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USB Aquarium Monitoring System

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Nate_Bro, Nov 15, 2010.

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  1. Nate_Bro


    Nov 15, 2010
    Ok, I have been programming for about 8 years now, in PERL, C++, Python, JAVA, and some others here and there. mostly for office and web based applications, but I have a large aquarium and i need to build a controller system for it. I can buy one, but i want to control every part from a single program (that i am already writing). also i'm a beginner when it comes to hardware and circuits, so bare with me..

    so i just need to get some pointers, and ideas how to start...
    also some online tutorials would also help, i also have a relative that can help with the circuits, he builds amps, and he builds remote control antennas for Traxxas, so he can help with some of the really technical stuff. I would also like to make more for some friends, so its not just a one time build, thanks

    this is what i think i need to do...

    Build a control hub (use one or multiple controllers)
    + there could be 3 to 200 devices run by this system
    + those devices could be anything from:
    -Relays (to turn on Lights, Pumps, heaters)
    -Sensors (Humidity, Temperature, Salinity, PH, Vibrations, Light, Water)
    -and others

    Any input and direction is greatly appreciated.

    It would be cheaper and easier to buy an existing system, but what would be the fun in that :D
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