Aquaponic System Detail Part 1

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  • Published on Jun 11, 2009
  • I hope this detailed description of my working system helps you to make your own. Please send a note or a response video if you build one. I would be very interested in how you do.
    Plans can be purchased for $35 by contacting me at: aplusaquaponics@gmail.com
    Or you can visit us at sites.google.com/site/aplusaquaponics/

Comments • 29

  • Frank Markovich
    Frank Markovich 6 years ago

    I gotta pee.

  • Reese Morris
    Reese Morris 7 years ago

    I'm new to aquaponics, but I have been gardening in dirt for a few years now. I have looked on different sites and none of the ones I've seen said any thing about nutrient deficiencies. Can plants grow well only in nitrates, or do you have to put minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron and others in to the system.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @Joe11Blue
    No not yet but it should not be difficult to convert to solar.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @padkisson
    Further testing showed me that I did not need the two "T" valves because the beds are self leveling as they are tied together by the drain.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @Ceefa62
    Actually I redesigned the system just that way some time ago... see my new videos. Works great!!!

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @Illumination3393
    It gives extra added oxygen into the fish barrel water. In a small system like this and in higher temperatures like where I live it is very needed.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @NoGodNoHate
    It is the siphon loop that causes the automatic cyclic flow of the beds back into the fish barrel.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @goforebroke971
    It happened once... but a beach umbrella or plastic tarp would easily take care of that.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @EastTexasLibertarian
    No dirt at all!!!! Only the nutrients from the waste of the fish converted by the nitrifying bacteria.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @abesermenji
    It is not a loud system at all. LOL! It's actually very quite and soothing like a mountain stream.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  8 years ago

    @chasebabytriumph
    No the air stone (I have two on one pump) is in the fish barrel.

  • Tomahawk Hamski
    Tomahawk Hamski 8 years ago

    @padkisson i am currently using that principal.... pm me in one month of the outcome...

  • toddac1
    toddac1 8 years ago

    nice compost rotater at 1:20

  • David
    David 8 years ago

    @padkisson Outstanding setup you have there. Very well thought out, and efficient. Are you running this on solar yet?

  • abesermenji
    abesermenji 8 years ago

    Idea itself is impressing!!!! Only the fish is not happy with all that noise, I'm sure about that, otherwise whole system is well developed and explained!

  • Black_Sparrow
    Black_Sparrow 8 years ago

    thanks for the detail!

  • padkisson
    padkisson  9 years ago

    @Hankc100 Thanks, I stopped using the holes continually got stopped up anyhow. I did add a "poke in" drip irrigation "T" and 6 -8" piece of irrigation tube on the up flow waterhose. It constantly sprays water back into the barrel. The barrels are strong. No I didn't need to hand water at all because I adjusted the level of the water to come up to them.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  9 years ago

    @Illumination3393 In this system it just provides much needed extra aeration for the fish barrel. It's very hot in the summer in So. Cal. so the more oxygen in the water the healthier the fish.

  • Illumination3393
    Illumination3393 9 years ago

    I am not sure I understand the air stone pump. What does that do?

  • padkisson
    padkisson  9 years ago

    The pump worked great as I could turn it up from time to time to "flush the system" a little. The two ball valves really help in "timing" the system. In theory the beds should both fill at the same time, but in reality one needs the adjustment. I used an air pump and stone for aeration and when the beds drain that provides aeration. The "T" is and interesting idea. It might allow for getting rid of the air stone and pump. :0)

  • padkisson
    padkisson  9 years ago

    Yes and no. Yes it is drawing from the fish tank. No the fish tank is never empty. With the displacement of the rocks and the fact that the grow barrels are closer to a 1/4 of a barrel there is always 30 to 35 gallons left for the fish before the drain cycle starts. The are happy and healthy.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  10 years ago

    Yes. The cycling of the grow beds happens because of the siphon loop. That's what allows the roots some needed air time. It empties about every 30 minutes. Takes about 5 minutes Then it slowly fills again. Works similar to a toilet flush but without the mechanical float and valve. Glad you've been enjoying my vids.

  • MokuPueo
    MokuPueo 10 years ago

    Does your water pump stay on at all times?

  • hank C
    hank C 10 years ago

    Very nice system! I think you should keep the holes, they'll keep the water more aerated. Why do you need to cork the end of the siphon? To slow down the drainage with the small holes? I'm very surprise the bottom tub can hold all that weight. Do you need to hand water the smaller plants until the roots can reach the lower level?

  • padkisson
    padkisson  10 years ago

    It has a siphon!!! That is the point of how it's made. It cycles...fills up and then siphon drians quickly. Watch the videos closely. Nothing is drowning.

  • cucucu1997
    cucucu1997 10 years ago

    Thanks for reply.

  • padkisson
    padkisson  10 years ago

    The holes in the tubs are very small. They do not interfere with the function of the siphon. They were intended to drain slowly if the pump ever stopped working while the grow tubs were full of water at the top of the cycle. Plants standing in water isn't good and the fish barrel would stay too low for the fish. However, since I have never had that problem I may fill them and stop using them. Thanks for your question.

  • cucucu1997
    cucucu1997 10 years ago

    You have hole to drain water back in fish tank ,why put siphon tube? Thanks.

  • dmacosta1
    dmacosta1 10 years ago

    Thanks