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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby kumar » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:48 am

stefanm wrote:I can't find crushed oyster shells or crushed coral anywhere, so will be going to a beach tomorrow, which is famous for oyster and other sea shells.

I read and read and read some more... people seem to be against the "crushed shell" method, they claim that it spikes up the phosphates to a level you cant easily handle/mitigate. Aragonite is a better substitute there, and youd buy it anyway.

How you make it porous is another story.

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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby mithun » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:24 am

crushed shells are way more porous than aragonite itself.. the beauty of crushed shells is that they are loosely packed .. that would mean loads of aerobic denitrification and critter population! At the same time its also famous for trapping debris in those gaps between the chips, hence the potential of spikes through leeching and disturbing.. Hence aragonite is a much better choice. If you are still going for shell dusts DO NOT keep any diggers in the tank and if possible include an active startfish/Sea cucumber for keeping it tidy!
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby Aayaan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:17 pm

Yes..... Aragonite.
IMO, aragonite with big grain size.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:34 pm

Minor update, my diy rocks are ready, I also picked up a few pieces of dry rock from my LFS, just over 3 kg, 200 per kg, not too bad.

The diy LED's are almost ready, got all my bits for the controller, unfortunately the touch screen doesn't work as it should, trying to fight it out with Tanotis for a replacement, have proven it's faulty and the wrong item also, so let's see, once I get the screen sorted I can test and finish off the lights, going to look awesome, I've made some changes in the fly to my original design, it's going to be three pendants supported on a projector wall mount bracket.

I had also ordered some hyper violet LED's from the USA, all mounted on my heat sinks, will probably finish the wiring this week.

Other progress, I have made a net cover for the tank, as the tank is on my balcony, I have to be careful of predators etc.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby kumar » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:14 am

pictures for our delight ? :)
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:43 pm

Patience! Once the lights are wired up and tested, need to sort the touch screen issue put first, then I'll post pics and a video!
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby kumar » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:48 am

Tanotis is tad bit slow... yeah may be a month for it to re-process your order :( happy waiting
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:51 pm

I ordered a replacement screen from another vendor, all working fine. Unfortunately I blew up the arduino, had a 48 v+ wire from my mean well psu touch on one of the IC's on the RTC, blew that up and took out the arduino, got a replacement and it appears the TFT shield is also gone, so got one of those on order, lol. Still awaiting the replacement from Tanotis...

In the meantime I've been tidying up the wiring to avoid another mishap, must have soldered over 100 points as I've designed the pendants to be serviceable, still more to do, will finish it off tomorrow.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:25 pm

Sneak peak of one of the pendants, there will be a total of 3 pendants over the tank.

Just waiting on the touch screen from Tanotis, I blew the good one up too during the mishap :ymsigh:

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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby Aayaan » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:14 pm

Going good. :-bd
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