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Glenn_M wrote:Here's mine
The mesh on top of the fish tank was hastily added after I found the dog *in* the tank trying to eat the fish.
dogman wrote:I think I was missing something here. This is where the fish take a shit, then the water fertilizes the plants and cleans itself? I guess fish food is added to the system, but still a cool way to keep the fish pond clean.
I was just thinking it was another way to say hydroponics.
This is my 6th or 7th year using Hydroponics to grow Heirloom tomatoes (and none of that funny stuff not that there is anything wrong with it) on one of our decks. I put the seedlings into the hydroton on June 3rd, and here is their status as of this morning. I specialize in Green Zebra tomatoes, which have by far the best flavor I have found, but are so fragile they will burst if you look at them funny. These plants will get 10' high by october, and yield a stunning amount of tomatoes.
I use the General Hydroponics waterfarm 8 with the recirculating system. Instead of using a water pump whose filters can clog, uses an aquarium air pump to drive water up a column, and spray it down over the hydroton. It uses a similar column to drive the recirculating system, which is a must-have for the Waterfarm 8. In addition, I have found that a single reservoir is not enough for 8 buckets - the plants at the end of the loop don't get enough nutrients - so this year I installed (2) reservoirs, each of which feeds (4) buckets.
PS - here are pics from 2010 (dozens of Rosso Bruno's erupting on the vine) and 2011 (leaf as big as my hand from a green zebra)
nechaus wrote:Im thinking of getting one of murry hallams systems
yeah I noticed, your grow bed, tank, and frame are all uniform. It looks really NICE! What brand is it?Glenn_M wrote:Dee Jay - mine is a commercial system, didn't go the DIY route, although I plan to extend the system.
Presently the 1000L tank is stocked with rainbow trout. Grow about 25 at a time. From fingerlings to plate size in about 8-9months.
Feed them a fish food I get from my supplier.
Recirc comes from a 55w submerged pump in the tank. Runs 15min on / 30min off continually.
Grow medium is the expanded clay balls. Only one growbed at the moment although the tank/fish will support a second.
I swear you can almost see the vegies growing. Green leafy stuff, brocoli, peppers, tomatoes etc all successfully grown. Going to try watermelons next summer!
Dee Jay wrote:yeah I noticed, your grow bed, tank, and frame are all uniform. It looks really NICE! What brand is it?
do you have an auto feeder or any computer monitoring?
are the clay balls reusable or does it degrade?
amberwolf wrote:I am tempted to start a project like this, because I could use the veggies. But I suspect I will have worse problems than Glenn's, as my dogs are big enough to do whatever the heck they feel like with the fish or the plants. I would have better luck just planting in soil in plastic or glass containers to keep the water in (rather than let it just soak away into the rest of the soil). Problme is finding a way to keep the dogs out of it, but still let sunlight and air in.
AW, you don't need a glass aquarium (tho it would be nice and relaxing to watch your fish), a wood box with pond liner and lockable lid would do. Just make sure to pump air into it, throw in a couple fish toys, and entertainment like dvd player and LCD screen and fish will be fineamberwolf wrote:my dogs are big enough to do whatever the heck they feel like with the fish or the plants.
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