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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 04, 2013, 02:31:58 pm
yes, i would need another pump to draw suction on the siphon once power was restored, but that again is where the more advanced arduino programming comes in... and about the reef central, it says registration has been disabled by administrator....
2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 04, 2013, 12:34:33 pm
yes i do kinda need(want) the net interface, we are planning a outta state trip in june, = the need for the automation...
i too was thinking about the possibilities of power outages.. im gonna put a battery operated air pump normally closed on a relay to pump a jet of air into my siphon drain in the event of a PO. and if i have the Reef Keeper that can send alerts like that, i can call my neighbor to come and restart my system... the 120v relay is a must...i am also getting the...
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+4395+12093&pcatid=12093
...the 50 gpd 4-stage RO/DI...and the float valve..
it's a big project, i know...but a reef tank is worse than crack or meth...not that i'd know, just sayin..
3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 04, 2013, 11:46:44 am
interesting, informed.. i know i need to get more of a spectrum...
here are the lights i have right now..
http://www.aquatraders.com/EVO-Quad-60-LED-Reef-Bright-TR-p/56264.htm
i need to get the 72 inchers..
 but i might also just bite the bullet and just buy this..
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reefkeeper-elite-w-net-digital-aquatics.html
that would let me control relays that i could wire in with this..
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reefkeeper-elite-w-net-digital-aquatics.html
its alot of money, but it would delay the headache of learning programming languages..
but i still wanna make this build so i can use it on my 55 gal in the bedroom
right now i am piecing together the rtc and board, then i'll put in the keypad/lcd shield
and i might just get some more red/purple,uv,ir leds for the corals..
can i use RGB leds and PWM for those?
4  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 04, 2013, 09:35:08 am
to Atlanta: shortly after posting the skeleton sketch i noticed the second page of the posts and seen yours, great advice and i will work on it. but my original problem was getting the rtc, keypad display, and mega 2560 to talk together. so if you know a page where it shows how to do that, i might be able to take control from there, and i won't need to bother the forum any more except for showing the final product off.   lol
5  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 04, 2013, 09:29:41 am
here is what i think you mean by skeleton code. the keypad on the display isn't as necessary as the light timing, i can change the times and stuff with the coding, once i have it that is....
i don't want any one person to build the code for me, but if i can get a collective of people to help piece it together, i will be able to "learn as i go".
so... if someone has a portion that might help, my fishies will thank you smiley-wink
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//start clock
//start display
//check temp
//diplay time and temp
//temp sensor in display tank for water temp display
//temp sensor on light fixture for fan control
//fans come on when lights are too warm
//the light fixture temp sensor doesn't need a display function
//lights are blue and white, two sets of each
//blues will be on with whites at all times and off at night
//sump lights are seperate
/*sequence is : 8 am first blue on, 
                9 am sump off and second blue on,
                10 am first white/blue on,
                11 am second white/blue on
                */
//all lights on for four hours
/*after four hour on time,
                3 pm the first set of whites go off,
                4 pm second set of whites go off,  
                6 pm the first blues go off, 
                7 pm the sump comes on, 
                7 pm the second blues go off.
*/
/*the lights are one hour intervals except for the all on time
starting at 8 am and the last set of blues*/


6  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 02, 2013, 09:48:43 pm
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great reply and very helpful, thank you;
fear not, i am working with others with the skeleton and then meat;
my last post a few minutes ago was more antagonistic and provoking than anything...stirring the pot, and look, you wrote with a good view and some great advice;
like the code, a little will go a long way;
i will be sure to post the finished product, the code, and schematics when done;
thanks
7  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: February 02, 2013, 09:09:39 pm
well it's been a few days and no one has been able to tell me anything new....anyone else?
8  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: January 31, 2013, 09:40:10 pm
after studying your reply, i believe i know what you are talking about as far as trying to keep it simple(KISS).
but as far as all the code language and the usage of each command and function lingo, i am lost.
 i know i need an "int, include lib, or h., setup, loop the brackets and { }, and all the ;'s ()
but i don't know how when or why to use them, that is where i need the assistance i guess.
if no one here helps me, maybe this CookBook that comes in monday will. it'll just take alot longer..
9  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: January 31, 2013, 03:20:54 pm
you're right, i drew the led backwards...oops.. good catch.  it was late and nyquil was catching up...
and i might be wrong but the SPDT here has three conditions, blue/off/white and blue
the SPDT is the current setup on the lighting fixture.  i am going to remove that switch and put a new jack in its place to run the wires to the relay board for switching.
that way i can switch between white and blue on both runs of lights at their respective times.
i could have the fans come on when the first set of whites come on and go off when the second whites go off.
that would eliminate the need for the temp sensor.  but it would be way more efficient with it.

and i have minimal to no idea about the sketching parts you mentioned, sorry i'm just new to C++ and arduino IDE
10  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: January 31, 2013, 02:55:11 pm
Overall your plan is ambitious but seems well thought of. In this plan, various things need to be monitored or controlled simultaneously, while the lcd keypad accepts inputs. You will need to write your code with state machine. It's extremely difficult for first timers. Plus you have your unique hardware so online forum members that don't have your hardware will be able to provide limited help.

Is there a slightly less ambitious plan that involves less components to control and sense?


i looked at the state machine you mentioned, that's where i am going to need the help and guidance from this arduino forum,
i just don't know all my options for this project
11  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: January 31, 2013, 02:48:33 pm
yes, i could take the cheesy way out and just buy another 400$ light set with pre made controller,
what fun would that be right....
i just need the clock to work with the display to control relays.
the relays will do the switching of the lights at their respective times.
the fan relay will be harder with the temp sensor input for the light fans.
and that's it...
I'm still looking for alarm codes that i could tweek.. not many to choose from.
12  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: // reeftank controller guidance plz on: January 31, 2013, 02:16:01 pm
here is a pic, of what the RTC is supposed to look like..

http://images.tupianguanjia.com/bin/7333/cn2.jpg

here is a pic of the keyboard/ LCD

http://www.dfrobot.com/wiki/images/thumb/3/31/LCD%26KeyPad_Shield.jpg/300px-LCD%26KeyPad_Shield.jpg

here is the MEGA 2560

http://arduino.cc/en/uploads/Main/ArduinoMega2560_r2_front_450px.jpg

i have nippits of code and no idea how to make them all work
please advise...
13  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: This might be kind of a dumb question... on: January 31, 2013, 09:32:52 am
here's my tank and arduino plans...whatcha think?
you might wanna open the plans on a new window...
14  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / // reeftank controller guidance plz on: January 31, 2013, 08:49:49 am
/*
my last few posts were too vague for assistance so i drew up what it is that i need,...please take a look and give me any help you can.
i am new to arduino and C/C++...but that is why i come to you....i am studying EE, so i know my way around components and equipment, just not the coding and sketching of the IDE...I have the cookbook on the way... But that will only help so much. thnkx
/*


// here's my late night pre_sketch, any questions, please ask...
15  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: This might be kind of a dumb question... on: January 30, 2013, 06:03:44 pm
imma gunna follow this post, cause that's what i need.
i have a 100 gal reef tank i am trying to automate with this here arduino stuff....
i have the  LCD Keypad Shield 1602, ATmega2560-16AU, and a sainsmart RTC DS1307 AT24C32 ...
and so far there's not much info on how to implement them together...
good luck, maybe we can help each other...
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