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Old 03-02-2013, 08:22 AM   #106
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I have to figure out how to hide the giant bundle of wire coming from the canopy. I'm debating burying it in some snap-track but I'm in no hurry until I get the stand. Its currently just strung out on an angle like that just so it can reach the brain sitting on the floor just to the side of the tank
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #107
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Let there be light!

Had to perform some emergency surgery tonight. Somehow during the hang I destroyed 2 LED's. On top of that, one of the ballast control boards was acting strangely so I swapped it out for my spare just in case. I'd rather troubleshoot this now before its sitting above a tank full of water.

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Blues + Moonlights only:



Simu's with red white and blue cranked up:

Is it the picture (referring to the first), but your LED config seems to be putting light mostly on the Blue side?



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Old 03-02-2013, 02:32 PM   #108
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Its difficult to show clearly in photos but at full brightness on both the cool white and blue is maxed out it looks around 14000k.

I will be running it with significantly reduced blue, closer to 10k.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #109
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These were originally over my reef tank but have since been repurposed. Im toying with the idea of adding a red string to warm it up somewhat. If I was building this from scratch I would have used cool white and neutral white. With considerably less blue
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Its difficult to show clearly in photos but at full brightness on both the cool white and blue is maxed out it looks around 14000k.

I will be running it with significantly reduced blue, closer to 10k.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:35 PM   #111
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I think I'm going to have to add some 80 degree optics to this build. The amount of light spillover is pretty huge and I think it will bug me having so much light in my living room. if I can tighten the beam up a bit I think it will help.

My living room looks like a grow op.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:34 PM   #112
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Took a quick vid of the light, my camera kept autocorrectig for brightness but you get the idea..

http://youtu.be/dOvHcip5R74
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What are you going to do about the cables in the video?
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:16 AM   #114
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What are you going to do about the cables in the video?
I mentioned this earlier, I might bury the cable bundle in some snap track behind the tank. Im waiting until I have the tank on the stand before I anchor them permanently.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #115
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very inspiring, done the same, downsized my reef tank and got new 5x2x2 planted discuss i used all my reef gear, waiting for more pictures good luck.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:07 PM   #116
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Not much is going to happen during the week. Until my stand arrives Im kind of in a holding pattern. Next weekend I would like to able to have the electrical all done while I wait for the co2 reactor and eheim filter to arrive.

Its weird walking away from reefing but feels very liberating.. looking forward to getting this tank running!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:35 AM   #117
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Did a bit more tinkering programming wise and got the thunderstorm lighting working. Check out the test video:

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Old 03-04-2013, 03:12 AM   #118
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Haha that's sweet
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All that's left is the sound!
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Sound is going to be a 2 part project. First I'll load up the Raspberry Pi with Thunder mp3's and have a looping playlist of them (This is almost finished).

The initial part of the project is simply going to be a a set of speakers that turns on and off for thunder. This is less then ideal but will produce some sound, even if slightly out of sync with the lightning (Ive done this before and its pretty neat). I have everything I need for this already.

The more advanced version will involve some Arduino programming which is currently a bit beyond my experience, but is something I'm going to tinker with. This will take me a couple of months to figure out, but I will have a working rig with speakers in a week or so.
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