Mailing List: freeside-aquaria (google groups)
We're putting some saltwater tanks in the chill space.Goals:
- Build out several salt/live coral tanks in the chill space.
- Automate to the extent possible. Eventual goal: 2-weeks between necessary visits.
- Utilize technology and creativity to push the bounds of what has been done before.
- Prevent loss of expensive things such as fish and coral by actively managing ecosystem health (quarantine, monitoring, etc...)
- Reduce external influence on the ecosystem (dust, fumes, visitors)
- Provide unprecedented levels of monitoring and remote management to allow a large group to assist in identifying problems/ideas (this is the entire Internet's fish tank!).
--All assumed as donated/owned by Freeside unless marked--
- 2x50-gallon rectangular (kive-2 -- loan)
- 1x55-gallon hex (kive-1 -- loan)
- 2x10-gallon rectangular (kive-1, tronik-1)
- 1x20g-rated water pump for a few quarantine tanks (kive-1 -- loan)
- 1xArduino Duemilanove (ATMega328) w/ wired Ethernet board and Proto board (kive-1 -- loan)
Mini-Projects (stuff that can happen now/soon):
- Build stands for tanks (50/55s) [need to design space layout and requirements (integration) first.]
- Minor tank repair (one of the 50/55s needs some acrylic repair)
- Run water and drain lines from kitchen or bath [where TBD]
- Run power (grounded is critical) [where TBD]
- We should start collecting data on temperature in chill space, warehouse, and outside. [outside can be scraped]
- Investigate effectiveness and estimated cost for LED lighting suitable for salt/coral (as compared to metal halide, etc...).
- Get quarantine tanks up and running [2x10, shared water and air for the time being is fine, we can also use this for taking on any "free" fish that we want to have in the environment]
Ideas (brainstorm here):
- Duckie mentioned fishie-cams were necessary. Robotic might be nifty. :)
- 100-gallon+ tank(s) [free/cheap -- should require minimal/no repair]
- 6' sturdy shelf suitable for holding 10-gallon quarantine tanks [should be deep -- tanks will have the long axis going front to back]
- Decent RO system [specs TBD]
- Unused aquarium tubing/hardware
- Large water pump [specs TBD]