Make Magazine – digital release of vol 47 — September 22, 2015Posted by rik94566 in DIY aquaponics, internet of farming, rik kretzinger, rik94566.
Tags: aquaponic automation, aquaponics, Make:SF, rik, rik kretzinger
I learned that Make Magazine vol 47 is now on-line.
So here is the link for review:
It is my understanding that the Projects pages link has not been activated as yet. This is where details of the build can be found.
Arduino Sketches are found there as well.
But understand it is only starting code that will be added to and developed as time goes on. Right now the UNO sketches only handles a timer functionality. As people build the Gardens and report back their code updates I will be posting them here for all of us to learn from.
There is also a IoT Sketch using the code generated by Temboo that sends a SMS message system that again is starting code.
I have to point out that I DO NOT support the sketches from a technical perspective they are purely for reference and a starting point for people to use and develop on there own. As I build out the interface on the project I will be posting code and sketches that work and would be of interest to the readers of this BLOG.
Also I have released some Instructables that support the article from a build perspective. More are to come as they are developed or change made in the design of the Balcony Garden.
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First article published in Make Magazine vol. 47
DIY aquaponic Balcony Garden — my copy came today!
Make sure and read it!
Temboo — aquaponic “HELLO WORLD” equivalent June 1, 2015Posted by rik94566 in agponics.com, aquaponic automation, aquaponics, aquaponics electronics, Balcony aquaponics, internet of farming, Internet-of-Farming, rik94566.
Tags: agponics, aquaponics, automation, balcony aquaponics, Controlled Environment Agriculture, DIY aquaponics, rik kretzinger, sensor, Temboo
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With the help of Temboo – my aquaponic Balcony Unit generated its first TEXT Message:
aquaponic Balcony Unit grow bed now filling.
Technology is complicated — May 8, 2015Posted by rik94566 in Controlled Environment Agriculture, DIY aquaponics, Electronic Componets, indoor aquaponics, IoT aquaponics, Temperature Probe.
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I say this because I will be displaying my aquaponic – IoT – Balcony Unit at Maker Faire next week in San Mateo. To accomplish the IoT part of the build I have to use technology that allows for internet communication thus IoT! Well there are many options available to accomplish this task – some not so easy and others not enough features to be effective for this project.
So my choice in this case is the Arduino YUN —
I made this choice because I had one (but had not used it as yet) and the fact that documentation on it is easy to find. The other fact is that Temboo www.temboo.com uses the YUN as one of its options for their solution to the Internet of Things and I am working with them on this open source project so many others will be able to get up and running in short order and have simpler options to add additional capability based on the persons needs and I will not have to supply the customer support for any aspect of the code other than give everyone a stating point.
WELL – that is where things got interesting.
Had to work through getting the YUN on the network of choice. Not a big deal but it took some time and many attempts to get it dialed in because the Arduino instructions tell you to go to arduino.local to find the individual unit. Well this only works about 60% of the time. So the solution is to use the IP address of 192.168.24.1 now I could configure the thing to my liking. Once configured it would not show up in the Arduino IDE at all. Major issue for me as I had no idea if the unit configured or not. I finally when on to my wireless router to see if the board was being recognized. Had to dig out all the USER ID and PASSWORD info and then work through all the menus to determine what in fact was connected to the router. There is was — YEA
Now I had to research out why it was not listed as a port option in my Arduino IDE. Well after some time and deep research I found that Arduino IDE only works some times for the YUN on wireless. So the uploading from Arudino IDE to the board is not an option as most of the YouTube videos demonstrate quite well. This becomes an issue because I found out that as configured the YUN does not have enough on board memory, so a SD card is needed.
Using an SD card with the YUN requires that the card be format using the YUN. To do that you need to know that the YUN is connected to the internet and working properly which is very hard to know if it is or not.
