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The Mike Lane hats make reef pi alot easier to get up and running.
There are at least one viperspectra mod out there, documented. I think I have a link in resource pageThe Mike Lane hats make reef pi alot easier to get up and running.
You would have to open your Vivaspectra to see how its controlled, post some pics so we could hazard a guess. Alot of black boxes are controlled like the Mars Aqua. Mikes board takes the pwm signal from the pca9685 on his hat and converts it to a 0 to 10 volt analog signal which the mars Aqua and many other black box lights use for dimming. There are some black box lights that use 10 volt pwm for dimming which would need a different setup.
Did some looking for you...viparspectras have several ways of dimming...some are 10v pwm...but some are 3.3vpwm meaning they could be driven right fron the pca9685. If you get a chance do a reef pi build thread. take some good pics of the boards etc in the light and post them and you will get some good help.Thanks I'll go look at that page.
I'm still about a month before I cycle my tank but just want to have this completed before then.
I used to run pi touch like that,, and found its rather annoying to habe something aways on, or an extra pain to turn in on/off on demand.So debating about picking up the black Friday kindle fire and mounting it near my tank for control/readout. Has anyone done this with a tablet? Is it worth it? Did you use it? Thanks for the input.
Thanks for information.The display features are built for raspberry pi official touchscreen, and won’t work with other displays. You can still use your display just fine, but you can’t control it via reef-pi.
I do something similarI just have my old Samsung galaxy tab 8 that I leave on a charger and just have the browser open to ReefPi (dashboard default).
Once everything is set I really don't have a lot of need to have the info constantly displayed. And if I do, just VNC from anywhere with an internet connection.
The Mars Aqua Adapter is not designed or tested with viparspectra. My adapater was designed specifically for Mars Aqua to control on/off and dimming without being destructive. As @Bigtrout mentioned, there are variations in the lights, and even the pictures from @AbjectMaelstroM aren't definitive for your lights.
I have been experiencing issues with mine for the last few months.. suspecting similar issues, so I just ordered replacements for them.Guess my waterproof temperature probe wasn’t waterproof after all. Seems the DS18B20 worked great for 8 months reading air temp. After being in the tank for about 2 hours it started reading 262 degrees ! Pretty sure the tank isn’t boiling lol! Anyhow , after pulling it out and drying overnight it now reads air temp correctly. Anyone else have something similar happen ? I ordered a replacement. I am running reef-pi 2.3 for what its worth.