Easy & Affordable Backyard Aquaponics




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BEN HOWMAN: Love the set up, tip, if you have a wider pvc pipe around the bell siphon also with holes, it should in theory stop the roots getting caught in the siphon. I got the idea from another YouTuber

George H.W. Bush: Where did you get your aquaponic components? You stated, in the beginning of the video, that one could build a similar set up "for about $150.00" but I did not hear where you were able to purchase those items at that price. Please advise. Thank you

Wilson Pellot: I built an aquaponic system similar to this one. I had some trouble with the syphon. It worked well without the media but once I put the growing media in fill and drain times were reduced. What I found to work best for small grow beds is to reduce the pipe on bottom to a 1/2 inch pipe. Then you don't have to worry much about drops, elbow, 45deg.... I was able to tune it down to a trickle. Fills and drains in 18min. So a little over three times per hr. Hope this helps. Happy Gardening. Also because these concrete mixing trays are weak it's best to have them sit on a 1/2 in plywood. This keeps the bottom from bowing and the bell syphon level. Don't get too creative. Simplicity is the key to success with these systems. 

Sodapop Vu: I really love the design of your system and am planning to construct a similar one in the near future. I am relatively new to aquaponics, so I was wondering if it would be ok to use a 40 gallon, oval fish tank (height 13 in by 27 by 30 inch) instead of a 100 gallon one like yours. I will have two 20 gal grow beds and am trying to hit the 1:1 ratio. Thanks so much! :) 

Talzhemir Mrr: Much better than electrical filtering, use tilapia fry. They're micro-algae eaters. They'll turn a mucky fish tank clear. Their droppings are dense and encourage the kind of algae that grows like tiny grass on the bottom, which is nutrient-rich food.

jono voyce: what did you end up deciding on for fill and drain times?

Tiersmoke92555: Copy-kat!!! Have you been looking in my back yard??? Your setup looks a little neater the only thing that was new in my rig is the mixing tub. I will be adding a jug swirl filter to help with pooh build up.

Jaimie McCallum: Absolutely love your system. I am going to try and replicate it once I move down to Georgia in January! Going to build an Earth Bag home and an Aquaponics system! Goals!!

d neckel: What do you do in the winter? Do you have to shut down the system?

Charlotte Alexander: I keep thinking about Rain and and how,if at all,it will have to be dealt with using an outdoor Aquaponic system.

HapersGo: One question I'm wanting to start my first aquaponics system I'm 15 and actually I'm looking into making a future in off the grid living and stuff like that and I was wondering about how many feet by how many feet would a system like this take up? Please answer and thank you for your time

jasonsaved: this is a neet little system, but i am going to worn you in advance that one you get started you will not be satisfied untill your backyard looks like a farmers market. Aquaponics is the best way to grow your Fish-N-Veggies.

Lee Ralph: Hello, I remember watching this about 1 1/2 ago, but never got into aquaponics. I am wanting to get into it now, is there anything that you would do different now? Are these food grade? and does that matter? Thanks for the help, Lee

chefgiovanni: Very cool

Lacocacolaman: Isn't there a concern for BPAs and all the other stuff the plastic leaks into the food?

Jeff DeBeck: Dear David I'd like to try what you've done with the 100 gallon tank and two 15 gallon grow tanks. Where did you get your 100 gallon tank? Did you set up a material list? Thanks, jeffdebeck@gmail,com.

James Wang: Hi I made a bell siphon after watching your video and I am using a cement mixing tub as a grow bed to hold media. The pond I have is a 140g and pump is a 200something GPH from Home Depot. When I first made the aquaponics system, the siphon was not getting started correctly so I adjusted the distance between bell and the stand pipe. Then I found out that the bell itself was not staying down to the bottom of the tub because the bottom was somewhat warped. Once I put in the substrates (Hydroton), it seems to have helped the problem as the siphon ran correctly. However, everyday after I get home from work, I would find the siphon just running and not stopping correctly. I adjusted the flow rate to turn down the water going into the GB, and then it would run normally. Then, I decided to add some GrowStones into the GB so there would be more weight. Again, the system will work throughout the night and even in the morning and I would come home and find it not working. This morning as I was adjusting the flow rate, I find that the siphon no longer even starts (i was trying to push down the bell and the media guard to see if they moved) and the water overflooded from the top. I shut off the siphon and I will probably have to fix it later. So my question is: Do you guys think the media has something to do with it? WHen theres water in there, most of the Hydrotons and evne growstones just float up, and I am afraid some of it might have gotten inside the bell/media bc nothing is being held down. Do you guys think its the tub? its warped on the bottom so sometimes the siphon is on the bottom sometimes its not, I feel like with the substrate / water in there this should be a problem? Any other recommendations? Please I need your advice as I am relatively new at this. Thanks

nathan turner: nice little system , I would perhaps use some larger perforated tubing to go over your syphon so when your stone is in ,the contact between syphon and rock weight doesn't halt the progress of the syphon . also are you using a bio filter to help transform your ammonia and nitrites into nitrates?

sootedninjas: are the Parts list and specs available ?

DJ McBall: Would you have a materials list?

Gladys Bach: *crazy gardening technique uses fish poo to grow organic food 4X faster*

Josh Campbell: What did you end up doing for the tub support system?

