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Old 11-11-2015, 06:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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<11/11/2015 Dry Start Day 13>

Did a little work on the tank today. I added some Ranunculus Inundatus and Ammania Sp. 'Bonsai' AKA True Rotala Indica.





Besides that I added a few more crowns of P. Helferi and S. Repens to fill out the mini hedges and carpets they were growing.



The M. Crenata carpet is coming along nicely.

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Day 13:


As well as the U. Gramnifolia which has also picked up it's growth pace.



I'm thinking of moving the AR 'Mini' that I have behind the S. Repens and placing it on the U. Gramnifolia side. Unsure if I will or not. Thoughts? I'd like to get a nice lush bush of Rotala 'Mini Butterfly', Rotala Colorata and Rotala 'Green' fading in on the right hand side on the rear, so I figured I'd relocated the AR 'Mini'. I'm thinking of Ludwigia Peruensis, Ludwigia Inclinata and a miniature form of Limnophila Aromatica on the left.

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Old 11-13-2015, 07:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well I jumped the gun and relocated the AR Mini as well as a bit of the U. Gramnifolia. When making space for the Reineckii I noticed that the UG doesn't root deep... This might be a concern later when it comes to flood date. As for the AR... Well it made a mess and I had to fill back in the hole where the AR use to live. Also had to trim their roots prior to planting as they were a few inches long. I think I like this layout more.





I plan on growing a hedge of Lobelia Cardinalis behind the S. Repens and P. Helferi to give another level of depth before the stems.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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<11/15/2015 Dry Start Day 17>

I'm really enjoying how the tank has settled post the relocation of the AR 'Mini' to the left side.



I also picked up some Lobelia Cardinalis and Anubias Barteri Nana 'Petite' today in some in-vitro packs. I've planted the Cardinal plant in some Fluval Stratum and placed it in my emersed grow out to get it a little more sturdy before I move it over. I also did the same with the Anubias, but am unsure if they will have a home in this tank in the long run. Go here for emersed updates!

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Awesome. Any more info on your automation?
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks xc0xbc! I really appreciate it.

As for the automation, it's still in a paper phase. In the past few weeks I've picked up the Raspberry Pi 2 that will be the brains of the system and a 7" TFT Touchscreen that will display and be a basic interface to some of the features. I've got the touchscreen up and running, but I'm stuck in the design phase of the physicals right now. I hate to say it, but I'm stuck when it comes to the enclosure. I know I need to have a relay board on there and I've found a perfect isolated Arduino sensor board... But it's ARDUINO specific and not compatible with RPi... I probably could get it working, but I'm not a software developer let alone a driver level developer. I'm actually going to order the 16 port relay board tonight and see if I can get the RPi talking to an Arduino Mega or Arduino Uno to get the isolated board to log the data and transfer it to the Pi.

If anyone on here is an Arduino or RPi user pleaseeeeee let me know. I'm a novice at that stuff so I'll take any input I can get.
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It is hard to see your diagram but if you need to control something like an led light I would just capture the remotes IR signals for playback. If you are trying to get live data about chemistry it is gonna be a good bit of work. Lazy mans way. It looks like others have done something similar. Think I might make this a future project. It would be awesome if you could get chemical info.
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Well I ordered the relay, a pH probe and an Arduino Uno to use for the logic. Why? Well I want to use the RPi as the brains and control them through a homebrewed CANBUS. Logic behind that is it will be translated to work in my automotive hobby once I've dialed it in here. Besides that I grabbed my relay setup and some other odds and ends. I plan to use this initial setup to just provide a proof of concept on grabbing chemical information and transcribe the Uno & probe combo as an interface for the RPi. Luckily I work with developers and people who can write better code then I when it comes to assistance in debugging. Per discussion with my coworkers I've got plenty of interest and support on the project.
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<11/22/2015 Dry Start Day 24>

The dry start has REALLY started to pick up on these plants. The UG has exploded in growth and the Marsilea Crenata seems to be booming now.

FTS:
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Explosive UG:


AR 'Mini' has picked up since its relocation:


Marsilea Crenata has never looked better than today!:


Pogostemon Helferi 'Downoi' showing a few phases:


Staurogen Repens, Ammania 'Bonsai', and Ranunculus Inandatus corner:


I'm trying to find a nice place for my Hygrophila Pinnatifida once the tank is flooded in a month or so. Also, any recommendations of what to fill that front gap?
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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<11/27/2015 Dry Start Day 29>

Not really an update to Overkill per say, but just figured I'd show how one tank has lead to another...



And we can't forget the emersed stuff!

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Mts much? What light do you have on the ADA tank? How many days till you flood? So many questions!
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