One year and 3 months ago I started fishkeeping as a Phase 1 of trying to do home Aquaponics, inspired by the work of the people that did the Ark project out of (I think) Rhode Island (can’t find it now).
Of course, I thought I was real smart, and the only one to do this.
Then I saw the Windowfarms thing, and found this community and was a little dejected I wasn’t as smrt as I thought.
Regardless, I got into fishkeeping in a fairly big way, and have a number of beautiful tanks I just love watching. I had totally forgotten about the aquaponics side of my plan until I heard about a science fair for adults (complete with category for best Volcano) coming in April. So I quickly geared up to prepare an experiment for Aquaponics. I’m just using the fish water for the hydroponic side, not looking to eat the fish, so I’m calling this AquaponicsLite. I’ve got almost all of my equipment and materials, tonight I’ll be getting the last of the wood to set up the plant stand, and then I’ll be good to go.
The experiment is monitoring electrical usage to see how cost/energy efficient the process is. I won’t be using sunlight because I’ll also be monitoring quality of growth given 3 variables.
- Control group of hydroponics, bagged to maintain humidity
- Hydroponics with CO2 supplementation
- One unbagged to see effects of no humidity control.
So, I’ve gotten a few pictures, but I’ll get more once I’ve finished the set up and it’s all there in it’s magical glory. I’m posting this here to get things started.
BTW: running a fish tank with heater, 2 t5HO lights and 2 HOB filters for a week costs ~$1.50 at $0.0064/kwH.