Claire Corlett

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Backyard Aquaponics DIY System To Farm Fish With Vegetables

Backyard Aquaponics DIY System To Farm Fish With Vegetables


Backyard Aquaponics DIY System To Farm Fish With Vegetables cool right click the link in the
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I’m gonna give you a quick little tour of my aquaponic system we’ve had it
going probably since about June of 2011 and it is now November 6th of 2011 about
four months later let’s go check it out so here we’ve got our whole little
electrical pump set up right now all it has is the back wall soon it’ll have a
roof over its head with the little cement platform where I’ll be storing
some electrical stuff outlets etc switches to turn things on and off as
well as the air pump and the water pump here we’ve got our switches turn the
pumps on and off those awesome outlets it’s running on 240 volt now I’d like to
talk a little bit about how our air system works so I’m gonna give you a run
on here of how we have our PVC pipe and tubing all set up so here we’ve got our
two air pumps they each have a hose right here there’s two hoses and as you
can see right there as well as right here we’ve got our tubing that comes
from the pump and goes into this into this device that we’ve created it’s
kind of like a manifold an air manifold so we’ve got an end camp here that we
actually screwed a hole in then screwed a little nipple on and then we actually
drilled some holes into the same thing all around where we’ve got these nipples
I’ll show you here and you can actually see the water bubbling right there in
the corners again in that corner all right so here we’ve got our little
filter screen I’ll get to that in a second but here again we have our
nipples and we have our air stones so this manifold here pretty much is just
taking all the air and circulating it around so again there’s air coming in
from this side air coming in from that side and between those two air pumps
I’ve got enough air to pump all my air stones and there you have my manifold so
now let’s go back to this filter here so this filter screen is a filter screen
with the bot I think it’s a three to four inch pipe and that pipe is buried
underneath the ground and it pretty much goes to feed my wisteria as you can see
I’ve got a nice little gazebo here with some plank cover to keep it cool there’s
some banana trees in the back there some bamboo there’s a rose bush so this
pipe goes underground from the filter and we’ve got perforated pipe wrapped in
this fabric here this filter fabric underground and that serves as an
overflow so we get a lot of rain here in Santa Cruz so we have to incorporate an
overflow so that the tanks don’t overflow with water and the fish come
falling out the top so we’ve designed that overflow so that as the water fills
up from all the heavy rain all the winter long
I can actually feed all my other plants that are around this vicinity so I can
actually take the overflow water and bring it to where I need to using PVC
pipe and then here we’ve got our fish we’ve got about a hundred and seventy
rainbow trout more or less between this tank and this tank and they’re both
buried underground that helps us keep the water a lot colder I’m going to turn
off these pumps here and by turning off these pumps I think
we might be able to get a good cleanser some fish
I’ve had the fish for four months and there’s actually some pretty good-sized
fish in there I see some swimming in there we got a glimpse to them exactly
somewhere in here you can’t actually see we get quite the reflection there you do
see some close to the surface that was a pretty big one right there but let’s see
if we can get some light on here we are coming to surface here’s my
filter screen when the water goes back to the pump and up from the pump up the
hillside we’ll get a closer look at that as second and then we’ve got some stairs leading
up to the solids collector to the left so you come up the stairs and here we’ve
got our solids collector we’ve got the water coming in and we’ve got some
baffles right here and right here those are two baffles and then there’s
another one here in the middle that goes two-thirds of the way up these go
two-thirds of the way down it’s pretty much slowing down the water we’ve got
some water hyacinths helping to filter out the water these things the water
hyacinths are actually really good for your compost piles as well as you see
right there there’s the red knob that red knob right there along with this
pipe so we collect our solids our solids collect down at the bottom of this and
as they build up every so often we pretty much turn this valve and the pipe
goes down into a worm bin right there some hookup for air stones which we use
as our DJ’s chamber and there you have it there’s a filter screen down there there’s a filter screen as well as the
air stones which help to D gas all the ammonia and then we go to our first cha
we’ve got all kinds of different winter greens going here as you can see that’s
one two three and there’s another three down below there and it’s they’re all
stepped we’ve got one platform this platform here that stores these three
and then another platform there that stores our feet right now our system is
totally up and running this bed right here has not been planted
out yet as you can see I use bamboo rafts these come from local and
sustainable bamboo resource here in Santa Cruz so I have untreated bamboo
I’m working on different designs for these bamboos as you can see there
there’s those three and each one of those are tiered and then we’ve got
ourselves another little platform here that houses the next three some extra
tanks thinking about maybe growing some algae that I might use as fuel for my
veggie veggie powered diesel truck and also I can use some of that algae for
fish food after I squeeze all the lipids and use that as fuel but we’ve got many
different kinds of vegetables here winter vegetables we got cabbages we’ve
got broccolis we’ve got lettuces kales mustard greens bok Choy’s all the kinds
of different winter greens right now I’m actually trying to work on
the pH our pH is at 75 our waters at 51 point four degrees that’s actually
really good trout like the cold water now there is a battle between the
vegetables and the child here because I cold water but again I’m going with the
winter greens which do good in cold temperatures different kinds of greens
here as you can see we’ve got our plastic IBC tanks here cut in half these
are the bottom halves those are the top halves I’ve also got
some mosquito fish western gamba is growing in these tanks these mosquito
fish help keep the mosquito population down they eat all the algae which
competes with the roots or the plants for nutrition and they also serve as a
fish flu from my rainbow trout I also have different methods of capturing bugs
it’s one of the main diet for trout and there you have it so please check
back with us soon as we heat we’ll keep you updated with the progress of this
system thanks okay so what we’ve done is we’ve
constructed a main above above-ground pond the ponds dimensions are 13 feet by
5 feet by 3 feet we’ve calculated it and it’s roughly around 1,500 gallons of
water for the main pond the fish the fish that will provide the nutrition of
the nutrients for the system will reside in here if the what we’ve got then down
here at the bottom up the other end of this pipe as a sump pump it’s pushing
water up into what I’ve constructed what we call a swirl filter this is the main
I guess I’ll call it the heart and soul of it other than providing nutrients
this actually the purpose of this is to remove particulate matter so
water comes in to the swirl filter you can see it down there it’s coming in
it’s it got at a 45 degree angle PVC it starts since a whirlpool effect a
significant effect so that any particular matter that comes into the
swirl filter will be pushed towards the outside of the swirl filter and then
eventually drop to the bottom these two pipes here this one here is the exit
this one is the overflow you one’s a little bit lower than that one
look the water that’s a that’s leading in the
swirl filter through via that pipe comes out here so the nutrient-rich water
exits a swirl filter via this two inch PVC you can see the media beds here off
of it off of them I’m teeing off one-inch PVC at the bottom of the lava
rock here ok at the bottom of the lava rock here is a manifold that the
nutrient would rich water extrudes from filling up the media media bed that has
the lava rock you can see how wet the lava rock is and that provides the
nutrients and the water of course is the delivery mechanism for the plants if
then the water exits via a drain at this end into another 2 inch PVC all the way
down here underneath and into what will be the feeder fish barrel so this is
what we call a theater fish barrel so once up the nutrient-rich water filters
through the media beds providing the nutrition for the plants and things of
that sort it enters into the the barrel here okay and this is nothing more than
just a receptacle to hold the water we’re gonna screen this off and then
eventually stock feeder fish in here that we’ll be able to transplant to the
main pond to feed the main course that are providing the nutrition to the
plants that’s it back into the pond or we cool right click the link in the
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