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Hey,

Nice set up! I wish I was as able to create my own LEDs but I am definitely the opposite of mechanically inclined.

Anyway, I saw you had an image of this: CB Frost Bites.

Do you have any of these you are willing to sell? I saw some in a forum and I love the color!

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Would it need some sort of tray underneath the skimmer incase you forget to empty the cup to catch the spill over? I am looking at an used Aquamaxx HOB like your but not sure what is a reasonable price to offer?
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Usually mouser because I'm buying other components as well.  I've really liked the skimmer.  It was a little touchy to get the band in the right spot to start,  but since then it has been good.  Keep the cup clean and clear the air line once a week and you will be good to go.
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OK thank, beside that company what others are you using? Digikey, Mouser, Jameco are the other companies that I am using but mostly components not power source.  Anyway how do you like your AquaMaxx HOB?

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Their website will tell you if they are in Stock.  I have an account with them as well but they have just recently been checking to see if it's a business or retail sale.  It may still work for you just be prepared in case. There are plenty on other sources.
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Oh, they usually good to me may be because I have an account with them a while back (I am retired now), I call them before placing an order, they usually let me know if the parts are in stock.
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I ordered from them before.  The last time I ordered from them they canceled my order because they are wholesale and aren't supposed to sell privately.  They also run out of parts quite often.  So keep those things in mind.
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Thanks, I will be working on the light next, do you know that you can order ldd driver at this site.  I found this vendor is the cheapest. http://www.powergatellc.com/mean-well-ldd-h-power-supply.html

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No.  You can use the stock basket  (or the Intank basket)  with the skimmer. I do have to shift the skimmer to the side a tiny bit to get the basket out for maintenance. Easy and I don't have to shut the skimmer off.  Krazie 
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Just bought a JBJ nano28 for the wife last month on the black Friday and curious do you have to remove the stock filters tray to accommodate for the AquaMaxx HOB skimmer? Thank

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Originally posted by colesnwbds colesnwbds wrote:

I've appreciated this thread from the get go.
 
Recently I've been looking to add some more color to my Intermediate series jbj, and I was thinking I would be looking at several hundred dollars, but $80?
 
Wow.  That's impressive.
 
I would be very intereasted in a product listing :)


Keep in mind the $80 is just for the controller board with the drivers. You still have to add the other parts to the list as well (heatsync, LEDs, power supply, cables). If you are talking about modifying a stock hood like I did then the LEDs and heatsync are already handled (unless you want to change some of the colors).

You can also just change a few LEDs out in the strings that are already there if you don't need dimming or control-ability. Krazie
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I've appreciated this thread from the get go.
 
Recently I've been looking to add some more color to my Intermediate series jbj, and I was thinking I would be looking at several hundred dollars, but $80?
 
Wow.  That's impressive.
 
I would be very intereasted in a product listing :)
"Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones."

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Super slick Jeff, under $80. Color me impressed. Hope you're charging enough for these light systems. Lot of love and sweat going into them.

I'll continue my search for the holy LDD grail. We should get together soon and get high off of soldering fumes. I owe you some labor hours LOL


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My entire board with all components comes in less than $80 complete.

You haven't found the grail on the LDD's yet. I didn't pay 6 bucks for any of mine. The SCW converter is the most expensive part of my boards. My new ones will probably not use that part and opt for another style converter. Krazie
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Interested in total cost of the board once you add up all the components. There are some fairly modestly priced 5 channel boards on ebay, but the addition of the fan channel makes your build very attractive. 

LDD700Hs alone are like 6 bucks a piece at best.
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Ya, for what your talking about it almost makes sense to have a Pi talking to an Arduino that is controlling the hardware side of things. That way neither one is burdened with the tasks that the other one is best at.  Krazie


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Already having an apex does simplify things quite a bit, and turn things in arduino's favor LOL

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I use an Apex for my tanks so I can already control my board from my phone. That's why I didn't need the network interface on my current board. It was designed to work with other controllers or can be setup to be a stand alone LED controller (think Storm X or Typhoon).

My new Arduino based one adds network (wired and Wifi) as well as a full capability to be a full controller not just an LED controller. I'll have two boards, one with just LED connections and a second with all of the connections for probes, switches, relays etc to be a controller.

I personally prefer doing the coding so that I know the timing of critical tasks and how the controller is going to respond in each situation. Pi is easy but I just don't like wizard type interfaces like that. It's also very hard to integrate Pi into other projects because they don't expose the interface pins on the board. They want to give you computer type interfaces that require additional coding to get devices to work with it. Most fish equipment doesn't have USB or HDMI to connect to Pi. The stackable headers on the Arduino make for easy prototyping and adding/testing of new circuit designs. I didn't find that part of Pi very friendly. I haven't tried the Pi B+ model yet but don't expect that much has changed in this aspect.

I also took my board and connected it up to some G3 Radion pucks  and now can mimick the Radions colors and output with both the Radion pucks and the Lumia 5.2 pucks. While it's not as simple as just choosing a color from a menu, Fusion does make it pretty simple to set a graph that can then be copied and pasted.

Thanks for the compliment on the light. I have gotten lots of compliments on how clean they look and how silent they run. I have a few happy customers and that's more than I could ask from this first attempt. Krazie
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Don't do Arduino :(

Raspberry Pi all the way.

http://readwrite.com/2014/05/07/arduino-vs-raspberry-pi-projects-diy-platform

I suppose the physical inputs and outputs are a plus when it comes to the arduino mega. Takes away the coding aspect. A raspberry pi can connect to a network though, so you could build an app to control your tank from your phone etc.

Seriously sexy work on the LEDs so far though. Had me drooling.



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I have seen (and maybe sampled) their new 100. Only slight difference from the 5.2's. It's starting to get harder to control and tune these things with so many channels.

I'm working on a newer version of my controller that is based on the Arduino Mega chip that does all channels (upto 16) and PWM 4096 steps. I'm not real big into the weather, sun movement effects as I am more worried about growth and color than effects and things that scare the fish. Also, unless you are running a very long tank, there is very little difference in light for a 4-6 foot section of the ocean during sunrise and sun set. It would be more about light angle and not so much spectrum that might be needed there. I haven't wanted (read that cared) about building a motorized rig to move my lights across the tank to simulate that. Krazie
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