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« on: August 07, 2011 09:18:39 AM »

Here's the 300 gallon aquaponics system I'm setting up for Bluegill and Channel Catfish.  Two 150 gallon tanks and sump.  Growbeds will be at the back (not built yet):



More about aquaponics:

http://www.aquaponics.net.au/aqua1/
http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/
http://backyardaquaponics.com/forum/index.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011 01:37:16 PM »

Very interesting.  What will the grow beds be made out of and what will you do with the fish?  We get ours from a traveling fishwagon.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011 10:24:23 AM »

The growbeds will be made from 55 gallon plastic barrels cut in half.  We plan to eat the fish.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011 08:24:21 AM »

Been working on the system a bit. 

Here's the growbed support I built:



Scrubbing out the growbeds:



Future new sump tank because the present one isn't deep enough:



Setup.  There will be more growbeds along the side:

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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011 08:55:48 AM »

Incremental progress.

New sump tank and floating island grow beds:

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2011 10:19:04 AM »

Floating islands growing basil, chard and lettuce:

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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2011 01:41:58 PM »

Got a couple more tanks and moved things around a bit.



Why is there always a giant rock right where I want my sump tank to be?

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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2011 04:03:15 PM »

Very cool! Thanks for sharing your progress, keep up the great work!
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2011 11:22:01 AM »

Thanks! 

Here's the present layout:



We had our first aquaponic salad last night!

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2012 07:55:29 PM »

My friend and I have just become enthralled with the idea of aquaponics. I'm obsessed with figuring out the varieties of vegetables that are best for the pH ranges and the varieties of fish that would work in our zone 6 climate. I think we may be using ebb and flow with Hydroton grow medium.

How is the floating system work for you? Are you going to experiment with more varieties of vegetables and or fruit? Have you been using any varieties of vegetables that normally grow in ponds rivers or lakes such as lotus, duck potato, or water cress? Are you using a single type of fish or are you using a variety?

There are a variety of options and varieties within each option. It will take me some time to plan out my system but the possibilities are exciting.

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