Aquariums and personal home automation

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Hey, we see you snickering behind the monitors!
Rice does good blood, of course, but not as far as to think of appLetting home automation also to the world of aquariums is necessarily a bad idea, indeed.

Let's start with an important assumption: this focus has no intention of addressing the aquarium theme from the point of view properson and / or functionarynamento. It is indeed a complex world, which foresees a lot culture and experience to get the maximum ... precisely as it happens for the world of personal domotics.

By breaking down an aquarium into its essential elements, it is typically composed of a tank (obviously), water, and then a series of fundamental accessories:

  • a filter;
  • a pump;
  • a heater;
  • a plant thelumination.

The first keeps the water clean from harmful substances, while the second serves to force water into the filter, thus allowing constant circulation and cleaning of the water. The heater and l 'illumination are perhaps less essential in some types of aquarium: in some cases it is essential to guarantee a constant temperature (for example in the case of tropical fish), while thelumination is sometimes necessary to guarantee constant growth and health for aquarium plants (which in turn contribute to the overall health of the miniature ecosystem).

THE HOME AUTOMATION HELPS US

First and foremost, a good idea could be to place gods electric absorption meters upstream of the three elements typically powered by electricity, namely the pump, the heater and the heating systemlumination.

Measuring the absorption is not so useful to realize the consumption itself (usually ridiculous) but to realize if an element is working or not. As sappiamo, it is not very difficult to succeed, at the prohis personal domotics, to deduce the operating status of an appliance (see example away Home Assistant e Sonoff POW): this is fundamental to be able to understand if the electric element is working or not.

Sonoff TH and sensors
Sonoff TH and sensors.

In the case of pump, this monitoring would be useful to be automatically alerted - by notification from home automation - in case of impronotice block of the pump itself. In addition, the absorption sensor can also act as a switch, allowing us as regards the illumination to manage it via home automation (manually or automatically, via schedules). Coupled with a sensor luminosity / UV (like the Broadlink A1 e-Air), it would be possible to automatically activate thelumination only when actually needed.

Other elements like the Sonoff TH-16 / 10 they are instead ideals to obtain - through the use of the watertight probe - the instantaneous water temperature. This opens up a whole series of scenarios, from the possibility of being alerted in the face of exceeding certain thresholds (water too cold or too hot), to provide the temperature trend history in order to better calibrate the profirst plant.

The combination of the electrical absorption measurement and the temperature detection could also help us to be alerted about the eventuality heater failure: a failed absorption and a temperature that drops abnormally could indicate a malfunctionnamento. Crucial, in the case of some types of aquariums.

OTHER

There are also a whole series of additional functionalities that can be easily domotized (using simple technologies such as clean home automation contact or use of infrared, or radio frequency signals): think of the mangers and at dosometric pumps, or the control of the movement pumps, the control of thecarbon dioxide supply and so on. Then the adoption of simple and economic LED strips & controller Wi-Fi it also enables the planning and implementation of interesting lighting effects (sunrise / sunset simulation and much more).

In conclusion, it is always good to keep in mind that - detached from our traditional ones HUB for personal domotics - for Raspberry there are also proad hoc aquarium management jets (As these). Ah: why not place an IP Cam in front of the aquarium to be able to enjoy it even from afar? 😀


La personal home automationtherefore, in the face of minimal expenses it really allows to raise the level of monitoring and management by the profirst aquarium. If you are an aquarium expert but not a home automation expert, where to begin to orient yourself in this world is certainly our brief training course.

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