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Old 06/20/2018, 09:50 PM   #201
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I'm going back over your thread, what's the purpose of that acrylic tube and what looks like a floating sphere???
Probably shows what water level that tank up top is at..

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Old 06/21/2018, 11:02 AM   #202
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Thanks reefer40B.


Youíre right, itís to indicate water level visually for now. I will be putting an electronic level sensor in that tube later that will allow me to make it ďsmartĒ. Tie it into a microprocessor and do some magic. The level sensor isnít just a binary on/off like a float switch but provides an analog voltage out which I can map to water level/gallons remaining.

Iím not sure what youíre seeing as a floating sphere. It might be a coil of wires that youíre seeing? That picture was taken while still under construction. There is a single float switch installed now in the lid so that I donít overflow the tank (again) when filling it. I get distracted in that room and forget the pump is running.


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Old 06/21/2018, 12:00 PM   #203
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It could just be the picture, but it looks as if there's a white (pingpong) ball inside at the base of the tube.


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Old 06/21/2018, 12:54 PM   #204
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Ah....I didnít know I had put that in when the picture was taken.

Yes, itís essentially a ping pong ball. Floating water level indicator. Although a ping pong ball was too big so I ordered a plastic ball I found on amazon. Side benefit is that the ball is painted to look like an eyeball. Adds to the mad science theme in my lab with eyeballs floating in tubes.


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Old 06/22/2018, 02:53 PM   #205
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This setup is just too perfect to be true! Great work! Love it!


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Old 07/04/2018, 03:48 PM   #206
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This setup is just too perfect to be true! Great work! Love it!

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Thanks. How's your tank coming along? I remember reading through the thread as it was coming together. Absolutely beautiful the last time I saw it!


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Old 07/04/2018, 08:37 PM   #207
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I really need to see a picture of this eyeball! please!


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Old 07/05/2018, 08:34 AM   #208
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IMG_3857.jpg

I hope the attachment works. Hereís your eyeball.


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Old 07/09/2018, 03:21 PM   #209
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Thanks. How's your tank coming along? I remember reading through the thread as it was coming together. Absolutely beautiful the last time I saw it!


Itís doing quite alright, I guess itís time to post an update on my thread before it gets deleted lol

Still, your planning and construction skills just blew my mind! Keep the updates coming!


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Old 11/23/2018, 01:30 PM   #210
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Any updates on this beauty?


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Old 11/23/2018, 02:36 PM   #211
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I too have been eager to see new updates as well....


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Old 11/23/2018, 02:59 PM   #212
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Old 11/23/2018, 03:26 PM   #213
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Thanks for the interest everyone. I did take a bunch of pictures with my DSLR before leaving town. I want to try to learn photoshop while Iím sitting around with the holiday weekend and mandatory family fun time. Hopefully have some eye candy posted within the next few days.


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Old 11/24/2018, 06:25 PM   #214
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Thanks for the interest everyone. I did take a bunch of pictures with my DSLR before leaving town. I want to try to learn photoshop while Iím sitting around with the holiday weekend and mandatory family fun time. Hopefully have some eye candy posted within the next few days.
Please do! I take great inspiration by this build - my inner engineer is thrilled by it.

Have you found any sources of tank incremental level detectors? This is a big gap for us in this hobby! A float switch or optical sensor isn't enough for me! Your mechanical version was very clever. Love the eyeball.


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Old 11/24/2018, 10:50 PM   #215
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As far as an analog liquid level sensor there is a product called etape.

https://www.adafruit.com/product/464

There are some different lengths available. I happened to catch them when they were producing a custom line for another customer at 70Ē long. Since the machining was set up, I got a fairly reasonable tape that length. Otherwise lengths are limited to much shorter. You still have to find a way to map the analog voltage out to a meaningful value in terms of gallons or water depth. I havenít tested how well it works in saltwater. The salt creep might throw off measurements long term.

I wish Apex would open up their products to allow us to create custom graphs of analog voltage inputs. That would be a simple and awesome application for these etapes!

Otherwise, youíre going to have to get creative with a microprocessor and your own displays. Web interface and/or digital outputs to tie into the Apex if thatís the route you want to go. I havenít officially integrated any of them into my build yet. Iíve been sidetracked with other concerns like putting in my two weeks notice and starting my own business. So, who knows when Iíll take the next step in completing all of the custom electronics projects I had originally planned. Iíll make sure to post up the progress if that ever happens.


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Old 11/25/2018, 03:25 PM   #216
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Taking the leap to be your own boss??? very nice! That will be a huge change that will put a lot of the hobby on the back burner.

Congratulations on that.


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Old 11/25/2018, 03:37 PM   #217
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Taking the leap to be your own boss??? very nice! That will be a huge change that will put a lot of the hobby on the back burner.

Congratulations on that.


Thank you! Yes. I hear by boss is a bit demanding though, weíll see how he works out.

Iíve wanted to start the business for a while at least for side work and then see if it could turn into a full time thing. Instead, Iím doing it backwards and starting the business full time and see if I end up going back to a 9-5 sometime in the future.

Iím starting out with woodworking, trim, and custom cabinet work for the business since itís a skill in demand in my area and I know it well. Weíll see if I can expand on that into more custom fabrication to justify all of the toys I hope to play with (CNC, laser etcher, 3D printing). Hopefully I can create my own Mythbusters style ďbuilder of weird thingsĒ business.


...back to work. Iím trying to learn adobe photoshop so that I can tweak aquarium photos and future business images. Hopefully Iíll have some pictures worth posting here in the next few days.


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Old 11/26/2018, 12:32 PM   #218
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Congrats on the venture and look forward to the photos.


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Old 11/26/2018, 06:50 PM   #219
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I'm away from home and only have DLSR images I took with AUTO settings. I'm still learning that camera. Also learning Lightroom. So, my disclaimer is that these are heavily processed images.

Also, the tank has a LOT of room to fill in. Plenty of bare rock to cover up. I do have a couple fist sized colonies but most are frags that are slowly growing in. Sorry it isn't a more impressive update after all this time.




















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Old 11/27/2018, 07:14 AM   #221
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Wow, that looks terrific!

I need to get another yellow porites...


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Old 11/27/2018, 08:39 AM   #222
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I very much like the rock scape, all the irregular bits. It should look very cool once grown in. Thanks for the update.


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Old 11/27/2018, 09:19 AM   #223
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Wow, that looks terrific!



I need to get another yellow porites...

Thanks Puff

It was a beautiful coral at first. Itís more of a mustard porites these days but still growing out. Probably some trace element itís missing. Or lighting. Who knows.


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I very much like the rock scape, all the irregular bits. It should look very cool once grown in. Thanks for the update.


Thank you. Rockscaping was a family project. My wife and I built them dry outside the tank mostly. It was fun working together on that. When we placed them, I really had to stand my ground refusing to allow them to be placed too close to the glass. She kept bumping them out.

I tried to model them off of ChingChaiís (spelling?) DSPS tank from Thailand. Loved his build. I donít think I ended up with nearly the same rockwork but Iím pretty happy with it. Iím finding it hard to dial in lights on a 36Ē deep tank and the rockwork we ended up with. I still get a lot of shading and havenít had much luck with LPS where I intended keeping them down lower. Everything in the top half is baking at 400+ PAR. 600 at the highest points.


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Old 12/01/2018, 12:29 AM   #225
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Looks like it has progressed nicely! Well done!

I wonder if running Ozone would help with water clarity. Maybe get you that little bump in par on the sandbed for your LPS.


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