Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [aquaponics]

growing fish or other aquatic animals and plants together in one integrated system. The fish wastes provide nutrients for the plants and the plants filter the water. Additionally bacteria break down by-products such as ammonia. Related to [tag:hydroponics]

-1
votes
0answers
51 views

What is on my clay pellets?

I have been cycling my new aquaponics system for three days with water from my 77 gallon fish tank.On the 3rd morning I found a white build up forming on the top of some of the clay pellets. What is ...
4
votes
1answer
40 views

Can vermicompost tea be used with aquaponics?

Has anyone ever used vermicompost tea with aquaponics? I have found little formal research on the area and am curious if the two nitrogen cycles can be combined.
2
votes
1answer
65 views

What is the problem in my aquaponics system?

I have an aquaponics system with 20 Koi fish and different plants which works by the Siphon method , and the fish water is about 22-26°c, which is usually less for plants of 2°c degrees. The water is ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

Who re-uses used but still good florescent aquarium light tubes?

I have 50 used, full-spectrum aquarium bulbs, which are still good, but not strong enough to support aquarium plant growth. Probably still very good for helping people with seasonal affective disorder....
6
votes
1answer
205 views

Is a sump tank necessary for my proposed aquaponics system?

I am designing an aquaponics system for my basement. I am thinking about one large fish tank approximately 3500 gallons. The grow beds will be above the fish tank and consist of twelve 45 gallon ...
5
votes
1answer
155 views

Convert aquaponics to wicking beds?

I have an aquaponics system to provide our above ground vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, silver beet etc. I have found that over summer, even when shaded the growing media is getting too hot for ...
5
votes
2answers
171 views

Aquaculture from nothing

I'm in the process of setting up an aquaponics (recirculating aquaculture) system. The main fish being raised are Channel Catfish, and in a separate tank I am also attempting to raise Guppies as a ...
4
votes
4answers
806 views

Aquaponic system doesn't grow the plants

I have created aquaponic system and tried to plant tomatoes, cucumbers and some other herbs. They sprout without problem but after couple of days they dried out. I tried it 2 times with the same ...
1
vote
0answers
200 views

Is it correct in thinking that Constant (Continuous) Flow is NOT the same as Constant Flood?

So the long debated question of which system is better has already been argued and fought for a while now. This isn't that. See the end of this post for the direct question. In trying to determine ...
4
votes
1answer
313 views

Can I feed Tilapia with Millipedes?

I have plenty of millipedes in my garden, I am planning an aquaponics system (starting to build it). Are millipedes suitable food for Tilapia? I worry that the hard shell will damage their intestine....
2
votes
0answers
382 views

Why do my plants sprout and die in my aquaponic system? [closed]

I have an aquaponic system. My herbs sprout and grow to about 3 inches, then wilt and fall over. Is there something lacking, or is this a result of root rot? Should I lower the water level? I have ...
6
votes
2answers
123 views

What makes a food plant good for a small aquaponics system?

I have a small aquafarm, and I have a couple of danios and a cory in it. When I started out, I put some wheatgrass in it, and that grew like crazy. I want to put some variety into it. Does anyone ...
4
votes
1answer
90 views

What process can I follow for my roof garden project?

I want to start a roof garden project and wanted to know what process I can follow in order to meet these requirements: low maintenance (could be easily automated), low resource waste (water, ...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

How plants survive in aquaponics?

Normally, we see in our garden that if there is an excess of water for certain plants (e.g. vegetable), they do not survive and their roots rot because of being soaked in water 24 hours a day. The ...
3
votes
1answer
204 views

First plants to integrate with fish (carp) tank: Aquaponic floats or aquatic vegetables like lotus?

As mentioned in a previous question, I am looking at integrating aquaponics-type food growth into my multi-thousand gallon carp tank (two turtles live there too). I recognize that aquatic plants may ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

Aquaponics without water pumps: Is it possible?

We have a big sort of pond which is aerated by a largish aquarium pump (air pump only). We have carp and two turtles in the pond. My guess is the capacity is in the 1000 to 1500 gallon range. I was ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

What pump should be used for a 5000 gallon aquaponics system?

I am installing a new aquaponics system. It will have 2 650 gallon fish tanks, 1 1500 gallon sump, 1500 gallons of flood and drain grow beds, and 3000 gallons of DWC beds. The fish tank and sump ...
7
votes
1answer
790 views

How can you grow Hops (for beer) in an aquaponics system?

A buddy of mine is interested in attempting to grow Hops in an aquaponic system. He is particularly interested in something of the deep water culture style of system. Is this possible with Hops? If ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

How to construct a reliable loop siphon

I am building a new stacked AP (aquaponics) system, similar to this: While I have built bell siphons in the past I am more interested in getting the simplicity of a loop siphon to work on this system....
14
votes
3answers
2k views

Can organic waste be turned into fish food?

I have heard that catfish (and perhaps other fish too) eat about anything. Would catfish also eat my organic waste? If so I could breed catfish in aquaponics. So can my waste be turned into fish-food?...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

How to avoid plastic in aquaponics designs?

Ignoring the question of whether aquaponics is a sustainable process (which it may not be due to seemingly high energy input required for water movement and filtration). Most aquaponics designs use ...
9
votes
1answer
289 views

Indoor tilapia aquaponic farm in condo/apartment?

Are there problems with an aquaponic tilapia farm for a condo/apartment living space? Is this sustainable and safe? I'm thinking there might be problems with humidity/mold and possible water pump ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

What is the most efficient design to use when constructing a bell siphon

I have seen many different designs for bell siphons. I was wondering if there was one specific type of bell siphon that is generally known to be the best design. ...the most kinks worked out of it.
12
votes
1answer
110 views

What produce in Central Texas works in hanging towers?

I am located near Austin. Using the hanging tower approach, what produce tends to work best in this style of aquaponics system?
12
votes
1answer
892 views

What equation should be used to determine fish load to grow bed (filtration) ratio

When building an aquaponics system in general, what is the best equation to use to determine fish loads (waste generation) to grow bed (filtration) ratios. Is it a simple calculation of pounds of ...