onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 10: Let there be Light!

Hello all,
So this being the darkest hour of the Danish winter (which is long and dark, and long and dark, etc), I thought some artificial light source might actually be a good idea. At least it should let the seeds know which way to go...

The original lamp that came with the 54 liters fish tank should provide some adequate lighting. The light is designed to assist plants (albeight submerged) to grow, so this should work above water as well, right?

 Bam-Bam, Light my Lettuce? (Thats me on the right, as proud as my son :-)):

Son: "Thats my tomatoes!" Me: "Careful!"

Proud as something very proud!
That should be enough light for now, at least until summer kicks in and we get some much needed help from above.
I think the system looks good so far. Still waiting for something to pop up.

Cost so far: 8$ for the silicone used.

For those not yet privy to the fascinating world of Aquaponics here is what information Wikipedia provides:

Aquaponicsis a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.
Aquaponic systems vary in size from small indoor or outdoor units to large commercial units, using the same technology. The systems usually contain fresh water, but salt water systems are plausible depending on the type of aquatic animal and which plants. Aquaponic science may still be considered to be at an early stage, relative to other sciences.

Basicly, this translates into let the fish shit, let the plants grow on the shit and clean the water, and then eat all the plants yourself... more or less....

All the best,

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