Full tank control system and multi tank filter, your opinion? Question

  1. Charles Wagner

    Charles Wagner Initiate Member

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    I have been looking for a new electronics side project for a while, I design electronics for a living and have been constantly looking for a way to hook up multiple tanks easy to one big filter. I have yet to see anything. Here is what I am thinking:

    1 - Electronic Valves and flow sensors controlled and monitored by a micro controller so the water comming in is the same as the water going to the filter

    2 - A water level check to monitor the water level so if the valves or flow sensors are failing it will over ride those readings and keep the water between those 2 points (or if it is slightly off)

    3 - Since we are adding inteligence might as well make it monitor the tempature and report it to a LCD screen, and control a backup heater or even controll the main heater

    4 - Monitor what ever water propertys it can without hugly expensive sencors

    5 - Keeps track of time, so you can program a timmer for the lighting, and controlls LED hoods so it can dim as the daylight dims, either threw sensing the outside light threw a sensor or simply via time

    6 - Keeps track of days left before a water change is needed (soaly time based)

    Before I have everyone jump down my neck, this would be tested and developed on an empty 10 gallon tank I have with no fish in it.

    While I CAN do all this, It would take a large block of time (being a full time engineer and a full time business owner time is expensive and rare) to create, and pricy for parts since its all hand made. I do not want to go threw the hassle untill I get feedback on what everyone would think of a system like this.

    What does everyone think of a system like this?
     

  2. Claire Bear

    Claire Bear Well Known Member Member

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    If this is something you can do, by all means do it! :)
    I would do this for myself if I could but I have no experience with building such as this! Sounds awesome!
     

  3. matsungit

    matsungit Well Known Member Member

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    How about just a single tank with an automatic water changer with automated mixing reservoirs?
     
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    Charles Wagner

    Charles Wagner Initiate Member

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    would be easy to add, the water changer it think would have to be under gravel filters.. as far as the mixing part that is easy. just use a bucket and some parametric pumps (parametric so we can control amount that goes in)

    I am going to end up building it in pieces, so il build the thermometer part only, then add the water flow controls, and so on.
     

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