Just finished week 2 of my adventure in aquaponics yesterday. So thankful for the people in here and on Aquaculturehub.org who have given me suggestions. I even got an answer to my silly question about "what the heck do I do with basil?" (As you can predict, besides never having grown anything before-- I'm also not a gourmet cook). Fortunately, I like pesto pasta!
Week 2 of "Auntie's Food Machine": To my amazement, my fish are still alive. Most of my seedlings came up (think I got a bad batch of cucumber seeds..grrr). Started a small bucket worm farm. Today I added 5 gallons of worm tea to the system (I needed more water anyway) and more worms to the grow beds. Will plant some new seeds later today in my second "seeds for dummies" starter kit. Bought a rain barrel cachement to snag some water off of my tin roof. Will hook that up when I find some available male-muscle to hire. My water chemistry is now starting to show nitrates, and my ammonia level is excellent (sigh of relief). Added some seashells to the fish tank to help lower my pH...which is still too high. Also have some minor algae in my bucket siphon, so I just put a lid on it...literally.
So... 15 days into my adventure... nothing dead...yet!
[Week 2: tub 1 picture below]
Week 2: System picture below]