Hello everyone! I recently finished Sylvia's Aquaponic Gardening book and feel empowered to make my own system. My goal is to eventually have an Urban Farm using Aquaponics, but I would like to start on a small scale first. I have about 500 SQFT of warehouse space at my disposal (lucky me!)
Our system will be a hybrid system--we will integrate media beds and DWC rafts. The water will be gravity fed from the fish tank to the media bed then to the DWC. Then at the end of the DWC there will be a pump (or sump w/ a pump?) sending the water back to the fish tank.
My question is this: can we pump the water back into the fish tank using a pool pump or do we need to utilize a sump tank? I am of the belief that we need a sump tank, but my business partner does not agree! I need a very good argument for why we need a sump tank--any suggestions?? Thank you :)
That's good news. I'd like to see pics of your setup. My system runs from the fish tank to the radial filter then to my 2 media beds and DWC then to the sump where it's pumped back to the FT. I feel this lessens pump problems due to the sump water being cleaner.
Don't know if that's your final configuration but you're going to need some room on both sides if the grow beds so you can reach the rafts for harvest and planting. What type of lighting will you be using?
Drastic changes in water level in the fish tank can cause stress on the fish. The sump tank removes this problem.
Just one advantage. I'm sure there are more. New at this myself, but really enjoying putting it together.
Water level is a biggie. On more than one occasion I've had a catastrophic leak in my system but with a sump the fish tank stayed full even though the sump was empty. The sump is also a great place to add nutrients. The sump will give you another place to aerate water just from the water splashing.
That'll never work. It;s just too darn neat!
The sump tank is a simple safety for your fish tank, to prevent it from going dry. Also adding more water to your system helps the stability of the water. Its also the best place to make water adjustments.
I have to agree with Jeff, its sure neat.
Aquaponics is why I started gardening for those same reasons but kept seeing all the neat things on Youtube so now I have a plethora of gardens going on outside too.