REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
Hey everyone! Here is another #reef-pi build for anyone interested in following
My build will consist of @Ranjib reef-pi (of course) and I will also be using the HAT and PWM module from @wykat .
I only have a laptop so I couldn't do the standard raspberry pi set up with a mouse and keyboard, so I found a guide to set up the SD card with SSH and wifi enabled.
I downloaded Raspbian and flashed it on to the SD card with Etcher.
Once it is flashed you need to create an empty text file on the card called "SSH".
IF you want to use wifi you also need to create a text file called wpa_supplicant.conf with the following lines
ssid="YOUR NETWORK NAME"
Put the card in to the pi and power it on. Now you need to find the IP address of the pi. I used a program called nmap.
To do this, open the command prompt and enter nmap -sn YOUR IP ADDRESS/24
It will take a few seconds and then list everything on your network.
Next is to SSH in to the pi by entering ssh pi@PI IP ADDRESS
The default login is pi and password is raspberry
From this point you can configure and install everything from the reef-pi guides.
#Oceanic, #Reef, #Sump, #Filtration, #refugium
I just purchased a used 540 gallon Oceanic aquarium. I will be going to pick it up in mid-December and have already started building a sturdy stand for it. Obviously, it will be going in my basement, as my early 1900s farmhouse-style home does not have the structure to support such a massive tank in its 2 x 8 floor joists.
My question has to do with what type of filtration system I should build. I am planning on setting this up as a large reef system. I already have the heating (recirculating domestic hot water system) and chilling (1hp AquaLogic chiller) figured out. I also have a Korallin S-4002 Biodentrator I can hook into the system. I have an external Reeflo 2hp Power Pump ready to use on this installation.
Here is what I was thinking for the filtration. I have a 125 gallon All-Glass tank that I could fit under the 540 gallon tank that would act as a large refugium. I could then connect it to a 90 gallon Marineland aquarium that would contain filtration media, bioballs, and an internal skimmer. As far as the filtration media is concerned, I figured I could place one or more ESHOPPS trickle filters inside of the 90 gallon tank. The water from the overflows would go through the trickle filter (containing the filter padding and bioballs) and then go through the bottom into the 90 gallon tank itself. The water would pass around and through the skimmer and then go over into the refugium. I would drill holes into the bottom of the trickle filter box and elevate the box using acrylic standoffs to accomplish this.
I want this system to have a high throughput while still maintaining excellent mechanical pre-filtration of the water.
This is where I am in the though process. I have several questions:
1. How would I connect the 90 gallon filter tank with the 125 gallon refugium? Holes drilled into the sides of each aquarium with bulkheads?
2. How would I prepare the 125 gallon tank to act as a refugium? Would I black out the sides of the tank, install dividers to channel the water flow through the tank?
3. What should I place into the refugium (I have never set one up before)? A sand bed? Live rock? Plants?
4. What type of lighting should I use over the refugium?
5. Finally, I am open to other suggestions on how to install filtration media and bioballs into a naked aquarium.
Any help would be much appreciated!
After looking at it if we all tag our designs with #reef-pi a kind of community will automatically be there (for anyone that searches for it)
I have been following @Ranjib's open source controller build #Reef-Pi since mid 2017 and despite deciding over a year ago that I was going to build a Reef-Pi controller, I am only now finally getting close to actually putting it together!
For anyone interested here is the original Reef-Pi thread:
However you don't need to read the many pages in that thread to build a Reef-Pi controller, just check out the great guides that Ranjib is putting together here:
This won't be a super-fast build, but the aim is to have a place for me to upload all the designs of my 3D printed enclosures, keep me motivated to get this build finished and may even help some other people who want to build their own Reef-Pi.
To help anyone (especially from Australia) who may also want to build a Reef-Pi controller I will list the parts that I used and their cost in AUD as I build each module. In addition to learning a lot and having fun I would like this build to cost significantly less than a basic Apex kit. For reference, in Australia an Apex with only 6 outlets, 1 temperature probe and 1 pH probe costs $1135 AUD with each additional 6 outlet energy bar costing $440 AUD.
My initial goal with Reef-Pi is to have:
- 16 controllable outlets (big tank = lots of gear)
- 4 temperature probes (DT, sump, sump cabinet & ambient room temp)
- ATO (optical sensor + 2 back up float switches)
- A number of float switches around the tank and sump to alert me in case a number of things go wrong
- Dimming control of my 3 black box LED lights
- pH monitoring
- Rimless Deep Blue 30G Gallon Fish Tank Aquarium System Coral Reef Ready Shallow Frag w/ Stand Light, Oct 23, 2018
No scratches. No leaks. Like new condition.
24”L 24”W 12”H
Tank and Stand - $300
Radion XR30 Pro with Mount - $400
Take all 3 for $650
I also have other equipment for sale as well!
Text Tom: 860-997-0653
Cash / PayPal / Cryptocurrency accepted!
#fish #fishtank #aquarium #coral #corals #reef #reeftank
came home tonight and couldn’t find my flame. Looked and saw him in a cave with my blue leg hermit in him. Figured he was dead. Got him out and he was gasping. Put him back in the tank would swim for 10 seconds, stop, swim,stop. Got him out and put him in a bucket with tank water, heater and air stone. He isn’t moving much now. Nothing on him besides where the hermit was picking at him by his face. I idea what to do. Pretty sure I’m going to lose him.