Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Where Should You Place Your Aquaponic System

 Where Should You Place Your Aquaponic System



If you are decided to set up an aquaponic system in which to grow vegetables and fish for you and your family, there are some things which you should know. The types of fish, the seeds which can be propagated and the details about the appropriate water conditions are the basic notions you have to know before venturing in this activity. Once you know that you can start putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Yet, another question arises: where should you place your aquaponic mini-garden?

Monday, August 26, 2013

PVC in Aquaponics

PVC in Aquaponics


Recently someone questioned me about using PVC pipe with an aquaponics system. My first response was it was safe. 

PVC is safe!...Millions of homes across the world have these pipes installed.
What was now running around in my head was "organic and safe food." I am big on research and so I set out to prove the PVC safety issue was fine.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Advantages and Disadvantages of Aquaponics

Advantages and Disadvantages of Aquaponics

 
posted Feb 6, 2011, 10:17 AM by Matthew McCarthy   [ updated Feb 6, 2011, 2:27 PM ]
We covered this briefly during the early part of our research phase but I though it would be good to provide some additional detail and opinion now that we have researched aquaponics in greater depth and have some personel experience.  It is obvious (from looking through this site) that I have a bais in favour of aquaponics (we have invested significant time, energy and money in aquaponics) though I have attempted to set this aside and provide an unbiased assessment of some of the claimed advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this post is is to determine if there is evidence to support the commonly made claims found on forums and wedsites (and as important some of the perceived claims) and where there isn't to provide an opinion based on our experience and/or the information available.

The emphasis of this list is a discussion relating to back yard systems rather then commercial systems.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Aqauponics android app

Get Aquaponics app for free on your Android phone to stay up to date and informed throughout the day with the latest news and opinion. 


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Android aquaponics, aquaponics app

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3D-1 Aquaponics systems video


3D-1 Aquaponics systems video


The internet is full of free resources to use in order to make your life easier. There are many reasons to download models rather than creating one from scratch. To save time, save money or even for testing lighting. As long as you follow the users rules, it is perfectly acceptable to download these models. Below an 3D movie

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Friday, August 23, 2013

How tilapia grow in aquaponics

Tilapia Growth Chart


About 4 to 6 weeks from hatching, fingerlings should be about 1 gram, if culture temperatures are in the mid 80's (degrees F). The following table assumes that warm temperature range, moderate to aggressive feeding, in terms of percent biomass per day, and also assumes that fish stocking densities do not exceed 80kg per cubic meter (about 2/3rds pound per gallon)

3D Aquaponics systems

3D Aquaponics systems


The internet is full of free resources to use in order to make your life easier. There are many reasons to download models rather than creating one from scratch. To save time, save money or even for testing lighting. As long as you follow the users rules, it is perfectly acceptable to download these models. Below an a linkto 3D aquaponics system

Step By Step Aquaponics Backyard

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soil-less plant culture). Aquaponics is the ideal answer to a fish farmer’s problem of disposing of nutrient rich water and a hydroponic grower’s need for nutrient rich water. Essentially, aquaponics mimics every natural waterway on earth. It is used to grow food crops in a concentrated, yet sustainable manner.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How to start an aquaponic system

Starting an aquaponic system

Introduction

This experiment is an introduction into the functions and management of a small aquaponic system. Like a home aquarium, an aquaponic system requires special attention in the first weeks, since the microbial community in the water and in the plant boxes need some time to get established.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fish vs Liter vs Growbed aquaponics

How much space is required for an Aquaponics System?

Well that depends on how big a system you want to build and what you make the system out of.  We are always being asked how big a system do I need to feed a family of four - the answer is how much does a family of four eat! Consider, how many fish do you want and how many plants do you want to grow. A 1,000 litre (264 US Gallons) tank in your aquaponics system will support between 50 and 80 fish. That will support between 1,200 (317 US Gallons) and 1,800 litres (475 US Gallons) of grow beds taken that the grow beds are about 300 millimeter (12 inches) deep.
Fish vs Liter vs Growbed aquaponics
Fish vs Liter vs Growbed aquaponics

Day to day Aquaponics

Day to day handling of fish and plants in the aquaponic system

Introduction

This experiment focuses on the day to day handling of fish and plants in your already established aquaponic system (please carry out experiments 1-3 of this teaching unit first). It gives you useful hints about monitoring the plants, the fish and the system as a whole.

