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Controlling Water Pump:
One of the crucial parts of a Hydroponic/Aeroponic system is the cycling of water in periodic intervals. A water pump is used to cycle the water. The controller should be able to switch the motor on at regular intervals and keep it on for a preconfigured period, for example the motor should run every 30 mins for a period of 3 mins. This settings can be configured from the mobile application.
In Aeroponic/Hydroponic the fertilizers (called as nutrients) are mixed into the water. Normally we would need to add it manually, the system however uses two dosage pumps to add nutrients which can be triggered in one of two ways, either via the mobile app or by manually pressing a button. Through the mobile app, we can specify the ratio in ml of nutrients to water for the mixture.
Use a small wave maker to mix the nutrients while adding it.
Maintain Reservoir Water Level:
It is important that you don’t let the water pump run dry as this will pretty much guaranty you have to buy a new one. For this reasoning I have used water level sensors in the latest version to monitor the water level. The system uses a solenoid valve, which is connected to a water source. When the water level drops below a certain level, the valve is activated and starts filling the reservoir. Once the water reaches a certain level, the valve is turned off again.