. A idea came to me this afternoon. Had always intended to solar pump the fish pond water up the hill to 3 holding tanks and then circulate it thru the growing trays back to the ponds. Thought was…Continue
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Lots of info on us on our blog..http://lasenda-ecovillage.blogspot.com/ (first post is on aquaponics) Have been developing this ecovillage effort for 7 months now..Have a protected growing tray area as part of the plan..Ponds I excavated after building a berm along the river two years ago. Fish population-tilapia-have been there over a year now so figure the ponds must have balanced themselves as no dead fish. Water enters the ponds underground from the river-so water is same level.Will solar pump water to tanks on hill behind complex and gravity feed it thru gardening areas and growing trays- and back to the ponds. Great to find your website- nice to connect with others that recognize what a closed system between fish & plants offers.
Yes temp/ shading would effect growth rate of phytoplankton growth.
I know it would cost more than simply digging or using existing ponds but I suggest maybe building a lined pond to control the rate of water flow so you can control the nutrient potency, otherwise you will be loosing a lot of valuable nutrients and cause pollution (ammonia won't collect in the pond for plant use on the hydroponic side. pH control would be near impossible in an underground flow-through system. 6.5 is good.
I am simply spread too thin these days...arrrrgggg... you know the saying "when it rains, it pours". Two, three years ago I had nothing but time. Now all these pokers/ irons are hot and ready, all at the same time. I sleep four to five hours at night with cat naps during the day whenever I need (if I'm on my farm).
I don't know when but I am still convinced that poop will be a hot commodity in the future. It makes no sense to me to flush all this nutrient down the drain to continue supporting the growth of chemical companies.
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