Getting My Feet Wet With Aquaponics

Mini AquaponicsYep about a month ago I decided I wanted to give aquaponics a try. If I can do this large scale I think it will be cheaper for me over all since I will not have to buy nutrients. Ive learned my lessons though with going large scale right away. So I’m going to start small so I can learn slowly and hopefully with out wasting a lot of money.

My first system I used parts I pretty much had laying around the house. Only thing I purchased was a Roughneck Storage Box, 10 Gal for the grow bed. I have a few 10 gallon aquariums laying around and a few pumps so this won’t cost me much at all to start. I first made some stands that will one keep the aquarium off the ground and second support the growled over the aquarium. I think keeping the aquarium from direct contact from the ground may help will keeping the tank temperature stable.

When I first put it together I just put a pipe stand off in there with a small hole drilled in the bottom, then put the pump on a timer. Grow bed would fill to the top off the standoff then when pump goes off t would drain through the small hole. It worked but I really wanted to try a bell siphon as that is what Id be using in a larger system. So I grabbed the parts for it and put one to gather. It was pretty easy and got it working right away in the test runs but as soon as I added hydroton to the mix and took a bit to fine tune the flow rates to get the siphon to work properly. Actually used a clamp on the tube to adjust the flow, when I do the final version I will use a ball valve. The pump Im using is actually to much for this size system if you divide to do one this small Id recommend a smaller pump like EcoPlus Eco 66 or even smaller.

Started off with gold fish and out of the first batch of 10 only 2 have survived. But they seem to be pooping enough for the small grow bed. The one problem I do see is that because it is outside and is a glass tank, it gets plenty of sunlight and algae is growing. Thought the gold fish would eat eat but maybe I just don’t have enough. I have heard that tilapia will it it but they would out grow this tank fast.

Anyway I put in a couple plants almost 2 weeks ago and they are not dead yet so it seems to be working. Ill add a couple more fish this week and see how they do. Plans are in the works now for a bigger one, perhaps the second elevated bed I built will be converted.

Stay tuned 🙂

 

Another Hydroponic Headache

hydroponic squash root growth

Just two posts ago I told you about some the issues I have had of late with pumps and leaks, well the fun continues. This past week I have noticed an increase in powdery mildew, lack of fruition and a lot s yellowing leaves on my squashes. In that last post it was this system […]

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Self Watering Wicking Buckets

self watering wicking buckets

I wanted to grow even more outside the greenhouse, especially some melons. What I have read about doing melons hydroponiclly is that it isn’t very economical. They drink up quite a bit and each plant only produces a few fruits. But like I said before I’m not into lots of work. So I put together […]

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Hydroponics is Not Plant and Forget Gardening

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When I started hydroponics last year I’ll be honest with you it was partly because I’m lazy. The lure of work free gardening was nice but deceiving. Granted there is no weed pulling and I don’t have do get out and water every day but there are regular garden in tasks you still need to […]

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Aeroponics Nutrients Trial Run

aeroponics mini system

A few weeks ago I received a sample pack of nutrients from 9weeknutrients so I broke out the mini aeroponic system I built last year for a trail run. The aeroponic system is quite easy to build yourself. I built it as a step between the seed tray and the greenhouse systems. It would be […]

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Elevated Wicking Bed Garden

Elevated Wicking Bed Build

Couple posts ago I talked about my new Wicking Bed Container Garden Where I have started growing corn. The next project was to put together a couple elevated garden beds using the wicking bed principals. I wanted these beds up high so I didn’t have to bend over much and use methods that will conserve […]

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Hydroponic Greenhouse Update #1

hydroponic greenhouse update

Just wanted to do a quick post with a video walkthrough to update everyone on this years crops. It was 5 weeks ago that I put in the in the first squash, and they are growing like weeds! Had the first few blossoms this week and pollinated the first zucchini. Also started adding lettuce, kale, […]

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