I started my aquaponics interest 6 years ago in philippines. And when I got married i moved here in CA. i said to myself i can finally start my aquaponic becuase there's a community here. Before it was hard to get people interested with my passion. they either have no idea what i was talking about or because of Filipino mentality being always afraid to embrace technology. For us it's complicated and expensive.
So i decided to design the simplest system i can imagine.
-I bought 3 used grow beds for $75 arrange in cascading order. (like philippine rice terraces)
-3 Bell siphon
-A 6ftwide 15inches snapset kiddie pool
-Jim's Plant floater from Taiwan Aquaponics
-Pea Gravel that I got for free from CRAIGLIST
-5in1 Test Strip
And my choice of fish is goldfish. 10cents in petsmart not to mention they can withstand cold therefore i dont have to put heater. Also I can never eat my own produce as i have the tendency to be attached to them. Especially that my daughter will start naming each one of them.
This is the story of why my husband is starting a group called. "I lost my wife to AQUAPONICS!"
Watch out they will be attacking our community!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ON THE DESIGN SO I CAN REDESIGN IT BEFORE I START! THANK YOU
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remember you have six feet of space under the grow beds and you can always hang a curtain :)
I am following taiwan aquaponics.
so far the only aquaponic "garden". not aquaponic system. so beautiful.
Jon Nose said:
remember you have six feet of space under the grow beds and you can always hang a curtain
Ivy, from my experience, I had a very hard time tuning my bell siphons to work so that the siphon initiates and breaks when the bed is empty. I think you will be able to have the first one to operate well enough, but you won't be able to adjust the flow rates of the next two. Personally, with a system like this, I would use stand pipes with your pump on a timer. You can flood the beds once or twice an hour. With the stand pipe, you can easily control the flood height. Your pipe can have little holes at the bottom that will allow the beds to drain completely. I hope that helps. I'm new to this stuff, and I love it. Be sure to post pictures of your progress.