onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 2 - Apartment Aquaponics?

Hello all,
So my 'cheap-ass' Aquaponic system will not only have to be made from scratch but will also have to fit into a window sill, on top of an existing aquarium. "Impossible," I hear you say? Nonsense :-).

 This is the 54l (14 gallons) test-tank that will form the basis of the system. As you can see I've begun building a heavy duty frame to take the weight of the growbed from the aquarium. I think these are called two by fours or something, they were found a month ago in the trash... five unused lenghts of timber, just thrown away. Blows my mind. Anyways they will provide the frame while the box below (also found in nearby trash) will be the (first?) grow bed.

 Isn't it pretty? I think its an old milk tray or something similar. It will work fine. I hope?

 More construction going on...

 Test fitting the growbed on top of the frame. Looks good, doesn't it?
And small. I already want a larger system. Maybe next year, once I've persuaded the wife that this thing works. No one really belive I'll be able to pull this through.
Wish me luck!

Total cost so far: 0$
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.

All the best,

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