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Aquaponics
#1
The family on the first episode of DP, and the pair of families on the last episode really had some neat setup with the Aquaponics. Doing some reading through various websites, it looks like you can start off getting a system working in nothing more than a fishtank.

There's quite a few sites out there right now selling kits and supplies. I have a couple of old fishtanks laying around. I might see if I can get something started in growing some herbs and other smaller leafy plants.

Anyone else interested in getting into it? We could compare notes and systems.
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#2
Depending on the cash needed to start, it could be very interesting. I don't know if there would be a limitation to what you could grow. I don't see someone growing corn like this. That said, depending on the yield of the crop it could work out very well. Controlled circumstances should allow you to grow crops through the brute year.

I will have to do some research on this.
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#3
Iv been planing to get into it. A fish forum im on has a few people using an aquaponics set as filters for their tank. I read one person growing tilapia in one tub and using aquaponics set up as his filter.

Growing ur own food and medicinal plants is a great skill to know.
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#4
I found a book on Aquaponics, so I'm gonna peruse through that. Got a sick kid today so digging out the fishtank and getting it cleaned probably isn't gonna happen.
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#5
Let us know how it goes. I got a ton of empty tanks atm and tons of free time. Well the empty 35g isnt empty anymore. Nor will one of my multiple 40g soon.

How big of a tank are you trying with?
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#6
Leplat;51415 Wrote:Let us know how it goes. I got a ton of empty tanks atm and tons of free time. Well the empty 35g isnt empty anymore. Nor will one of my multiple 40g soon.

How big of a tank are you trying with?

I have a 20g upright and a couple of 10's. None are really that suited for anything other than just testing out the system. The 20 is the same footprint as the 10's just twice as tall.

I found on CL lastnight that someone nearby has a 20G that's a larger footprint and would probably make a nice deep water system. They only wanted $20 for it.
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#7
Will Allen's Growing Power Urban Farm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIpu_6wF-Cw
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#8
So these systems use no soil at all, the plants take root in gravel?
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#9
Been doing a good bit of research into this, and I think I have a plan to actually build a medium size system here. If I do it, it's gonna be an indoor system, and I think I can do it rather inexpensively. I have most of what I need already here, just need to buy a pump, some florescent tubes in the right color range and some extra wood to build the frame.

It'll be interesting to tie it into my Home Automation system as well, since eventually, I'm gonna build an automatic fish feeder.
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#10
streaker69;52522 Wrote:I have most of what I need already here, just need to buy a pump, some florescent tubes in the right color range and some extra wood to build the frame.

Sounds like you are growing pot in your closet. Watch out for random SWAT team raids Wink
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