Bill Posted October 14, 2022 Share Posted October 14, 2022 I haven't been visiting the forum lately, as I have been really busy. Back in this post, I said I was working on a controller: https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/topic/214-neptune-apex-aquarium-control/#comment-19038 And in fact, just completed it the initial version, which is just about to go on the market. I'm a software engineer / architect, and my friend is an electrical engineer. We worked together in the past designing and building standards based Smart Grid control systems. What started out as a side project evolved into full production of a system that is geared towards those with "MTS" (multi-tank syndrome), which aims to be very user friendly. I can't say the product name, but what I specifically want is feature input from anyone who has used controllers like the Apex and Felix, or anyone interested. What features would make a multi-tank system ideal for you? Since I am in control of the system architecture and software development, I will definitely incorporate all valuable suggestions. Some features of existing systems were discussed in this thread: https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/topic/214-neptune-apex-aquarium-control/#comment-1057 These are the current features, and I am looking for any features NOT listed that you'd like to see: You can add as many tanks as you want. Temperature, pH, maintenance, etc will be shown for each tank. Single controller, ethernet or wifi with 8 outlets and sensor ports. You can expand with less expensive 8 or 4 outlet boxes with sensor ports anywhere in your home where you have tanks via wifi. Totally modular, using third party components that can be purchased directly from the manufacturer. Each tank can have pH and temperature probes continually monitored (level detection and flow in future version) High and low temperature and pH values can activate any number of outlets (e.g. turn off the heater if the temperature in Tank 2 is above 80), or turn on the C02 based on pH values). Any number of timers, each controlling any number of outlets. These can be associated with tanks (e.g. timer1 controls the lights for tank one and tank two). Tank maintenance reminders - useful for things done infrequently, like "clean canister filter" every three months. Leak detection with ability to activate outlets (e.g. turn off canister filters). Local audible alarm SMS notifications for high/low values, leaks, or maintenance due (each one can be turned on/off). Backup / restore for all configuration settings (local and cloud). I will mention that support for video cameras with remote viewing is under development. Thanks for any input or suggestions, I'd love to incorporate them! Bill 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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