I stumbled upon this thread 90 minutes ago and have been hooked ever since. I've been doing this for 46 years now and even so I have learned an absolute ton of information from all of these posts.
Your tank is absolutely fantastic. Both before and after your "tsunami". Staying with it after an episode like that and so generously giving out information throughout this process says a lot about you as a person too. You will find as I have that it just gets in your blood after a while. Remember the 8 foot space in your home is bare for a reason (:
I have one question for you and some advice as well. Have you had any problems with your pleckos uprooting plants? It doesn't look like it but I thought I would ask anyway. Now the advice. Do yourself a favor and get about four coolie loaches. They will help to keep the tank clean, won't effect your bio-load, look amazing in the belem... (great contrast), get along great with every fish you have, and are an absolute blast to watch.
Thank you again for starting such an incredible tread. I'll be sure to check back in with you soon.
Thanks! It's a giant and continual learning experience for me, and I love that we have this place to share and learn form each other. Regarding my plecos, they have not been uprooting anything. They've been really well behaved other than chasing the cories a little at feeding time.
As for the kuhli loach, that's interesting because I bought 2 of them last winter, and both died within a day. I have no idea why, and I've never had anything else die after being introduced. I thought they were super cool, but I've been gun shy about replacing them.
Just absolutely spectacular. Can you please share some links on where I can learn from the very ABCDs to start doing such programming and how to create those controllers? I have a terrarium with automated misting and multiple LED lights. Would love to create a localized touchscreen controller for each light, scheduling, fans, misting etc.
Thanks! The auto doser is what started me on the Arduino stuff. The thread that got me going was on here on TPT: Arduino auto dosser
. From that thread I was able to build a simple 2 pump auto-doser. Just doing that project taught me a lot. While messing with that, I figured out that I could control cheap LED strip lights. I'm not sure where I got that info, but the snowball was rolling down hill, and I was figuring it out. I learned about the touch screen and how to make it work from this LED lights controller with TFT LCD touch screen
thread (named Stilo). I learned how to control the Current Satellite Plus lights via IR from this thread here on TPT: Guide: Arduino based LED controller for Current Satellite LED+
So it's kind of all over the place.
It came pretty easy to me because I've worked in IT for almost 20 years, so I have a very technical background, and my brain is also geared for this stuff. I've done lots of programming and scripting, but never in C or C++, so that was new. However, I had a very firm grasp of programming structure in general, and many languages are quite similar. The Arduino site has massive amounts of info and is super helpful. Google is also your best friend.
Making the GUI graphics was easy for me because I work in the graphic industry and I'm pretty comfortable in Photoshop. I can post the PS files, but if a super slick GUI isn't that big of deal, there are button libraries that are easier to use and save a ton of work. (see the Stilo touch screen link above)
The best way to figure it out is just to dive in and start building what you want. As you work through it, you'll start to figure everything out. There is nothing like just digging in and doing hands on work. That's how you learn. I think that with the help of the Internet, most smart people can figure this out given enough time, interest, and patience.
The parts are super cheap for the most part. An off brand Mega is just $17
. The TFT screen was also just $17 on evilbay (item 271201097446). The SD card reader was just $2.50. A breadboard is about $4 and wires will run you another $3 per 70 pieces. After that the parts you need will depend on your build, but less than $50 you'll have enough to build the core of what you need for a full touch screen controller. I got almost all of my stuff off DX.com because it's so cheap, although shipping is slow because it's in China (usually a couple of weeks).