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Old 03-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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10G Arduino controlled CRS playground! (56k) New Pics 8-11-2014


Hello all!
I haven't really been good about keeping a tank journal before, but I've found a couple other journals to be really helpful lately so I figured I'd make one and maybe someone will find mine helpful.

The tank in question is 2 years old now,.. I set it up as a shrimp tank, but always had a heck of a time keeping any shrimp in it, or keeping moss. The shrimp would breed, but I'd have lots of unexplained deaths, enough that the population would eventually die off.
Shot from around that time:

IMG_8168 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr


IMG_8263 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

Recently I discovered that the Scuds I thought were so fun, AND that I tried so hard to make sure I took home from the LFS were the cause of my 2 years of trouble! Apparently not only do they eat Moss like crazy, but they also eat shrimp after molting.

So! Hungry for revenge due to all this suffering they caused I went on the war path. First I transferred the 2 shrimp I had in there to my work tank and tried a 15X overdose of Excel since I don't use it anymore and had some laying around. I did that just before leaving for work, and when I came home I found all the scuds out and playing, happy and free. Next I poured 2 cups of bleach in. After 10 min they were still alive, but not happy. I then sucked out all the substrate that was falling apart anyway and removed everything for a good wash in the tub.

Every plant, piece of drift wood, filter, and piece of equipment was bleached, rinsed and returned to the tank. Anything replaceable has been replaced, and the substrate has been removed.

The tank is now BB and I'm on high alert for Scuds. I have Amazonia coming in soon to replace the old Fluval substrate, and I intend to get some more drift wood.

For now the tank sits like this, starting a new cycle at 2 years old:

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Thanks for reading! More progress to come.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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Vital stats

Equipment:
10G tank

Eclipse hood with bio-wheel removed to reduce splashing.

Temperature maintained at 74-75 by Arduino which controls heater and fan

Fuge Ray LED lamp retrofitted into Eclipse Canopy in place of Florescent light. Also controlled by Arduino. If I had to do it again I would choose something with more red. This lamp is run at 70% full output due to it being so close to the water in this hood.

RO water re minirlised using the Fluval shrimp product. Target 120 TDS.

I plan to expand the Arduino's code to include Auto Topoff to avoid TDS fluctuations but I'm having a bit of trouble finding a float valve that is hidden. If anyone has done this tips are VERY welcome

The plan is to make this low maintenance, as automated and quiet as possible.

Thanks for reading! Comments welcome.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:23 AM   #3
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Goodies have arrived!!!

First,.. here is my Arduino readout - it tells me what the current status of the tank is.
FL = Fan on Low - it can also display "HT" for the heater, or FH for Fan High. The last reading is "Ok" for all temp control off.
The Fan and Heater on time is how many hours the particular device has ran in the last 24 hours. Helps me to spot if the tank is not able to cool or heat.

IMG_0854 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

And for the goodies - My ADA soil has arrived!

IMG_0839 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

I won't put it in quite yet though, I'm going to keep looking for Scuds and I need to find a little more drift wood first.

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Old 03-07-2014, 01:17 AM   #4
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More stuff!!!

I got some driftwood on the way home from work today. My plan is to use this with what I already have to create an "Island" scape. If possible I'd like to hide the filter pump as well. I don't have much room, but I'll play with it.

Once I get the tank setup, I'll have at least 30 days cycling time where I get to play with the Arduino code to add a menu that will allow me to do things like kick on the lights full blast for 10 min to help with photography.

Here's the new wood!

Driftwood-Post by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

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Old 03-08-2014, 04:18 PM   #5
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I set out last night to create the perfect scape! Sadly I found myself wishing I was working with a 20 Gallon tank and not a 10. I think I greatly overestimated the tank size when buying the wood, though it was the smallest pieces they had.

I tried a number of different options:
This looked like someone was building a campfire in my tank:

IMG_0866 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

This had potential in person, but on film it kinda looks like an uninteresting pile:

IMG_0872 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

This was the GF's favorite, but it also didn't translate to the camera well:

IMG_0879 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

I kinda liked this one, but I didn't like how you were pushed out of the tank by it.