So once you know the YUN is connected and you have it connected through cable to your computer you need a file called ” YunDiskSpaceExpander” found on the Arduino site. Once uploaded you access it through the Serial Monitor of the Arduino IDE. If all goes well you answer a bunch of cryptic questions and bingo the thing kicks off. Once do you have a formated YUN SD enabled board.
Now I am ready for the real fun stuff to generate code to be used through Temboo so I will have “Streaming Data” and text messaging in short order – lets hope!
The good news in all of this is that I will be documenting all of this for the instructions to the Balcony unit for all to use and save anyone interested in building one or gets a kit from me that will be up and running in short order.
See you all at Maker Faire next Saturday if you make it there!
aquaponic- IoT device — Balcony Garden March 10, 2015Posted by rik94566 in aquaponic automation, aquaponics, Balcony aquaponics, Controlled Environment Agriculture, DS18B20.
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BALCONY AQUAPONIC GARDEN – IoT READY- DIY or purchase materials locally and build — by rik kretzinger
TOWER SYSTEM – set-up at Maker Faire 2014 May 22, 2014Posted by rik94566 in adafruit, agponics.com, arduino, DIY aquaponics, DS18B20, Electronic Componets, indoor aquaponics, indoor gardens, indoor growing, Internet-of-Farming, IoT aquaponics, One-wire, Raspberry PI, Tower System, Tower Tubes.
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Very few displays achieve 3 EDITOR CHOICE AWARDS —
Media Question – asked on youtube video comment section March 1, 2014Posted by rik94566 in agponics.com, aquaponic automation, aquaponics, DIY aquaponics, Internet-of-Farming, IoT aquaponics.
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Here is a question that was asked:
Pass through PORT – on agponic-MD February 3, 2014Posted by rik94566 in agponic MD, agponicMD, agponics.com, aquaponic automation, aquaponics, aquaponics electronics, DIY aquaponics, indoor aquaponics, Internet-of-Farming, IoT aquaponics, Rj45 connector.
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One design feature on the agponicMD unit is the “pass through port”.
This is a tube that runs from the top of the grow bed and in front of the RJ-45 top junction connection box and then down into water tank or fish tank.
This ‘Pass through port” actually has 3 functions:
First Function — is to allow the unit water tank or fish tank (if you have fish in it) to be filled with having to open the unit up.
Second Function — allow for your fish to be feed if you chose to add fish to the unit. I like Cory cats myself in it Green Emerald’s add a nice color contrast .
Third Function — Really the main reason I needed one. Being that these containers are sealed when fully locked down air cannot get into the bottom tank. This causes a problem with the drain valve. Water tank container will not allow draining from the grow bed container as a air is source needed to unlock the inside pressure of the closed container.
I did a youtube video on the subject. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odFwA7KqAJ0
Re-Design of agponic-MD January 29, 2014Posted by rik94566 in agponic MD, agponicMD, agponics.com, aquaponic automation, aquaponics, aquaponics electronics, DS18B20, Float Sensor, Float Switch, indoor aquaponics, IoT aquaponics, One-wire.
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After much thinking about how I could improve the desktop aquaponic automation simulator called agponic-MD (micro-device) I built a new one. It helps to have people that wanted to purchase a few of them. So I got busy and made it a bit larger with expansion capability for future components like a 12V backup system and additional sensors to learn how to automate. Here is the feature set for the re-designed agponic-MD.
Fully valved for water movement and control
Large grow bed and tank configuration
4 – water level control sensors
1 – RH and temp internal probe
3 – temp probes (grow bed / water tank / outside)
1 – water flow sensor
1 – pH probe and connectors
1 – DO or additional probe expansion options for future growth of unit
1 – controllable drain port
1 – grow bed media package to fit grow bed (comes from an established grow bed – so bacteria included)
1 – Container of starter water from an active system ( should you like to cycle the system)
1 – outside tank temp indicator
1 – Heater for tank water
1 – Air pump and stone
Over flow configuration to prevent spillage in grow bed