Thursday, 29 March 2018

What Are They Up To Now ?

If our neighbours overlooked us or passer by's could see that is what they would have been asking yesterday 
 A project with an IBC tank, Martin went and picked up a couple of them yesterday, we needed one for water over in the calves field.
 The other was was dismantled down with the help of Sol and Tess
 The metal surround cage had to be cut down
 With the angle grinder to a specific size
 Once the base was separate it was all taking shape
 Next the tank had to be marked and cut apart
 Some one was in the naughty corner, once the base was cut off the tank Tess was in it like a shot trying to lick it out, 
It contained food grade almond oil before and she ended up covered in it. 
It was all given a scrub out with hot soapy water over in the veg area away from Tess.
So what's it all for ?
This all being put together to make up an Aquaponics system that we hope to introduce Brown Trout and Crayfish, a lovely addition to our table.
Aquaponics basically is you have a holding tank for your fish the water is pumped up into a grow bed filled with gravel were you grow plants in a soil less system the plants take there nutrients from the water cleaning it before its returned to the fish as clean water. Giving you a system to raise fish and vegetables for the table.
The next stage  is to add the pipe work we are popping into town today to pick it up, I am also waiting for a delivery of the expanding clay pebbles and the pump.
The system is going to set up in the poly tunnel, if it works well we can add another system to it.
 I have dabbled with small aquaponic systems over the years and done a lot of reading up and collecting information, before we moved here we both went to see a set up in Weston Super Mare and that is what really sparked an interest in it.
here is a  video of a very small system I put together before we moved here.
 
I am looking forward to getting it all running now 👩
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17 comments:

  1. We were also interested in aquaponics at one time, but put the idea to one side after an extremely hot summer encouraged us to think that perhaps the fish might end up cooked as their water boiled! Good luck with yours though, it looks likes another interesting project for you both to enjoy.

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    1. I am hoping we dont cook our fish until we are ready for them :-)

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  2. I adore crayfish so wish I live next door to you!

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    1. they are one of my favorites can be used in so many recipes

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  3. That sounds really interesting Dawn. I don't know much about aquaponics or have any experience of it but I have seen a programme that advocated what you are trying to achieve. It makes sense on the face of it to do as it is a "win win" situation and I look forward to see how you get on with it. Very interesting. Take care Tricia x

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    1. Its one of those things that has not really taken off in the UK yet but it is becoming more popular

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  4. There is a guy who lives in central London and he has a system made of guttering were he grows his produce. It's amazing. I look forward to seeing more from your new venture.

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    1. attaching gutters to the system is doable there is lots of ways of extending growing areas

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  5. Sounds very interesting. I can't wait to see the finished project.

    God bless.

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    1. fingers crossed this coming week end will see it all running

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  6. I love the concept of aquaponics, can't wait to see what degree of success you have with your system:)

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    1. with previous small scale systems they have been very successful

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  7. Yet another exciting project down on The Ranch!

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  8. That is SO interesting Dawn, good luck with your newest project, I'm looking forward to the updates! Tess is so cute! :)

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    1. Thanks, Tess is a super dog and really has come into her own

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  9. Another thing I am really excited about trying thanks for sharing your experience x

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