I have 2 projects started, indoor and outdoor. Both are delayed due to surgery. I am bored to tears. I've been buying my hardware and working the problems since Sep. Surrounded by AP goodies just laying there. I should have been cycling the indoor tanks by now, but noooooo!
Actually I'm in good spirits. This community has helped a lot. Keeps my brain busy is nothing else.
A bit of background: I'm retired Army and semi-retired database programmer. I've been an organic gardener all my life. Even as teenager it made sense. Got the kids through college ... my turn.
I have a 3 acre playgound with 3 large concrete slabs on it (old egg farm I was told). One I will use for my outdoor project. I also have a 40x40 shop (egg store I was told) that will host the indoor project.
The indoor is the focus even if I can't mess with it right now. I'm converting the South half (40x20) to greenhouse.
What I have...
700 gallon DWC growbed (not yet assembled), 700 GPH water pump, 40 LPM air pump, 2 - 330 gallon IBC fish tanks, 4 - 55 gallon drums for vortex clarifier, mechanical filter, and gallon biofilter, etc and an API test kit.
What I still need...
More greenhouse panels, raft material (288 holes), assorted plumbing.
For lack of something better to do, I uploaded a couple of pictures. I'll shoot some new ones and post.
Love the Community! Happy Holidays!
Started moving water 3/14/13 so I thought I'd start a system thread. Listing specs first in case I have questions along the way.
CHIFT PIGB DWC
2 IBC FTs (2500 liters)
Swirl Filter Barrel (200 liter)
Biofilter Barrel (200 liter)
700 GPH Water pump @ 4' head
40 LPM Air pump with 2 large air stones
3" plumbing between tanks and filters
2" to growbeds
1" Pump to FT
Total 90 degree elbows: 2
Completed 3/14/2013 and pumping water to a pretend GB. Not cycling until temps go up a bit. Adjusting kh and ph only.
Grow bed 9' x 18' @ 14" water level
8 4x4x2 rafts @ 288 2" holes
Greenhouse grow area foot print 20'x26'
FTs are off to the side of this area.
The dimensions of the GB are based on some 3D steel panels I have. They are 9' x 20" and 2" thick and come pre-insulated. I will back fill 4" under my tarp leaving 2" gap at the top leaving a 14" water level. The rafts will leave a 2 foot area on the return end for the pump compartment. I should have room for some smaller rafts to fill in the gaps.
The greenhouse panels should be finished in the next day or 2 and I can then put the GB together.
Greenhouse coming along. About 1/2 way done (10' of 20')