Thanks for the tip! Will check it out.Luc, there is a good thread in the Neptune forum discussing a dosing concept similar to what you have planned but using a single doser and multiple solenoid valves to dose multiple liquids. The line cleaning concept is discussed there as well. Here it is:
Make your DOS a 4 head pump from 2 and save
You mean the mains distribution box? it is from the brand "Hateha". I think they look like this these days:Luc what is the plastic box called could use something like that for a project. [emoji3]
Thanks for your post !Looks great, fun inspiration. Makes me want to build/program my next Calcium reactor, maybe with a raspberry Pi brain. I miss making automated assemblies and programming them like in Mechatronics class in college!
Lots of awesome progress and ideas in this build. I will look into those phillips lights too, I wonder how well they handle the shading issue that a lot of LEDs have problems with (one side of SPS bright and happy, and the other side dull and brown), I was always confused by this, since photons are photons, but T5 just seems able to make such a diffuse and evenly spread light, if LED can replicate that, then it is truly a perfect replacement!
I cant wait to see pics of the frag tank in action. We just installed a 6.6kW solar generation system on our house with plans for a larger aquarium (current is 150g), and builds like yours give me good ideas for how I might want to proceed!
Keep it up!
I had to delete quite some images due to noise (mainly in the darker areas).What settings are you using for these? they look great! I can't see any high ISO noise.
Do you do much correction in Lightroom or similar?
I finished the installation of my DIY calcium reactor.
The reactor now holds about 25 kilogram of media and keeps the Kh/Calcium levels extremely stable.
Something about the reactor:
The system runs on a 8-bit Atmel microcontroller and steers 3 channels (1 dosingpump, 1 C02 valve, and the circulation pump).
All control decisions are based on two inputs; A potentiometer to set the speed of the dosingpump (ml/hour) and a float switch to read the c02 saturation status in the chamber.
By knowing when you enable the outputs and reading back the status of the float switch you can determine if the system is working properly.
A simple example.. if you enable the C02 valve you expect that the saturation chamber is getting filled with c02 (and eventually hit the float switch so it changes state).
If this does not occur within a few minutes we know that the c02 bottle is empty.
Another example... We detected that the saturation state of the chamber is reached... then we wait i.e. 5 minutes so the c02 level in the chamber should be reduced.
If we check after 5 minutes that the state of the float switch is not changed, we know that the c02 valve is still open --> malfunctioning valve
based on these simple rules (and some additional logic to prevent false triggers during e.g. startup) the system works reliable and maintenance free.
The noticed that the new reactor of pacific sun also use the same principles.
haha thanks. With 2000 liters of water volume it still runs at about 40% capacity.Now that is a calcium reactor
thanks! Will keep this topic up to date. Think most will be finished by the end of upcoming weekend.Wow, those are some massive colonies. Best of luck with the move, it must be stressful.
The tank is moved and most animals are doing well.updates?????????