Step 6: Scaling up for bigger, fancier systems

These systems can scale up to commercial size, like this greenhouse at the Center for Sustainable Aquaponics.
The pump MUST have enough 'head' and flow to keep things circulating. <br> <br>I have a flood and drain system (not raising fish) that took a few weeks to get established. <br> <br>Fish must meet the requirements of the local climate or provisions must be made to make the climate required by the fish/system. <br> <br>In Texas, (DFW Area)at times the system will get too hot to support many fish or produce many plants. And, in the winter, the tanks will freeze. Neither is good for tanks or fish. <br> <br>Ron
tanks wont freeze in texas though they might real cold <br>try my swampcooler system to coll it down in summer <br>trout in the winter and talipia in the summer put the whole thing in a green house
Where will I fond your swamp cooler system?
I don't know where you live, but trout requires cold water.<br>I'm in AR working on the same kind of solution but can't use trout due to the water getting too hot. A water cooling system needs added for it to work.<br>Just my 0.000000002 million dollar worth.<br>
This build is in Denver, Colo. Part of the challenge in colder areas is to get the system through the winter. We saw a system that heated the water, rather than the entire greenhouse, and it saved tons of power, especially compared to dirt farms in greenhouses right next door.<br><br>Cooling the water, though, hasn't been an issue. We'll ask about it...
see my post on cooling the water using a swamp cooler <br>works here in nevada <br> <br> <br> <br>please get rid of or limit the captcha thing to 1 at logon ....... please <br>so annoying
How do I find your post on coolong with a swamp cooler?
I am building a system now in Austin and cooling the water may be a good idea as summer comes. Please help me think of s way to do this.
Think of native Arkansas fishes such as the yellow perch and bluegill. We are in Red River County TX near the AR line and both of these species do very well, especially in small setups. <br>b <br>BTW, I don't have a pic and I'm not at the house right now but, we just use a large child's one piece (hard) plastic wading pool with river rock in the bottom, a small tiered structure and rubbermaid type tubs with aquarium sand. I use a fountain pump in the pool to pump water up through aquarium tubing into the top of the tubs. The tubs are on a slight incline with the low end over the pool, with a drainage hole about 1/2&quot; from the bottom. Plants are started in baskets with rock wool or other hydroponic medium and the baskets set in the sand. The sand is an amazing filter and helps hold the nutrients. The water simply cascades from the overhaning holes into the pool below. Good oxygen and the fish love the motion of the water.
<p>Sounds like a great opportunity for you to make an 'ible. Would love to see pics of your operation. Especially since its been in use a while now.</p>
see my post on using a swamp cooler to chill the water <br> <br> <br> <br>does anyone else hate the captcha security thing .... every post ! sheesh
I do not know if another person submitted this comment yet, but, you need to focus on one type only. In the pictures you show three difference kines of aquaponic gardens. Please focus on one type. Also provide all pipes sizes and lengths. This is a great idea with lots of potential but it is very confusin.
I have a water system that has been running for a year and a half trouble free...the only thing i have to do is add water as needed. My plants thrive and so do my fish. I currently have over 25 fish of different sizes. I am using Koi and my set up has approx. 450 gallons of water. The filtering system works great without any issues what so ever. I am fixing to add my piping for my aquaponics system now that I know my fish and water filtering system works properly. If you would like more info on my set up let me know. I will also be adding photos of my piping in the future.....it is a unique and experimental system.
Please send more info
<p>I would like to know about your system - I am trying to learn as much as I can about different systems so I can settle on one &amp; build it...</p>
This looks awesome. You should post an Instructable on how to make it.
standard waterfall tubs ....... ingenious <br>add your grow beds or vert/horz pipes and more fish .... <br>
<p>They didn't explain that the barrels are to be hooked together with a drain line in the upper section. this will drain the top water off the first barrel with the fish. the pump should be in the second barrel to feed the plants. this way the water doesn't go up and down on the fish and stress them out.</p>
<p>why didn't you explain the pump setup?</p>
<p>why didn't you explain the pump setup?</p>
<p>I don't understand the water circulation in this design... As far as I can tell from photos and description, you have water being pumped up from one barrel to the four vertical pipes, then circulating past the plant roots and back into that one barrel. What's the second barrel doing here?</p>
<p>to grow more fish remember you need 1/2 to 1 gallon per fish inch you connect the tank with a pipe for the water to drain from one tank to the other use a T to split the aquarium tubing that goes out of the pump and the one that goes into the pump</p>
<p>From what I understand, second barrel is there to hold it up, or you could use it to store water, or split the water between two tanks. </p>
That's right, thank you.
