onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 7: Retrofitting a pump to fit a hose pipe

Hello all,
So because I'm such a cheap-scate I will have to re-use the pump that came with the 54 liters (14 gallons) fish tank that is the basis of this entire endeavour. While this pump has done a perfect job keeping the tank healthy and clean over the last two years, this will be a new experience for it. Pumping water half a metr into the air...

I havnt got the specifics of the pump but it the tank is made by Aquael so this is probably the same for the pump.
 In order to get the pump to fit a water hose I had to construct the following gizmo. Made by cutting a water cleaner into smaller parts, inverting the sequence of them. This created a tight fit that should allow me to use the pump to run the Aquaponic system. Hopefully (I do tend to say 'hopefully' a lot..)
 Fancy thing that will fit both a hose and a pump... I could have bought a similar thing, but hey...

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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