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post #391 of 541 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 02:45 PM
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I was wondering how you feel about the co2 reactor setup you have been using? Trying to decide between going that route or a in-line diffuser.

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Man, those porkchop rasboras look cool! I've seen them once at my LFS. BTW, glad you like the Eheim Skim as much as I do. It's not the prettiest, but concealed somewhat, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
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Beautiful tank! Very impressive in every way.
Thank you! It's a continual learning experience and a lot fun.

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I was wondering how you feel about the co2 reactor setup you have been using? Trying to decide between going that route or a in-line diffuser.
I love the reactor. Zero air bubbles, zero cleaning, no affect on flow, it hides in the cabinet, and it cost me less than $20.

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Man, those porkchop rasboras look cool! I've seen them once at my LFS. BTW, glad you like the Eheim Skim as much as I do. It's not the prettiest, but concealed somewhat, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
I am quickly falling in love with the pork chops! They swim out front all day long, they are a pretty bright orange, and their courage draws out the other fish that have been hiding more. Excellent addition!

The Eheim Skim is almost completely hidden. I don't see it from where I view the tank, and the top of the water is like glass. It also seems to aerate the water a bunch, which is great for at night when I'm running it. It's really simple, but a fantastic suggestion. Thanks again!
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have the plants changed since your last fts? please post a new fts.

''To screw up a 180g does not take much, to fix up a screwed up 180g is an effort beyond most mortals.''
first planted tank 180g
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have the plants changed since your last fts? please post a new fts.
The last full tank shot and update is current (page 25).

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Trouble is brewing...



I've been working on my iAqua project, but I'm at a bit of a stall waiting for some parts I need. I'm really digging the ramping code for the lights, but it's not programmed on the Arduino that's currently running my dosing pumps and lights. I had an LCD, a temp sensor, an ambient light sensor, and some other parts sitting around, so I decided to update my existing controller with the ramping code, the LCD screen, the LCD auto-dimming code that uses an ambient light sensor, and the temp sensor. Ignore the -269, as that's a counter I am testing, and it doesn't normally run high sun at 10 PM. This is some test code.

No harm in pimping out this controller, and I'm sure I can sell it when I get done with my other one.

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lota technical stuff you got goin on there.

''To screw up a 180g does not take much, to fix up a screwed up 180g is an effort beyond most mortals.''
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Your pictures are nice...what camera are u using?
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So many wires....I'd probably lose track of everything...

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id definitely pay for a controller like that haha!
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lota technical stuff you got goin on there.
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So many wires....I'd probably lose track of everything...
Yeah, I have problems. Once I got the hang of this stuff, I got seriously sucked in. It's really fun for me.

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Your pictures are nice...what camera are u using?
Thanks! It's a Nikon D7000 with the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens.

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id definitely pay for a controller like that haha!
If I don't sell it, I might use it as an excuse to get another tank.
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If I don't sell it, I might use it as an excuse to get another tank.
Doooo it haha, theres always an excuse to get another tank
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Do you by any chance know if the code you use in the controller will work for other lights or is it specific to the satellite. I have a BML and am wondering what mods if any I will need to figure out.

Thanks for sharing...it's been so helpful.
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Do you by any chance know if the code you use in the controller will work for other lights or is it specific to the satellite. I have a BML and am wondering what mods if any I will need to figure out.

Thanks for sharing...it's been so helpful.
I haven't read up on the BML lights, and how you can control them. If you can control them with PWM, then yes, the code is incredibly easy to adapt for PWM. Right now it's sending an IR signal to the lights to ramp each lighting channel from 0-42 (in my case the channels are RGBW). With PWM you write to a PWM pin from 0-255 instead. It's just a matter of sending commands to PWM instead of IR. If you need more or less than 4 lighting channels, the code is easily adapted.

I actually have 4 channels of PWM lighting control built into my iAqua project, even though I'm not using it. It was so easy to add, I just did it. I could add it into this more simple code in a matter of minutes.

First you'd have to research if PWM can control the BML lights, or I'm sure somebody on here knows. Maybe search for Arduino and BML on here.
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Thank you. I found this

http://forum.buildmyled.com/index.ph...o-control.107/

I don't really understand it but hopefully when I get into the project it will make more sense. It looks like it is doable one way or another. If you or anyone else has any input I would be interested.

I am looking forward to jumping into this... Arduino is exciting to me. I have never done it but I would LOVE to become familiar with it. Your projects have inspired a lot of us I believe.

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