Valve controllers

Ok, I can do it. Make a controller for the automatic diversion valves (and thus the indexing valves as well.)

valve controller quick bang up prototype

Definitely nothing fancy. Now I have not worked out any elegant way to be able to change the programing in the field so if I made one . . . → Read More: Valve controllers

Automated Diversion Valves

Automated Diversion Valves now available.

Automated diversion valve driving an indexing valve

I am still working on a more elegant way to control these but I have two of them in operational testing on my farm. I do have the valves and actuators available for sale, contact me if interested and I can . . . → Read More: Automated Diversion Valves


Yea, say that ten times fast!

So, a few weeks ago the brains for my automated low pressure valve fried. A bug crawled in and got toasted between a couple transistors in the H-bridge and the smell of burnt electronics ensued. I did manage to get it working again for a day but then it . . . → Read More: pumperflouternating

Indexing Valves for Constant Height in Fish tank

I’ve had a few people ask about doing constant height in Fish tank systems with Aquaponics indexing/sequencing valves lately.

Doing constant height in fish tank (CHIFT) with an indexing valve does require a slight modification of thinking. There are ways to do it but I don’t think I would recommend doing it with only one . . . → Read More: Indexing Valves for Constant Height in Fish tank

300 Gallon system Jan 20, 2011 Video

I thought everyone would like to see the growth of the plants in the 300 gallon aquaponics system over the past 18 days. It’s looking pretty good now that I’ve added some netting to keep the neighbor chickens from eating the seedlings.

I’ve adjusted some things so that the aquaponics system is now operating . . . → Read More: 300 Gallon system Jan 20, 2011 Video

Low Pressure Automated Valve

Valve contraption

Some might ask me how I manage to use an indexing valve on my big system CHIFT PIST set up when my pump runs constantly. Well this might not be the best layout for using an indexing valve but I’m managed to make it work.

valve insides

I designed . . . → Read More: Low Pressure Automated Valve

Indexing Valves

Want to sequence the flow of water into your grow beds to only flood one at a time? Want to avoid extra wiring and control electronics? Then consider an aquaponics indexing valve. All that is needed to operate this valve is a flow of water that starts and stops. If you are already . . . → Read More: Indexing Valves