Automating Aquaponics

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Automating Aquaponics

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Latest Activity: Dec 8, 2013

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I have a lot of ideas of automating these systems (bird/pest detractors using motion detectors), automatically shutting off a system pump when a grow bed fails to drain, web cam observation, etc, etc...  I successfully created my first project which is an automatic fish feeder, that runs morning, noon and evening - please see the link.  welcome to my group.   

Fish Feeder video:  http://youtu.be/MY7LnEpYKGw

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Automatic power failure switch

Started by Matt T. Dec 8, 2013. 0 Replies

I just made an auto power failure switch to keep the water circulating on twelve volt DC batteries, that are (for now) solar charged. When the power fails, the power switches to the batteries, and…Continue

Webcam

Started by Matt Miskinnis. Last reply by Matt Miskinnis Jun 24, 2013. 3 Replies

My next project is underway.  I'm going to be setting up a wireless webcam that can stream, or just take snapshot every couple of minutes, I also want it to be web enabled so I can view my system…Continue

Automatic top-up

Started by Matt Miskinnis Jun 14, 2013. 0 Replies

New Addition:  Auto top-up to the sump tank.  This has been in place now for 3 days, and I finally got it tuned to the way I like it.I no longer have to worry about topping up the system manually,…Continue

Automatic Fish Feeder

Started by Matt Miskinnis Jun 10, 2013. 0 Replies

http://youtu.be/MY7LnEpYKGwI wanted to give a run down of the parts used to create the fish feeder.Parts list:Arduino UNOArduino motor…Continue

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Comment by Samson J. Loo on August 4, 2013 at 9:55am

Hey all. I'm now at a point where I need to start thinking automation. I have done some preliminary research and it seems that people are having great luck using arduino. I wanted to get your take on how I should get started and which arduino board to start with. Any help is appreciated and as always thank you for your time.

Comment by Matt Miskinnis on June 10, 2013 at 7:42pm

I'm also doing the something similar.  I'm going to be using a Raspberry Pi to be a web cam server.  so I can stream from a web cam that can also be moved around via the web using Arduino boards to control motion of the camera, and I want it to be wireless.  After that I believe my next project will be a catastrophic system stop (since I just experienced one with my 2nd grow bed collapsing).  thinking of using sensors to monitor when water starts to get to high in the grow bed (say the siphon gets clogged), when it gets "tripped" it will kill the power to the pump.  eventually I want to be able to control everything via a web and/or through a droid.  These are just 2 of my ideas, got about 9 more written down - this is getting fun! 

Comment by John Malone on June 10, 2013 at 7:24pm
I'm waiting on an Ethernet module and then I'll be looking to develop a monitoring system that will post live to the web.
Temperature, water level, pump status, etc, etc. It should be fun.
Comment by Matt Miskinnis on June 10, 2013 at 7:12pm

Cool, I like it!  One thing that made the fish timer so much easier, is I found a Timer and alarm Library that I used.   Basically, I set the time to the Arduino when you power it up.  Then it was simply creating "alarms" at set times of day (7:30am, 12 noon, 4:45pm) when the timer hits the alarm time it would simply call a function that would rotate the motor 3 times.  The library also allows you to do "repeats" and "one time only".  The trick was to plug my Arduino in at the time I "set" it, so the timer would be accurate.  I'm going to create a discussion, and post the code I used for the feeder in case anyone wants to review it

Comment by John Malone on June 10, 2013 at 6:46pm
My first foray into micro controllers was an Arduino based timer which could be programmed down to seconds. It was for a propagation system that needed to be turned on for 10 seconds evey 10 minutes.
It worked pretty well.
Photos and description here: http://garagelab.com/photo/albums/arduino-seconds-timer
 

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