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PostPosted: May 24th, '16, 00:44 
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It is a jungle in there. We need to trim them more and they are hitting the roof. I need to redirect them to grow at a lower height.
But they are very productive.

The temperature is being regulated by the auto vents very well. I have to do nothing at all. It is keeping cooler than the outside temp during the day so far and warm at night.

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Jealous of that massive tomato plant, I bet they taste way better than the storebought tomatoes.

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I finally had some time to trim them up some yesterday. I still need to work on them more. I need to trim the tops next and thin them out some. We have more than we need.

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I setup up my fish feeder. I know I can just not feed the fish when I go away but the plants still need to eat. I like that it is battery powered.

This is the fish feeder that Clemson University uses. They tried a few different ones and now have been using two of these for a few years now.




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I picked up a piece of aluminum at the steel surplus shop and mounted the fish feeder.
I have an air stone in the fish tank from my DWC air pump. So if the water pump impeller goes bad the fish will still get air.
I connected up my contractor that has a normally closed contact. I connected my 12 volt dc air pump through the contactor. This is connected to a 12 volt car battery that is changed with a solar panel.
So as soon as my other air pump/water pump has lost power. This 12v dc air pump will start pumping air and as soon as the power comes back the contactor will take power away from the 12v air pump and it will stop.


Operation backup air

12v power supply for the relay/ contactor hooked 120 AC power to A1 and A2.
The red wire to the pump will go to 21 and the positive side of the 12v batty goes to 22 the normally closed connection.

A1 and A2 120 volts AC
21: pump red wire
22: battery + 12 volt DC (a fuse is close to the battery)
Battery black – goes to pump – black side.
The contactors are used to run elevators and are very robust.

21,22 are the normally closed contacts so when 120 volt AC power is applied it will open the contacts.
Then when we lose power it will close the contacts giving power to the air pump.

Now even if I am away from home and we loose power the fish will still get air.

It was 87 F degrees yesterday and the green house did not go over 82 degrees. I was working outside and a couple times I went into the green house to cool off.

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PostPosted: May 31st, '16, 20:19 
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Home depot sent me a $10 off 100 order and they had exterior paint with a $40 rebate. So I bought paint for the outside of the greenhouse. It will be a light brown once I finish the siding.

One of my auto vent cylinders went bad and they are replacing it under warranty. I ordered an extra cylinder to have one on hand incase another one goes bad. We get pretty hot in the summer I would hate to not be able to vent while waiting on a replacement.

Now I think I have my backups in place with the backup air working. I also keep an extra water pump on hand and an extra water pump impeller on hand. For when those are needed. It runs 24-7 and it will not last forever.
Good news I inspected and cleaned it after about 1 year running and it looked great.

Later this summer I want to connect up my monitoring system that will text/email me if there is a issue with power temp water level.... (my wife thinks I spoil my fish)

My DWC is not doing very well. The plants in it do not look healthy. It get its water from the sump tank. I think my front bed is taking up all the nutrients. So in need to either get more fish or less plants in the front bed or maybe both.

Here are some of the tomatoes on hand. We ate a couple other bags of them over the weekend with friends.

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Love those contactors. They make wiring controls so much cleaner. System looks great Mark. Your building skills and automation is amazing

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@Boss Thanks.

Here are today’s tomatoes. I have not been doing that much on the greenhouse but I need to get back to it and get the siding done.

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The vents are going to be put to the test it is going to be 96 and 97 F this weekend.

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Very nice tomatos.


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Heat performance: It has been 95 F the last couple days and 97 one day on the weekend. The greenhouse has topped at 88 so it stayed 7-9 degrees cooler than ambient temp. The fish water has stayed under 80 F so far much lower than last summer.

The chimney effect is pretty good between the lower vents and the upper vents. It feels much cooler when you go in the greenhouse.

No fans needed so far.

The fish are eating some more three times a day the nitrates are up some.

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Here is the automatic backup air in action. You can clearly hear the contractor kick in when the power comes back.



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Today’s tomatoes

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Still jealous. We have a couple of tomato plants starting to get some green ones on them but nothing to eat yet...

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