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Homemade Aquaponics in an hour


A quick and dirty video on how to create an aquaponics system in an hour after you have gathered the materials.  I must admit, I have wrestled with the way to get the water to rise and fall in the right amounts for the system.  According to the forum report, that is done using the pump lift tube as the drain as well.

In a forum post from Aquaponics HQ, a simple system is shown that can work for almost anyone.

The system is simple, and can be set up in about an hour once you’ve collected materials. There are no fancy fittings or valves. Essentially, it’s all just cutting hose and drilling holes!

Homemade Aquaponics is for anyone

Aquap0nics can be useful for both home and business applications.  We have noted some of the commercial systems that are presently being built all over the world.  The fish provide the food for the growing vegetables, and then become actual food for our plates as well.  I like the fact that the entire system is organic assuming you don’t interfere with the growing areas.  Fish don’t live well when there is poison such as pesticides and land based fertilizers used in the system.  Assuming that the fish are fed only their standard fish food.

The video shows the way to create a simple system that uses only 5 gallon buckets.  These multiple buckets are connected with a few sizes of tubing in different configurations to allow the proper flow of water with the contained nitrate from the fish buckets up to the vegetable growing buckets.  There is a single pump used to move the lifeblood of the system, the nutrient enriched water up to the vegetables and the purified water where the roots have pulled all the nitrate from this water and sent the water back to the fish without any other filtration.

The aquaponics system needs some agitation to the fish buckets, so an air pump is also used for the fish.  Two electrical accessories are all that are needed to operate the system – of course the water movement is controlled by a timer to allow the water flow to the roots to be done on a periodic basis, rather than drowning them all the time.

Vegeatables in buckets

Image by Ryan Somma used under the Creative Commons license.

The only drawback of this basic aquaponics system here is that the fish are not given a lot of light or attention, although I would not be surprised that the fish are just fine.   They are not disturbed by people looking through the glass, the bucket plastic walls are opaque.  Movement around them is not seen and the fish are left alone in their buckets without disturbance.  In the final analysis, this whole system could be run by a pump operated by solar power and the same with the single air pump.  The only other input needed is the replacement of evaporated water and the fish need to be fed.  How can it be made simpler or more organic for the vegetables and even fruits that are grown by the system.

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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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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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