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Daniel E Murphy
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What is Aquaponics?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sylvia Bernstein Dec 13, 2010. 20 Replies

The evolution of aquaculture and hydroponics using a man-enabled ecology where microbiology converts fish waste into nutrients for the plants resulting in clean water for the fish.  I have…Continue

Aquaponic Farmers Cooperative (work in progress)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Nose Apr 12, 2011. 15 Replies

The Aquaponic Farmers Cooperative is a group of aquaponic farms whose shared customer base, expense of distribution and online presence will provide more sales opportunities and save money for the…Continue

Aquaponic Farmers Association (work in progress)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Segraves-Collis Jun 13, 2011. 1 Reply

The Aquaponic Farmers Association (AFA) I am in the process of creating (don't google it you wont find anything yet) will be a legal platform to protect the specific needs of aquaponic farms by…Continue

Power Backup Basics

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Nov 19, 2011. 34 Replies

I just realized I am being foolish.  I don't have a backup generator, inverter, auto turn on or batteries.  What do I need to know and what would be the best products for a smaller setup?Continue

 

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18 grow pots, 2 bio filter grow beds,100 gallon resevoir with 4 largemouth bass. The bass are temporary to help get the system started. I will soon switch to Tilapia and shrimp.

I wanted to explain how my flood & drain system works:

My 100 gallon res pumps roughly 40 gallons of poop water to the first controller bucket with 3 legs of 3 pots on each leg. After 1 hour I pump the water to my second controller from the first with another set of 9 buckets. Then the water comes back to the fish res. The water level in the 100 gallon res only dips by 40 gallons but can service 18 pots and 2 bio filter beds (large mub tubs), I can easily fit 50-60 tilapia in the 100 res that will dip to 60 gallons. The idea of multi flood and drain should allow for patio aquaponic systems to be built easier. You can just transfer the water from system to system and back to the res. The only downfall is that possibly more nutrients are available to the first set of pots. not sure how much difference this will make as i am still testing this method. Each bucket in the system has a airstone and airline tubing running to it and gets aerated 24/7. This makes the system somewhat aeroponic as well. i am not sure this is a good idea yet as the roots aren't drying out and searching for water like it should. i can't tell if it is affecting it though since the root growth seems to be doing quite well. If anyone has any comments here i would appreciate it :) I was thinking maybe only run the air pump when I am actually flooding to keep the water in the pots aerated. This system is flexible in that you can grow larger vegetables and trees in the grow pots and smaller plants and herbs can be grown in the grow beds. You can link as many of these grow beds in line from the res to the first set as you like providing quite a bit of room for expansion. Another idea would be to pump the water back to the res each time to pick up more nutrients and use a sprinkler timer valve to direct the flow to different grow bed\pot sets then back to the res with a dedicated pump from the controller bucket. Why would i do all this? I only have 100 gallons of fish reservoir to work with. This fits all on my small suburban patio no problem.

Bass are fed shiners, minnows, dried krill and Koi pellets.

Currently growing: Cantaloupe, 4 varieties of tomatoes, 3 varieties of bell pepper, 2 varieties of sweet pepper, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, blueberries, fig tree, raspberries, thornless blackberries, muscadine grapes, watermellon, 2 varieties of green bean, swiss chard (red & green), broccoli, onion, carrot, rosemary, parsely, basil, cilantro, cucumber, strawberries.
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I want to combine renewable energy with aquaponics to help create a sustainable eco friendly lifestyle for my family.

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At 5:20am on December 17, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…

good morning, Daniel.  As of this morning you are part of the list of "featured" members on the Members page.  Small, silly thing, I know, but it's one way I have to thank you for your great efforts here the past few weeks.  

At 7:48pm on October 11, 2010, TCLynx said…
If it works, then it works
At 6:47pm on October 11, 2010, TCLynx said…
I like the use of the shelves. I don't really recommend such small plumbing though, time and bio slime will have to clearing the lines occasionally in the future.

Good to hear that you have more media in.
At 5:55pm on October 11, 2010, TCLynx said…
Just checked out the double decker. Looks like you need more media in those beds since the plants generally do better when the top inch of media stays dry. If you are getting any floating clay balls, you are either flooding too high or you need more media.

You will also need bigger plumbing to hook up the new pumps.
At 6:31pm on April 1, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Daniel,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community! I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics. There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to join in. Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system! Sounds like you have an amazing amount going on in there!

There are a few other Floridians in here - you might want to get to know TCLynx from Florida if you don't already.

We have just one rule - keep it cordial (no flaming!).

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.

Sylvia
 
 
 

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