HYDROS: Aquarium Automation for EVERYONE

Which is a better fit for your tank: the Control 2 or Control 4?


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Looks pretty sweet! Just two questions, does this have a fallback to on/off if the contoler loses wifi with the power strip, or loses power itself, secondly is there any consideration to salinity monotoring in the future?
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Looks pretty sweet! Just two questions, does this have a fallback to on/off if the contoler loses wifi with the power strip, or loses power itself, secondly is there any consideration to salinity monotoring in the future?
Thanks!
Sorry for taking so long to respond. Your questions are veering into territory I am not at liberty to discuss at the moment since features and functionality are still being finalized. I apologize for being vague. We'll discuss these topics as a team this week to see if we can issue a more formal statement in response. Thank you for your patience!
 
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I was strongly considering a ReefPi build for my up and coming tank, but the price point and known feature set on this definitely have my interest piqued. Like MrWheelock, I am eager to see what the final product has feature-wise.
We are 100% committed to making HYDROS an easy and affordable aquarium control and monitoring solution. We are excited at the prospect of earning your trust and business!
 

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Do you have mounting templates yet for the controllers and power strip? I have other questions but it looks like I will have to wait on them until you ready to release more detailed information. Form what I seen at MACNA it looks very promising.
 
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Do you have mounting templates yet for the controllers and power strip? I have other questions but it looks like I will have to wait on them until you ready to release more detailed information. Form what I seen at MACNA it looks very promising.
Thank you for your interest in HYDROS Control! I am checking with the team. I don't see why we couldn't provide these to you. The form factors aren't going to change before launch. I'll follow up!
 
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Do you have mounting templates yet for the controllers and power strip? I have other questions but it looks like I will have to wait on them until you ready to release more detailed information. Form what I seen at MACNA it looks very promising.
I guess I spoke too soon! Sounds like we can't share this quite yet.
 
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Can you share when you can share the full specs? lol
Hi @ironman187! We are still finalizing the products so we may add more to this later, but here's some information about the controllers in the meantime you may find useful!


Get all the control without the clutter

The all-new HYDROS Control by CoralVue allows you to monitor and control your aquarium like a pro, even if you’re a beginner just starting out. Track temperature, PH, ORP, water level, flow, leaks, outlets and more. Control pumps, timers, level sensors, dosers, fans, solenoids, switches, cabinet lighting, and whatever else you dream up. Check the health of your tank and take corrective action from anywhere using the HYDROS mobile app. Built-in WiFi. Smart plugs. Color-coded ports and cables. Add accessories without having to connect extra modules and cords. HYDROS is a system you can grow with! The Control 2 and Control 4 can be used together and are compatible with the HYDROS WaveEngine.

Introducing HYDROS
Aquarium Automation for Everyone

  • Every HYDROS device is a smart device
  • HYDROS is built to withstand saltwater
  • HYDROS is fault-tolerant to keep your aquarium safe
  • HYDROS is an automation platform you can grow with
  • HYDROS accurately monitors the health of your aquarium
  • HYDROS is versatile and expandable without extra modules
  • HYDROS is self-monitoring so you’ll always know your system status
Every HYDROS Device is a Smart Device

HYDROS is different from other aquarium automation systems. Rather than having a central brain, the HYDROS platform is distributed across devices⁠—each capable of being used on its own or together with other HYDROS products as part of a larger system. This means every HYDROS device is a smart device with its own CPU and scheduling capabilities.

All HYDROS Smart Devices Include:

  • HYDROS Cloud, a powerful mobile app to monitor and control HYDROS devices from anywhere in the world.
  • Local monitoring and control via Wi-Fi if a cloud-based configuration isn’t for you.
  • A fast dual-core 32-bit processor that allows control decisions to be made within each device.
  • Internal health monitoring to report voltages, currents, CPU status, and the internal temperature of each device.
  • HYDROS Command Bus connections to transfer data and power to devices and equipment.

HYDROS Control Features

  • Monitor key aquarium water parameters and control equipment from anywhere using the HYDROS app for Android and iOS.
  • Easily adjust settings by swiping on your mobile device. There is zero coding or complicated programming required.
  • Mobile text alerts and app push notifications are sent the instant something goes wrong so you can take corrective action remotely.
  • Set rules to turn on & off equipment automatically based on real-time data and create schedules to perform tasks throughout the day.
  • The HYDROS Control 2, HYDROS Control 4, HYDROS WaveEngine, and future HYDROS products can all be used together.

HYDROS Devices Available in 2019

HYDROS Control 2

A small, general-purpose device capable of performing all the main functions for your aquarium. Monitor temperature, leaks, and flow rates. Power equipment, control outlets, and more. Perfect as a standalone controller for a saltwater aquarium or freshwater planted tank. You can also use the HYDROS Control 2 as one part of a larger system. For example, you can use it control an auto top-off or auto water change system.