Looks like someone already responded but in case it helps, here's a note from Step 5 that mentions what you can do with the barrels:<br><br>&quot;...cut and assemble the tubing so that you can pump water from one barrel up to each of the four vertical pipes. You could also pump water from the barrel that receives drainage to the barrel that feeds the system.&quot;<br><br>Hope that helps.
<p>I really want to build one of these with my existing pond. only question is how to sprout the veggies to use in such a system? The starters seem difficult to come up with</p>
<p>thumbs up ,, thanks for sharing </p>
Very impressive! Thanks for sharing.
<p>The CSA website says the domain name has expired, ... perhaps you should pass on the word (or could the link be wrong?). The web address is:<br>http://centerforaquaponics.com/</p>
<p>Very good idea nice job. </p><p>I came across another web site that the readers may be<br>interested in.</p><p>If so go to this web site <a href="http://www.fastonline.org/?page_id=32">http://www.fastonline.org/?page_id=32</a></p><p>Once there click on button that reads, &ldquo;The Barrel-Ponics&reg; Manual&rdquo; this<br>will down load a PDF file with full directions..</p><p></p>
<p>thanks for that link. Very worthwhile</p>
<p>I haven't noticed if the water movement requirement is continuous or cyclical - if cyclical, and considering the diagram in the 1 may post - the flow pattern could be created by manually elevating and lowering the sump tank at the right side of the diagram - some design modifications would be needed but nothing very complicated and the need for a pump is avoided -</p><p>another alternative would be to use a mechanical pump - a manual pitcher type hand pump - to periodically transfer water from the lowest sump tank to an elevated storage tank to drain by restricted gravity flow into the fish tank ----Source http://verticalaquaponicsystem.blogspot.com/</p>
<p>hello, great project. but maybe i read not correct. can you show me picture of the water pump and how to install?thank ya</p><p>http://cdn.instructables.com/FVL/NOL8/H0A003F3/FVLNOL8H0A003F3.MEDIUM.jpg</p>
<p>hello, great project. but maybe i read not correct. can you show me picture of the water pump and how to install?thank ya</p><p>http://cdn.instructables.com/FVL/NOL8/H0A003F3/FVLNOL8H0A003F3.MEDIUM.jpg</p>
<p>I did hydroponics for three years. Had a fair crop the first year, got snooked the second year and got a total of 6 tomatoes this year. I had fish and used an organic fertilizer, which did not harm the fish, this year. My son planted some plants along the house. He took four bags of started mix and spread it along the 24 foot long side of the house. He ended up with 5 or 6 real good sized pepper plants and 20 tomatoes plants that were over 6ft tall. I give up and am going back to soil, but will be using the watering system from my hydroponic system, but I'll have it on a timer.</p>
<p>So vegies like tomatoes &amp; squash will have to grown in half barrels would they not...</p>
<p>Nice write up. Here's the system we just built (we'd like to add an NFT to it as well):<br><br>http://www.weeksfamilyeco.org/blog/2015/april/our-first-outdoor-aquaponics-ibc-system/</p>
<p>Hi every body,</p><p>I used to have big problems on how to build a vertical aquaponic system , but am getting in better mind now. Here's a good site I found that really helped. It gave me great methods,and showed me what I was doing wrong before...there's even lots of free articles on the site...http://verticalaquaponicsystem.blogspot.com/</p>
<p>1) If you plant the plants in the plastic cups, then what are the vertical pipes with holes drilled in them for? </p><p>2) Wouldn't the pump eventually get clogged from running all the dirty water through it?</p>
I am trying to drill the 3 inch holes in the pvc pipe but the drill keeps kicking back. Any suggestions. It's very dangerous and I don't want to give up. I'm almost there! <br>Thanks!
<p>V grooved block of wood bolted in good alignment under a drill press. Freehanding onto a convex curve is difficult and dangerous.</p>
slow down and rock the drill in a large circle
Have you tried a hole saw?

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