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Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Leschorn Jul 16, 2012. 10 Replies

Assuming you can somehow keep the pumps from pumping it all out by stopping them before water gets too low? Would love thoughts on this... I put it in the Fish section thinking that it was related to…Continue

Starting my new basement system, would love feedback...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Parr Jul 16, 2012. 6 Replies

So, I am in the early stages of starting my new basement system, I needed a reason to cleanup my basement and paint the walls, Aquaponics provided that reason... :) Here is a diagram of the system…Continue

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John Leschorn replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"Barry - Thanks for the information...."
Jul 16, 2012
Keith Rowan replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"you could probably find a bluegill species to start with"
Jul 16, 2012
Jon Parr replied to John Leschorn's discussion Starting my new basement system, would love feedback...
"HD sells 3/4" foam panels with a Mylar skin for $7, cheaper than drywall, mud, and paint. One thing to consider about duckweed in sump is that returning water will drive the duckweed down to intake level of pump. Pump will then distribute DW…"
Jul 16, 2012
Barry Post replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"Thanks Keith That it very helpful. I'm still in the planning stages of Starting my system. I'm going to do something small to kinda get the feel of it.I would like to get a 500 gal fish tank But I guess my 50 gallon will do for a start. At…"
Jul 16, 2012
Keith Rowan replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"rosy reds are just a color morph of "fat head minnows" that will reproduce in tanks.. scuds are "Gammarus" -  a tiny fresh water shrimp that i grow to feed fish and to break down solids.. i'll put some new pics in my…"
Jul 16, 2012
Keith Rowan replied to John Leschorn's discussion Starting my new basement system, would love feedback...
"i read that flat white paint is better than foil.. something to consider"
Jul 16, 2012
Barry Post replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"Just thought of something .How bout growing it in the clarification tank"
Jul 15, 2012
Barry Post replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"As far as not pumping the duckweed through your pump goes. If you have a sump pump ( the kind they use in basements ) you could set the float so that there is alway enough water in in it .What is duck weed any way.Can you eat it. or does it have to…"
Jul 15, 2012
John Leschorn replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"Keith -  A couple of questions...   What are Rosy Reds?  What do you grow water lettuce?  What are scuds?   As for tilapia leaving it alone?  Shouldn't they eat it?  Let me know..."
Jul 15, 2012
Keith Rowan replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"yup; in my basement i have a 30 or 40 gallon "yard pond" on the floor.. it's getting light from a pair of t8's that are mostly over a 55gal tank with rosy reds.. the dw even overtakes the water  lettuce - the scuds eat the…"
Jul 15, 2012
John Leschorn replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"So since the sump has lots of movement, that is a bad idea... OK makes sense... You say it doesn't need lots of light, so do you think I can grow it on "waste" light from a nearby grow bed?"
Jul 15, 2012
Keith Rowan replied to John Leschorn's discussion Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?
"i've not had much luck with growing duckweed when there's lots of surface movement of the water doesn't need lots of light either"
Jul 15, 2012
John Leschorn posted a discussion

Why not grow duckweed in a sump tank?

Assuming you can somehow keep the pumps from pumping it all out by stopping them before water gets too low? Would love thoughts on this... I put it in the Fish section thinking that it was related to fish in the sense that I would use it as part of their feed...See More
Jul 15, 2012
John Leschorn replied to John Leschorn's discussion Starting my new basement system, would love feedback...
"Updated design...  Thinking about wisest use of light, reducing the "wasted" light on the fish tank and sump and simplification of the overall infrastructure...   Another question...  Why not grow duckweed in the…"
Jul 13, 2012
Ian Cameron replied to John Leschorn's discussion Starting my new basement system, would love feedback...
"I use SunBlaster flourescents. I looked around for the best intensity light with lowest energy use and came up with these. Sourced reasonably locally at a green house supplier. Also, 0.06/kwH electricity helps a lot as long as I don't exceed…"
Jul 13, 2012
John Leschorn replied to John Leschorn's discussion Starting my new basement system, would love feedback...
"Ian - You have a short growing season and long winters, how do you contend with lighting needs of you plants?"
Jul 12, 2012

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a friend
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No
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia
How big is your fish tank?
150 Gallons
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Have 8 kids and about 20 acres in indiana. I want to figure out how to grow enough food to eat/sell to ensure that I don't have to worry about my family budget... :)

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At 9:07am on July 5, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Thanks for buying my book, John!  Glad you enjoyed it and best of luck with your basement system plans!

At 8:58am on July 3, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome John!

 

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members--no question is too basic. 

 

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

 

Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

 

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