Right out of the gate “switched” may not be the best word here, but it certainly applies to my growing of annual vegetables. It may have been a better title to have said, “Why I Changed My Mind About Aquaponics. Today I want to take a new look at aquaponics and try to demystify it a bit so that it is a bit more approachable at the small end of the scale to anyone.
The reality though is until recently I always looked at aquaponics this way, “what a great thing, for other people to do”. I wasn’t opposed to it, I just had my own ways and well they worked. Well until I moved to this limestone ledge we call a farm.
I met a good friend named David and he told me how much food they were producing on their small property and together we designed the systems I now run on my property. Today I will talk about them and give you some simple ways to get started for a few hundred dollars with 100% off the shelf prices.
Join Me Today to Discuss….
- What is aquaponics in a nut shell
- The three main grow beds and what they are best for
- Ebb and Flow (aka flood and drain)
- Deep Water Raft
- Wicking Beds
- Additional components
- Choosing a Pump
- What makes a bulkhead a good bulkhead
- The basics of a bell siphon
- A simple flood and drain system and a few options on building it
- 100 Gallon Stock Tank with 4 Ebb and Flow Beds $310.00
- 150 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $460.00
- 3 x 100 Gallon Stock Tanks with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $560.00
- 300 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $570.00
- Add $90.00 to the above prices for the larger pump
- Incorporating deep water or wicking into these designs
- The value of shade cloth or eastern sun and western shade
- Some additional ideas and thoughts
- Adding a duck weed biofilter bed
- How to make an “aquarium siphon”
- Protecting your pump with a bucket or a bag
- When IBCs make a lot of sense
- Lava Rock, Expanded Shale and Expanded Clay Pebbles
- Plant propagation with ebb and flow
- Replanting produce with ebb and flow
- Final thoughts
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- The Year 1976
- Join Our Forum
- Walking To Freedom
- TSP Gear
- TspAz.com – Support TSP When You Shop Amazon
- My Playlist on Aquatic and Aquaponic Systems
- Rob Bob’s Backyard Farming Channel – Lots of Aquaponics
- Rubbermaid Stock Tanks at Tractor Supply
- The 3/4 inch bulkheads for the concrete food and drain beds
- Pump I recommend for larger systems (I use this in my aquatic system of garden ponds)
- Pump I recommend for small systems (huge bang for the buck)
- Danner Pond Pump Protection Bag
- Python Aquarium Vacuum
- Crystal Ball – Styx
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