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Old 06-05-2019, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Joy Aquaponic fruits and vegetables

I built this bad boy about a month and a half ago and got it cycled. It's currently home to 25 goldfish and a small zucchini plant.









When at full capacity, it will be able to host about 25 lbs of tilapia and about 80 plants. The towers are ZipGrows - I have been growing with them for a while and they are excellent for growing leafy greens, herbs, and strawberries. The media bed is filled with Hydroton and is going to be good for tomatoes, eggplants, melons, squash, etc. during the warmer months and root crops such as carrots, onion, and radish during the cooler months.

The system is outfitted with an electric heater to maintain warm water temperatures for the tilapia, a reverse osmosis filter to top it off with purified water, and a float valve to automate top-offs. I also built and installed two screen doors to keep critters out of the fish tank.

I put 30 goldfish in the aquaponic system as a test to rule out any weird contamination or disease issues. I lost a few to an opportunistic fungal infection (which is normal), but the rest are healthy. This is a good indicator to me that I will soon be ready to order a batch of Mozambique tilapia fingerlings to stock up the system with.

I'll be posting updates on my aquaponic adventures on this thread. I manage multiple systems for my job, many of which are mature and productive, so there will be more to come. Cheers!

P.S. One of my eventual goals is to grow bananas aquaponically. Hopefully soon!
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's a little video tour I took today of one of the aquaponic systems I am working on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku1d...ature=youtu.be
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Media bed and half of a tower are planted! Here in the media bed we have:
  • 'Emerald Delight' zucchini that was planted prior
  • Ichiban-type Japanese eggplant
  • 'Ace 55' canning tomato
  • Assorted multicolored cherry tomato varieties
  • English marigold
  • Four nasturtium starter plugs (buried in the bed - I am going to try and see if I can get them to germinate directly in the bed as oppopsed to a plug tray)

And in the half-tower:
  • Petunias (companion plant that repels various pest insects)
  • Mexican/French marigold (also a companion plant)
  • Chives (obviously an herb, and being an allium, its flowers also repel many pest insects)





Another half tower of herbs and a full tower of 5 different pepper varieties are coming next!
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