Aquarium UPDATE

Aquarium UPDATE


hello everyone here’s the guy with the
snotty voice and today I’m going to show you some updates I did on the aquarium
and building so let’s take a look. So as you can see the design is slightly different
according to all the filters heater sensors etc, I decided to use a back wall
to keep the electronics inside that has a couple of advantages so let’s take a
look inside. There’s quite a lot of things you can find there and let’s
start on the right side what is the filter. The yellow thing is a sponge for
mechanical filtration afterwards the water is passing through the ceramic
rings who the biological filtration where beneficial bacterias can live. After
that the water continues through the charcoal chemical filter and then going
out. Here is the water sterilized with the UV light and continue up. This part
here is 25 watts water heater so you can keep a tropical fish inside. How the
water is rising we can detect that and also measure the temperature if
everything is okay the water pump will pump the water back to the aquarium and
this is happening all the time over and over again. Now let’s talk about the
electronics. The best part having those things in the back wall is I can put a
wide-angle camera in there so we will be able to see your underwater life all the
time anywhere on your phone 24/7 in HD. This brings me to the main brain of this
aquarium. All these sensors and electronics are operated by the small
board here as you may know it’s really popular Raspberry Pi Zero W Linux
board. Thanks to this board you can access your camera through the Wi-Fi and
control all the functions. That’s so good so far but if you know something about
aquariums you may know it’s really important to
run some chemical tests of water and this is where I hit the wall a bit. If
you want to create an aquarium which will be able to analyze the water for
ammonia nitrates, pH etc, it’s possible but then the aquarium will cost
up to 1,500 pounds what’s quite expensive for 20 liter or 5 gallon tank
even if it’s smart one. Another way of testing the water
spectrometry I tried that but again is not even more complicated but also pretty
expensive. Thanks to that I was limited about what
can I do but after I good an idea is it’s this part just right here and let’s say
it’s like a small elevator it’s going up and down when needed and the small chip
just right here is able to recognize an RGB colour spectrum. Do you know these
testing strips right and that’s what we are going to use for the water quality
checks. But you will not need to worry about the coding what each color means
and what you can do about it you just leave the strip into this hole when you
will get a notification on your phone and that’s it. The elevator will activate
check out the colors make the calculations and you can see the results
on your phone understandable and simple. Once done, just pull it out and throw
away. If something will be wrong the app will tell you. Another important
thing is every few months to replace the filter that’s why I designed a really
simple magnetic cover just take it off and replace filter one by one. Once done
snap it back and that’s it. Let’s move up to this part
it’s an RGB light but above it’s an automatic feeder again just take the
magnetic cover off and fill with food from the bottom where is the light
inside, is a small vibration motor will you shake the right daily amount right
to the water. Isn’t this pretty cool and what about the another color option
let’s say black. Ok so now the next step is to build the
prototype and if you want to see that don’t forget to subscribe my channel so
you will not miss any video with progress and if you are interested about
this project don’t be afraid to leave a comment or like on this video and see you next time. you

2 thoughts on “Aquarium UPDATE

  1. I would like to know more about the feeder. If you're planning on using a vibration motor in order to 'shake' food out I feel like the portion size will be very different with each feed. Further more I do not think this will work well with flake foods, granule based foods might be alright? Another consideration to make would be on the food itself. as the tank will be heated evaporation will be a thing, with the feeder opening being right at the top of the tank that area will be quite humid, therefore making the food go a bit mushy and quite possibly getting stuck or blocking the opening to the feeder.

    Going to your water sensor to detect if enough water is in the tank for the pump to work, the sensor works by using water to complete a circuit between the contacts yes? Thus putting a voltage into the water? While I'm sure this will be a low voltage system, would you not be better off using optical sensors instead?

    Finally, the water test reader. I'm guessing this area of the back compartment is dry? So you dip the test strip into the tank then post it in to the reader? While I like the idea behind this, the fact you've got to dip the test strip yourself manually it kind of defeats the purpose of 'auto testing' doesn't it?

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