Keep track of your parameters with Nano Log

News | 17th February 2010 | Article by Curvball | View comments (8)

Keeping track of your water parameters is very important, whether you keep this data written in a book, compiled in a spread sheet, these records are invaluable. If something seems odd in the tank, you can always consult your records and see if anythng has changed. Tracking your parameters can see what effect that new carbon is having or it’s time to change the PO4 media out as the phosphate values are climbing.

Although your notebook maybe nice – until you decide to use it as a mop during a water change… and sure your spreadsheet works fine, but doesn’t it make everything feel like work? Looking for something simple that takes minimium amount of brain power to work with?

Why not give Nano Log a go? It is specially built application that you can use on your Windows, Mac or Linux based computer.

Nano Log screenshot ©

Nano Log screenshot ©

Nano Log’s current feature list is as follows:

  • Sortable data grid with toggling columns to show as much or as little as you need.
  • Simple input with html supported notes field.
  • Supports importing/exporting it’s data in a readable xml file.
  • Simple update function to get you the newest versions as they come out.
  • Works with Windows, Mac* and Linux.

* Mac users running OS X 10 -will find functionality limited due to a bug.

Developed by Josh Chernoff, Nano Log is currently in Beta 5. You can submit feature, support and other requests to him via the Nano Log website.

Two things I would love to see for Nano Log include the following:

  • Ability to retrieve data from aquarium computer for values such as PH, temp etc
  • An iPhone app that syncs with this desktop application

Start getting your tank organised , download the current version of Nano Log here:

Note: You will need to have Adobe AIR installed on your computer for this to work. Download Adobe Runtime AIR here

Let us know what you think of the software in the comments. Once the bugs are ironed out for the OS X version of this useful little application, I’ll post a full review.

About the author:

Curvball is the editor and founder of Having kept aquariums on and off since the age 8 years old, this now 32 year old hobbyist is well versed in various types of aquariums. His passion is SPS corals and the challenges of maintaining them in relatively small amounts of water. His professional background as a designer and writer combined with his love for this hobby makes the perfect extension of his passions.

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8 Responses on Keep track of your parameters with Nano Log

  1. dgvandy says:

    Pretty cool. I use google docs spreadsheet app. It's in the "cloud" so I can access it from any computer anywhere.

  2. Richie Vos says:

    Seems interesting, I'd like to see an online version (if it's built with AIR it should be possible).

    The app I use online is called reefiris ( I haven't used the nanolog app (which looks like it might have a better UI), but I'd rather have this data online.

  3. Richie Vos says:

    Haha, and yes, ironic that I just plugged and when I go to the site it's down right now.

  4. Shane Graber says:

    Nice find! I'm going to definitely check it out.

  5. James Weir says:

    I'm not sure of the platform but I read of an app that can communicate with a tank computer and activate devices.

  6. stonyreef says:

    I agree with Richie Vos, interesting, but could be better if in the cloud. I also use reefiris (even though it's still alpha).

    I tend to use applications like these more often if they're online. I don't always want to fire up a program or carry my notebook with me. I prefer to jot down parameters as I test my water (away from electronics! lol) and then I can just add later to reefiris, if at home or at the office.

    Will take a peep at nano-log anyway.

  7. Gareth P says:

    Love this tool not really used any tools for keeping my parmameters before, but love it simple and easy to use, highly recommended.

  8. RK only? says:

    […] found this on NanoReefBlog, but I'm 16 and on the family computer, so since my mom hasn't had the time to look into it and […]

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