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First Aquaponics System - Flood n' Drain - Pre-Cycled System.mp4

First-timer Aquaponics set-up. This is a flood and drain system which includes a sump tank at the bottom to keep the level of water in the fish tank steady. A fairly cheap set-up (would be cheaper with all gravel instead of hydroton but I was wary of it at first)

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Comment by moses dede on January 11, 2013 at 6:20pm

Point taken on the trick to the bell siphon to restrict the outflow tube just a bit where the water exits  and also to expand the inflow tube right where the water enters to create a swirling-motion .thank you.

Comment by Conner Goertzen on January 11, 2013 at 5:41pm

That's good! I can't find any duckweed at this time of year because it is too cold. My worm bin is doing well, however, so the protein will be supplemented with that eventually. Right now I am working with 5 small goldfish because all of the Koi ponds are frozen over as well or are not breeding in the cold. I figure goldfish are just as good to start out with until I can find a good edible fish that tolerates cold temperatures...The trick to the bell siphon is to restrict the outflow tube just a bit where the water exits (to help start the suction of the siphon) and also to expand the inflow tube right where the water enters to create a swirling-motion (also helps start the suction). I do this by adding a horizontal tube at the outflow so it doesn't pour straight out and also adding an adapter on the inflow that creates a funnel for the water. Also make sure to have a good amount of space inside the top of the siphon so there is a good pocket of air to make a vaccuum. Good luck!

Comment by moses dede on January 11, 2013 at 3:38pm

well am to start with a barrel am saving up for one  I got some duck weed I found at a river bed , that was an achievement and am also learning about the bell auto siphon,purifying the city water and the set up of the barrel.Apparently I have a small space suitable for the start up before I invest on bigger one in the sub-urban.

Comment by Conner Goertzen on January 7, 2013 at 12:48pm

Thanks, Mosess! It is the cheapest set-up that I could think of-- however it works very nice so far and looks great! I am getting ready to post a second video explaining important design aspects like how I am circulating water so there are no "dead zones", the various filters I have set-up, and the points where the water gets naturally aerated.

Comment by Mosess Dede on January 6, 2013 at 7:32am

wow this is inspiring 

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