Discussion in 'D.I.Y.' started by Philip, Oct 12, 2006.
here are some of my projects that I have made. What do you think
Amazing stuff, man. I’m very much interested in hearing more about that “All new electronic lighting module”. I’m almost sure I’ve heard of something like this before, though. :-\
Sure it exists, what Philip is saying is that this is his design, produced locally, and his latest project!
I think the reef guys use them.
phillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllip... dont you want to come give me a price on doing the electrics for my cube? i need to put the lights on a timer and i also need to put an airpump on a night cycle.
Don't think we like air pumps!!
we like airpumps at night when the CO2 is offer... as Mr. Amano runs it
Desperate housewives has long breaks.
Well I do know about the theory that CO2 levels can drop to deadly levels at night, and obviously I am aware Amano and his techniques. At first I had the same concern but I have never found it to be a problem, but then water does get oxygenated in a trickle system. In nature how ever during the dry dissolved oxygen levels can drop to very low levels in the majority of lowland tropical river systems and the fish that live there have evolved to cope with that. It would be very different if you were keeping fish from the head waters of a river system, which maybe you are. You've seen coydoras break for the surface to collect an air bubble. How ever Farlowellas are know to literally stick thier snouts out of the water if there is anything that is not to thier likeing.
Hey Henk that's just my experience, I do think every tank is different if you feel safer with an air pump put one in.
Like R.C, I'm also interested in hearing more about your "All new electronic lighting module"
Also, I am interested to hear what tubes you use?
I see on Gerald's tank that he uses 54Watt bulbs? Are they Power compacts?
I have six tubes 58 watt tubes 3 floras and 3 daylights on three timers with a staggered up and down sequence.
They are T8s (?), if I was to upgrade I'l look to T5's just not too sure as to the availability of off the shelf floras at the moment.
My tank is deep 700mm so getting light penetration might be better with T5s but I don't have a huge problem with the present set up.
The obvious benifit would be redder plants!
I quite like the combination of Hagen's Flora Glo with their Life Glo 2 bulbs. The light you get is not nearly as greenish as the light you get from 10000 K bulbs.
Also, do you sell these items to people or only use them in setups that you maintain? I quite like the idea of an auto doser.
R.C One can buy something similar overseas but it works differently to my design. The unit only requires 1 timer not several, all your tubes are connected to this module via dimmable electronic ballasts . Once the time is set, the module starts the process, all lights come on together very dimmly then over a 2 hour time period the lights increase in brightness until all tubes are fully at there brightness, once the timer signals to switch lights off, the reverse takes effect until all tubes switch off after a 2 hour period. R.C. the unit alone is R 750.00, but you require dimmable electronic ballasts which at this stage is very expensive. At present Osram is the only supplier at moment, so they dictate the price. 1 ballast cost between R 250 - R 340.00 ea. As Gerald mentioned the marine guys are buying them , but I actually designed this module for the planted aquariums.
Henk , please give me an idea of the size of your tank, what equipment you have connected and what you want connected, aswell as you air pump? If i may ask, why you air pump?
Andre, the Tubes are flourescents which I experimented for a long time to get the correct light for plant. Gerald and myself use 1.5 mtr tubes that are rated 54 watts, with 65watt ballasts. One must also use the space available in your hood as light that is penetrating the aquarium , must not have dead spot i.e. dark areas. The Tubes are a little cheaper than the hagen brand , but are available from me. The tubes that are available are 1.2 and 1.5mtr , that is in daylight and plant grow.
Shot, thanks Philip.
I can see you guys don't fool around! Creating "sunrise & sunset" effects! Man, I'm really enjoying this!
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