My 125 Gallon Reef and I need some insight on my RA

Talk about you and your tank/equipment

Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:04 pm
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:34 am
Hello all!

I wanted to share a little about my tank and then request a few different pieces of help. I am new to the RA community and to the RA controller itself. I considered myself a bit of a geek and then realized, I am not as smart as I had hoped on certain things :-)

I just ordered my Wifi addon and should be getting that up and running in a few days.

I primarily have two questions to start.

1. Does anyone on here have a method to make the SB Reef Light 32 controllable? It only has 10 programmable slots and does not allow for a very smooth transition. Not sure if anyone has found or developed a hack for these lights yet. Mike, the guy who runs SB, has a hack for the regular Chinese Black Box, but they are not the WIFI controlled variety and I do not want to risk jacking that up. Haven't heard back on my request from him...

2. Being new to this community and this controller.. What are some items you would really "need"? Here is what I have on my current system.

RA Plus with only 1 power module and Wifi on its way:

Jaebo (2) WP 40 wavemaker (Uses the 2 powerhead controller)
Sicce return pump (700-900 GPH)
Chiller fed by a Aqualite Canister Filter (with mechanical filtration)
(2) 32 inch SB Reef Light WIFI controlled LED
(1) Stunner actinic use above my frag rack) ONLY on with daylights
4 Canopy cooling fans (Used to run MH Fixture, so there may not be a need for them now)
Coralife 220 Skimmer
Hydor ATO (5 gallon with aqualifter pump) (should I keep or control with RA?)
250 Watt Heater
30 gallon sump

What I am looking to do is maintain a simple system, I don't have tons of experience in programming, but I am learning. I would like insight and suggestions on where to go from here... What modules are imperative, (Natural Moon light cycle is one I plan on getting soon unless there is another method.)

I know not all the information you need is here, but again, not really certain what to ask.

Thanks in advance and I will post more details as I get in my Wifi controller and get my portal setup.
Jeremiah_Nichols_1.jpg (353.92 KiB) Viewed 1571 times
Nice Bubble Ricordea
Jeremiah_Nichols_3.jpg (276.18 KiB) Viewed 1571 times
My Tank 125 Gallon LPS/SPS Dominated Tank
Tank1Year.JPG (483.83 KiB) Viewed 1571 times

Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:04 pm
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:06 pm
Ok, So I cant figure out how to get these pictures to show only in thumbnail mode... But its ok.

Here is my code, I am going to be working on my ATO tonight and getting that setup. My Wifi piece should come in this week and I will get that setup as well. I am also getting another temp controller to put into my canopy to activate my canopy fans if the temp gets too high (shouldn't, but failsafe on temp).

Please offer any suggestions, solutions, ideas!!! I'm still a serious NEWBIE in this realm.

#include <ReefAngel_Features.h>
#include <Globals.h>
#include <RA_Wifi.h>
#include <Wire.h>
#include <OneWire.h>
#include <Time.h>
#include <DS1307RTC.h>
#include <InternalEEPROM.h>
#include <RA_NokiaLCD.h>
#include <RA_ATO.h>
#include <RA_Joystick.h>
#include <LED.h>
#include <RA_TempSensor.h>
#include <Relay.h>
#include <RA_PWM.h>
#include <Timer.h>
#include <Memory.h>
#include <InternalEEPROM.h>
#include <RA_Colors.h>
#include <RA_CustomColors.h>
#include <Salinity.h>
#include <RF.h>
#include <IO.h>
#include <ORP.h>
#include <AI.h>
#include <PH.h>
#include <WaterLevel.h>
#include <Humidity.h>
#include <DCPump.h>
#include <PAR.h>
#include <ReefAngel.h>

////// Place global variable code below here

////// Place global variable code above here

void setup()
// This must be the first line
ReefAngel.Init(); //Initialize controller
ReefAngel.AddStandardMenu(); // Add Standard Menu

ReefAngel.Use2014Screen(); // Let's use 2014 Screen
// Ports toggled in Feeding Mode
ReefAngel.FeedingModePorts = Port5Bit | Port6Bit | Port7Bit;
// Ports toggled in Water Change Mode
ReefAngel.WaterChangePorts = Port5Bit | Port6Bit | Port7Bit;
// Ports toggled when Lights On / Off menu entry selected
ReefAngel.LightsOnPorts = Port1Bit | Port2Bit | Port3Bit | Port4Bit;
// Ports turned off when Overheat temperature exceeded
ReefAngel.OverheatShutoffPorts = Port1Bit | Port2Bit | Port3Bit | Port4Bit | Port7Bit;
// Use T1 probe as temperature and overheat functions
ReefAngel.TempProbe = T1_PROBE;
ReefAngel.OverheatProbe = T1_PROBE;
// Set the Overheat temperature setting
InternalMemory.OverheatTemp_write( 840 );

// Ports that are always on
ReefAngel.Relay.On( Port5 );
ReefAngel.Relay.On( Port6 );
ReefAngel.Relay.On( Port8 );

////// Place additional initialization code below here

////// Place additional initialization code above here

void loop()
ReefAngel.StandardLights( Port1,5,0,10,0 );
ReefAngel.StandardLights( Port1,19,00,22,45 ) ;
ReefAngel.StandardLights( Port2,5,45,10,0 );
ReefAngel.StandardLights( Port2,19,00,22,00 ) ;
ReefAngel.StandardLights( Port3,9,55,20,30 );
ReefAngel.StandardLights( Port4,12,0,20,0 );
ReefAngel.StandardHeater( Port7,760,780 );

////// Place your custom code below here

////// Place your custom code above here

// This should always be the last line
User avatar
Posts: 1426
Joined: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:51 pm
Location: Oklahoma City
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:03 am
What else are you looking to add?

Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:04 pm
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:51 am
I will probably need to add another Relay box (I need to send in my current one because port 1 has a short in it, and I am not sure I wanna be opening it up and messing with it (unplugged or not)). I still want to figure out how to set/add a programmable option to the lights (SB Reef Lights) but talked with Mike and that is a work in progress (it would be cool if RA could pair up with him and develop a control mechanism for those!). I also want to add a couple reactors (Kalk stirrer (comes in today!), Dosing pumps perhaps, maybe Jaebo control..?) Not sure.

My tank is only a year old and I have a lot I can add, but not sure what would be best. My tank is doing well, but I just want to add a few more failsafes and a little automation to ensure that my tank stays a little more stable. (PH especially as mine swings from 8.3 in the day to 7.95 at night) I love the chart option too, that been a very handy item for me!

I also need to read up on wifi a little more as I can see my items on the portal, but I cant adjust them. Not sure how to do this yet, but I need to do a little more reading. I can access it fine from home, but when I am at work or a friends house I get the message that I am "unable to process controller data" even though I am connected via a wifi. So I know I have missed something, but what? Also, online, I cant connect from work as I get an error message as well. Not sure if I am missing multiple steps or just a key one.

Again, I need to read more.

I do like the lighting control you helped me with! so once again, thank you for that.

Return to You and your tank

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest