The Blackreef aquarium controller and modules we saw at Aquarama are getting some fine tuning in advance of the company’s more public release coming up this year at Interzoo. While most of the work is being done on the software and circuitry of the Blackreef system, one major development is having all the modules being available as stand alone units. This is a great way for hobbyists to be able to piece together a system.
For example, you can buy some sensors (temperature, water level sensors, salinity, pH, or redox) and be able to use them right out of the gate. As your budget allows, you can add another module such as the stream pump controller, dosing pumps or a controllable power bar. Then add the main module and you’ll have a full blown Blackreef system at your fingertips.
Another angle the company is working on is having more “complex” modules like the stream pump controller available with a user interface that is standalone capable and one without the on-board interface for use with the Blackreef system, cutting down the cost for the module. We are looking forward to seeing this module in action, where you can control up to six pumps (up to 150W).
The Blackreef has its own proprietary operating system boasting a boot time under a second, and according to the company offers a more stable environment than building it on top of another OS like iOS or Android. The main module has a 4.3 in. full color touchscreen and can connect to the internet via an ethernet port for software updates, email notifications and web interface control.
Look for more information to come to light in the next few weeks and for public availability and retail pricing to be announced at Interzoo.