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Hey guys,

I am going to get some scripts written professionally for the website. It is way beyond my capabilities so I am getting a local website company to do it.... hopefully, they said they can but we'll wait and see. Anyway, I'm looking for some ideas of what to have. Obviously a tank size calculator is extremely important, we've already got one of those but I will incorporate it into the new one. So I'm looking for ideas of specialised calculators that we can have that will help people work out things for their aquarium setup.

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Specialised calculators etc

well, just converters would be nice.

If we could have a calculator for water change frequency - you need to put in how much your nitrates increase and over what time, and it gives you an idea of how often you need to change water, and how much - perhaps with adjustable parameters such as the size of water change you would like to perform, and the level of nitrates you'd like to maintain?

Say I tell it my nitrates increases from 0 to 30 ppm over three days, just a vanilla output would say I can either perform 50% changes every second day to keep it under 20, or 75% changes every third day to keep it under 20. (I didn't check my math, these are rough estimates).
Now say I tell it I want to keep nitrates under 10, it will tell me I can do 50% every day, or 75% every day and a half.
Say I tell it I only want to change 25% of the water, period, it will warn me that this is unfeasible, and tell me that I would need to change 25% of the water four times a day to keep it under 10 ppm.

Or something like that?
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Specialised calculators etc

also, a calculator saying how much of your chosen brand of dechlorinator/water treatment product you need to add per volume of water would be excellent.

Inputs: size of water change (% or liters/gallons)
Type of water treatment (or label's instructions on how much)

output: volume of treatment needed in either milliliters, liters or gallons (I'm very unsure what small unit non-metric measurements use :| )
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Nina_W wrote: also, a calculator saying how much of your chosen brand of dechlorinator/water treatment product you need to add per volume of water would be excellent.

Inputs: size of water change (% or liters/gallons)
Type of water treatment (or label's instructions on how much)

output: volume of treatment needed in either milliliters, liters or gallons (I'm very unsure what small unit non-metric measurements use :| )

I'm not sure how much is possible. I think you can only have calculators for given quantities of you know what I mean. In other words, converting gallons to litres, working out how much water is in a fish tank, temperature etc etc. I think what I'm never have to do is contact the web designer of one of the website that has one of these calculators on it. Simply going to a web design company probably won't be any good because I can't really give them any idea of how to set these calculators up. Anyway, leave it with me and I will see what I can come up with

Just something to add. Some of these calculators around are in my opinion a gimmick. Some of them are supposed to tell you how many fish you can have, when he actually use them they give you some stupid ridiculous answers. Having a calculator that calculates how often you carry water changes could turn out to be a recipe for disaster. It all depends on how much food you put in, how many fish you are, if you got any uneaten food in the tank, I'm not sure either calculated worth all this out. Anyway, I'm open for ideas and suggestions as I would like to get this on the website.

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Noddy replied the topic: Re: Specialised calculators etc

wow, now you got Nina's attention...
And we shouldt have USA Gl conversions added.
We still have members, that don't know the site is located in the UK, and uses the UK Gallon standard.

I'm affraid the wc scedule wouldt be hard to get into the calcultor.
It'd have to include bioload, filtermedia, sump or canister, how big of a filter, feeding. etc.
You need a testkit to find out what you have to do.
Too many variables imo.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Specialised calculators etc

Ah, good points, good points. I didn't think of the fact that it varies from week to week, especially with newer setups.

Ah, well :)
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Nina_W wrote: Ah, good points, good points. I didn't think of the fact that it varies from week to week, especially with newer setups.

Ah, well :)

However, there are calculators that will do this. But I'm not sure if they will really be that helpful

www.thinkfish.co.uk/calculators/calculators.html

Sorry, dosage converters, my mistake

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Re: Specialised calculators etc

I have a calculator for water changes:

At least 75% weekly w/out fail.

'Nuff Said.

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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fishguy66 wrote: I have a calculator for water changes:

At least 75% weekly w/out fail.

'Nuff Said.

I think you hit the nail on the head. These calculators are very gimmicky. It's all very well putting in how much water is in the tank and how many fish and then the calculator tells you how much water to change, does It actually ask you how much food you put in, how much food the fish eats? I think not. I'm sort of reluctant to put things like this on the website, it could actually cause more harm than good if people start using the calculators, rather than seeking advice and getting reliable information.

I think we may stick with tank size calculators, convertors etc

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Sosban Fach replied the topic: Re: Specialised calculators etc

A DIY stand calc would be nice and a flow calc; with regards to tank size and quantites it would be very easy to set up in an excel worksheet.
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