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Online monitoring of aquaponic systems

“Agriculture looks different today – our farmers are using GPS and you can monitor your irrigation systems over the Internet.”

Debbie Stabenow

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There is no off the shelf system

Have you ever tried to leave your system unattended for an extended amount of time? ever tried to install online monitoring systems for your aquaponics? If so, you will know that it is difficult because there is not a one fix solution for your needs when it comes to get your support system to send you information online.

So what do you do? Many people have found success by using expensive diy systems they put together. But there are a few things you should know before you buy and implement a online system to ensure you get your daily and emergency updates. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you avoid the common problems that others have faced that will let you successfully build a system to update you as necessary.

Programmable logic controller in aquaponics

How should a life suport system read out

Whats the vitals?

  • pH
    last feed time
    Last feed amount
  • If you are looking for a independent system that keeps constant records of the operating parameters yet is intelligent enough to know when to contact you, the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you keep constant information in a format that you can look back at and quickly decipher relationships between parameters then use that information going forwarded is by looking for these things:

    Make sure your information readout is compact so it can travel the internet cheaply and store chilly as well and that it stays simple and also shows the relationship with time. If it doesn’t, you will have trouble seeing long and short term trends and even seasonal changes.

    Original online monitoring of pH and ppm of aquaponic machine

    Features you must have

    Ensure your monitoring system has a way to change how the information digitally is collected stored and displayed without having to change the base code so you can change up how the information is displayed and recorded to suite yourself and also when investigating trends between parameters of your choices This is important because when managing the differences in ecosystems spotting trends and investigating them are difficult this will be a big help.

    While not necessary, some great bonus features of a great read out format are colour coded graphs instead of numbers, instant sending of the information on request, sorting by date and other parameters automatically.

    Now that you know what an online monitoring system is about and what it should do, you are ready to build your own without worrying about overspending or doing too much coding.