Aquarium technology hasn’t changed much over the past thousand years. There have been a handful of upgrades, like the invention of acrylic tanks and water pumps, but at the end of the day aquariums are pretty much just big tanks filled with water and aquatic species. Computers and Wi-Fi technology are finally making their way into the aquascaping world with software like Pacific Sun’s aquarium control program, which gives aquarium owners full control over their aquarium from anywhere on Earth.
Pacific Sun has just released the beta version of its software to the public, which means that you can go download the program for free and tweak it to fit your aquarium.
The basic program is pretty simple. Essentially, you hook your aquarium up to a Bluetooth device that keeps your aquarium connected to the Internet. From there, the Pacific Sun program allows you full control over virtually every aspect of your aquascape — from the lighting to the temperature.
One of the coolest things about this type of software is that it offers two-way communication between you and your aquarium. Not only will you be able to send orders out to your aquarium, but you’ll also be able to check up on the overall status of your aquascape. How are the nitrogen levels? What’s the temperature? Does the water have a good pH level? Pacific Sun takes the stress out of being away from your aquarium by transforming your smartphone or tablet into a handy control system. You could even store all of your data on cloud storage systems so that you can easily track your aquarium’s health over long periods of times.
If you’re considering a custom aquascape for your home, then I highly recommend that you upgrade to a fully integrated digital system. This is especially true if you’re the type of person who has to spend long hours away from home. Do you travel for business? Are you a workaholic who loves logging overtime? Spend the extra cash so that you can monitor your aquarium from your office — it will be a worthy investment.
At the same time, though, don’t get too caught up in the technology hype. Pacific Sun and similar aquarium control systems are cool — don’t get me wrong — it’s just that you probably shouldn’t go overboard and fill your aquascape with unnecessary gadgets. Some people love having a low-tech aquarium without any moving parts.
It mostly depends on your philosophy and your lifestyle. If you love having the latest toys or you have to spend long hours away from home, then an aquascape with Bluetooth connectivity is a must-have. If you love aquariums because they allow you to experience the chaotic beauty of Mother Nature inside the comfort of your own home, then you might want to avoid digital sensors and Wi-Fi connectivity in order to maintain a certain level of authenticity.
So, what’s the verdict? Are you eager to upgrade your aquarium and bring it into the 21st century, or do you disdain gadgets and gizmos in order to pursue a low-tech aquascape?