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This thread is a fork from the Acan Growout thread, so we don't hijack it too much.    Starting by repeating the guts of the thread...  I'll follow-up with my Implementation and validation.

  

On 7/27/2020 at 6:52 PM, badxgillen said:

I hate to say it folks, but this is the last month of the grow out...

I also regret to inform my Acan looks like poo. I will send some terrible cell phone shots but ultimately I went from 2.5 polyps to 5 sickly looking heads.

Needles to say that after the competition I will be moving these corals out and into a different system... That is unless Coral reefTankers and Snappy will divulge his secrets to success.

 

On 7/28/2020 at 10:16 AM, Snappy said:

It’s my targeted spot feeding. It’s nearly an hour process. I turn all water circulation off and target feed each mouth in my tank with precision with frozen food slurry and turkey baster. Then I wait 20-30 minutes, and turn on water fan without the pump running. This turns the tank into a snow globe of frozen shrimp. Then I turn the water fan off and let everything settle again. Repeat process a couple times before circulating the water with the pumps again. It essentially target feeds everything 3x within the hour, but would be difficult to do in a tank larger than 30 gallons. 

My acans and favites grow large and fast. My tanks specialty. 

 

On 7/28/2020 at 3:29 PM, obrien.david.j said:

This sounds like awesome automation for Apex to help with.   I'll press a button, all pumps off.   Slurry Feed every head as you describe.  Then walk away.   automation will handle the re-mixing, and then going back to normal.   @SuncrestReef, can you turn this into a program, that I can trigger with one of my external push buttons?

Input push button is Swx11_2

Pump outlet is PUMP_FRAG

Powerheads (MP40s) are MP40_FRAGE_L and MP40_FRAGE_R

 

On 7/28/2020 at 5:43 PM, SuncrestReef said:

There’s no easy or elegant way to do this in Apex programming other than a series of virtual outputs each with different Defer timers with one triggering the next:

Timer1  = 60 minutes
Timer2  = 30 minutes
Timer3  = 5 minutes
Timer4  = 10 minutes
Timer5  = 5 minutes

[Timer1]
Set OFF
If Swx11_2 CLOSED Then ON
Min Time 060:00 Then ON

[Timer2]
Set OFF
If Output Timer1 = ON Then ON
Defer 030:00 Then ON

[Timer3]
Set OFF
If Output Timer2 = ON Then ON
Defer 005:00 Then ON

[Timer4]
Set OFF
If Output Timer3 = ON Then ON
Defer 010:00 Then ON

[Timer5]
Set OFF
If Output Timer4 = ON Then ON
Defer 005:00 Then ON

[PUMP_FRAG]
Fallback ON
Set ON
If Output Timer1 = ON Then OFF

[MP40_FRAGE_L]
Fallback ON
Set ON
If Output Timer1 = ON Then OFF
If Output Timer2 = ON Then ON
If Output Timer3 = ON Then OFF
If Output Timer4 = ON Then ON
If Output Timer5 = ON Then OFF

[MP40_FRAGE_R]
Fallback ON
Set ON
If Output Timer1 = ON Then OFF
If Output Timer2 = ON Then ON
If Output Timer3 = ON Then OFF
If Output Timer4 = ON Then ON
If Output Timer5 = ON Then OFF

All 5 of these virtual outputs must be set to AUTO, but you can then remove them from your dashboard to avoid all the clutter if you choose.

(sorry for taking this thread off topic...I can move this post to the Equipment forum if requested)  

 

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And Now, my implementation and validation details.  I did it, and it works.

I changed the names of Virtual outlets ("timer" --> "FeedStorm"), and added Test-Switch, Test-Pump, and Test-MP40s to allow me prototype in isolation.

First, it took me reading the code three times to understand how it worked.   And THEN i mocked it up in excel to just watch the timeline by by.

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  • FeedStorm1  = 60 minutes  -- Main Pump & MP40s OFF     @ 0s
  • FeedStorm2  = 30 minutes  -- turn MP40s ON         @ 30mins
  • FeedStorm3  = 5 minutes   --  turn MP40s OFF         @ 35mins
  • FeedStorm4  = 10 minutes  -- turn MP40s ON           @ 45mins
  • FeedStorm5  = 5 minutes   --  turn MP40s OFF          @ 50mins
  • (and then Timer1 Expires), Main Pump & MP40s ON         @ 60mins

 

The Code:  --> Testing Code:
[FeedStorm1]
Set OFF
If Swx13_1 CLOSED Then ON
If Outlet Test-Switch = ON Then ON
Min Time 060:00 Then ON

[FeedStorm2]
Set OFF
If Output FeedStorm1 = ON Then ON
Defer 030:00 Then ON

[FeedStorm3]
Set OFF
If Output FeedStorm2 = ON Then ON
Defer 005:00 Then ON

[FeedStorm4]
Set OFF
If Output FeedStorm3 = ON Then ON
Defer 010:00 Then ON

[FeedStorm5]
Set OFF
If Output FeedStorm4 = ON Then ON
Defer 005:00 Then ON

[PUMP_FRAG] & [Test-Pump]
Fallback ON
Set ON
If Output Timer1 = ON Then OFF

MP40_FRAGE_L] &  [Test-MP40s]
Fallback ON
Set ON
If Output Timer1 = ON Then OFF
If Output Timer2 = ON Then ON
If Output Timer3 = ON Then OFF
If Output Timer4 = ON Then ON
If Output Timer5 = ON Then OFF

[MP40_FRAGE_R] --> (Same Code as MP40_FRAGE_R)

 

 

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Very cool. To note, it’s not an hour of work, but 10 minutes of work and an hour process to do it. If I’m ever able to upgrade to an automated system I will try something like you have set up here. One of the few things I see different in our equations is the amount of time the water fans are on. My tank is 28 gallons and I do water fan for ~20 seconds, just enough time to pull the food off the floor and give it a chance to fall into a coral mouth again. That being said, if you have 300 gallons you may need several minutes to stir the water up and get the food off the floor? Try and see what works for you. I watch individual coral mouths and alter my strategy as necessary. 

With a good skimmer and sponge filter, most of the frozen food seemed to get REMOVED instead of CONSUMED. This is why I started doing this. My frozen food goes 3x further and my corals grow 3x faster. Win win. I’d love to hear any follow up comments on how this works for other people.

Criteria to consider are:

coral growth

water parameters (do you dose more/less, empty skimmer less, cleaner water, less nutrients in water column, etc....)

and equipment functionality as well (does the stop and go take its toll on the pumps over time, are we more likely to have spills, splashes or leaks)

thanks again for taking the time to do this. Glad I can give something back to the community ☺️

 

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