Was reading the thread on “Continuous monitoring vs intermittent testing” along with some other posts and it got me thinking about monitoring. I figured I would start a new post on it, so here goes.
I am interested in finding out a couple things.
First off, what would be your list of parameters you feel should be measured in an aquaponics system - e.g. pH, temperature, EC, nitrite, etc… (but listed by priority - Highest to lowest). I am interested in seeing how much variation we might see in everyone’s answers.
Secondly, has anyone done an analysis, cross referencing the price of probes and setup vs the benefit of the readings gained (continuous monitoring / not having to take snapshot readings daily/weekly) for the different parameters? (This would provide a good resource for those getting into automated monitoring - giving them a starting point to focus on.)
- Temperature: the cost is low for probes, they would be fairly accurate readings, but the benefit of continues monitoring would likely be somewhat low too (not a great variance over time with a good sized volume of water).
- pH: higher cost probes then temp, ok accuracy readings (probe dependent) but with a higher value of the readout over time.
- Nitrite and nitrate on the other hand - Cost of probes would be very expensive, but the importance of the readings are also high too.
I look forward to your answers.