Learning goals

  • Know what are the daily, weekly and monthly tasks when maintaining an aquaponic system
  • Know what is causing stress to fish and what to do about it
  • Be able to make a fish health check up by observing different body characteristics
  • Know what can make your plants ill and what to do about it
Day to day Aquaponics
Day to day Aquaponics

Yellow leaves in my Aquaponics

Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in an aquaponics garden, it is responsible for the yellowing of plant leaves. Furtunately, this Iron deficiency is also one of the easiest problems to fix: simply adding a small amount of Chelated Iron fertilizer at regular intervals is all that is needed.
Iron deficiency in an aquaponics garden is quite common. In aquaponics, unless you add additional sources for the nutrients, all nutrients that come into the system will come through the fish food. Not all trace elements are introduced in the fish food.

Aquaponics and iron magnesium calcium

One of the shortcomings for all aquaponics systems has been the ability to provide the systems with the right combination of trace elements to grow blooming plants. This is not to say that the nutrients in fish waste aren’t ample to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, beans, zucchini, etc. because we have been able to grow them. However . . . fish waste alone doesn’t produce ENOUGH iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium to continually grow large amounts of these blooming plants. This is one of the key reasons that aquaponics has been slow to commercialize. It’s a fact that greens (lettuce, basil, kale, etc.) can be grown in almost any aquaponics system very successfully in almost any climate. But the trick is to consistently grow blooming plants that produce multiple crops of (example) tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and beans on fish waste alone because the required blossoming-supportive nutrients are quickly stripped out of the water and blooming plants cannot continually blossom and grow plants that produce fruit/vegetables without adding chemicals because of nutrient deficiencies; fish waste alone does NOT produce ENOUGH iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium to continually grow blooming plants that produce food in aquaponics. 


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Aquaponics iron,  aquaponics magnesium, aquaponics calcium

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Aquaponics Worms

How do worms survive in an aquaponic grow bed? Don’t they drown?

We have all seen worms crawling out onto the sidewalk after a soaking rain, seemly gasping for air. That they choose exposure to the sun and hungry birds to the water logged soil seems to tell us that worms don’t like soaking wet environments. And what is an aquaponics grow bed if not a soaking wet environment?
The difference with aquaponics worms is that they do not remain constantly full of water, but rather flood, and then drain. This allows for a “drying out” period between soakings that also encourages air circulation within the grow media.
This brings me to the most important reason why worms thrive within aquaponics: oxygen. The reason why those worms crawl from the soil to their death on the sidewalk is not because of the water, but because the water has forced the oxygen out of the soil. In aquaponics, however, not only does the flood and drain action pull oxygen into the grow bed media, but the water that is circulating throughout the system is highly oxygenated. In fact, I’ve found aquaponics worms thriving within my sump tanks!

Aquaponics Worms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Hardness and ph in aquaponics

Most of us aquapons know that the health of all the creatures in our systems (fish, plants, worms, and bacteria) depends on proper pH. We also know that we are targeting pH in the 6.8 to 7.0 range but that we don’t have to worry about adjusting it until it goes down to 6.4 or up to 7.8. We also know that the best way to lower pH is with an acid, and that the best way to raise it is with carbonates or hydroxides. We know that rapid changes in pH can be very stressful to fish. And we know that the pH will probably decrease over time because the nitrogen cycle produces an acid (nitric).
But often, knowing all of this and applying it to our systems are two different things. At The Aquaponic Source, we handle questions and concerns each and every day about pH. Generally, the questions fall into one of two categories:

Pollination in an Aquaponics system

One of the challenges of growing in an indoor aquaponics environment is that we don’t have nature’s pollinators available to us. But is this a big problem for most aquaponic gardeners? It depends entirely on what you are growing. The only time that you need to worry about pollination is when you are growing a plant to harvest its fruit (e.g. tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, etc.) or if you are saving seeds and you need the non-fruiting plants to produce seeds.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Modern Design System

The future design
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Aquaponics, ækwəˈpɒnɨks, pisciponics

Integrated Vertical Tube System

Here's a drawing and a photo of the integrated vertical tube aquaponics system we built. The photo shows the tubes in the planting/harvesting position; normally they are rotated 180 degrees so that the openings face the window.

