hey i am new also, so i cant answere probably any questions you have but do have one opinion i have learned. i have a spare bedroom and thought about using it as a place for a system and decided not to because the cost of lights and rrunning them. with a greenhouse. you will have free heat durring the day. the only problem is heating it night... which i havent incountered yet because i wont be adding fish for anohter three days soooo its just a thought to concider
yea i built a 10x12 pvc hoop house, idk how well the insulation will work i didnt get greenhouse plastic. i used 4mill contractors plastic, also do not know how well that will work. i live in oklahoma. and plan using tilapia hopefully getting them this weekend
not sure yet mike. this is my first aquaponic and green house attempt, all new here. the greenhouse is up and i have everything but the grow beds built and the heating figured out. just playing it by ear. i took the cheap hoop house route mainly to see if i enjoy it. if i do i will be making a more permanent greenhouse and use polycarbonate sheets. there is a form on here on how to heat the tanks fairly cheap. not sure how well it will work my guess a heater for the water and a small space heater will do the trick. just gotta see and find out. just not sure if by the time the cost to do that adds up to the same cost as lighint a spare bedroom or in your case a "basement".
HI Mike & Group,
I am rejoicing this morning. I am in Eastern TN and the winds last night were crazy. I fully expected the greenhouse to be in West Virginia.
Mike, I noticed that you mentioned a U-Siphon instead of multiple bell's What have you found here? I have a 4x16' gravel bed that I have been treating like a giant dutch bucket. I am thinking of trying a single large "p-trap" style siphon outside the bed to create an Ebb and Flow to increase aeration to the root zone. Not sure why everyone uses "bell siphons" as opposed to just a simple trap? Any thoughts?
One concern I am wrestling with is currently my water cycles through the fish tank > swirl filter > Grow Bed > DWC tank> back to Reservoir. If I cycle the gravel it may not be enough time in between cycles to fill and drain. Anyways, Thinking out loud.
Mike, it sounds like you are thinking a lot like me with size. Take a look at my pictures, they might be similar to your intentions. I am just going into my first growing seasons, I started it up in October last year, so I really can't tell you how much other than construction related things. But I would be willing to share what I have learned.
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Thanks. Have 36 dutch buckets going in this weekend. Can't wait till spring :)