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Raining Inside the Aquarium

I did it before, back when I still had land hermit crabs... so I figured, I'd do it again for my 55 gallon tank! . . . . I figure that rainfall is another way to trigger spawning in some fish species, although, that's not why I did this... I just thought it would be fun to do. Heh. Works well if you also have a Current USA Satellite LED+ fixture on the storm setting!



Anyway, here's the video! I hope you enjoy!


Here are a couple Frequently Asked Questions that I'd like to address:
Q: How did you get the Thunder to match the timing of the Lightning?
A: I found that editing the Thunder to sync with the lights (post edit) was much easier, than trying to find a way to sync the thunder with the lights in real time, so that's how I accomplished that.

Q: Will you make a DIY tutorial on how to make one of these rain machines?
A: Yes! Although, I'd like to work a couple more things out to make it more practical/functional to use, while also looking more pleasing to the eyes.

Q: Are your filters off while you're using the rain machine?
A: Yes, although, I mainly just did that for recording the video. I really SHOULD have taken out the filter outlets and other equipment before I shot the video to make it look cleaner, but I was too lazy, and figured that since this isn't my last design, that I would make it totally legit, when I shoot it again, with a better design of the rain machine.

Q: You must have a lot of time on your hands, don't you?
A: Why yes. Yes I do.

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Thanks for sharing this. Looks really great. Would love to see how it's done when you get a chance. I doubt I can replicate it now, but definitely something for the future.
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Not to "rain" on your parade. (I know) But it is thought that spawning is induced from a change in barometric pressure. But I like your tank and that is a very cool feature.

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Not to "rain" on your parade. (I know) But it is thought that spawning is induced from a change in barometric pressure. But I like your tank and that is a very cool feature.
I believe that is true! I s'pose by reducing the water level, the barometric pressure is reduced as well, and so on.
If anything, this is purely aesthetic. My main reason for doing this, was to utilize Current USA's Thunderstorm feature, as it looks rather silly when there's lightning, and no rain. LOL. (Although, granted, in some places, there are times where there's lightning and thunder, without a rain storm... I used to live in the Philippines during my college years and it would happen all the time, at night.)

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Thanks for sharing this. Looks really great. Would love to see how it's done when you get a chance. I doubt I can replicate it now, but definitely something for the future.
It's actually pretty simple to make. I will definitely do a how-to video once I've gotten things figured out and simplified I'll post my progress in this thread, so peek back from time to time hehehe.

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I do like the thought. Pretty neat setup for its very unique. However, I would assume ph would play a larger role than pressure. Rainwater is acidic. Acidic as in 5-6 range. Its already a tough task trying to duplicate mother nature as it is. But to incorporate true rainfall and all its characteristic is very very difficult. The appearance is great but it won't benefit the setup if true parameters don't match mother nature. Cardinals are fairly hard to breed in a home aquarium for they really need really acidic waters to trigger spawning.

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Posted a new video, and in it, I try to explain how it all works in this video... there are some improvements in this one, compared to the original one I made... and then I made even more improvements AFTER I shot this video. LOL... alas, I will shoot another video soon enough. But this explains how it works in a nutshell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VMXNGzrKjo

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Awesome idea, and I think that I'm going to try to make one for a new Vivarium project I'm about to start!!!

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I do like the thought. Pretty neat setup for its very unique. However, I would assume ph would play a larger role than pressure. Rainwater is acidic. Acidic as in 5-6 range. Its already a tough task trying to duplicate mother nature as it is. But to incorporate true rainfall and all its characteristic is very very difficult. The appearance is great but it won't benefit the setup if true parameters don't match mother nature. Cardinals are fairly hard to breed in a home aquarium for they really need really acidic waters to trigger spawning.
Think about it pH is not going to change all that much unless it is a terechal downpour into a small volume of water. Most river systems are dealing with a huge volume of water compared to the amount of rain entering into that system.

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Beautiful setup.
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Thats well cool!


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One day I'd like a large island paludarium with one of these rain setups.


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Looks good, I thought about this a couple weeks ago, just got a new tank and put in an LED controller with storm effects and thought the same thing, if there's lightening I need rain. I'm hoping to make something that will drip but also pouring rain. It would be cool to have it start dripping, then slowing pickup to pouring then back to dripping. I'm worried about the splashing and it making a mess.
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I could sit and watch that every night before bed. Very relaxing, and would make me sleep like a baby!
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very nice! you should post it to the current satellite forums if you haven't already
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