treesapplaud @treesapplaud ?active 1 year, 2 months ago
On a balcony you could always set us a trellis to help out with wind. Or block it almost completely on one side with a bamboo screen thing. If this is a problem, check around in garden centers.
Finns där någon i Stockholm som har ett fungerande system? Skulle vara underbart att kolla hur det ser ut på riktigt.
Hi all! I’m very new to aquaponics, though I’m not new to aquariums or to growing thing in a city. I’m in the planning stage but will be using the existing aquarium and the better of the two pumps I already have. I’d like to grow some salad and herbs which wouldn’t do well on our allotment because of snails and climate.
We only have a few fish, about 6-7 Rasbora hengeli and one Neon tetra. We also have maybe 8 live plants in the aquarium. Should we leave these or take them out? Or take them out gradually as the plants outside the tank grow?
Our current aquarium of about 17 gallons/64 liters (need to double check size with dimensions) is currently sitting on a low shelf about 31 inches/80cm high. This is just to the left of a window I’d like to use to grow 3 columns of two plants. I’d like to do longer columns but if I only have two the water should drain with the help of gravity back into the tank. We have a Eheim Powerline Internal Filter 2252, which has a delivery head of Deliv. head: 4’11” or 1.5 m.
As far as tubing I don’t have any that goes with that filter so I’ll need to order some. Here are my thoughts:
Tubing from the tank to the top of the window. A splitter from 12mm tubing to 4 mm tubing. An on/off nozzle piece (which might come in handy), a cross connector which will have one with water going in and three to flow into the three rows of plants in cut out soda bottles. Then some more 4mm tubing to run through the bottles and more to run into the fish tank again. Would that work?
Is it better to have the bottles connected or have some space between them?
Is it better with clay pellets of cocnut coir material?
Will I need a very strong support or will a well fastened curtain rod do for holding up the plants in soda bottles and the tubing and water? I’m thiking that the growing medium isn’t very heavy, as with most container gardening.
I’m not sure if I’m using the right words, I hope this makes sense. I’d love all manner of feedback.
hey there, welcome to aquaponics!
i think you will see how the plants grow whether to take out the aquarium plants or not. for moving up water to the windowfarm i strongly recommend you the t-valve-method – it costs very little money and energy: http://our.windowfarms.org/tag/t-valve/ you can submerse it in your fishtank (the valve and attached hoses, not the airpump ) it produces enough flow for your plants and pumps water way higher than a canister filter.
for connecting bottles i cannot comment on this as i used orchid pots, the overall or design forums could be the place to ask. i think most people use clay pebbles as they will not decompose.
i mounted my columns on hooks, and as soon as they were filled with water, i was astonished how heavy the whole construction was. remember that the bottles will have clay pebbles in them and these clay pebbles will have water in them – so you get about a liter of clay pebbles and a liter of water in each bottle – adds up to almost 2 kilos per bottle i would guess, so a curtain rod would not let me sleep