onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 9: Sowing the seeds of Love!

Hello all,

So, the system is pumping, the water is flowing, time to get something growing!

 Having had no previous experience with Aquaponics, we were a little confuddled as to how and what to plant. My solution was to throw in a little bit of everything and see what worked and what didnt.
We had quite a few different seeds stashed in the apartment so we've gone with three different types of peas, sweet peppers, two types of lettuce, radishes, and a few types of herbs. I really hope some of it works. But there are so many things that could influence them not growing (water height, temperature, etc) that I will settle for just a few sprouts of anything. And this is in the middle of the Danish winter, so anything would really be a miracle...

My wife produced these little seed indiators. Otherwise I would already have forgotten what went where (and as my four year old did some of the seed scattering, the emphasis should go on 'scattering'. We might be in for some surprises :-)):

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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