Can I build a fully automated aquaponics system? More questions than answers…

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Day 1

Aquaponic systems must have power. At the minimum, you need a way to pump water to the top of the system.

The Program

I want to create this program with nodejs because I like javascript. Also, the system doesn’t need to be super fast. I imagine the system will do a couple of things.

  1. React to data.

The Questions

At this point, I have more questions than answers. Here are several of my top questions.

Arduino vs Raspberry Pi

I did look this one up. Arduinos are good for single tasks. Raspberry Pis are good for many tasks.

How do I use peripherals with nodejs?

I need to be able to record the temperature from some thermometer peripheral. How do I do that?


When a power outage happens, what will be my backup and how will it know to turn on?

Aquaponic systems need power and so there needs to be a backup. Secondly, if there is a manual switch to press, how will you know to turn that switch on?


I’m starting to build a fully automated aquaponic system but not all at once.

Software Engineer

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