So this weekend I set up my planned indoor aquaponics system. The truth is all I really needed to do was set up a 100 gallon tank and one small ebb and flow bed this year to grow tilapia fry until spring and get a jump start on growing them. However always wanting to give you more, I have turned this into an educational project.
I am using a 300 gallon rubber maid stock tank, along with rafting, a 50 gallon ebb and flow and a small wicking bed inside one of my out buildings. Setting up a lighting array and heating the water with 300 watt aquarium heaters. Each spring we will drain this tank and move all starts to our main systems. We can also starting next year over winter aquatic vegetation such as salvania or duckweed with it.
This really isn’t to show you how to do this indoors just how to set up a system and get it producing fast. Using the components in this system you literally have a roll your own kit by visiting Lowes and Tractor supply. As this project evolves I expect many aquaponics hold outs will realize how easy this is, how well it works, and will finally take the plunge. You can track the entire playlist at http://bit.ly/indooraqua and below are the first two videos.
I plan to go to the “winter time plant store” later today and film episode three soon. So what is the winter time plant store, oh you call that the grocery store and no, I am not kidding.