Chris Scarff: You did this video 2 years ago, but I'm sure I'm not the only one looking for your follow-up videos or even pics. Did you complete this project? Are you still using it? Did you enlarge it? If so, how big? I just purchased the same 100 Gal tub for $69 USD. I also purchased it's 50 Gal sister tank for a large sump. I didn't like the look, nor the smell of the grow-beds (looks the same as yours too), and there was no official recycle symbol on them, so I had to go cheeper on the grow beds, for now, but they looked be be better plastic (PP). Post some updates if you have them. Thanks, good stuff.

TheShirtAnPants: Can you include a supply list. I am brand new to this and want to build your set up. 

elizabeth french: I would really like the diy step by step

Leslie Smith: Nice setup... $150 is not really close though. We have done the same setup.. has cost about $500. The stock tank alone is $60-80, plus plumbing, pump, bell siphons and clay media. 

Ventarmy: Whats the best type of fish for this system if I was trying to grow some tomatoes beans and other veggies?

1too3fore: Dude, that's not oxygenating the water, the bubbles are formed from the water splashing. Still need to add an aeration system.

D Walks: What trays are you using for your grow bins? I see those a lot but I don't know what they are.

David Epstein: Nice setup, Next time you might want to tweek it with a Trickle Valve set so you can have a longer flood time and greater distribution of nutrients. Plus gives you a lot of versatility with techniques of NFT, Deep Water and Flood Drain. Since you've got big beds you'll need a lot of rocks. A deep water alternative might be cool. 

Erik Mathew: With ocean fish being hunted to near extinction all because people don't want to stop all for money this seems like a solution to a renewable fish resource, the ocean fish can only populate so quickly

Alex Stensland: What is a good time for syphon start to syphon start I just set my system up and I am messing around with the flow rate

Nilson parreira: Boa noite, foi de grande valia pra mim. 

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Jim Chen: how to you control over flow from rain when the system is outdoor?

Geoffrey Wylie: I built a very similar system in my basement and wanted to ask how yours was going. I have a few other questions I am still working out but did u purify the water before putting in system? And is your pump constantly filling and the siphon is draining ? Awesome video thanks

J.R. Stinson: Really cool man. I am getting into AP growing and learning more as I go. Any thoughts about doing a long inlet pipe with holes drilled so water can more evenly distribute upon entry to the beds? Also, what about making those syphon slits bigger to prevent clogging from algae? Also what type of pump did you use? Model/make?

Thomas Pope: I am curious as to what your water Ph would be and I was also thinking a timer on your pump would be a good idea. My experience with hydroponics is that you don't need to flood (feed) the plants but about 4 times a day. Those little clay rocks I forget what they are called, hold a lot of moisture between feedings so I do not think your roots will dry out. Let me know how you do. Also you may want to add a small air pump and bubbler stone to add extra Oxygen to the "fish pond" fish love oxygen.

Cameron Caviness: I have a couple concerns: 1. For long term use I would highly recommend a form of mechanical and biological filtration. - If the water is continuously unfiltered mechanically the build up of feces and uneaten food will eventually stick to the roots of the plants and clog them up of sorts. This can cause decreased efficiency in nutrient and water uptake which can inhibit growth and eventually kill the plant. This can also cause root rot - which in turn leads to plant death. I would suggest either a radial flow filter or a swirl filter. - Contrary to popular belief plants will not act as a complete filter to remove all harmful dissolved gases from the water. The main one is ammonia - plants do not like ammonia. I would suggest a bilogical filter with colonized nitrobacter and nitrosomonas to effectively convert ammonia -> nitrite -> nitrate. Without doing significant water changes at least once per day ammonia would build up to a harmful level very easily. 2. I would suggest to completely cut out the water pump and try circulating all of the water through an air lift. Small air pumps use less energy and will also allow you to aerate the water if you wish to stock your tank at a higher density. Overall it is a great design. I am by no means trying to bash the system, just simply offering advice of ways to improve this system for long time usage.

Karen Jernigan: do you have a list of materials? I already have a pump, so I am wondering on other materials. What type of fish are you going to grow? 

Kevin Smith: Thanks for the idea. I am building a setup right now using this as my base design.

alphasxsignal: I like my vegs from good old dirt, not fish poo. YIKES Only humans would think of this stuff.

Donnie Bennett: we are looking to build a system and wanted to know of any changes you might make with hindsight

massis32210: great job...keep it up...

Kwyeuht Storm: I truly want to make this.

caldreamin09: Wow that's awesome!!! It finally hit me how the bell siphon works!! The bell, or cap creates a pressurized environment which is broken when the water goes down to the slots cut near the bottom of the pipe. It's basically just an air bubble within a siphon.Thanks for the no frills demonstration, it was very helpful

Albert B: You need a 3rd bin involved that stages the water a little longer to clean it and break down more fish waste. Otherwise, I think your going to end up with dead fish. There are specific varieties that do that well. I think bamboo is one, but a google search will tell you. Nice clean system though. good job!

John Oliver: Brilliant!

Don Rogers: Very good have some thought in same area did short test run late last year then revamped almost whole thing about to start again , ice took out two large limbs which took out most of my system have new seedlings started and about to start against. Have to finish two more grow beds
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