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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-14-2019, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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REEF PI, The DIY Raspberry Pi Aquarium controller

Has anyone heard of Reef Pi? Its a DIY aquarium controller that uses a raspberry pi, is modular and can monitor and control many aspects of your aquarium. The project author, Ranjib Dey has put together a pretty comprehensive fairly easy to build controller, with a huge thread on the DIY section on the Reef2reef forums.
It has a web interface, power controller module for 120v outlets, temperature monitoring and control, lighting PWM contol, ph monitoring, auto top off module and doser control.
I am in the process of building one myself for my 75 gallon planted, and so far its working great. I will post a build thread here if there is any interest.
To learn more go here and there are guides to get started on a build

https://learn.adafruit.com/reef-pi-i...-configuration

All the guides for the modules are listed here:

https://learn.adafruit.com/users/ranjib
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I will post a build thread here if there is any interest.
I would be very interested in seeing where this goes!
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I would be interested in a build thread for this. I am heavy into home automation and have set up a few things on my aquariums, but this is quite intriguing!



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Ok, in the midst of the build now, but will post a thread outlining what steps I did to build and progress. And some pics of course.

As of right now, raspberry pi zero w is controlling 8 power outlets, and I have 3 temp sensors, 2 of them in tank controlling 2 heaters, one monitoring ambiemt air temp. As I said, its modular...and my next part of the build will be PWM control of 2 beamswork DA Fspec 48 inch. The pwm control reef pi offers is similar to a tc420 but you can have 16 or more channels of control.
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Yup, you have my interest. I am running a DA FSPEC and a DHL 1W and have on/off functionality only.

Should be fun to ow along and learn what you are doing!



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Interesting. Following!
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Boy, I say boy... what is this reef pi controller you speak of? Lol

I'm fairly sure it will take off here just as it has on R2R!
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very cool. i'd love to see where this goes as I really want to have it fully automated in a future tank set up. now if only someone would come up with an automated little submarine that goes through the tank, recognizes a plant and trims it accordingly to desired preconfigured levels, then collects all the trimmings in one corner of the tank for easy removal. yea, i know i'm dreaming... but what if..
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I would be very interested in seeing where this goes!
Yeah MG I thought you might!
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Yeah MG I thought you might!
I avoid reef2reef but visit reef central plenty.
Many aquarium controllers over the years are there.
And I've watched @ least a 100 youtube videos.
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Well I will just start posting about my build right here. To start, I had to decide what I wanted to do with the controller, it being modular. My plan is to use reef pi to control outlets to my 3 canisters(soon to be a 40 breeder sump), my 2 heaters, and my 2 led fixtures. When I finish and install my sump, I want to use the ATO features as a failsafe for my return pump because this tank is established and I am going with a HOB overflow because I cant drill.
Eventually I want to monitor pH and maybe even fiddle with doser pumps. Reef pi can do that.

In short my build is going to be:
1. A power controller to control 8 seperate outlets via an 8 channel relay.
2. 3 temperature sensors
3. Pwm control of 2 beamswork DA fspec lights, each has a blue channel and a white/green/red channel. So 4 channels of PWM dimming.
4. 2 ATO sensors for water level.
5. A ph probe

How much will this cost. This can be put together fairly easily for about $100 without the ph monitoring. Ph monitoring will add another 70 to it.
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I've got a R Pi stuffed away in a drawer I'm not using right now. Subscribed.

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Subscribed! This is right up my alley. Like that they are using I2C for the pH transmitter.

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I really want to see where this goes. I have been debating diving into a Arduino or Raspberry project. It seems a bit overwhelming, but I could definitely get into automating everything. I am all about automating.
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Could you please include your build process in this forum, I was considering using JayFish Aquarium Management with the ATO water top off option. Are you going to be making any changes specific to your build?

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