Arduino - Open source electronic prototyping

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  1. SchyffS

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    Hi Hobyists, DIY and electronic GURUS.

    I have been looking for an inexpensive, flexible hardware and software gadget that i can configure and program to monitor and control my tanks electrical equipment. The purpose is to monitor and control the environmnet and give me freedom of manipulation, data information and ability to take required actions.

    I found this device - Arduino

    Arduino - HomePage

    Im no electrcial nor logics skilled, i am hoping that others are familiar with this piece of device and could provide insight or even start a Arduino thread for making this device usable in our tanks.

    Any interested?

    Arduino playground - HomePage

    Or is this already widely used here at MASA....perhaps im not up to date with the latest.
     
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    There are a couple guys that have been playing around with the Arduino family, they are nice and flexible to use, there is also alot of info and free code around, even for reef controllers. There are a couple of "shields" (customised expansion modules) availible for pH, ORP etc which makes it easier to interface with our tanks.

    A couple of things to remember, this device will be running your tank, you wanna make sure it works as planned with any hiccups, as they could cause serious problems with your tank and livestock.

    On my cell so can't route you to the other threads, but I'm sure if you use the MASA search you will come up with them.
     
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    Have a look at my LED Lighthood Design thread.
    I'm going to be using Arduino

    It has some great shields and anything is possible.
    If you can program C++ you can make the magic happen!

    There are also lots of sample code to help you.
     
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    Just looking at the board makes me dizzy :)
    Im a confessed electronic/software vegetable, LOL, but reading the manual kinda gives me the impression that i can do this, LOL

    So i was hoping that because its simpler more chaps will try it and together perhaps combine efforts to come up with solutions for tank device monitor and controllers.

    Thanks DallasG...i will keep reading
     
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    Hi can you paste the link :blush:
     
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    Yes, there are pros and cons using a tank controller....
    Do you have knowledge of the devices reliability?
     
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    I would say the device itself is very reliable, but it the human factor that can lead to problems, code bugs, hardware interfacing etc. but if done properly it should be fine.

    The arduino is really meant to be a Dev board (development), so is general layout etc is designed to make the developers life easy. I would prefer to Dev the application hardware/software on the ardiuno and then construct a "specific" made board for the application.
     
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    SchyffS Thread Starter Reef Aquarist

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    But i can see that this is not very affordable for just mesn around with wires and transistors...
    We all want rolls royces but...

    So both devices are used in developement and research, to create a system and then fine tune it, ok, very handy.

    I am clearly out of my depth when it comes to electronic/logic systems, gona stick to good old basics and keep the electronic gadgets to a minimum before i accidentally invent laser abtasia zappers :thumbup:

    Thanx for all the feedback.
     
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