So I've been trying to figure out how to put an alarm into the system that will detect flow. So if a pump ever fails the system will react properly and alert me.
Found these flow switches.
It's a got a little electrical contact switch that closes at 14gpm and opens back up at 6gpm or less. This can be wired into the Apex controller to see when the switch opens and closes and it can send me a text/email and if it is on the chiller/UV circuit it can turn off the equipment as well to keep anything from getting damaged.
God I'm such a sucker for great wire management. It always drove my wife nuts that I would spend an entire Saturday with zip-ties and double sided tape tidying up the wires all over the house. Then we had kids and there wasn't a single wire for them to play with and pull. All the sudden my skills are appreciated!
Starting final install of lighting system. Sorry for the pink pics, using the magenta stunner strips as temporary work lights. I plan on mounting some 12" stunner strips in just straight 12k or 8k white dimmed to 5% for night lights, these will also serve as canopy lights at 100% triggered by a switch that the APEX will see when the door opens
While I'm waiting on some paint to dry lets talk venting. That is next on the list.
There was a gas fireplace that I took out where my plumbing is going through the walls. It's "chimney" vent was left in place to be reused as an aquarium vent. so the real hard part of running it through the attic and out the roof is done.
I will route a 6" duct through the walls just over the water plumbing that will come out under the aquarium. There is a 2" gap behind the aquarium and the back wall that will be used as an air channel. Small computer fans will draw air in from the top and circulate air down the back of the aquarium where it will be picked up by the vent ducting and exhausted.
The whole system will be monitored by the Apex and turned on and off and speed of the main exhaust fan will be variable controlled by the Apex as well.
Simple switch home thermostats and humidistats will give me set it and forget it control of canopy temps and humidity.