Mini Hydroponic System
Hydroponics simulation model with Fischertechnik TXT Controller



        The hydroponic system I use is based on the Kratky method which allows any vegetable to grow in the system without the need for pumps that re-circulate the water or oxygenate it since the plant begins to absorb the nutrients from the water, consuming the level of it thus achieving a space that allows it to absorb oxygen from the environment. 

        For simulation and practical purpose I created this prototype including a re-circulating pump and sensors to study various hydroponic techniques more closely.


        The prototype allows to automate the start and end of the re-circulation of the water to distribute the nutrients and allow all the plants to absorb them equally by means of a 5v submersible pump. It also has a lamp with 15 LEDs (12 red 3 blue) powered at 12v by a DC-DC 1A step-up source.

        To obtain information on water quality, I measure its parameters (PH and TDS) with analog sensors connected to the inputs of the TXT Controller and the temperature obtained by the I2C BME680 environmental sensor.  


Mini plot Hydroponic Kratky

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Fischertechnik TXT Controller

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Fischertechnik environment sensor

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DFRobot sensor PH

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DFRobot sensor TDS

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LED RS-38L 2W 12v

GikFun water pump 6v

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You can download the connection diagram and the initial logic Download

PRTG - Environment module
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