Dutch Bucket System
Discovery Aquaponics is back online.
Hi all well it has been a long while and after overcoming a heap of health problems and other issues plus someone hijacked my URL for the old site I am getting back into it and going to find and re-post my old posts and the new ones as well.
When last I was here I promised to let you know about a few things namely a new shed and a new greenhouse which is mobile and also I was going to start to build and hopefully sell a few homemade starter Aquaponics set ups to people who don’t have the time to get started on their own.
So slowly but surely I will be getting all this and more back on track to carry on regardless to bring home grown food to the family and maybe make the world a healthier place again. This is my small contribution to the whole “Saving the Planet” idea.
My idea for the starter set up is a solar powered unit and only one air pump which runs instead of an electrical pump. This not only saves power costs but reduces the chance of fish loss due to power blackouts. Of course you can still use a pump to do the job and also have the air pump as not only a back up but to help put oxygen into the system.
Further to Aquaponics I have been checking out different methods used which I am quiet happy to be using and one is from the “BACK TO EDEN” film in where he just uses the wood chip and mulch to cover the garden bed and that is it. He does very little watering if at all and grows some of the most beautiful Fruit and Vegetables that are totally organic and healthy. So I will be looking to integrate this into my plan as well especially to grow my fruit trees.
There are also different other methods of aquaponics that I am interested in. For example the “DUTCH BUCKET” system, as pictured above. Instead of using the tank with fertilizer then just have the water from the fish tank pumped through the buckets and drained back into the sump. This system I believe will also work in a shallow grow bed setup which you can utilize different things like old shower trays that are recycled from the rubbish dumps etc.
I have also been looking at different things to grow and have come up with some amazing finds that I will go into in future posts. Once I get organised I will also start a You Tube site and hopefully be able to bring to you a heap of collected information and videos for your enjoyment. I know I am probably bringing to you things that most of the Gardening world have seen on YouTube but it is always good to get a new perspective to different ways and ideas of the things around us. Well OK I have gone on for long enough so I will let you be and start getting some things organised here. Ok Bye for now folks and hopefully we will talk again soon.
Aquaponics /’ækw?’p?n?ks/, refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.
As existing hydroponic and aquaculture farming techniques form the basis for all aquaponics systems, the size, complexity, and types of foods grown in an aquaponics system can vary as much as any system found in either distinct farming discipline
Aquaponics consists of two main parts, with the aquaculture part for raising aquatic animals and the hydroponics part for growing plants. Aquatic effluents, resulting from uneaten feed or raising animals like fish, accumulate in water due to the closed-system recirculation of most aquaculture systems. The effluent-rich water becomes toxic to the aquatic animal in high concentrations but this contain nutrients essential for plant growth. Although consisting primarily of these two parts, aquaponics systems are usually grouped into several components or subsystems responsible for the effective removal of solid wastes, for adding bases to neutralize acids, or for maintaining water oxygenation.Typical components include:
Rearing tank: the tanks for raising and feeding the fish;
Settling basin: a unit for catching uneaten food and detached biofilms, and for settling out fine particulates;
Biofilter: a place where the nitrification bacteria can grow and convert ammonia into nitrates, which are usable by the plants;
Hydroponics subsystem: the portion of the system where plants are grown by absorbing excess nutrients from the water;
Sump: the lowest point in the system where the water flows to and from which it is pumped back to the rearing tanks.
Depending on the sophistication and cost of the aquaponics system, the units for solids removal, biofiltration, and/or the hydroponics subsystem may be combined into one unit or subsystem, which prevents the water from flowing directly from the aquaculture part of the system to the hydroponics part.