Arduino based aquaponics controler

Hi guys,  im new to the arduino world but im really enjoying getting to know it. i have a small aquaponics setup and i would like to build a arduino controller so i can see whats going on there. such as water temperature, pump, eventually i want to add automatic feeding PH levels. my water pump is a DC 1000 gal and hour pump, i usually leave it running and i would like to be able to run it on and off as needed also i want to divert the same pump thru DC solenoids to water my beds.  so any help would be greatly appreciated.  

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help with my arduino project

I'm trying to setup my home aquaponics automation and im very new to this. i followed instructions on how to setup me water temperature sensor with LCD display and that's working beautifully. Now i want to add code lines for low temperature to activate a relay and high temperature turn off the relay. my relay is on digital 8 here's my code so far its the 3rd and 4th attachments i'm trying to add variables to turn on and off a relay on digital pin 8 and i just dont know how to write it. can anyone give me some help with this. heres my code so far: see attached code

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Ram pump without water spill? Answered

Hi guys. Love this site. This is my first Question in this forum so I hope someone will help me find a solution. I'm currently experimenting with aquaponics. I want to build my own indoor frindly system and been looking at all sorts of efficent ways to do this without using any external power. So I stumbbled upon the Ram Pump.  Now this is my problem. All Ram pumps seem to dispose a small portion of water to the enviorment. If i want to use this kind of pump inside, it cant do that witout some way to get that water back to the system in some kind of way.  Is their anyone that know of some kind of solution for this? It's not so great to have water all over the floor. Tnx in advance! Peace, Love and Aquaponics!

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Vaulted Dome Aquaponics Greenhouse Design

What do you think about this greenhouse design? It is for an aquaponics system. 192 sq ft so no permit is required in many areas. 9ft tall by 16ft wide, vaulted dome with center support for strong snow holding ability (snow should mostly slide off the vaulted dome anyway). Do you think people would want this in their yard if I offered to sell it to them?

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hydroponics and aquaponics article? abouth 2 3 years old?

Before my computer went south i had an article where this group built a sustainabe hydroponic and aquaculter in an african country it showed how they made a hydroponic and aquaponic for the local people   I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE WAS SAFE BUT COMPUTER THOUGHT OTHERWISE   i would like to return to the site if anyone has the adress on their computer  [they grew vegetables fruit and fish in an enclosed green house  they used plastic barrels   cut in half   to grow veggies in    thank you   toni  [afpuli2002@yahoo.com]

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Peeponics doggy urine nutrient cycle system

Hi, I have a dog at home who uses a litter tray. It's basically a large plastic water run off tray with some AstroTurf. Currently, I have a pump that draws off liquids and deposits them into an empty soda bottle, which I flush down the toilet. But I was wondering if there is an easy way to convert the urine into nitrates which I could use in an aquaponics, or peeponics, system? Possibly using an attractive under water garden in a 25 gallon fish tank?

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No Electricity and No Stream; How Can I Move Water From Well?

I have raw land, in a State Park, which has no access to electricity or running water (stream or otherwise).  I am trying to build an aquaponics farm, however I don't have access to electricity for a well to deliver water to the system, or to the air pumps for aeration.  Any advise?  I need to know how to get water out of the well, and how to aerate the water for the fish and plants, without electricity.  I looked into Solar PV and wind turbines, and they are out of my budget. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Update *03/08/13* Thank you all for the wonderful help and suggestions.  I am going to try several of these to determine the best fit.  Also, please keep the suggestions coming, I will continue testing methods, even after setup.

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hydro contest entry

Hello, I am trying to enter a instructable in the hydroponics/ indoor gardening contest, and it has been accepted into the manly crafts contest, but not yet the hydroponics/ indoor gardening one. is there anything I can change to get it into that specific contest? it is a addition to our indoor aquaponics system, and I think it will fit very well into this contest!

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Trout Fry or Live eggs

I'm looking for a place to purchase trout Fry or live eggs to start my own trout for a small aquaponic set up. I have to 275gallon IBC to put the fishies in. FYI i am on the central coast of Califorina. looking for small batches, all the stuff i find online is looking for 1k eggs way to many. Unless I can salt them make caviar. Thanks all

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pumping water without electricity?

So I want to build an aquaponics system, because they're awesome, but I need a way to move water about 6' verticaly. I dont have elctricity where I want to put it, and there's not going to be. The water needs to be moved from the bottom of the fish tank, to the top of a resivoir tank. I want to buy the least amount of stuff possible for thisproject, so I could use some help:D

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Low pressure pneumatic grid (1 to 4 psi) to use small wind, small hydro and small solar power?

I have used low pressure air and a simple "airlift pump"  to cycle water around a "pallet  Garden" since August.  This meant that very little water was being used but the plants were growing really well.   the air comes from an aquarium bubble pump and it is about 1 psi.  The pallet garden is almost 20 ft from the little bubble pump.   Recently I decided to do something similar in my greenhouse, but it is 120 ft from the little pump and there is no electrical socket close.  So reluctantly I bought another 120 ft of 1/4 inch tubing to send the air to the greenhouse.  I didn't expect it to work at that distance.  But it is working great. Why not use air instead of electricity to move the energy from "toy" windmills in gardens? Or from low head small water power?  I bet anyone could make a compressor to make 1 PSI.  It is orders of magnitude easier than making a direct water pump or converting the energy to electrical and then back again in a pump.  An airlift pump is just a vertical tube in the water.    How simple is that!   and it is darn cheap too.  You can use this for pumping water (Highest I ever got was 18 ft with 1 psi) or just bubbling air into a fishpond or to actually move the water in small water features.   Or of course in the pallet garden or in aquaponics.  And even thought this energy is useful at that scale it can never ever be made worthwhile to share it electrically.  But maybe your grid could extend to your neighbours garden too?  You could have an interconnector if you or they have a bit of excess pneumatic power!

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