Sorry I didn’t get a video up for September. It was a very busy month for me and a few things didn’t get done. I will create a post about it in the near future maybe.
But back to the subject at hand.
If you have been following my DIY Aquaponics Setup site you understand this is a sort of experiment for me. My goal was and still is, to be able to not only eat garden produce from this but also harvest edible fish. To accomplish this I will need to graduate from Koi to a more palatable species such as Catfish, Bass, or Perch. These are readily available (and legal) in my location. Hopefully I will be able to do this by next season.
With that being said I must admit I really enjoy the Koi. They are fun to watch and take care of. Things seem to be more peaceful with them around. I can completely understand why people collect the rarer variations. The water plants are interesting also and are beautiful to boot.
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Here is my brief report on my DIY Aquaponics Setup on August 1st. This system has been running since early spring and overall has done well. That doesn’t mean everything has been perfect. My biggest issue has been getting yellow leaf on the older leaves of my plants, especially on my green bean bushes.
This points to the plants inability to harvest iron from the fish water. This could be because there isn’t any but my testing kit says there is. However my ph has been hovering a little on the high end, 7.5 -8.0 and that will reduce the plants absorption abilities. The fix is to add chelated iron which I have been doing regularly.
My overall plant growth has been slower than my conventional beds. This can be seen especially in my sunflower pants which also have been suffering from some black leaf along with my tomatoes. These I removed and replaced with other plants with the broccli doing the best, in this case better than the ones planted in my dirt beds. My one lemon cucumber plant has also done well the harvest count at 11 cuks so far.
The fish in this DIY system have been doing well. It would be nice if they were an eatable species but at the moment I am using KOI. They are fun to watch and will eat the feed right out of my hands.
I hope you are doing well with your own DIY Aquaponics or thinking about starting one in the future. I would like to expand mine but for right now I need to learn a little more about squeezing the full potential out of what I have. Will be planting winter crops soon and need to get my green house up.
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I was able to put my 1st diy Aquaponics setup together using a mixture of new and used parts, mostly used. It was completed under $200 and has 32 sq. ft. of grow beds and a 220 gal. fish tank. Began running in May and although results are not perfect they are doing fairly well. Check out the growth in the last 30 days (since my 1st video) and remember, if I can put together a diy Aquaponics system, so can you!
Ann, aka Aqua Annie, has started small and is taking it slowly to learn the skills necessary to have a producing Aquaponics system. That is the beauty of this type of food growing system, you can start small and gradually grow to the size that is comfortable for you. I like how she has both floating beds and media beds. Aquaponics is so flexible which is what makes it so much fun to boot.
Nate not only shows you where to get a good quality pump for your Aquaponics but also explains how to figure out what size pump you will need. This much needed video simply explains the ratio between GPH (gallons per hour) and head or head height. As usual Nate makes it easy to digest using his famous portable wipe off board!
This DIY Aquaponics System was put together from stuff laying around my farm and stuff some of my friends had. I spent money on only the rock and the pond liners, less than $200 total.
You can make a system cheaply out of stuff you already have, even totes or buckets to see if you like growing food this way (fish too).
This system revolves around a 220 gal stock tank with 15 medium size koi – goldfish. Grow beds are 4 ft square and 12 inches deep for a total of 32 cubic feet or 239 gal. This is pretty close to the 1 to 1 rule.
I have read that a system that is tuned properly can go as much as 3 to 1 but I am not sure how because if the beds were all full at the same time there would be no water in the fish tank… my beds take a little less than 90 gals when full so I could safely go 1.5 to 1 with this set up.
So I will be adding beds to this in the future, most likely with 5 gal buckets. Will make updated videos of the progress.
P. S. Feel free to leave comments or questions.
I was looking all over YouTube for using five gallon buckets in an Aquaponics system. I finally found this one that has been around for a while. It had no keywords in the description so the search box was not picking it up! Glenn has a great idea and system here that is expandable. He also has some other bucket Aquaponics ideas that I will be featuring soon. Thanks Glenn and please enter a description on your videos to make them easier to find.
I like this variation for an Aquaponics set-up because the water level in the fish tank remains at a constant level. Mine at the moment fluctuates as much as 10 inches. The fish don’t seem to care but I do have some water lillies and other floating plants that don’t seem to like the fluctuation.
Having a sump or overflow tank also allows you to ad some extra filtration and a heater if you like in a location that isn’t affected by fish or plants.
CHOP means Constant Height One Pump. Also called CHIFT PIST
This system uses the fish tank overflow to fill the grow beds. This allows you to use one pump for the entire system which makes you even more sustainable and less reliant on electricity.
The beauty of an Aquaponics system is the fact that fish and plants grow together within a mutually supporting system, a true symbiotic relationship. Each providing the nutrients for the other while at the same time refreshing the environment. Curt wants to increase these efficiencies even more. This is a really cool approach by a person who draws from his heating and cooling background.