I read that one method of vegetable growing in an aquaponics system is to take recycled one liter soda bottles with the bottoms cut off and hung upside down with grow media and on rows to allow water to flow through the media and through each one. I'm looking to cut costs as much as possible so would this be a viable option for a beginner? I have a 55 gallon fish tank that I intend to fill with tilapia (Or whatever fish is easier to grow since I'm new at this).
Soda bottles? Why not? The only downside I can think of is that it might take quite a bit of plumbing to connect enough bottles to cover a 55 gallon fish tank.
I've done this on a small scale. It does work, and is certainly one of the better looking incarnations of aquaponics. There are some things to think about though:
Take some pictures if you decide to try this and let us know how it goes!
That would work. The window garden guys proved it...but they were doing hydroponics. 55 Gallons might be a bit much for those though.
A couple of the concrete mixing tubs from Home Depot or Lowes would save you time and would be much easier to set up.