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    Thread: Aquaponics, sure, why not

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      I just want to keep things as a record b/c it allows me to go back and reference as well as document what I may have been doing at a given time. And not be held hostage with a 400/yr cost to be able to do 3rd party hosting

      For both NH3 and NO2, I strive for zero. My NO3 around 80 PPM per the pond master test kit. That is subject to change once I finish the (hopefully) last change for inside my greenhouse.

      I'll get a few pics up this evening so a better idea of what I doing can be seen.

      Adam

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      Quote Originally Posted by BroHay View Post
      I just want to keep things as a record b/c it allows me to go back and reference as well as document what I may have been doing at a given time. And not be held hostage with a 400/yr cost to be able to do 3rd party hosting

      For both NH3 and NO2, I strive for zero. My NO3 around 80 PPM per the pond master test kit. That is subject to change once I finish the (hopefully) last change for inside my greenhouse.

      I'll get a few pics up this evening so a better idea of what I doing can be seen.

      Adam
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      This is a photo of my current expansion/with the larger dedicated koi tank my wife wanted to add before I even completed the original expansion.


      Sits in a 30x36 GH. The current expansion consists of a 250 gallon IBC with a RFF (Radial Flow Filter) and an MBBR. I was just trying to seed some media, but there would have been a third poly barrel for a SUF (Static Upflow Filter)

      It would have been capable of sustaining 184SF of growing area with


      This is my dedicated "koi pool" that is roughly 1100 gallons and will house the current 30 koi that we have. I am still trying to figure out how to get everything I need to tie back into the original expansion. I'll get something that I can grow in the IBC that might find its way to the table :whoknows:


      At roughly x4 the size, it could support a higher stocking density and ALOT more growing area.

      My GH within a GH (it has been low 20's the past few mornings. Covering up my test system/future expansion



      I keep cutting this thing back and it keeps growing. 2nd season and not showing signs of slowing down yet.


      Still getting strawberries


      20 koi powering the test system that skip the original expansion and go straight to the pool.




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      I grow plant in the pond too.. mostly lettuce for me and the koi.. also a few herbal plant like mint and basil.. rosemary and such. Cheap free filtering properties n food..

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      i think aquaponic set up used talapia as fish because they can tolerate higher /dirtier water/

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      Yes, tilapia are the norm, but is a big :no-no: in this state. Have to permit with fish and game, all male (chemically neuter) and hatchery has to be certified by state (and no hatcheries do this anyway nor are any approved to do business) , and subject to monthly reporting and inspections.

      So koi it became. I still have not ramped my system up b/c looks like I get to start over again.

      So Tilapia will become my engine for GH and the koi will become more of an ornamental aspect, but Ill still put them to work with the collection of their solids for use in my AP system.

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      I'm happy for those who got it to work, but in the context in that I was using it, (straight pond water and nothing additional), it failed. The experiment was to see if pond waste water alone could support plants in an aquaponics setup. To add anything additional made it more work than just dumping that same water on plants in the dirt - which proved to be much better as far as the plants were concerned. So, the container was broken down, the media went into storage, and on to the next project .

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      This was planted around the first of May


      This is the root growth of the same plants pictured below. The closet baskets are from Green onions that I stuck in after one night from Chinese food.



      The tall plant (with yellow flowers) is a leftover romaine base that stuck in and took off. Got about 2-3 servimgs of leaves before. It bolted to flower.

      Strawberries that were from the original 'test' system that has not had any nutrients added since beginming of may other than adding water to keep running.




      Taste like cotton candy.

      Run from no more than this setup with no other additives other than water and food.



      Now I get to incorporate some additional changes and put the final design into place at my soon to be new house.....

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      Starting to get some eggplant, cucumbers and bell peppers.







      I let it get too hot a frw days and stressed out/burnt some of the plants.

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