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10,000 views surpassed on Instructables June 11, 2011

Posted 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.
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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.

Passed 10,000 views


Make:SF — Featured Speaker at the Meeting on Aquaponics March 5, 2011

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I was asked by Make:SF to talk about aquaponic automation.  I have now developed a desk top unit to test all the sensors and arduino controllers.  The meeting will be held Tuesday March 8th in San Francisco.  I will have a working demo of the auto cycle of my controller working all phases of the aquaponic unit.  This will be a first for me as I have just completed the arduino sketch to handle the auto mode of the controller.





POW-Rduino revisited October 24, 2010

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A year ago I create a project for an Instructables contest using an Arduino.  I came up with the POW-Rduino.  I would use it to test my prototypes and arduino sketches.  At the time I based my design on the work done by Luke Iseman’s “The Garduino – Garden Controller”.  He build a relay to control the water pump in his system.  I wanted to duplicate his project so I could learn how to use relays and develop sketches for the arduino for my projects.  So my first project was the POW-Rduino:


The performance of the unit was not good.  So I moved the POW-Rduino to the do later projects box.

First of the year (2010) I found what looked like a relay that would be able to replace the weakest  part of my unit.


I had a hard time understanding how the thing worked.  So I wrote an instructable about it:


What I learned on this project was very helpful and allowed me to re-construct the POW-Rduino with the new relay brick and the unit performs each and every time on a consistent basis.

Here is thedifference in the  relays:

Difference in relays











Next came the re-design of the front panel.  The new relay had a signal connection for each relay.  So I had to make room for this item in the design on the front panel.

NEW vs OLD design