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Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx May 30, 2012. 7 Replies

I read quite a bit about aquaponics lately, though still a newbie and it seems to me that most folks agree that one shouldn't go smaller than 1,000Lt for the fish tank. I would like to try something…Continue

Newbie wants to get clued-up...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Joseph May 17, 2012. 3 Replies

Hi all!Yip, I'm new to the forum and to the topic of aquaponics, however, I am a fast mover and have decided to build my own system at home (in the suburbs) and farm with tilapia and greens. Problem…Continue

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May 30, 2012
TCLynx replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"Yes, fair summation.  Aquaponics can be done at any size but if you want to grow out bigger fish, you need a big enough tank for them (about 50 gallons would be a minimum for grow say a tilapia or bluegill, I'd go 300 gallons or 1000…"
May 30, 2012
Japan Aquaponics - アクアポニックス 日本 replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"Hi Richard, I did some work on really small systems to be used in classrooms and had systems running without any problems with as little as a 50 litre and a 13 litre fish tank.  You had to watch them carefully though as changes can happen…"
May 29, 2012
Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"The main reason people say larger is that if you make a mistake, the larger your system is the more cushion you have for absorbing the error. If you keep the input variables stable (water temp, food, air & light) the system should be stable -…"
May 29, 2012
Richard Joseph replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"OK guys, thanks for the responses. In conclusion it seems to me that what you are saying is that small can work, but not for "plate fish"? Would you say that's a fair summation?"
May 29, 2012
Carey Ma replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"You can substitute these tropical plants with green leaf veggies. You can substitute fancy tropical fish with edible carp or layer the tank and raise crawdads, shrimp and/ or snails."
May 29, 2012
Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"I have a 100 liter system indoors with goldfish that is quite stable so it is possible to go small. I just keep my fish load small to avoid water chemistry issues. I use egg shells to balance my PH and I haven't had to touch it in months."
May 28, 2012
TCLynx replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?
"If doing a little indoor thing with aquarium fish and some herbs under lights, you can go pretty darn small but you are not going to grow any plate size fish (unless you like eating off little girl's play tea party sets.) If you are going for…"
May 28, 2012
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Size does matter! Or does it? How small can I go with the fish tank?

I read quite a bit about aquaponics lately, though still a newbie and it seems to me that most folks agree that one shouldn't go smaller than 1,000Lt for the fish tank. I would like to try something smaller, but at the same time, I don't want to ruin the experiment either. Have any of you gone smaller, say 200-300Lt and was it succesful? What were the problem areas? Please advise...See More
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May 28, 2012
Richard Joseph replied to James McCullough's discussion Raft vs. Media filled Grow Bed (Sustainability)
"Quick qestion - albeit slightly off topic... Could one use glass marbles (partly or entirely) as a grow media or have I simply lost my marbles?? I ask because gravel is very heavy..."
May 18, 2012
Richard Joseph replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Newbie wants to get clued-up...
"Thank you both very much! I thought I'd just let the world know that aquaponics is taking hold here in South Africa - I am off to see my first system this morning, in Paarl (near Cape Town) and I would say that the general idea or concept of…"
May 17, 2012
TCLynx replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Newbie wants to get clued-up...
"You can also look up barrel ponics as Travis Hughey has written a wonderful free manual with step by step instructions for building it out of blue barrels. Manual link near bottom of the page at this link. And there is the IBC of aquaponics which…"
May 16, 2012
Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Richard Joseph's discussion Newbie wants to get clued-up...
"You can check out my video channel http://www.youtube.com/aquaponicsnyc It is a small system but you could scale it up to larger tanks and growbeds."
May 16, 2012
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Newbie wants to get clued-up...

Hi all!Yip, I'm new to the forum and to the topic of aquaponics, however, I am a fast mover and have decided to build my own system at home (in the suburbs) and farm with tilapia and greens. Problem is that I don't know of anyone who is already doing this around Cape Town and I have no experience in doing so. What I would like to know is if anyone can send me some info or direct me to a website where I can get a step-by-step guide to building my own system at home? Any advice would be…See More
May 16, 2012
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At 9:49pm on May 14, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Richard,

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 get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

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Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

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