75G - Hardcore DIY

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  1. Bodegus

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    The fiance said yes (To the ring... and an awesome tank) so I'm flexing my DIY muscle. This is going to be the most epic 24" cube ever! I don't plan on getting salty until October I want to put in extensive testing to ensure I don't have glitches. I'll make a detailed post for each major project with nice pictures. Starting with the stand and electronics since I don't expect to ever find a sale on lumber or components. If you see a good deal on any of the salty stuff let me know!

    Big projects:
    Arduino - Modular light control, 2 120 ac relays for power head/wave maker, 2 temp probes, 2 pH and 1 ca probes (with automated calibrations), wireless control, 4 button navigable menu with LCD. Hardwired fail into on for vital components, email/sonic/SMS alarm. Program epic light display.

    LED - 5 channel (UV, blue, royal blue, cool white, warm white).

    Sump - Extra tall acrylic DIY with top and side lit fuge.

    Stand - Peninsula style, humidity proof mid section for electronics, full length support for canopy.



    The vision
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    Project 1 Load bearing frame for stand (Easter extravaganza)

    I am borrowing some ideas from this stand build (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1343381). The base will be 6" deeper (back to front) to accommodate a full height support for the canopy (3 2x4) secured with bolts so it can be disassembled. The middle section behind the tank will house the brains, and all the high current items (drivers and relays). All the electronics will be anchored to the 6' full height 2x4 which slide into the stand (top down) and sealed.

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    Stand is built and current holding my 8 gallon biocube as a test tank! I've wired up the stand with 3x2 controllable outlets and I have my power head running on random 10-30 second on 10-20 second off intervals. LCD is up as well reporting pump status, I'll post a video this evening.

    acan/war coral are loving the variable flow!

    Next steps are to get the real time clock chip running and start working on sensors.
     
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    I disagree sir, the next step is to buy a camera and post pictures!!! :)
     
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    Fiance says I get a camera or a galaxy S4... so this is all you get until May 30th. It is current front facing, but I will flip the 2x4 around to make it back facing once finalized.

    Yellow breadboard on top pins out the relays
    Arduino mega with a standard arduino grove shield. (I ordered a standard arduino so I can continue dev on the mega)
    Each relays [4 screw black things) control 1 2 socket outlets, far right outlet is always on
    Yellow breadboard on bottom is for I2C (LCD, clock chip and in the future bluetooth)
    white power strip is my emergency breaker in case I short something.

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    This is the hot side. I use screw terminals to split my hot line to each relay/outlet.

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    Looks like what most of my diy electronic project start out as.

    Looking good.

    There is a company that make very affordable relay boards. 8 relays for $12 I think. Just hook up to the micro pin.

    Sold on Amazon
     
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    wow good call... now I feel bad blowing $50 on 9 relays :D
     
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    Looks really nice, have you looked into the Jarduino reef controller? It's close to what your building so less engineering needs to be done.
     
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    If I want a cool UI like his I definitely will borrow his code. The back bone functionality is pretty easy to code.

    On a plus side I have the feed timer working! With the push of a button the return and power head shut off for 1000 seconds and revert to normal afterwards.
     
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    10 days of up time! I am definitely sold on variable current/wave making, it is definitely promoting growth almost comparable to direct feeding.

    I mounted my electronics to some clear acrylic. I'm currently working on a temp probe and ATS.
     
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    5 temp probes working without issue I'll toss up a picture this weekend. Only problem is that I record to much data and crash my logger :D.

    Picked up an RO/DI set up, going to be building this into my kitchen and using a pressure tank to supply water to ice maker and tap.

    SWE has a sexy 60 gallon I may be purchasing in a couple weeks to finish off my set up if I can't find something from a member
     
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    Wow, look dangerous. So many wires, makes my head hurts. Lol. Those wire looks awfully close to those outlets.
     
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    Valid concern, your probably not going to like the new version with 15 more cables (3 per temp sensor :D). The cables all run low voltage signal and will be moved to cat5 when I start the 60 gallon build.
     
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    Are you building the temp probes or buying off the shelf probes and making your own circuits to use them?
     
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    I use a temp probe made by Dallas (Now Maxim) Instruments. I have a few wired up with ethernet cable and though still troubleshooting the results capture (they only return temp results 1 in 10 attempts to read because of power issue). I added a capacitor to each one but haven't had a chance to see if I get better results. Once complete I will be encasing them in medical grade epoxy.

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    http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk/ds18b20-arduino

    After reviewing the selection of fish I want to keep I am decided to up to a 75g. I'll toss up some picks tonight.
     
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    75 is plumbed and rock is complete. The rock that's over growing in my biocube will replace the PVC that's holding up the right side of the arch. I put some clear acrylic under the rock and everything is held together with fiber glass rods and epoxy.

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    very nice, love these slow methodical builds
     
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    and we are cycled and salty with a little off balance in coral placement. My other big korlia broke at the stem, 2 nano's while I way my options.

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    Lol, nice coral corner. The tank should be spectacular once the rest is covered. You're going to have a hard time staying inside any budget at the expo.
     

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