Apr 19

4 gallon update – Week 3

Here are some more pictures of the little tank.  Added a few new corals to the tank, and slowly watching everything grow and settle in.

image2There is more growth showing on the Red Planet. You can especially see how it is attaching its self to the surrounding rock work and planting itself in.


image2(1)A small new addition to the tank,  I love how the colors are already popping under the LEDs. Cant wait to see more growth on these.


image1(1)A little nub off of my Green Wolley Monster, can wait to see what this one does. The polyps on the mother colony extend out about 1/4″.

(all pictures taken with an iphone 6+ and using the Camera+ app).

I am still not adding any additives to the tank at this time, other than what is done via the auto water changes.

The auto water changes is going to be an interesting study. I feel that by the daily replenishment of both major (Alk, CA, Mg), and minor trace elements, the system is more more stable that if the water was being changed once a week. This is what I am contributing to the growth and color that the system is currently seeing. Hopefully this will continue as the tank matures, and the corals grow.  Who knows, I might end up with a Red Planet Colony growing out of a 4 gallon Nano, and have to remove everything else. Here is to hoping.


Apr 11

4 gallon Update

Just wanted to show the growth that we are seeing on our Red Planet (picture is untouched and under led).  We are still doing a daily water change, but have changed to 250ml a day.  Currently we are still not using any supplements, and utilizing Kent Reef Salt for the water changes. The pH graphs are looking consistent and not dipping very low at night.



Growth since 4/1/16 when the Red Planet was introduced. You can see where the coral is well attached to the rock on the left hand side and molding itself around the rock on the right. We are also seeing great polyp extension still.


Apr 11

4 gallon Nano

Update 4/11/16:

The tank is still receiving daily water changes with our DP! dosing pumps, and utilizing Kent Reef Salt.  Still not adding any additives at this point and able to keep a balanced pH at night. graphSo far, we are seeing some growth and great poly extension on the Red Planet Acro that was first introduced to the tank on 4/1/16.

IMG_2327A few other corals will be getting introduced by next weeks update.  – Eric


Update – 4/1/16



Recently we added a new tank to the office, and here it is:

4g setup

We are using a 4 gallon Aqua Pro cube, along with a Fluval filter, Hydor 160, custom LED setup, and of course an Archon controller.

The LEDS are using a Steve’s LEDs driver board and the following LEDs:

1 x 410nm

1 x 420nm

1 x Royal Blue

1 x 3000k

1 x 6500k

1 x 10k

The Archon is being used to control the LED lights via the PWM ports, and to control the temperature via the iTemp probe.

We also are utilizing a pH probe for Monitoring, along with 3 DP1 modules

The tank currently receives a 200ml a day water change thanks to two of the DP1s and auto top off from the third .  This hopefully will allow the tank to be kept without the need for a skimmer, and to keep  the vital elements in check (calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, and trace elements).


After a few weeks of being setup and cycled(cleanup crew is slacking a little),here is what a Red Planet looks like in it today.

I look forward to sharing with everybody the trial and tribulations of this small tank.  I have heard a lot of people say that a small tank like this could not be done with sps, so we will see what happens. The goal is to not to have to dose any supplements on this tank, but rather let the automatic water changes do it for us.

Mar 28

Archon: New Software and Webpages

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the new update is now available.  this will add the following features:

Clock is now set via geo location – This allows the Archon to use the internet to set the clock, including Daylight savings time, to the units location. There is also a bypass built into the system page.

Added new selection to system page names ‘Additional Companies’ – We will be expanding on this as we work with more manufactures. Currently it will take you directly to EcoSmartLive, in side the Archon, via the EcoTech button.

Added adjustments to Celsius for alarm reporting.

Other small adjustments.

Mar 10


IMG_2230It took some time, but the new Webpage update is finally available. This applies small bug fixes along with adding the graphing back in. Watch for more updates coming on this module.

The Webpage update is avaialbe for download NET-1-0212.bin

Feb 08

Tank rebuild update











Finally got RTV108 layed down this weekend. Now to be patient and let it dry for a few days before trimming it up and going to phase 2, which is installing the euro bracing both top and bottom. After that then I can lay the ‘beauty’ seams and round all the corners nicely. cant wait for this to be done!

Jan 28

tank rebuild started

Follow along as we tear down our current office tank and rebuild it from the ground up.

Office Tank rebuild











Tank Build is getting back on track again. Got a call from the glass company that the glass is in and the measurements are correct (at least they hope they are). Now have to get there to pick it up and start laying silicone this weekend.



Jan 28

Archon wifi update





Owners have been asking for a way to tell what the signal strength for the connected wireless network is. Well, after working on this during the past week, we are ready to start sending this out to be implemented. IT will show the signal strength in a percentage for a more accurate representation. We are also adding the ability to change the wireless network on the System page. With this, it will now show the avaialbe wireless networks in a drop down so you can select one. This will be on both the initial setup page and the system page.

Another new feature being added is the ability to do a factory restore from the system page.
Be looking for the update to come out soon.

Nov 30

Archon update coming soon…

The next update will add a new email feature to the Archon. The unit will be able to email, to the email address in the system, when an update is available for the Archon. This will hopefully help prevent users from falling too far behind.

Nov 06

New updated Archon Manual Rev.3

The new manual for the Archon has been posted under the Archon tab and downloads.  Get your copy now to learn more about all the new features of your Archon

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