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Koi in 500gal with four 4'x4'x1' f&d gravel beds. Made of used wood pallet frames lined with used billboard tarp, insulated with 1.5" foam and enclosed with painted osb board.

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Comment by Bob Campbell on December 12, 2012 at 3:09pm

Looks great!

Aquaponics & aesthetics - I'd coin this as Nature Tech

Comment by Averan on December 11, 2012 at 11:08am
I've been wanting to go solar too. The passive solar heater is to help take the edge off of the cold so that the fish, bacteria and plants can be more productive. I also only run the siphons in the greenhouses where the warmer air helps heat the water. The two beds that are uncovered I just run constant flood to minimize heat exchange.
Comment by John C. Gipson on December 11, 2012 at 10:51am

Yeah I really dig the astro turf! They sell a roof top solar water heater down here too, but unless you live up in the mountains you really dont need hot water. Gotta love Costa Rica LOL I was thinking for my little kitchen herb garden they sell these little Coleman battery recharger solar panels, hook that to a car battery and in turn hook a small power inverter to run the pump. We shall see. My wife hates it when I go playing with new science experiments LOL

Comment by Averan on December 11, 2012 at 9:48am
Thanks John. We moved in Oct 1. The astro turf and terraces were perfect for aquaponics. I'm picking up more koi tomorrow. :) btw, photo taken from the roof where I have a super cheap and simple solar water heater setup.
Comment by John C. Gipson on December 11, 2012 at 7:48am

that looks awesome! Nice work!

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