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Old 09-14-2012, 06:24 AM   #16
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Tonight I finished making the heatsink and soldering the LED's
They're VERY bright, I briefly held it over the tank and they look great.
I'll try to get a video of it tomorrow.
All that's left to do is build an enclosure; the very last picture is my inspiration, although it will be smaller in height, stained darker and no light sticking out the top.


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Old 09-19-2012, 05:36 AM   #17
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Just bought the arduino. For right now it will be controlling only the led's but eventually I hope to have it hooked up to multiple temperature sensors, a fertilizer auto-doser, water replacement, automatic feeding, and a pH sensor.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:42 AM   #18
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Got some more arduino supplies:

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Old 09-22-2012, 01:10 AM   #19
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Bought a 3.2" LCD touchscreen for the project yesterday, I got it from here:
http://www.electrodragon.com/?produc...-panel-sd-slot





Also the arduino arrived in the mail. In about 30 minutes I'm gonna go to radio shack to get the appropriate wires and a couple test LEDs/Resistors and hopefully I will have the LED's controlled from the Arduino by tonight. Unfortunately the LCD screen and temperature sensors won't be here for a while because they're coming from Hong Kong.


A couple pics of the arduino:

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I'm happy to see that at least someone liked my idea for a Chi lid.

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Old 09-22-2012, 03:15 AM   #21
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I'm happy to see that at least someone liked my idea for a Chi lid.

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Ahh, I totally forgot to reference you as the inventor of this idea!!!
All the credit definitely goes to jointbeaker for the hood. (genius by the way)
Glad to see your still on the forums and found this thread!
How has your hood held up?
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:43 AM   #22
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Ahh, I totally forgot to reference you as the inventor of this idea!!!
All the credit definitely goes to jointbeaker for the hood. (genius by the way)
Glad to see your still on the forums and found this thread!
How has your hood held up?
I ended up not using it, or the tank it was intended for.

My first Chi has all sorts of algae right now. Here's probably the best picture I have of it right now:

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The tank looks great! And I thought my vals outgrew the 40 gallon fast, I bet they fill that tank up quick.



I've been trying to program the LCD for the past couple hours. Fortunately I got a second arduino to use for my paludarium so I could use that and not worry about the LEDs flashing on and off each time I had to re-upload.

I'm making very slow progress though, it isn't a very intuitive system and has a lack of instructions, and when I do find a tutorial it usually contradicts something else I've already looked at. Here's what I have managed to get so far:


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I'm getting close to finishing a drawing program with the ability to change the color. I accomplished this by using Henning Karlsens "Touch Example: Quickdraw" as a base, then looking at HK's "Touch Example: Buttontest" to learn how to make buttons and highlighting the ring around them. Still has a couple bugs but it's fairly close.

My next goal will be creating a menu with a pen icon to access the drawing program, and maybe a finger icon to access the touch calibration program.

The reason I'm playing around with these programs is to get the basis for programming menu-like functions, buttons and to display data. Then I'll move onto bigger/better things

Oh, and you guys get to see my horrible handwriting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjtrMzfsmEY
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