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I built a DIY temperature controller

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by apastuszak, Mar 22, 2018.

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    InkBird ITC-1000 temperature controller: US$15.99
    Project Box: US$7.99
    Decora grounded outlet: ~US$3.00
    Decora outlet cover: ~US$1.00
    I also needed some wires and wire nuts. Had those lying around the house, so they did not cost me anything.
     
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    Version 2.0 coming using different components:

    Sonoff TH10 Wifi Enabled Switch

    Sonoff DS18B20 Temperature Sensor

    This controller will be "smart." It should work the same as the above controller, but will be able to send me alerts if my temperature goes too low or too high. In theory, if the switch is working, it should never go too high, but if the heater dies, it can go too low. I've had that happen, and didn't realize my tank was too cold for a week. Didn't lose any fish, but just a crappy situation.
     
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    Super nice work and write-up!

    Hmmm.. I could 'borrow' most of those components from the instrument shop at work! ;)
     
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    A lot of those components can be had for cheaper if you buy them on eBay or Ali Express, but you'll be waiting about 2 weeks for them to arrive.
     
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    Thanks. I built both my stands and one is not what we normally see. One of them is against a stair railing and I did not want to see filters and pumps, and hoses, etc. when I used the stairs, so I built an additional back into it. Now I see a nice oak back when on the stairs. I am going to design a way to make this addition and make it look like it was intended to be there--not an addition.
     

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