Introduction: Aquaponics System
Aquaponics System is a closed loop ecologically balanced system that combines the cultivation of plants without soil and the cultivation of fish (hydroponics and aquaculture). It is essentially a mini ecological system where the plants care for the fish and the fish care for the plants symbiotically.
Aquaponics is considered the most natural method of growing organic produce as the produce is entirely free of chemicals which surprisingly not all organic produce . It is also a very effective method of caring for your fish because the filtration system is natural, continuous and it oxygenates the water.
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Step 1: Step 1: Why Build Your Own System
For many people cost is going to be a concern and this is one of the primary advantages of going the DIY route: you gain considerable savings by taking things into your own hands.
By planning & designing a system and putting it together yourself, you end up re-enforcing a solid understanding of how an aquaponics system works. And this allows you to take true ownership of your system and its operation. This means that any future work will be a snap because you know your setup intimately and making additions, changes, or repairs will be second nature.
And last but not least, there’s that sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
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Step 2: Step 2: Basic System Design
Before moving on to more intricate designs and layouts it helps to visualize an aquaponics system in its most basic configuration.
As you can see, the core concept is extremely simple.
In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.
In its most basic sense, is all an aquaponics system is? And although you might feel that this is too simple, remember that you can expand on this core design and implement it for your specific needs in an almost infinite variety of ways.
Step 3: Step: Components & Materials
Start manufacturing your own Aquaponics System free by downloading and 3D printing parts here. You will also need to source a fish bowl, pump, and flexible tube all of which can easily be sourced from Amazon and eBay etc .
– 250mm diameter fish bowl with a 150mm diameter opening.
– 300L/hour submersible pump.
– 7mm tube.
- clay pebbles (as for requirement )
- algae remover for aquariums
- Net Cup
Printables required qty’s: case1 (qty 1), Top case (qty 1).
Note: you may need to adjust the outriggers to suit your fish bowl.
Step 4: Step 4: Reference
- algae remover for aquariums
- clay pebbles
If you’re ready to get started then I highly recommend you choose a step-by-step guide or course to help you.