Aquaponics — in the future – something like this? August 15, 2011Posted by rik94566 in aquaponic automation, aquaponics, arduino, CEA, Controlled Environment Agriculture, DIY aquaponics, general.
Tags: aquaponic automation, aquaponic crop, aquaponics, arduino, arduino sketch, DIY aquaponics, electronics, indoor aquaponics, microcontroller, rik kretzinger, sensor
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BREAK NOW OVER —— August 11, 2011Posted by rik94566 in aquaponic automation, aquaponics, DIY aquaponics, general.
Tags: aquaponic automation, DIY aquaponics, rik kretzinger, sensor
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Due to some life changes in the last month or so, I have fallen behind on putting content up. Looking for a new job and then making a move to a new company is very time intensive. I have now stabilized this part of my life and got the family vacation taken and fully rested. On top of all the life changes I under took a total redesign of my aquatubes on my main unit. This new design addressed a number of problems I had encountered over the past year or so. Since I was in major rework mode of the tubes, I took the time to build in all the automation aspects to the tubes also even though I am aways off to actually convert to fully automated mode. So for now I will let these units still operate in the manual mode and work to perfect the control units so I can achieve a major life goal of completion of making my aquatubes smart. During this break I have been working on a number of developments and process improvements and will be blogging about them going forward.
10,000 views surpassed on Instructables June 11, 2011Posted by rik94566 in aquaponic automation, aquaponics, arduino, CAT 5 Cable, Crop, DIY aquaponics, DS18B20, Float Sensor, Float Switch, general, Glow Panel 45, Gravity feed valves, Hacks, indoor aquaponics, indoor gardens, indoor growing, Instructables, LED growing, LED lights, plumbing, POW-Rduino, Rj45 connector, sensor, Sensor Hub, Stainless Steel Temp Probe, Standards, sunshine systems, Suppliers, Temperature Probe, Yield Results.
Tags: aquaponic automation, aquaponics, arduino, arduino sketch, CAT 5 cable, DIY aquaponics, DS18B20, electronics, float sensor, hacks, indoor aquaponics, indoors aquaponics, microcontroller, rik kretzinger, sensor, Temp Probe, Temperature Probe
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I have written 3 instructables over the last 2 years. I have just gone over 10,000 views. Never thought I would every have had that many views with only 3 instructions. Always good to know people are interested in what I am interested in.
Tags: arduino, DIY aquaponics, electronics, rik kretzinger
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If every time you try something new and it works you never learn anything. I knew this from years of doing different things, but the point was made clear again over the last few weeks. Being new to electronics work this is ever so important. Arduinos can do so much and the creativity that this platform allows is unbelievable. Often times I find that what is not said or documented is as important as the final tutorials. In most of the blogs and tutorials I read they only talk about or list the working version of the project. This is fine in most cases, but to trouble shoot a project when it does not work because of some error is helpful for the person doing the project. I think all tutorials and blogs should document the errors and results of wrong connections to help trouble shoot the project or be able to know in the future where to look for problems should the project malfunction. So from now on I am going to talk about my failures and problems I have encountered on my builds. I feel this is important so I and others can understand how to work out of problems and see results that don’t make sense and know how to fix them.
Enclosure for Arduino — order came — Yea February 19, 2011Posted by rik94566 in aquaponics, arduino, DIY aquaponics, general, Standards.
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I ordered what looked to be a good option for moving my arduino boards off the bench top to prototype mode. I was thinking I would have to build some type of enclosure to house boards for my step from bench top to aquaponic control unit. Then this option surfaced.
I ordered it from this site:
Here are the specs on it:
- Dimensions: 3.6″ x 5″ x 1.35″
- Injection molded ABS plastic
- Enclosure is easy to machine, drill, cut and shape to what you need
- Brass screw inserts (can be used and reused many times, very durable!)
- Fits standard Arduinos and 16 x 2 LCDs
- Fits Arduino with Adafruit Protoshield on top with .45″ clearance
- Pop out plates for GPS, buttons, sensors, switches, knobs, etc!
- Holds up to 4 AAA batteries internally using 2xAAA holders. AA’s can squeeze in but the case wont close nicely so we suggest AAA’s
- Comes with screws for the LCD, Arduino and case
- Made in Canada!
NEXT STEP —-
Figure out how to interface the sensors I am building and using with this enclosure via cat5 cable. I have some good ideas though and more to come on how I can do it.
Starting the blog June 2, 2010Posted by rik94566 in general.
Tags: aquaponics, arduino, automation, rik kretzinger
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Welcome to aquaponic DIY automation blog. I have created this blog to track my progress in learning how to automate my aquaponic systems. I have build a number of small systems with the goal from the start to use technology to the fullest in over all control of these systems. There are a number of options in the market place for large systems and at a price point well above most people’s budgets. Most automated aquariums set ups are expensive also and not easy to maintain. This blog will be about how I progress on the different aspects in working with sensors and microcontroller. I will only be using an arduino for this automation. I selected it because there is a lot of information about it and lots of people working with it. Each day new products and sketch examples are indexed on the web. So I hope you enjoy and that we all will learn from each other on this venture. This blog being done by Rik Kretzinger.