onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 12: Need More Power, Captn! New Powerhead

Hello all,
More changes today. The old pump that came with the initial aquarium set-up just couldn't pump the amount of water I want up to the necessary height. So I had a rummage through the boxes any anquarian collects and voila: I found a much stronger powerhead.

New Powerhead with fancy hose and connectionsystem to the Aquaponic growbed
This powerhead provides much more water to the system and is even more quite as an extra bonus.

Creative Gizmo for regulating the water intake and a connection to a water hose... do not mind the mess, will clean up the tank once the system is more stabile...
 Although this also meant I had to get very, very, creative to both connect it to a water hose and to create a system that could, to some degree be regulated... This also meant a new round of occasional water spills, overflow etc.. Sigh. Hopefully this should work.

Cost so far: 11$ (8$ + 3$ for the silicone and one metre of new water hose).

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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