HYDROS Control 4
A larger, more powerful device with all the capabilities of the HYDROS Control 2 plus additional ports to monitor, control, and power equipment. Track temperature, pH, ORP, water level, flow, leaks, outlets and more. Control pumps, timers, level sensors, dosers, fans, solenoids, switches, cabinet lighting, and whatever else you dream up. Great as a standalone controller for a saltwater fish-only or reef aquarium or as part of a larger HYDROS system for a complex reef setup.

HYDROS Wave Engine
Allows pumps from different brands to work together using a single integrated flow management system. Connect DC pumps to the WaveEngine and get rid of individual controllers and power bricks for a safer, simpler, and clutter-free solution. The HYDROS WaveEngine can also supply power to other HYDROS devices through the HYDROS Command Bus.


HYDROS Managed Power Outlets

Some aquarium equipment still requires old-fashioned switched outlets, so HYDROS provides managed outlets for these purposes. Each managed outlet is a standalone device that switches one outlet on or off. A managed power outlet means that your HYDROS smart devices will always monitor the power outlet. If the outlet fails or loses connection, you are immediately notified. The single outlet measures the current and wattage being consumed to let you know if it moves out of tolerance. A 4-outlet version is also available.


HYDROS is Fault-Tolerant to Keep Your Aquarium Safe

HYDROS devices can be configured to be fault-tolerant. Fault tolerance enables HYDROS devices to continue operating properly in the event of the failure of (or one or more faults within) some of its components.

Critical portions of the HYDROS system can be duplicated to ensure that, in the event of a probe or sensor failure, an alternative probe or sensor is available to automatically replace it.
Configuring a system to be Fault-Tolerant adds cost and complexity, but it can also be the factor that saves thousands of dollars of delicate corals in the event of a failure. HYDROS devices can also be connected to a battery backup and will run in a low current mode while under battery operation.


HYDROS is an Automation Platform You Can Grow With

A HYDROS aquarium automation system consists of as many or as few devices as you need. From a single HYDROS Control 2 to a massive system with multiple HYDROS Control 4 units, WaveEngines, and future HYDROS products.

There is no HYDROS “Lite.” You don’t have to start with a “Junior” version only to replace it later when your needs grow. With HYDROS, you can add a piece at a time according to your needs and budget today. You don’t have to invest in a “full version” with functionality you won’t use now because you’re scared you might want it in the future.

HYDROS does not assume you have one aquarium, either. You can use HYDROS to develop a distributed system to manage multiple aquariums. Suppose you have a reverse osmosis filter and some barrels in your garage. Add a HYDROS Control 2 to manage and report water levels for you!


HYDROS Accurately Monitors the Health of Your Aquarium

All the input/output (I/O) ports on HYDROS smart devices are designed to the highest standards for industrial-grade use. The pH and ORP Probe ports are the most accurate and noise immune in the aquarium industry. You can read more about these amazing inputs in the versatility section that follows.

All analog inputs use modern high-quality dedicated analog-to-digital converters. Aquarium controllers from other brands use low-quality A/D converters that are built into a microcontroller. The timing precision of all HYDROS devices is accurate to one-hundredth of a second.


HYDROS is Versatile and Expandable Without Extra Modules

Most aquarium control systems use many different types of ports to plug in the various sensors we run on our systems. For example, your aquarium controller might only allow a temperature probe to be connected to a dedicated temperature port. But if you wanted to use an optical sensor to measure water level instead of temperature, you may be required to use a different port entirely. Or worse, you might have to purchase an entirely new module to plug in the water level sensor.

HYDROS remedies this problem with Sense Ports which allow you to connect a variety of different types of sensors to a single port type. That way, you always have the right port available regardless of the sensor you want to connect.

HYDROS purposefully limits its I/O to a select few powerful ports:
  • Sense Ports
  • Drive Ports
  • Probe Ports
  • Power Ports (Command Bus)
  • 0-10v

Sense Ports

The Sense Port is an entirely new concept in aquarium parameter measurement. HYDROS devices include several Sense Ports. A Sense Port is a generic input port that can accept data from numerous different types of sensors. Sense ports currently support:

  • Temperature probes
  • Optical level sensors (single and dual)
  • Capacitive non-contact liquid level sensors
  • Rope leak detectors
  • Point leak detectors
  • Flow rate sensors
  • Magnetic switches
  • Push buttons

Drive Ports

The Drive Port provides switched 12V DC power for running small lights, motors, pumps, fans, and other accessories. The exact current being supplied by each port is continuously monitored, so if a motor or pump quits drawing current or draws too much, you will be immediately notified.

