Saturday, 11 July 2015
The Aquaponics Experiment
Back in 2013 I was playing around with Aquaponics, learning the basics the idea being I could set up a bigger working system. Aquaponics is a way to provide fish and vegetables for the table in a soil less environment, the fish supply the food for the plants the plants clean the water and return it to the fish is the basics of how it works both sustaining each other.
I am not going to get all technical with you
here is a short video of a small scale system I set up in 2014 before we moved here
And here is a link to a post I did back in 2013 Watercress Experiment
The other day I took some watercress cuttings and they have started to root, watercress ideally needs running water, I got out some of bits and bobs that I have used before and set up a small running system in the greenhouse, I have space in there at the moment
Small solar panel
runs a pump that drives the water up
water is pumped through the trough
and runs across the roots of the young watercress that are sitting in gravel
the water exits the end and as it returns to the reservoir its aerated
In a true aquaponics set up there would be fish in the reservoir that feed on plant matter and there waste provides the nutrients for the growing plants.
I haven't got any fish in this set up so will add small amounts of alpaca manure to the water, last time I set it all up I used Crayfish in the reservoir I did also set up a system on the garden pond both worked very well, my intention is to set a full sized working system and would like to have crayfish in it, this one in the greenhouse is very very small scale.
When I do get round to setting up a full sized system it will be housed in a shed and I want it running off solar.
You can set up a three tier system with poultry above the fish, the poultry manure feeds the fish the fish feed the plants the plants feed the poultry and you have a self sustaining meat for the table system.
Anyone else tried anything with Aquaponics,