Speeding Up The Cycling Process

Speeding Up The Cycling Process

When cycling aquaponics systems, the process can be speeded up by adding bacteria to the system, rather than waiting for it to show up on it’s own. Heating the water to the optimum temperature will speed things up further.

Aquaponic System Final Design

So, here’s the floor plan. As you can see, it is 22.4m long and 6.55m wide. Some system details are as follows:

Aquaponic Systems Growing Methods

 Aquaponic Systems Growing Methods



The way aquaponic systems are built are endless. The two parts that are the same are the fish tank and a plant bed. Some of the differences include filtration techniques, plumbing, the type of plant bed, growing medium, and the frequency of water and aeration. Some of the more popular aquaponic methods emerging in the industry are methods based on a hydroponic system design, and raising fish for filtration.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

What are the benefits of aquaponics

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AQUAPONICS?

 
Reduced water use
Reduced chemical use
Reduces pesticide use when set up in a greenhouse
Reduces erosion by eliminating the need to plough the soil
Reduced running costs compared to a conventional horticultural farm


HOW MANY FISH IN A TANK?

 HOW MANY FISH AM I ALLOWED TO HAVE IN A TANK?

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Aquaponics, ækwəˈpɒnɨks, pisciponics

Again this will depend on whether the system is a commercial or backyard system, with the commercial systems requiring the correct amount of fish and plants for optimum production. The more fish there are in a system, the more nutrients there are for the plants to consume, but if there are not enough plants to consume these nutrients, the excess build up in the water can cause the fish to suffer. As a general rule, backyard systems can stock between 10 - 30 kg of fish per 1000 litres of water.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Best Plants to Grow in an Aquaponics System

 Best Plants to Grow in an Aquaponics System


There are many plants that grow well in soil less farming.  These include vegetables, aquatic plants, flowers and even fruit trees.  There are other vegetables that will not work well in an aquaponic system.  Root vegetables such as carrots, onions and potatoes should not be used in these systems.  You can grow them, but it would not be easy.  They need a medium close to soil like sand in order to grow.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hydroponic Garden for profit

Hydroponic Garden for profit

 

Lowest water consumption and lowest use of fertilizer
Lowest impact on ground water, too
Feed yourself; Feed others
Run your own silver mining operation
When your neighbors are starving, take their silver coins and gold
Viewer discretion advised; Humorous, but somewhat obscene

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What Equipment You Need for an Aquaponics System

 What Equipment You Need for an Aquaponics System

An aquaponics system is a symbiotic marriage of plants and aquatic animals cultivated in a recirculating environment. There are various types of aquaponic systems used for growing vegetables or plants. Knowing how big you want your aquaponic system to be before you purchase it will allow you to set a budget. Read on to learn a little about the basic equipment needed for aquaponics systems.

Bell Siphon Construction and Principles

Bell Siphon Construction

 

A bell siphon is an “easy” way to drain a grow-bed in a aquaponic or hydroponic system. The idea is that in an ebb and flow system, you have a tank of fertilizer (for aquaponics its a fish tank) and a grow bed full of plants. You then pump the fertilizer into the grow-bed and the plants eat. The problem is that you cannot generally have the plant roots submerged in water all the time as the roots will rot. And you have to have a means to empty the tank so it does not overflow.

Tilapia Growth Chart

Tilapia aquaponics system, growth chart
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Tilapia Growth Chart


About 4 to 6 weeks from hatching, fingerlings should be about 1 gram, if culture temperatures are in the mid 80's (degrees F). The following table assumes that warm temperature range, moderate to aggressive feeding, in terms of percent biomass per day, and also assumes that fish stocking densities do not exceed 80kg per cubic meter (about 2/3rds pound per gallon)

Aquaponic Calculator


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Aquaponics calculator

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aquaponics Tilapia Harvesting


Aquaponics Tilapia Harvesting 

This video shows how to harvest, clean, and fillet tilapia from your aquaponics system.


Big commercial Aquaponics farm

Big Commercial aquaponics system

Commercial aquaponics.

we specialize in the commercial integrated production of fish and plants, known as aquaponics.
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Welcome to Aquaponics and You

Welcome to Aquaponics

Aquaponics- commercial aquaponics
The idea Aquaponics- commercial aquaponics
Welcome to Aquaponics and You, the place to come to learn all about the amazing science of aquaponics. If you are new to aquaponics, here are 5 reasons why having an aquaponics garden is a good idea, just to help you decide if aquaponics is right for you.