The Internet Enabled Fishtank

Hello,
I imagine you’re here because you have heard about the internet enabled fishtank, the world’s most advanced taking aquarium.
I made it as a one-off project purely to push my technical skills to the limit and create something awesome. I had a vision and loads of crazy ideas of what I could make it do, some seemed way beyond my level of technical skill. I’m happy to say I proved myself wrong.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. Naturally there’s a few bits I’d like to neaten up or spend more time on, but overall it’s a finished project.

Features

  • Automatic feeding
  • Timed LED lighting
  • Scrolling matrix display
  • Ultrasonic depth monitoring
  • Digital thermometer
  • LCD status display
  • Underwater fish-cam
  • Speaks messages
  • Servo controlled filter and bubbles
  • Web interface allows you to monitor the system and control settings.
  • You can also send text messages to the matrix screen and make it speak your messages

Here’s a video of the fishtank showing off it’s features with it’s demo feature.

Construction
When constructing the project, I took a number of photos along the way. I could have been more consistent with this, but I think I covered the major parts to give you a rough idea of what’s inside.

The thumbnails below detail the build process.
(Click on the thumbnails to see the full image with a description.)

The project contains an Arduino Mega and a Raspberry Pi.
The source code is freely available in the below GIT repository, including the C++ arduino code and the PHP/JS code for the web interface.

Get the source code here

Parts Suppliers
I buy pretty much every electronic every electronic and hardware product from one of the below sites.
I usually start with Amazon/eBay since postage is usually free and you can just pick up a couple of components at a time as and when required. For larger orders, or more specialist stuff, I usually then go to UK electronics shops like Farnell/RS/Rapid. Failing that, Sparkfun and Adafruit are excellent.

If you would like more information on the project, if you’re planning something yourself or if you’d like to feature it in your blog or magazine, please get in touch using my contact form.

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