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'Best' DIY Controller for Satellite Plus Pro?

Hi all, I've been lurking for a while and finally feel the need to interact with you.

I've been disappointed that my fancy new Current USA Satellite+ Pro only has a daylight/moonlight cycle. I've recently been looking into other controllers that provide more light phases within the 24hr cycle like the new Finnex models. The Current LOOP controller looked exactly like what I wanted but it's for their reef light. Are there other options out there?

I recently learned that DIY controllers are a thing. The guides I've found here seem to be old or for another light, it's all very confusing for a newb like me. I like to tinker but I've never done any programming - is there an easy, comprehensive, copy/paste solution that someone could recommend?
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I don't have a lot of personal experience with them but arduino controllers are rather good. I was looking into building a light/co2/heat controller and this is the direction my research was headed. Again I'm useless to actually help you but there is a lot of "plug and play" information out there on them.
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Hi all, I've been lurking for a while and finally feel the need to interact with you.

I've been disappointed that my fancy new Current USA Satellite+ Pro only has a daylight/moonlight cycle. I've recently been looking into other controllers that provide more light phases within the 24hr cycle like the new Finnex models. The Current LOOP controller looked exactly like what I wanted but it's for their reef light. Are there other options out there?

I recently learned that DIY controllers are a thing. The guides I've found here seem to be old or for another light, it's all very confusing for a newb like me. I like to tinker but I've never done any programming - is there an easy, comprehensive, copy/paste solution that someone could recommend?
so you went through the below??

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...ontroller.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...llite-led.html

Plus and plus pro have different ir signal table so you need to dig through that a bit. Believe somewhere there they were reversed engineered.
In a sense the hardest part but even if not listed in those threads tell how to get them:
Sketch and pro codes here:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...ml#post9448449


Personally prefer the gut and redo procedure like they did w/ the 24/7 clone
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/10...rks-tc420.html

all programming done for the tc-420, though clunky.
Actually wish some of the coding guys would take a whack at recoding a TC-420.

As long as the current uses a positive ground the TC-420 can pretty well be used "as is".. If the Current has neg. ground on their LED channels it gets more complicated but still easily doable..
https://youtu.be/V3EdwQmYyk0
Finnex was "split" and controlled by the TC-420 after "reversing" its polarity so to speak.

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Like @Riekk, I have also found the Satellite Plus Pro controllers to be "lacking". I'm going to be following this thread.

Ideally I'd like to see something similar to what can be done with some of the SW reef lighting available. Such as -
Control over the individual colors over a 24 hour period.
Not limited to a single ramp up and ramp down per day.
Ability to connect to your wifi system so it can easily be set up and managed by any browser.
Ability to control multiple fixtures on multiple tanks.

Granted this is a wish list, and I admit that all this would be difficult to find in a DIY project.
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so you went through the below??

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...ontroller.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...llite-led.html

Plus and plus pro have different ir signal table so you need to dig through that a bit. Believe somewhere there they were reversed engineered.
In a sense the hardest part but even if not listed in those threads tell how to get them:
Sketch and pro codes here:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...ml#post9448449


Personally prefer the gut and redo procedure like they did w/ the 24/7 clone
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/10...rks-tc420.html

all programming done for the tc-420, though clunky.
Actually wish some of the coding guys would take a whack at recoding a TC-420.

As long as the current uses a positive ground the TC-420 can pretty well be used "as is".. If the Current has neg. ground on their LED channels it gets more complicated but still easily doable..
https://youtu.be/V3EdwQmYyk0
Finnex was "split" and controlled by the TC-420 after "reversing" its polarity so to speak.
All three of those look awesome, thank you for sharing. I did see the post by indychus but seemed pretty complicated. Great software features, though.

I had not seen the iaqua_light guide. That seems to be pretty much exactly what I was looking for from a hardware standpoint. I see comments in the post about some of the components being hard to find, which was my concern when I posted about most of the guides being a few years old.

Could the iaqua hardware be loaded with the indychus software? I assume yes because they're both Arduino based, or is that not how it works?
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All three of those look awesome, thank you for sharing. I did see the post by indychus but seemed pretty complicated. Great software features, though.

I had not seen the iaqua_light guide. That seems to be pretty much exactly what I was looking for from a hardware standpoint. I see comments in the post about some of the components being hard to find, which was my concern when I posted about most of the guides being a few years old.

Could the iaqua hardware be loaded with the indychus software? I assume yes because they're both Arduino based, or is that not how it works?
I believe that would work fine. You won't get any use from the buttons on the iAqua lite unless you modify the code, but the rest of it should be good.
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I believe that would work fine. You won't get any use from the buttons on the iAqua lite unless you modify the code, but the rest of it should be good.
Yeah I thought about that. I wonder if it would just be easier to program iaqua to throw in random thunderstorms.

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