This package is for the deluxe aquarium controller kit, it's a stripped down kit as you may already have a Raspberry Pi, SD card and the common cables required to connect things. This is also good to keep shipping costs down. The kit includes the main controller, the deluxe sensor extension and the equipment extension.

We recommend the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W or Pi 3 B+, the Pi 4 is ok but overkill and does run on the hot side. If you follow the links below and scroll 3/4 down the page you can find a Pi dealer in your location.

https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/raspberry-pi-zero-2-w/ - Raspberry Pi Zero 2

https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-plus/ - Raspberry Pi 3 B+

The controller board will be mounted in the case, you just need to remove the lid and the Raspberry Pi plugs in. Here's a manual showing how to do that and one to setup the Raspberry Pi.

Installing Raspberry Pi in Controller

Setting up Raspberry Pi and Install reef-pi

The controller has a fully isolated pH circuit built in, simply plug in any pH probe with a BNC connector and you're ready to accurately monitor your pH, probe is not included.

Package Includes

  • Controller installed in 3D printed case with faceplate
  • Deluxe sensor extension installed in 3D printed case with faceplate
  • Equipment extension installed in 3D printed case with faceplate
  • 2 way DC power splitter cable
  • 26, 2-4 pin pluggable screw terminal connectors
  • CR1220 Battery Installed (Canada and USA only) International orders need to supply your own.

Parts required to power up and run controller - see options on right side

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W, Pi Zero 2 W, Pi 3 or Pi 4 - EXAMPLE
  • Recommend microSD card - EXAMPLE
  • 12v-24v DC power adapter to power up the controller and Raspberry Pi, between 1-5 Amps depending on the DC equipment you connect - EXAMPLE
  • Standard Cat5/6 Ethernet Patch cable - EXAMPLE
  • If you want to monitor pH you need a probe - EXAMPLE

3D Printed Cases and Face Plate

The controller and extensions come in a 3D printed case, choose your choice of color on the right side. There many be small defects due to 3D printing but any will be minor and only have a visual effect.


Controller Details

Here are the main features of the controller.

  • Fully isolated pH circuit for accurate and stable readings
  • 2 independent DS18B20 temperature ports
  • Automatic fish feeder port
  • I2C Port for expansions
  • 2 hardware based backup ports for Power Bar 1, Outlet 1 and 2
  • Real Time Clock with battery backup

In addition to this the controller has a variety of 36 ports that can be used with Robo-Tank extensions or on your own project.

  • Power Bar 1 DB9 Port - 8 Inputs / Outputs + Ground + optional +5v or +12v
  • Power Bar 2 DB9 Port - 8 Inputs / Outputs + Ground + optional +5v or +12v
  • Sensors RJ45 Port - 6 Inputs / Outputs + Ground + 5v
  • DC Ports RJ45 Port - 7, 0-5v PWM Signals + Ground
  • LED Ports RJ45 Port - 7, 0-5v PWM Signals + Ground

Hardware Features

  • 12v - 24v DC Input
  • Highly efficient 5v regulator to power the Raspberry Pi and controller
  • Extra filtering for low ripple on power rails
  • Highly efficient reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • External over current protection
  • Resettable fuse on 5v rail
  • 3.3v - 5v converter for I2C bus
  • 16 channel 12-bit PWM controller
  • CR1220 battery backup for real time clock

Deluxe Sensor Extension Details

With the deluxe sensor extension you can run 6 sensors, each sensor port has 3 available plug types to match your sensor keeping it plug and play. Simply set the jumper for each port to the plug type you wish to use. You can choose between the optical sensor plug, non-contact sensor plug or the pluggable screw terminal connector which is great for DS18B20 temps sensors or other Arduino based sensors.

  • 6 sensor ports total
  • 6 dedicated plugs for optical sensors 
  • 6 dedicated plugs for non-contact sensor
  • 6 pluggable screw terminal plugs for other sensor types

Equipment Extension Details

This extension allows you to connect and control LED drivers, 12-24v DC devices and 0-10v controllable equipment such as lights or Jebao compatible pumps.

  • 6, 12v - 24v DC ports
  • 6 emergency backup ports for DC ports
  • 8 auxiliary ports that can be independently switched between 0-5v PWM, 0-10v PWM, 0-5v Analog or 0-10v Analog signals

Hardware Features

  • 12v - 24v DC input
  • Highly efficient reverse polarity protection on main DC input
  • Each DC port can support up to 4 amps which is 50w at 12v or 100w at 24v, maximum between all ports is 5 amps
  • 12-bit PWM signals
  • Auxiliary ports support up to 20mA each

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Reef-pi Deluxe Aquarium Controller Fully Assembled

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Available Options

Name Product Quantity Price
32gb Samsung Pro Endurance microSD card + $18.00 USD
12v - 2amp AC Power Supply (2.1mm x 5.5mm) + $8.00 USD
3 - 1ft Ethernet Patch Cables + $3.00 USD
Total Box:

Name Product Quantity Price
DS18B20 Waterproof Digital Temperature Sensor Probe 3 meter cable + $8.95 USD
Optical Water Level Sensor + $10.95 USD
Reversible Float Switch + $3.49 USD
XKC-Y25-V Non-Contact Water Sensor + $14.49 USD
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