I am new to aquaponics and am planning my first system with limited space in the backyard. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with growing plants in a greenhouse while keeping the fish outside?
I have a small greenhouse constructed on a 7 x 3 foot wood pallet which would serve as the area to house the grow beds. I want to maximize my grow bed area so I was planning to place the fish tank outside to save space. I don't believe this is an ideal situation but figured it would be better than using no greenhouse at all. I live in Southern California where the weather is pretty mild so I figured it would not be too extreme a difference. I was also thinking I could insulate the fish tank and pipes to help keep water temp more constant.
Any thoughts or inputs would be appreciated.
I'm new to aquaponics as well, but it doesn't sound like a problem to keep your fish tank outside the greenhouse as long as you still have it covered. If you can keep rain from getting into it (& possibly changing the PH), and fish from jumping out, I don't think there is an issue with the tank outside the greenhouse. If you look at various system examples (lots of them in a document free through backyardaquaponics.com) you can see other people with outdoor systems as well - though having a greenhouse to cover everything probably makes it a little easier to maintain.