I took all your advice and was able to add the things you recommended. I added two 5 gallon buckets as the grow beds and have it pouring into the NFT System through a pantyhose.
Here's the video: My First NFT Backporch Aquaponics System Part 2 - Troubleshooting
Here's my 2 questions:
1. Should I set up some sort of Bell Siphon so the two buckets will fill up and then flush out? Because it seems like the buckets are not filling up just going out the 2 holes in the bottom (Go figure!)
2. With NFT is it okay to not have a continuous flow of water? If I do the Bell Siphon the water will stop running as the buckets are filling. Is that ok?
two legit questions... however, nft is no place to start.
...i would recommend a DWC set up, over NFT. if you must stay this small, you could do one motar tub for the media filter, then a bucket full of orchard netting to polish the water, then go into another motar tub for the raft, then drop down into the fish tank, then pump back up to the media bed. this will give you a nice taste of the mechanics of aquaponics.
...i would discourage NFT ... its always too cold, or too hot... until you can control the growing environment, its just to risky.