguy
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 13, 2014, 08:22:31 PM
Nice one Dude What LEDs did you use for that and is it just on and off or you can ramp it up ?

Bigguy

all my LEDs are from ebay, they're the 3w LEDs, they all call for 3.5v except the reds which call for 2.5v which is why I used 5 instead of 4 on that string....

I used one of the 700ma LDD meanwell drivers on it so it will ramp up and down with the Jarduino, it is 2 strings, one with white and one with red, both are connected to the one driver so it's like 350ma per string and ran on a 12v PSU...both strings can handle the 700ma so if I need more light, I'll add another LDD driver and separate the strings.....all I'm using this for is to grow chaeto, it's dang bright as is :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: bigguy on March 13, 2014, 08:27:55 PM
thanks dude :)

i plan to build my sump light first was not sure just to use all white or get some reds ?

got a few xbox 360 heat sinks so can make a couple for both tanks :)
Title: Re: redtop03s plywood tank
Post by: redtop03 on March 13, 2014, 09:12:53 PM
thanks dude :)

i plan to build my sump light first was not sure just to use all white or get some reds ?

got a few xbox 360 heat sinks so can make a couple for both tanks :)

normally I would have used only white but everybody on the forums are using red and white with a lot of success with algae, even turf algae on the scrubbers are using red, so figured I'd give it a try with chaeto :)