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Living room system, I'm quite pleased with this design and the results so far. No ripe tomatoes yet, but soon!

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Comment by Jane on September 24, 2011 at 10:30am
any blooms  on the tomatoe ? , hand pollinating  ?
Comment by TCLynx on September 23, 2011 at 7:58am

Seeing as you are posting your pictures and stuff in the comments section of some one else's photo, there is not attachments upload option.

If you wish to make a discussion on your own where you can post all the design ideas and have an attachments upload option, you should do that in the Forum section of the site.

Comment by Mike Creuzer on September 22, 2011 at 11:17am

This is a pretty cool concept!

 

Being an expert on overflowing aquaponics aquariums in my living room... You want to make sure that the sump filter can handle all the water in the grow bed if the pump gets powered off at any point in the flood/drain cycle. I put a line on the sump that is the low cycle point in the sump when they system is completely full of water, and NEVER fill above that line.

 

I'd leave enough room between the top of the filter and the bottom of the 'house' so you can get your arm in there to clean the filter and also to be able to pull the sumps out. 

 

I'd leave enough room between the top of the aquarium and the bottom of the grow beds for an automatic fish feeder. Personally, I use http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1_____enUS442US442&gcx=w&...

 

If my experience is anything typical, there will come a time when you need to move the tank 2-3 feet to clean up the water under the tank so the carpet won't mold.

 

This would mean that the 'house' should be a free standing facade that wraps around the separate aquarium stand. This would grant you full access to all the plumbing, lights, etc. I've had it all fail on my in the last couple of years (let me tell you, smoke pouring out of your aquarium light that you can't get to because there is a growbed sitting on top gets exciting! How many people can say they've been asked 'Is your aquarium on fire?").

 

A blog post on my living room water woes. http://mike.creuzer.com/2009/08/tearing-down-a-75-gallon-tank-to-cl...

Comment by TCLynx on September 22, 2011 at 9:58am
imagine reaching under the board sticking out and bumping your head or back since it is really low to the ground.  Might be better to have it hinge down or to the sides or just simply have it be a front that can come right off and set out of the way till you put it back.
Comment by TCLynx on September 22, 2011 at 9:25am
You might want to make the whole lower wall that is hiding the sump, more or less removable so that people can have the easiest access to checking/cleaning the sump when needed.
Comment by TCLynx on September 22, 2011 at 9:01am
Just make sure to make the access easy too anything that needs regular attention.
Comment by TCLynx on September 22, 2011 at 8:14am
how do you access the fish tank?
Comment by Mike Creuzer on December 30, 2010 at 3:29pm
I like it!

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