New tank almost arriving

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  1. LesseW

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    Hi all,

    I am a newby and I have read a lot of post already on this forum but please don't "stone me to death" if I did not read previous posts and start a redundant discussion :m01: . My tank will arrive in 2 weeks and I am very excited.

    I am also designing a control system with Arduino and Labview to monitor and control my tank better, if any of you have experience with algorithms to monitor a fishtank please ping me.

    cheers
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    if i may make a suggestion, leave the automation until you get to grips with the biology and processes of reefing, no good automating/monitoring things you cannot understand or fix when they go wrong...
     
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    For now I am only getting Arduino communication ready with sensors, amplifiers and PC software. For the next few months it will only monitor the tank without any controlling and I will not take the data seriously.

    Once the tank is in the "Mancave" I will upload photos.
     
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    there are no algorithms as such, do you have a background in electronics? why i ask is for example ph interface simply reads the current from the probe and displays the values etc. do you have experience building shields?

    its probably easier for you to look at reefangel.com and use their schematics
     
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    I do have experience with electronics and software development. Thanks for the website you mentioned, I will try and source the probes only since I'll do the rest of the hardware and software design myself.
     
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    Hi Dallas,

    Any idea where in SA I can source pH probe, Salinity probe and ORP, Nitrate and Water level sensors, I have the Temp probe already. As mentioned before I will design own Hardware and software to manage the readings from the probes.

    thanks
     
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    most lfs will stock the probes or any lab supply place...
    ORP probes only needed if you run ozone
    Nitrate probe is way out of the budget of reefers and too specialised to use DIY

    float sensors can get from mantech
     
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    tank arrived

    My tank finally arrived today, big thank you to Dorry pets especially Deon.

    Dipped my pH and temperature sensors (with Arduino) into the tank as well just for the fun of it... Now I have to wait for cycling to pass:thumbup:

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    Is that all the live rock you are going to have?
     
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    I asked for more live rock, should arrive today still. Is there a norm for the amount of LR per litre? I read a few articles on LB/Gallon LR but many differ widely so I am not confident yet on the amount of LR.
     
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    There isn't a set amount, now with all the other methods of filtration we don't rely too much on live rock.
    Just as much as you would like to complete your aquascape @LesseW
     
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    Very nice looking tank you have there!
    Please post lots of pictures as you progress (don't follow my lead and be lazy by not posting pics :lol: ).
     
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    got an extra 15 Kg of LR today, looks excellent now! also noticed a small seastar creaping around the tank already. some pics of my complete setup attached

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    Nice tank
     
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    Looks great with the extra rock. The fun part is now doing the midnight observations and looking out for all the interesting life that comes out of the rock :)
     
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    looking good...now it is just a patience game for a few weeks ;-)
     
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    My LFS, Dorry Pets, tested my water last week Friday and apparently my water parameters are very close to normal already. The LR they gave me is cured and have been sitting with them for some time already. I am not very patient but I comitted to wait at least 6 weeks before I introduce any livestock. What do you guys think, shall I wait 6 weeks or can I add livestock once my parameters are normal?
     
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    test it again this week.

    If you got liverock form them, that is cured rock. Did you see the big 1000L drum at the back full of rock.

    If you take this rock home under water you will not have a big cycle. Most probably your system is ready.

    But I will just test again end of this week. Then you can start adding slowly.

    Did you set up a stocking wish list yet?
     
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    Thanks @RiaanP,

    I will test again end of this week. No I do not have a stocking wishlist yet, I am reading up on the different types of fish and invertebrates to see which will live in harmony. @dallasg wrote 2 articles on Corals and Invertabrates which I will use to select my first livestock, for fish selection I do not have a clue yet, your input will be appreciated.
     
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