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Automation and Remote Monitoring

Designs, Experiences, and Ideas for automating an AP greenhouse.

Alerts, Webcams, Temperature, Ventilation, PH, Logging, Graphing, Triggered Responses, Notifications, Remote Control, etc...

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Latest Activity: Sep 18, 2018

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arduino -- Aquaponic automation development

Started by Rik Kretzinger. Last reply by David Leithauser Mar 27, 2017. 46 Replies

arduino's have a future in aquaponics in my mind.  Not many people talking about their use of arduino's and aquaponics.  Windowfarm groups are much more active with arduino's and control of systems. …Continue

Tags: feed, valve, relays, gravity, control

Automatic Fish Feeder Went Online Today

Started by Jim Fisk. Last reply by Alan Feb 3, 2015. 31 Replies

Well this could be considered a banner day around here as the Trout will be so happy to get their meals on time. I only have around 40 Trout divided between two 330 gal ibcs so I only needed 2…Continue

smart aquaponics

Started by eric maundu. Last reply by Michael M. Moore Apr 18, 2013. 5 Replies

after years of killing fish, we are excited to reveal our first smart aquaponics controller v1.this is basically 10+ years of aquaponics experience in a microchip.…Continue

Aquaponics sensor network project in need of help...

Started by Shaun Mavronicolas. Last reply by Shaun Mavronicolas Mar 29, 2013. 6 Replies

This was posted to the group initially but I felt it would be better suited to have a place for discussion here. I do apologize for double posting this, I should have posted this here at the outset…Continue

Tags: network, sensor, XBEE, FIO, arduino

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Comment by Rik Kretzinger on August 15, 2012 at 2:51pm

Here is some very interesting technology that is just now hitting the market.  pH and DO are talked about starting at  time 1:26 of the You Tube footage.

Here is the full detail on the Kickstarter project they are doing.  Have presently surpassed all goals and has lots of interest.

Comment by Eric Warwick on July 24, 2012 at 2:13pm

David, join the crowd (though I'm a geek-nerd hybrid).

Comment by David on July 24, 2012 at 1:58pm

I just saw this group and being a geek had to join! 

Comment by Rik Kretzinger on May 31, 2012 at 9:57pm

John - I buy almost all my stuff them.  Terry the owner is very easy to reach should you have any questions.


Comment by John Malone on May 31, 2012 at 9:17am

I'm about to dive in to the wonderful world of Arduino.  

Does anyone here have any experience with the YourDuino range of products.  I'm looking at the Low-Cost Starter Kit as a launching pad for experimentation.  

I'm an IT guy/programmer by trade so coding the device shouldn't be a problem.

Comment by Pices on May 31, 2012 at 7:34am

Looks interesting Tim.

Comment by tim eden on May 30, 2012 at 3:15pm

Eden AquaPonics, Inc, located in San Diego, CA, is introducing its MACC (Monitoring and Control Console) soon. It is a fully automated system, with a touch screen interface, and is comprised entirely of industrial grade automation components. The MACC has five major components: Programmable Logic Controller; HMI (Human Machine Interface); Input Sensors; Secondary High Current Relays; and a Power Supply.
The PLC is as basic as you need, or it is expandable to support an entire commercial growing operation. If an internet connection is provided, you have FULL remote visibility and control of all processes that are running in the unit.
Standard information for the aquaponics environment includes (but is not limited to):
Greenhouse, system water and exterior temperature.
System water level, system air supply and pump operations.
pH, DO readings for multiple tanks and configurations.
Current task running and manual control of processes if desired.
Statistical data on anything you want to graph or display.
For automating a single grow bed or an entire commercial growing opertion, the MACC is your answer. We build each system to suit your needs with the same components that industry around the world relies upon every day. Detailed information on this unit will be available on our website within the next week. Visit us at  

Comment by claude saunders on December 11, 2011 at 10:47am

Hey, I'm so glad someone pointed me to this group (thanks Vlad!). My fulltime job is a controls software engineer, so I thought I would try and combine that with my home aquaponics system. And maybe somehow turn that into a second career if larger scale aquaponics production takes off.

At any rate, I'm going the PLC route, and using an open-source SCADA system called EPICS ( that can talk to PLCs (among other things). Cost-wise, this is a used laptop on ebay ($125), a used Koyo DirectNet 06 PLC on ebay ($145) with some digital/relay/analog-IO in it. The main cost will just be sensors and actuators (and labor!!). This group is giving me some good pointers to sensors. For power control, I was going to try a Furman MP-15, which is a remote relay-controllable 110V outlet.

Comment by Rik Kretzinger on November 29, 2011 at 5:36pm

This look interesting.  Reading the reviews on it and a visit to their web site,  talks about additional sensors for testing elements in the future. 


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Comment by Manross on November 25, 2011 at 11:41pm

OK, so I have had a few requests for more information on RelayMan.

Here is a picture of it, should be available starting in January 2012.

This board will come with 64 inputs and 16 relays (outputs).

The board gets connected to a laptop or pc via usb.
You can create your own logic to monitor and compare inputs and turn outputs on or off through a series of pull downs and prompts.


We are currently building a 1/16th scale model for using RelayMan to control the heating and cooling of a fish tank and the water in the grow beds.


I will post more as time goes on.



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