Hello everyone! I am new member here (this is my first post) and thought I would stop looking at all the beautiful setups, stop taking advantage of the trove of information, and post something to contribute. Below is my ongoing ghetto (used stuff) yet super (almost fully automated) high tech set up.
Disclaimer: This is my first setup in 15 years as I have been on hiatus due to lack of time and space since I have moved to the city. So be prepared, because I may just end up with a high tech algae farm. This is an ongoing process that will take some time to complete. Also, I tried to save money by sourcing as much as I could from craigslist and doing a bunch of DIY. This probably resulted in spending way more money and time than if I just went to AFA and bought the stuff retail.
DIY LED setup from RapidLED and craigslist
14 3W 6500k white CREE LEDs
6 3W Royal Blue CREE LEDs
One LED driver for each color that can be independently controlled (see the "other section)
DIY stand (What a nightmare)
ADA Power Sand
Shooting for Iwagumi(ish)
CO2 / Ferts:
EI from GLA
10 lb CO2 tank with milwaukee reg and electronic solenoid
milwaukee PH controller
3 peristaltic pumps (micros, macros and top off)
Easy IO Controller: this will control when the ferts are dosed and it will also allow me to put both color lights on different schedules. The lights will also turn on at different rates, I will explain more about this down the road. Why have the lights on different schedules? Just because the controller can do it, so what the heck? The controller also has an input for the water temp, enables the CO2 just before the light come on, cuts power to the LED drivers to save power when not in use, controls the heat sink fan, and reads the heat sink's temp.
DGBox: This will allow me to access any information in the above controller on my phone or computer. I can also adjust the light output, fan speed, enable and disable stuff via the phone. This also has an alarming feature that will email me when stuff goes wrong.
Crude Drawings for the automation sutff:
Let me know what you think
More pics to come...