Hi all, I'm a complete newbie who's fascinated with the idea of aquaponics. I plan to build a system in my basement. I live in Colorado and like the idea of a stable climate indoors.
My plan is to build the system using three plastic 55 gallon barrels. One for the fish tank, one sliced in half to make two grow beds, and one as a sump with the pump in it. Basically, I plan to build this setup:http://www.aquaponics.net.au/Chops.html
My basement is real dark, so I was thinking I would supply light using fluorescent shop lights directly above the grow beds (placing so the fish tank wouldn't catch the light).
In the beds I was thinking I would plant veggies that grow at similar heights to keep the lights low and close to all plants. I'm thinking lettuce, mache, spinach, and the like.
For the fish tank, for this first setup, just small ornamentals like gold fish. My hope is that if this system is a success, then when I move to a larger property in the next couple years where I plan to start a hobby farm, I can put a larger AP system in a green house and run it all year using edible fish.
So, does anyone see any problems with this plan? Am I crazy to try and do this in the basement? Should I really be doing it outside? I'd appreciate any and all input. This is a great forum! Thanks so much.