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Home Build an Aquaponics system


Keeping tropical fish comes in all flavours and shapes.  Some people prefer to breed “impossible fish” while others dedicate serious time and effort to a particular aquascape. Others simply obsess on fish and build large fish rooms to house all their specimens.

My interests include the problems associated with growing healthy and non-polluted food – this is a system that marries both hydroponics and aquiculture techniques with very little outside power required.  This topic will be ongoing as appropriate articles appear.

I am looking to find. for my readers, a good way to build an aquaponics system at home by myself.  Occasionally this blog will explore the ways fish keeping and green living can be combined.

build an Aquaponics system

Build an aquaponics system

One interesting method, that seems to be a proper project for this combination, is identified at Instructables.com :

This low-cost vertical aquaponic system can grow leafy greens, herbs and raise fish for a small family year round, and it fits in a 5′ by 3′ space.

Build an Aquaponics System in about 2 hours!

The system is built of discards from various places or products that are quite easily available at a local hardware store.  Of course, living in Montreal, where it is very cold in winter,  a system like this cannot be used year round or left operating outside during the winter.

There is no reason that a fully integrated food/fish system like this could not be improved to the point where it can be brought indoors and become an attractive furniture piece for the home.

If you wish to build an aquaponics system inside, though, you might want to visit the local pet store to provide standard glass aquariums of big enough size to house the fish.  They should also provide proper stands to hold the tanks safely.  The aquariums would allow the fish tank’s inhabitants to be viewed.

The rest of the growing structure can be kept quite similar to the outdoor model, or the plumbing can be spruced up with less industrial piping for an upscale interior location.  Place the place growing system in a bright and sunny location.  The fact that sunlight should not be allowed into the aquariums can be overcome by the liberal use of background paper to block it from solar rays from the tank interior.

Secondly, although the article’s:

Recommended plants and fish
Leafy vegetables, tomatoes and herbs do well in these systems. So do flowers. You can experiment to find which do well and fit your needs.

Tilapia and trout do well, they grow quickly and they’re delicious.

The trout will probably have to be eliminated and only tilapia considered since they are African Cichlids and are quite suited to more temperate conditions than trout.  No-one is interested in adding the bother and expense of chillers for the aquariums.

Tilapia, which can live quite happily at standard room temperature, are a perfect fit.  The tanks should be large enough to allow strong fish growth.  The fact that tilapia are often quite prolific can create a constant selection of maturing fresh fish to be harvested – trout are much more difficult to breed and keep in production – in or outside.

For a much more exhaustive guide to build an aquaponics system like this, the original guide with lots of pictures is found at Engineering for Change

Steve Pond
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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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