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PostPosted: May 29th, '15, 23:48 
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Here is my very first aquaponics set up. I experienced some minor challenges at first (fish die-off, nutrient deficiencies), but users on this forum helped me get through them!

As a programmer, I want to automate things as much as possible. I've integrated an Arduino microcontroller into my AP system to achieve this.

Current features:

- Air temperature-controlled fans (gets in the 90's and 100's where I live)
- Fish tank water level monitoring
- Grow bed water level monitoring (to make sure the grow bed is filling and draining properly)
- Home-made motion light (uses a motion sensor, photocell to detect day/night, and mini garden light)
- LED lights to indicate system status (red indicates motion detected or problem with system, green means all is well)

Future features:

- Fish tank water temperature monitoring
- Fish tank pH monitoring
- Camera to automatically take photos each day of plant growth for time lapses.
- Electronic solenoid valve to automatically top off fish tank when water level is below set value
- Hook up to internet so I can monitor from my phone

If anyone would like some assistance automating their garden with an Arduino, you can check out the website im working on - Make It At Home. Will be finishing those tutorials soon, but you can also PM me for help.

Plants:

Cucumber
Zucchini
Green Onions
Habanero
Trinidad Butch Scorpion
Jalapeno
Marconi Pepper
Green Bell
Peppermint
Silver Corn
Basil
Garlic
Strawberries
Yellow Onion
Blueberries

Day 1 (Since Day 1 no more cilantro; added peppermint, garlic, yellow onion, blueberries, trinidad scorpion):

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Current (~ Day 60 - Plants just started fruiting recently as I am an AP noob and didn't know to add certain nutrients):

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This is my "tester" AP system. Have plans for a much bigger and more automated system.

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PostPosted: May 29th, '15, 23:51 
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I will add some pictures of the Arduino/sensors shortly. They are in the back of the grow bed behind all the growth. You used to be able to see them from the front!

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Didn't realize all the plants would fill in so much. Do I need to move the zucchini out?

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Your plants look really good! I'm kind of regretting planting a zucchini in one of my beds. It's making planting anything else in that bed impossible. They get so big and I'm not a big fan of zucchini in the first place. It's great fun planting a variety of plants and watching their life cycles though. I'm more concerned with removing nitrates for the fish than feeding myself at the moment.

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BobbyChowda wrote:
Your plants look really good! I'm kind of regretting planting a zucchini in one of my beds. It's making planting anything else in that bed impossible. They get so big and I'm not a big fan of zucchini in the first place. It's great fun planting a variety of plants and watching their life cycles though. I'm more concerned with removing nitrates for the fish than feeding myself at the moment.


Thanks! Yea I am new to aquaponics and gardening in general.. so I had no idea the zucchini would get so large. Thinking that I might have to move it or something. There's another zucchini in the middle of all that growth too so that's another problem. Doesn't seem like a lot of light is penetrating through the plants at this point, so I'm a little concerned about growth over the next few weeks. We'll see! This is just my tester system.. have plans for a much larger system more like yours :mrgreen:

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