AQUAPONICS - FILTRATION

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a year ago, i shared some concept of filtration using plants...
today, i can share the idea... we were able to perfect the set up,
the flow rate and the outcome of the project...

fish tank below with plant boxes on top..



the vegetable produce in the project:

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some variety of lettuce:





and part of the experiment... strawberries at the tropics LOL!

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turtle lover replied the topic: AQUAPONICS - FILTRATION

wat are the fish species? Do you have to clean the fish tank?
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turtle lover wrote: wat are the fish species? Do you have to clean the fish tank?


we do scrub the inner wall of the tub and let the pump deliver it on the plant box...
we are using tilapia that we grill when getting big...
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Does this system work for oscars?
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turtle lover wrote: Does this system work for oscars?


i believe it will though we have not tried it... at the start, we put 2 female and 1 male tilapia,
the plants did not grew well due to lack of nutrients (nitrate) so we add 4 more females and
yes, the plants becomes healthy.
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DRACO wrote:

turtle lover wrote: Does this system work for oscars?


i believe it will though we have not tried it... at the start, we put 2 female and 1 male tilapia,
the plants did not grew well due to lack of nutrients (nitrate) so we add 4 more females and
yes, the plants becomes healthy.

but right oscars are messier. How many oscars do you think is needed for example your aquaponic setup?
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DRACO replied the topic: AQUAPONICS - FILTRATION

i have 11 oscars in my 220 gal tank with 16 liters planted DIY filter (with pothos) using 2200 LPH pumps... the nitrate never go beyond 20 ppm even without water change in 4 weeks... the bad things with prolong old water set up is the depletion of minerals in water... plants need an average of 800 to 1400 ppm of mineral concentration (potasium, calcium, manganese, etc)
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UNC-CH replied the topic: AQUAPONICS - FILTRATION

That's a great setup you have DRACO. I not sure if I mentioned this, but I tried an aquaponics setup for the first time last summer. I used two grow beds filled with hydroton and supplied with water from an overstocked goldfish tank. I didn't use a bell syphon ... I just had the water drain directly from the grow beds like a dutch-bucket. The drain is where it all went wrong. I made the PVC pipe drains too narrow and, once the filters on the drains slowed down the flow of water enough, the growbeds began to overflow. I may try again this year. But once bitten, twice shy. :dry:

Do you supplement the water going to your growbeds with anything like minerals or other nutrients or is it just water from the tanks. Also, what kind of drain system do you use? Do you use bell syphons for the growbeds or are yours floating raft types?
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I think this sort of system is best suited to people who have an interest in not only the fish, but also the plants. Obviously normally you would just carry out a water change which doesn't take very long, but when you are also keeping plants you've got that added work on top of everything else. Obviously if you enjoy that part of the hobby then it doesn't really matter.

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