Aquaponics is a sustainable farming method that combines the techniques of hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) and aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in tanks) in a symbiotic environment. In an aquaponic system the waste produced by the fish provides the plants the nutrients they need to survive and grow. Ultimately, aquaponics is a food production system that provides you with pesticide free fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious, high protein fresh water fish. In addition, aquaponics system uses 10% of water used in traditional farming, has small footprint and is ideal for gardening in an urban setting.
In this project, you will learn how to build a small aquaponic system and automate it with myRIO. You will learn about flow meters, pH, ultrasonic and digital temperature sensors, as well as principles of signal conditioning and closed loop control.