the fish survived? what are you talking about?
ahhhh ... i've been keeping a secret.
the aquaponics system is pretty much there.
i think it's important to highlight, for just a minute, the value and benefits of aquaponics. they are great in small area's where you have limited space to grow things. food grows 3-4 x faster than it does conventionally. what happens is that the tubs are full of water from a pond that houses fish (in larger scale, you can get fish that you eat). this water cycles through ... pumped from the pond into the grow beds. the water is full of fish poo and nutrients from the fish that are heaps beneficial for the plants. the plants use these nutrients and clean the water which, via a bell siphon, is periodically pumped back into the pond. the force and dramatic pull down of the water from the grow beds, encourages the roots of the plants to grown down .... make sense?
i thot i'd just do one big post when the whole thing was flash with fish and veg. but, as with all experiments there have been a few hiccups along the way. so, this is a post about progress so far and some of the foibles along the way! <g> i figure a picture is worth a thousand words .... so i'll let the photo's tell the story.
|first things first! lets not forget what aquaponics is about!|
an alternate way to grow our veggies ... and quicker too!
here, JJ is helping me transplant some of the green leafy matter to get better roots
before putting them in the aquaponics.
|enter Scott, aka brillo with bath tubs and tubes to make|
an aquaponics system work. here he is checking out levels
for his bell siphon.
|this is cool watching what dad is doing!|
|internal workings of a bell siphon.|
|the bits of our bell siphon for tub #1.|
|yeah for girl power!|
|and no wonder it got done so quickly! we had bumble bee and|
batman helping us out!
|tada! the tubs are fulled! notice the black pipes. these are from the|
pond and are used by the pump to put water back into
|what a helper! he is helping us fill the tubs and cycle through some of the|
gunk from the rocks before we put the fish in.
|that's me .... putting in our first plant....|
a strawberry. i was so excited!
|doesn't it look fabulous with the spray of water! the water, when at full|
tilt sprays onto this rock and helps to aerate the water.