Showing posts with label aquaponics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aquaponics. Show all posts

Saturday, September 28, 2013

tom tato aquaponics video

 tom tato aquaponics video

Tom tato

 TomTato: 'mutant' plant that grows tomatoes and potatoes unleashed

Tom Tato aquaponics

 TomTato aquaponics


It sounds like something from a science fiction film, but a plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes has been launched in the UK.

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.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How to start an aquaponic system

Starting an aquaponic system


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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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


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



Aquaponics, ækwəˈpɒnɨks, pisciponics
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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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.