IMG_0870 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

Finally I found one I could be happy with:

IMG_0883 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr


IMG_0886 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

What do you think????

I have it planted already, the plants needed their water back, but only a teaser pic of that since the AS made the water black.

IMG_0895 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

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Old 03-08-2014, 08:06 PM   #6
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I like it alot, I think the last two hardscapes you posted were the strongest and you couldn't go wrong with either one. Do you have a pic of it with the light on and completely flooded?
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Thanks for jumping in beedee!!!

I do have some pics with it flooded I took this morning. They also have a background that I'm trying which fades from blue to white. I thought this would give the impression of being underwater and the bright light at the surface.

I have to get a little work done then I'll go to the other computer and post them up.

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:27 PM   #8
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Alright! Not the best photo since many plants are still folded over, and the water is still cloudy but it gives an idea. I've already added a couple more plants to the corners to see how they do, but this is basically where I am right now.


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Old 03-09-2014, 05:56 AM   #9
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I have a slightly better pic, the water has cleared up mostly now.


Better10Gpost by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

What does everyone think of that background? I like it because it has good contrast with everything that will go in there, but on the other hand, from across the room, my tank kinda looks like a swimming pool.

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Old 03-13-2014, 04:09 PM   #10
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I have a small update, I thought I was getting diatoms but as it turns out it's just aquasoil dust.

Otherwise the tank is not doing much, crypts are melting a little bit, everything else is settling in. I saw a snail - apparently it came over with a plant I transferred from my 75. I thought about pulling it out but decided not to. I need something in there that will keep the aquasoil dust at bay. Maybe once he has a few buddies in there they will take care of that for me.

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I plan to put a guppy in here for a little while once the tank is ready. I figure that will help build up some mulm and bio film for the shrimp and stabilize the tank.

I tested the water yesterday to see how close I am and Ammonia was 4. Yikes. I hesitate to bring in filter media from any other tanks I have though because at one time they all had scuds and I don't want to re introduce those, so I will wait.

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Old 03-15-2014, 03:16 PM   #12
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Can you elaborate more on the Arduino device? You got really nice driftwood in there, subscribed to watch the progress!
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Welcome aboard Speed!!

The Arduino is something I was introduced to by the Fallen Tree branch journal, he did a fantastic writeup. It's basically a small microprocessor that you can program using code very close to the "C" language. It has pins that can read analog inputs, or digital outputs, and Pulse Width modulation pins as well that you can use to do things like vary light brightness after going through some device like a FET (power transistor) that can handle the juice. I have mine controlling lights, monitoring temperature and switching fans, or heater, Dosing which will soon turn into an autotopoff to keep my TDS stable, and outputting current tank conditions to a display.

I have to take it apart soon, because I'm going to switch the display for a serial display that is 4 lines rather than just 2. I intend to use this to output temp high and lows as well. I also intend to put in some buttons that I can use to control functions, but that requires some more complex code I don't understand yet. I'm NOT a programmer lol.

I have to take it apart soon, I'll snap some shots of it if you would like.

It's a really fun tool, but frankly probably would have been cheaper to buy an aquacontroller by now, but I enjoy it so I'm doing it this way instead.

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Old 03-16-2014, 02:30 PM   #14
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Wow you sure know your stuff!!! Ill definitely want to have a look. I am on the search of something that could help me automatize my tanks so that i can enjoy them without the hassle. Specially the dosing and water changing. So any stuff you have please share it!

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Looking good. In your first pics with the driftwood, I was thinking "eh, looks OK". The last choice is really great though.

How easy was it to pick up Arduino? I have 3 hobbies where a lot of people are using it now and I am thinking about picking it up. I know it can become a hobby in itself, actually one of my hesitations of doing so because I don't have a ton of time. I was thinking about trying to make an auto top off and possibly using some RGB LED's strips similar to the Satellite fixture in the Fallen Tree journal you are familiar with. Then, maybe in time, if I up my lighting again, doing a much more precise auto dosing system. I may just go the opposite and keep my tank as simple as possible as well, just seem really cool.
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