DIY Peristaltic Pump: Cultural Teachings of Glorious Nation of Kazakistan

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Getting on with soldiering work.. this may look a bit messy.. well - but actually everything is well-organised and colour-coded!

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PCB with RTC clock (top bit taped in black)

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There is no need to "mount" all these internal components - it's relatively tightly packed and nothing will move anyway. You won't neeed to open the cover (unless something breaks) - the mini USB port allows you to connect your PC to the pump and upload the program. Assembly/disassembly takes about 5 min..
 
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OK as I said earlier in this thread - this is my spare pump, my existing pump (that is exactly the same but in black colour) has been in operation for about 3 months now and has proven to be reliable.

So what is the difference between this pump and Kamoer FX-STP? This pump does not have wifi interface, so I can't say it's better in this sense. It is notoriously difficult to have Wifi in Arduino world because Arduino devices that support Wi-fi (such as Nano 33 IOT or ESP32) are 3.3v controllers (versus 5v Arduino Nano). Lots of peripheral devices that work off arduino are actually 5V, so you need to look for specific peripherals that support 3.3v.

To be honest - I don't know why anyone would need wifi for this pump. It's main purpose is to continously dose calcium reactor effluent and you may change the pump settings once a month maximum (if that).

However one thing this pump stands out againts other commercial alternatives is in flexibility of dosing schedule. I am currently assessing the Alk consumption in my tank, both during the day and night time (using my DIY alk monitor) - and plan to upload a peristaltic pump program that would dose certain amount during the day and certain amount during night hours (not all hours - mainly between 3am and 8am). I won't need to fiddle with the program if my dosing requirements change. the "alk curve" will apply generally to the total dosing amount I would set (per minuite).
 
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Some parts pics..


RTC clock: should look like this, can be different manufacturer (2 shown):
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Rotary encoder: mainly chinese made, lots of different manufacturers, need to be 5 pin (to fit my diagram)
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Oled display: only know one maker
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Murata voltage regulator
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