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post #316 of 417 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 03:28 AM
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Really nice tank, good videos too.

I noticed you have a froggy!! Can you tell me about him, what type is it and how does it do with the fish, rams ever give it trouble. I really want to add one to the community tank but read they can starve really easily and spot feeding in a 125 would be wicked hard I think.
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post #317 of 417 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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It's just your common dwarf aquatic frog. The fish pretty much ignore them (I have two).

I feed frozen foods twice a day every day so they always have food to eat. If I think they are getting thin I spot feed them for a few days. I haven't had to do that for a long time though. They know when it's feeding time and come out looking for food.

I feed frozen blood worms, mysis shrimp, cyclopeeze, glass worms, live mosquito larvae (during warmer months) and spirulina enriched brine shrimp.
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Man that is awesome! Neat to see how the fish instinctively headed for the bottom of the tank during the "storm". All you need now is to T off of your return and put a sprinkler in there
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I actually used to have a sprinkler system that would "rain" over one of my reef tanks. It looked cool, but in the end I scrapped it because it made too much of a mess.
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I actually used to have a sprinkler system that would "rain" over one of my reef tanks. It looked cool, but in the end I scrapped it because it made too much of a mess.
How I wish you had never said that. Now I have to create a way for my take to have "rain". I'm thinking I can use my Arduino to control a pump. The rest would be plumbing work.

Have it rain in the early evening would have to be a great way to oxygenate the water.
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I actually used to have a sprinkler system that would "rain" over one of my reef tanks. It looked cool, but in the end I scrapped it because it made too much of a mess.
I'm trying to figure this out myself. Mine will be an enclosed system (paludarium) so it wouldn't make a mess. I figure I could have a float switch trigger a storm event in which the rain would pump from a RO reserve and act as my ATO. Kills a few birds with one stone.

Your tank is quite the inspiration for figuring out some neat automation stuff.

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

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I'm trying to figure this out myself. Mine will be an enclosed system (paludarium) so it wouldn't make a mess. I figure I could have a float switch trigger a storm event in which the rain would pump from a RO reserve and act as my ATO. Kills a few birds with one stone.

Your tank is quite the inspiration for figuring out some neat automation stuff.
What I did for mine was schedule the auto top off routine to only run during times that I had a storm scheduled. So if the storm happened from 6-7pm the auto top off would run during that time.

You could accomplish the same thing using programmable logic combining humidity sensors or top off with storm. So if you had 4 storms a day you could have it rain to increase humidity or control a mister or both during a storm.

I've wanted to do up a palidarium for years where the profilux could control rain, fog, lighting, etc.

I have enough parts I could actually do that now, just need a tank.

I think I just talked myself into building one, uh oh.
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Lol this is the most technology a person can fit into a fish tank. NICE

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What I did for mine was schedule the auto top off routine to only run during times that I had a storm scheduled. So if the storm happened from 6-7pm the auto top off would run during that time.

You could accomplish the same thing using programmable logic combining humidity sensors or top off with storm. So if you had 4 storms a day you could have it rain to increase humidity or control a mister or both during a storm.

I've wanted to do up a palidarium for years where the profilux could control rain, fog, lighting, etc.

I have enough parts I could actually do that now, just need a tank.

I think I just talked myself into building one, uh oh.
Well, I'm giving myself a year to build mine. Have to sort through parts, research a bit more and figure out what I can buy and what I can build. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for more ideas as well. I'd love you see how you do a paludarium, so if you go that route by all means please share with us!

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

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post #325 of 417 (permalink) Old 12-25-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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My family knows me well. Christmas gift from my parents: 24 x Cree XP-E Red and 12 x Cree XP-E Green.

Aquarium lighting upgrade on its way!

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all I can say is im jealous...very very jealous
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I made a newbie LED mistake tonight. I didnt actually look at what the forward voltage on the Red LEDs was. Apparently the Cree XPE Reds have a much lower voltage than the Royal blues or greens, and as such, I need to add more of them to get a stable voltage out of the ELN-60-48D Drivers.

I think adding 2 more per string will be enough, I have it working at a very low mA output, or very high, but everything in the middle causes the drivers to flake out
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came up with a solution to my Vf problem. I had a spare 12 LED pendant that wasnt being used to I mounted it in the stand with a little rewiring. I added 3 LEDs wired in series to each of the red strings (so six of the pendants LEDs are used) and that brought the Vf up to a range that the drivers were stable with.

The plus side is that I now have a light in the stand!

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Had some fun tinkering tonight, took a series of pics with various colour combos:

Red:


Blue:


Green:


Whites Only (ew):


Red+Blue:


Red+Blue+Green:


All On (was a bit overexposed, but I was maintaining the same camera settings for all the pictures for continuity):
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