mikediamo

upgrade from 25 Gallon Hex to 180 gallon

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So this is the tank i got all of this stuff for free just had to move it from a 2 story house in slidell and give them pictures when its done. So excited and scared at the same time. I never really mastered my hex. Maybe because it was a fluvial 305 and a hob skimmer. So here it is the day i got it

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Started Plumbing the aquarium. The maxi jet was broke, the big grey pump was broke, the ice cap balast was broke, threw away the 2 reflectors. Both Mh 400 watt  ballast are good however hope to get 3 radions next year. I can get them at cost so it will save a bit of money. trying to decide if i want to replace the yellow pump and the big grey ones with ecotech m1. yellow pump is fine just a little loud for my taste. The squids limit the output of the pumps. I like those better then ecotech mp powerheads. plus i already have the squids.

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I am completely new to the hobby and started with a second hand tank so I feel your pain. If you ever need help moving any of it let me know ill help out if i can.

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Looks like you were able to get everything cleaned up nicely! Can't wait to see things progress for you!

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Glad to see your tank coming along. Those squids are notorious for stop working after some time. And hard to clean. You may look into the 1 inch squid, it has a cap on top for cleaning it. If you go that route. Since you have the ocean motion, you may want to eliminate the squids all together. And just add a couple of power heads. I would recommend not eliminating the squids.

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So I think im going to go Rogue on this build and do something unique. I found this company called ROBO Tank that has dyi controllers that I fell in love with I think im going to try it out. Everyone has apex and such I like the fact of having a unique one. My Dad gave my son a raspberry pie computer for his birthday and it is ridiculous what can be done with that in the form of reef controllers. Im also going to hook up 3 Mars aqua lights to the controller for complete dimming control.

 

here is the link to the robo tank controllers for those who like to tinker

https://www.robo-tank.ca/index.php

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Wow, the tank and equipment looks good cleaned up!  That robo-tank controller looks interesting.  Definitely not for me though because I'm not tech savvy. 

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2 hours ago, mikediamo said:

So I think im going to go Rogue on this build and do something unique. I found this company called ROBO Tank that has dyi controllers that I fell in love with I think im going to try it out. Everyone has apex and such I like the fact of having a unique one. My Dad gave my son a raspberry pie computer for his birthday and it is ridiculous what can be done with that in the form of reef controllers. Im also going to hook up 3 Mars aqua lights to the controller for complete dimming control.

 

here is the link to the robo tank controllers for those who like to tinker

https://www.robo-tank.ca/index.php

Going to look into this. was thinking about looking into the raspberry pi3 for making a controller myself once I get my tank up and running. what you can do with them is ridiculous like you said.

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where the price jumps is in the probes. however the ski is the limit for this thing. With it I have the wire diagrams for the mars aqua and then can make the software run it just like the ecotech. the only thing I need to check is the control voltage for dimming. I know the apex controller doesn't provide enough voltage so running 2 or more mars light will cause flickering. Going to be a fun project to do with my kid. Im going to put a noise meter on that pump tonight and get a db reading.

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10 hours ago, mikediamo said:

where the price jumps is in the probes. however the ski is the limit for this thing. With it I have the wire diagrams for the mars aqua and then can make the software run it just like the ecotech. the only thing I need to check is the control voltage for dimming. I know the apex controller doesn't provide enough voltage so running 2 or more mars light will cause flickering. Going to be a fun project to do with my kid. Im going to put a noise meter on that pump tonight and get a db reading.

I run three Sbreeflights basics with my Apex. Variable speed 1 runs the 3 blue channels. VS2 runs the whites. VS3 & 4 run some jebao Rw8's. Lights ramp up just fine and never seen them flicker. Maybe the Mars Aqua units are different thoigh... 

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To run the mars aquas you'll need a signal converter board as these lights are 0-10v, apparently some are analog and some PWM but the converter can do both types. The controller LED channels put out 0-5v PWM signal. You'll have to open the lights and add the converter internally then run the signal wire from the controller to the light. Here's a link with a little info that might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6UOEl91ECY&feature=youtu.be 

 

this talks about the pvm issue

https://www.robo-tank.ca/forum/Thread-China-Black-Box-Light

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