BeagleBone Black Fully Automated Planted Tank
source code: https://github.com/nayrnet/bbnode-aquariumCurrent:
I was going to wait until I was farther along, but I figured with all the work I am about to do it might be best to just start from the beginning.
Not alot of high tech planted cold water (ie room temp) tanks out there, well at least there not as popular as tropical planted tanks.
Some history you can skip:
Here is my stocks:I am working backwards here trying to make the best out of what I started with, ~3 years ago my wife bought our newborn son a small pair of fancy goldfish and a young bristlenose which lived in a little 5 gallon until I realized what a mistake that was.. (9 months it took me to do a google search, wtf!?)
Before this I never kept any fish, but my wife always kept a Beta around.. When I realized we needed a bigger tank asap, I pulled a used 55G off craigslist, built a canopy and stained it espresso to match the furniture and epoxied it to make it easy to clean. I carefully applied a layer of privacy film from lowes for the background.
Long story short its a few years later, I tried growing plants with the cheap fluro's I got with the tank and had no success.. anything that could live in the low light got decimated by the goldfish before they could barely get established.. Onions were about the only thing they left alone, but eventfully they got bored and kept yanking them out.
The goldfish are not going anywhere, even my mom calls them her grandkids.. so I am working with the situation because these fish will probably outlive us all... Our house rescues pets; abandoning them was never an option.
SwordTails are blood red high-fins, totally stunning.
Restocked minnows recently, got some young females ready to mate.. driving the guys crazy.. need plants asap.
Goldfish are Calico Fantail and Ranchu
The bristlenose really should be in much warmer water, but he is a tough bugger and dont seem to mind it at all.. he is much smaller than the goldfish and will bully them away from food.
Everyone seems to get along great, the goldfish are big enough to eat a minnow but they never have (to my knowledge) and there too slow to have a chance. The swordtails are not as tropical as people think and they are thriving at room temps.. at first they were intimidated by the larger goldfish, sometimes freaking out of they thought they were cornered but they determined they weren't a threat and chilled out.
Current Setup freshly landscaped, been operating for well over a year like this:
This is my Manzanita stump I have soaking currently, its taller than my tank and will be trimmed to fit. roughly 22"Tx14W"x4.5"D
Here is what I am gathering up to push forward:
- BuildMyLED 48" Dutch MC Series Light
- BeagleBoneBlack Running ArchLinux ARM
- PWM to 0-10v BBB cape from weblightingcontroller.com
- GLA Regulator w/co2 tank in basement
- 20" DIY Cerges Co2 Reactor
- Auto Fill/Drain System hooked to 55g RO Drum in basement
- Driftwood and nice rocks
- 18W+ UV Filter
- Sonin Water Alarm
- Atlas Scientific pH Circuitry
- Anubias Minima
- Anubias Barteri Gold
- Java Fern
- Narrowleaf Micro Sword
- Radican sword plant
Goals for Automation Are:
- Networked to my primary Home Automation Controller
- 3 Independent Lighting Channels
- Realtime Temperature & PH Monitoring
- Topoff and Drain capabilities
- Control over Canister/UV Filter/co2/airpump/etc
- Flood/Leak Alarm w/SMS Notification
- Nutrient Dosing
- Webcam for monitoring while away.
I am a software and network engineer, and I already have an automated hydroponics garden using the same tech.. I use an opensource controller called Domoticz for my home automation, it supports network slaves which will let me run slave instance at the aquarium to interface with the IO.
here is a screenshot of my controller: https://www.dropbox.com/s/imu09o199216tgb/Screenshot 2015-03-31 15.30.21.png?dl=0