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Farm, Garden and The Land => Live Stock, Critters and Aquaculture => Topic started by: meancoyote on November 16, 2008, 10:25:20 AM

Title: Aquaponics
Post by: meancoyote on November 16, 2008, 10:25:20 AM
This is my fish raising setup, I have raised 100 catfish to 2 pounds in it. I have bluegill in it now. The tank is 1200 gallons, The IBC is used as a filter, it is filled with a few thousand shredded plastic bottles for filter media, also it is setup for aquaponics too, I have grown lettice, mint and watercress. The water from the tank waters my raised bed gardens from a pump and timer, and the tank is kept full with a float valve.
(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a63/meancoyote/100_4143.jpg)
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: millerized1 on November 16, 2008, 10:45:52 AM
I applaud your engineering and your ingenuity. If there was just some way to recycle your waste into the stream, you'd have a complete circle of life :)
Nice Job!
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: archer on November 16, 2008, 11:11:01 AM
+1 nice. Can we get more details on how you did this?
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: Ebbtide on November 16, 2008, 06:52:57 PM
I'd also like some more info and pics if you will Thanks!
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: meancoyote on November 16, 2008, 08:00:23 PM
I learned it all here, http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/index.htm
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: Synaptoman on January 11, 2009, 10:21:38 AM
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If there was just some way to recycle your waste into the stream, you'd have a complete circle of life

Mmmm, that may not be that far off.  We have integrated chickens into our Aquaponic systems and the chicken poop sure makes great Tilapia food.

(http://synaptoman.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/chickens.jpg?w=500&h=375)

Read all about it here;

http://synaptoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/aquaponics-101-chicken-sht-and-swimming-pools/ (http://synaptoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/aquaponics-101-chicken-sht-and-swimming-pools/)

Cheers

Synaptoman
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: Brian Gallimore on January 13, 2009, 08:26:10 AM
I can't believe I've never heard of aquaponics before now.  This stuff is amazing!  I have that feeling... of yet another hobby/obsession coming on.  Must resist...
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: Ultio1 on January 13, 2009, 09:56:54 AM
I can't believe I've never heard of aquaponics before now.  This stuff is amazing!  I have that feeling... of yet another hobby/obsession coming on.  Must resist...

Good luck with the resistance. I read a couple posts, checked out a few websites and I cant stop daydreaming about it. I have always liked and kept aquariums except when I was in the military so I instantly was attracted to aquaponics and yeah its definitely already in the hobsession category. I see a 10 inch piece of pvc and I immediately think I might be able to use that in my aquaponics construction process. Its addresses several issues for the survivalist: Water storage, meat (fish and now chicken), and gardening. This is the kind of stuff that people should be getting huge tax breaks for doing. I am into this as soon as I can get some accommodations up My tank will have to be above ground and inside because of heat so its the green house first then the aquaponic setup. I have 30 experience keeping fish in aquariums of all sizes and shapes So I think I can handle the fish end and Ill just keep trying the gardening until I get it right. I am so tempted to just go to the bank a get nice fat loan and have it all right now but I will wait....

meancoyote, Synaptoman ...
You guys are all over it.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing.
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: forfreedom on January 21, 2009, 03:31:19 PM
meancoyote,

Some of us engineering challenged and plain impatient, will pay $15 or so for a detailed manual. I will anyway.
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: meancoyote on January 23, 2009, 09:39:34 PM
http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: creuzerm on January 31, 2009, 02:15:16 AM
I have been watching this for a couple of years now, devouring all the info I can.
My bookmarks on the topic: http://delicious.com/creuzerm/aquaponics (http://delicious.com/creuzerm/aquaponics)

I was quite tickled when I stumbled across a booth at the Wisconsin State fair that dealt with aquaponics this summer.

I have been slowly accumulating the pieces I need to build an very small scale, indoor version. At this point, I am probably $50 and a free weekend away from having a running system. I really need to just take the plunge and do it. I think that my biggest foot-dragger is that I am in an apartment and would have to take it down to move it every year. I have been trying to stage the pieces so if I get a place of my own I can take that plunge quickly after moving in.
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: Coyote on February 03, 2009, 04:59:47 AM
I have a small scale setup that I've been 'getting my feet wet' with for the past two years.  Hoping to score a free pool off of freecycle or a similiar site this summer to expand.  Great setup! Synaptoman...very interesting setup with the chickens.  Who would have thought...
Title: Re: Aquaponics
Post by: Roswell on February 03, 2009, 04:25:49 PM
man i wish i had the land to do this.  Great set up meancoyote and cool idea  Synaptoman of adding the chickens