Accessories that are currently supported include:

  • Auto Top-Off (ATO) pumps
  • Cooling fans
  • Cabinet LED lights
  • Solenoids to control reverse osmosis systems

Probe Ports

One of the most remarkable ports on the HYDROS Control 4 is the Probe Port. You can connect an ORP probe or a pH probe to the Probe Port. But this is no ordinary pH input! The circuitry is based on an ultra-high-quality input chip specifically designed for these types of probes. Each pH input provides digital galvanic isolation from the rest of the system. Galvanic isolation prevents interference with other accessories connected to the system like motors and pumps. Digital galvanic isolation preserves the accuracy of the measurement by converting the signal to a digital domain before crossing the isolation threshold.


0-10V Ports


The 0-10V I/O port allows HYDROS to control and receive commands from other HYDROS devices and accessories from other brands. A legacy automation system can provide input via the 0-10V Ports. They can control variable speed pumps. They can also be used to monitor simple switch closures, like push buttons or float switches.


HYDROS is Self-Monitoring So You’ll Always Know Your System Status

Every HYDROS device monitors itself. Each device measure internal temperature, power supply voltage, current consumption, wattage consumed, and the status of the CPU and other circuitry. Every HYDROS device output measures the current flow into that output so that you will know if something has failed.
 

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So I can add WiFi capabilities to devices that don’t have it? e.g. dc return pumps or power heads/wave makers?
@Arricefe pretty much my understanding that anything that can be controlled / connected to the Hydros system can be controlled via their system. So not adding WiFi capabilities to your devices per se but allowing you to control non-WiFi devices through Hydros.

CoralVue has a page that had a list of what equipment they could control. Guessing they will continue to update.
 
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So I can add WiFi capabilities to devices that don’t have it? e.g. dc return pumps or power heads/wave makers?
Our controllers come with WiFi controllable power strips (Power 4, Smart Plug) so you can connect whatever equipment you'd like to control wirelessly to them.

But I assume you're talking about more advanced control (rather than rules/schedules to turn things on or of), like changing the pump speed. The Control 4 has 0-10V ports so you connect your variable speed pumps to the controller so you can adjust them through the HYDROS app.

For the most advanced pump control capabilities, the WaveEngine is definitely your best option. You can learn more about it here: https://www.coralvuehydros.com/

You can combine the WaveEngine with the Control 2, Control 4, along with any other HYDROS equipment we release.
 

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[email protected],

Any idea when mounting templates will be available for the Hydros items. I am planning on redoing things in the garage and would like to be able to drill and add inserts for you power bars and controllers.

thanks,
Danny
 
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[email protected],

Any idea when mounting templates will be available for the Hydros items. I am planning on redoing things in the garage and would like to be able to drill and add inserts for you power bars and controllers.

thanks,
Danny
Hi Danny! I just submitted a request for this. I will follow up once I hear back! If you wouldn't mind, can you shoot me an email about this request as well ([email protected]vue.com)? That way, I can flag a reminder on it so that I can remind the team we'll need templates for all future HYDROS product releases.
 

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Our controllers come with WiFi controllable power strips (Power 4, Smart Plug) so you can connect whatever equipment you'd like to control wirelessly to them.

But I assume you're talking about more advanced control (rather than rules/schedules to turn things on or of), like changing the pump speed. The Control 4 has 0-10V ports so you connect your variable speed pumps to the controller so you can adjust them through the HYDROS app.

For the most advanced pump control capabilities, the WaveEngine is definitely your best option. You can learn more about it here: https://www.coralvuehydros.com/

You can combine the WaveEngine with the Control 2, Control 4, along with any other HYDROS equipment we release.
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But I assume you're talking about more advanced control (rather than rules/schedules to turn things on or of), like changing the pump speed. The
Control 4
has 0-10V ports so you connect your variable speed pumps to the controller so you can adjust them through the HYDROS app.
" Yes this is what i was wondering, COOL! Thanks.
 
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[email protected],

Any idea when mounting templates will be available for the Hydros items. I am planning on redoing things in the garage and would like to be able to drill and add inserts for you power bars and controllers.

thanks,
Danny


Here is a mounting template for the WaveEngine and Control 4: https://social.coralvue.com/WaveEngine_MountingTemplate.pdf



The Control 2 has two holes in the center which are 4 and 5/16" inches apart. I do not have a template for that prepared.



The Power 4 Power Strip is 247 x 72 x 28mm. I do not believe there are holes for mounting with screws so you would need to use Velcro, double-sided tape, or something along those lines.
 

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Here is a mounting template for the WaveEngine and Control 4: https://social.coralvue.com/WaveEngine_MountingTemplate.pdf



The Control 2 has two holes in the center which are 4 and 5/16" inches apart. I do not have a template for that prepared.



The Power 4 Power Strip is 247 x 72 x 28mm. I do not believe there are holes for mounting with screws so you would need to use Velcro, double-sided tape, or something along those lines.
Has there been any further talk of what the ballpark release will be? Like month? Also what will come in the package for dongles and such?
 

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