08-07-2016 03:09 PM
I decided to dabble in hydroponics and aquaponics using WeMo Insight switches. For my Hydroponics setup I use a Deep Water Culture setup and my Insight switch controls the LED lighting to set to be on for 14 hours a day. This is a pretty easy setup and plan to use it over the winter. I have successfully grown lettuce, Bok Choy and Spinach in about a month and half. See picture below.
With the WeMo switch off (yes I've been eating my veggies!):
I then decided to use my fish tank water (goldfish, minnows and crayfish) as a way to nourish my plants so I made a mini aquaponics system. My setup is that I pump fish tank water into the top of a planter box. I use Hydroton growth media. This filters the fish water while feeding your plants. I have been successful growing Peace Lilly, Pothos, and an orchid. I have my pump plugged to the WeMo Insight to pump water 6 times a day for 5 minutes each time and this seems to be working out fine. I can leave for a week at the cottage and its all good. Self watering! See picture
For those who have an aquarium, a plant and a timer its really easy, educational and fun to do. My next project is to try hydroponics/aquaponics outdoors and then use IFTT rules and weather conditions to have WeMo control the lights and pumps.
Below are some pictures of the modifications I had to make for the mini aquaponics setup. Basically you just make a hole in the planter box put in a bulkhead and then run a pump line to the top of the planter where it drains through the medium and back into the tank. I had to make a stand out of wood and drilled a hole where the planter drain would go through. I also put LED lights on the bottom of the stand so the fish would have lights.
Picture of the stand:
picture of the underside of stand:
The original canopy had a sheet of glass so I removed this and replaced it with Acrylic sheet (Plexiglass) as I need to drill a hole :
Here is a picture of the pump the WeMo Insight controls:
Here is a picture of the back of the planter with inlet and drip lines:
And of course the WeMo Insight that was used for the project (btw I have WeMo also control my fish tank lights).
11-27-2016 03:08 AM
11-27-2016 11:10 AM
I just have a pump in the fish tank that pumps water into the plants bed and it goes right back into the fish tank. I have it come on 4 times a day. You could try hooking up a WeMo maker to a solonid valve and then attach to your faucet and have it come on for how many minutes you need the plants to be watered. Have a look at this video:
How long are you going away for? A large container of water shouldn't go stangnant that quickly especially if it is not recycled water. You could just put a pump on a timer and run feeder lines to all of your plants that need watering.
11-27-2016 01:40 PM