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Discussion in 'Introductions and Greetings' started by scapegoat, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. scapegoat

    scapegoat New Member

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    Hey,

    Swinging on over after hearing the ScapeFu podcast. I can grow plants, but I can't aquascape very well, so I'm here to learn.

    I've been in the hobby for a few years now and have a high tech 125g w/ sump conveniently located in a wall. Here is a slightly older gallery documenting the build process: http://imgur.com/a/jwssM#0

    and here http://i.imgur.com/Jn6vs4R.jpg is a more recent, but not so super recent picture. I'm not happy with the way it turned out and am planning on a redo during the spring... a more "island" style scape located closer to the left overflow.

    I'm also a web programmer and decided to combine my love for websites and programming with my love of fish tanks. I decided to solve a little problem I have... forgetting to do things. so I'm looking to automate my aquarium.

    Now video below is a little "older" and doesn't showcase everything I've got done. at this point my controller can schedule 6 outlets to be on/off or on/off based on temperature. I can schedule 2 peristaltic pumps to pump once a day a specific amount of liquid in mL. so effectively, this is going to handle my lights, co2, and fertilization dosing. I have 2 float switches that I'm wiring up to further control a pump to top of sump when low.



    my original goal with my fish tank was an african biotope w/ african community fish. Finding the right plants, in abundant numbers for a 125, has proven difficult. so at this point I just want a jaw droppingly gorgeous planted tank w/ african community fish.
     
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  2. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi Scapegoat,

    Where to start I’m probably not the best person to welcome you as I’m new around these parts too. However I love your setup and would be quite jealous of it. I did spend some time looking through your photos just trying to spot something that identified where in the world you are, just a guess but I suspect Scandinavia? (if you add it to your profile it helps people assist you when answering your questions) Oops I see you have added it now :ROFLMAO::censored::D:ROFLMAO: I like you initial layout I can see where you are going, this is certainly the place to pick up tips and advice, and they have all been very friendly to me since I came onboard only a few weeks ago. There is lots to learn, this is the place to do it.

    As a side issue, I think the idea of using a raspberry pie as a controller inspired, a term used on this forum quite a bit is “Keep it Simple*” and that certainly does, well done.

    It’s coincidental that you should be looking at African fish as my current set up is Tanganyika Cichlids and to be honest I can’t keep plants with them, they destroy/eat just about anything I place in the tank, but I am seriously considering moving towards an Aquascaped tank in the future.


    I will follow your progress with interest.
     
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  3. scapegoat

    scapegoat New Member

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    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for the welcome. I'm actually from the USA, Pennsylvania to be more specific.

    The set up is pretty sweet. I'm a lazy programmer, so I built it so that it'd be as easy as possible to take care of. Unfortunately I still forget to dose ferts daily. I have decent plant AND algae growth because of that. Nothing like BBA, just surface green stuff on the glass that goes well away when I dose regularly. My wife also loves having everything hidden away. The maintenance room also allowed me to toss in a small rack for breeding.

    As for fish... I've got a lead on some Jae Barbus, 6-8, that I plan on breeding in a breeding rack until the numbers are closer to 50-60 to stock the tank. Unfortunately our weather is making shipping impossible.

    Right now i've got 12 congo tetra, a synodontis, 1 leopard bushfish, some otos and some five banded barbs. the barbs and otos will end up in another tank though, as they're not african. Plants are a little hardy to come across unless I'm looking at just anubias and vals... which are attractive plants, and would probably look fantastic, but i like some more variety.

    I'm not sure if folks consider DIY automation simple? I have seen a lot of people jumping in with arduinos though! I think I complicated mine w/ the desire for a user interface and the ability to schedule it via that instead of within the code itself.

    I might dive back into working on that controller tonight. It really needs to get put together and then put to work.

    Thanks again for the kind welcome!
     
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  4. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Scapegoat, Welcome to ASW (y) Fantastic idea :cool::cool: Looking forward to your updates :)
     
  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Hello Scapegoat

    Welcome to ASW as far as High Tech etc I am one of the old school Keep It Simple and less likely to have many concerns.

    I actually like the Hardscape you have again its simple, basic yet its very easy to sit back and admire.

    Some of the planting looks a bit just OK in comparison the the rest of the Aquascape.

    Post a few sketches of what you intend to do for the next Aquascape.

    Keith:):)
     
  6. scapegoat

    scapegoat New Member

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    Thanks Keith

    I'll start up a journal at some point to solicit feedback. Right now I'm keeping an eye out for the perfect driftwood. Ideally some wildly awesome manzanita stump that'll sit among rocks. something like: http://www.tfhmagazine.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Jeff-Discus-Tank.jpg but with tons of plants

    I do like the drift wood I have in the tank, but I feel like it takes up too much room. the big guy in front... that concave spot is the size of my head, and only 4-5" from the glass. the size of it didn't leave a lot of wiggle room. I wish I had gotten a 180 instead of the 125... but it's a little late for that.

    I'm definitely known for complicating things, ask my wife ;)
     
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  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    scapegoat

    I have never had Discus but I believe they should have plenty of plants they can move through it also gives them a little protection from the top glaring lights.

    Keith:):)
     
  8. scapegoat

    scapegoat New Member

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    I wasn't planning on discus, or lack of plants; but i love love love the hardscape.
     

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