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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. 

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

John Oliver: Brilliant!

Patricia Shriver: how did you keep the connections from leaking? Every connection I have leaks. I glued the hose to the pvc connection because it leaked really bad, and it worked for about 36 hours, and is leaking again. Is it because I don't have man-muscles? 

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

Richard Claessens: you fill time drain time is just about right the beds should be higher so the water can siphon more powerfull and that would also create more air for the fish make sure your fish are legal in your state ... use lots of fish about 1 gal / inch of fish let the fish "set the water for a few days then put in your plants.

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? 

alan spurlock: i really am really interested in aquaponics. however, it seems like there is a lot of set up cost. i am not sure that the yield is any better than a traditional garden. also, u have to pay the electricity for the pump. is this all hype or fad? or am i missing something here?

jeremyhall420: I use two small solar panels charging 2 12v batteries in parallel that runs my inverter setup and runs my pumps in my system. So the electricity is free for my system.

namingsway: couldnt you just drill a few holes in the grow beds ? like maybe 5 small ones in each ? that would cut costs in pvc pipe no ?

claudia gamino: How many pounds of hydroton do I need for a 15 us quart tote/container??

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.

kevin barreto: here are the grow beds http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/outdoor-grounds-maintenance/kennels-dog-houses-barns/buckets-feeders/double-tuf-utility-tub-20-gal-green?infoParam.campaignId=T9F&gclid=CKrr58WR77wCFUiGfgodT3sAiQ 

Christopher Brignola: you should always test with media in the bed, when testing without the timing and water amount will be off

Anthony Jimenez: that is GREAT!!!! I am getting into the same i have some land in colorado and we are going to do this too.. THX for the info once again GREAT JOB!!!

FishNinjaY: excellent. I also liked your video specific about the Tips/Tricks of the bell siphon. This is a nice system. Do you think your estimates on flow and siphon function will change once you have the grow beds filled with media? Seems like it shouldn't. Thanks! Subscribed.

Chris Bridges: When I was in Hawaii, i built almost the exact same setup. I used a round pond liner fish tank. It worked very well, but your times are going to change completely once you have the lava rock in it, so I wouldnt stress about the times too much. You will be fiddling with it off and on for a while. I know I did. I had to adjust the water flow once a week or so, as algae built up in the supply line or the filter on the pump got dirty. I figured out that most problems with my system cycling could be overcome with increased water flow into it. So if it gets to be too much bother, try moving up to a higher capacity pump. You may be able to find pictures of my system on my google+ page if your interested. I made a great stand for those two beds out of just 5 2x4 boards and some screws I had laying around that was very sturdy. Nice job on the system.

Jenn Rebel: WOW! AMAZING! THANK YOU! GOING TO TRY THIS!

Benjamin Brown: Where did you get your grow beds? I have been looking all over for some like that and can not seem to find them. My ap system has a complete cycle every 15 mins. This is my first one, that seems to be doing fine for germinating seeds as well as the mature green onions that I have in my system. 

David Edlund: EVerything looks good. Stick with it. Remember that when you have the hydroton, it will fill faster. Gj

Donnie Bennett: how is your system working for you?

steven baker: Two questions. What are you using for your beds? And do you run your pumps 24/7?

kadmir2004: Great setup brother. Suggestion: Your drain and fill should be on a 1 hour cycle. Your video said you have 8 minute fill and 4 minute drain. You should be draining about once an hour to avoid root rot. Cheers, Jim

T25AM76: Great job. Does the fill and drain time reduce by half or more when the grow beds have media in them? I guess it varies on how much volume the media takes up and the fill and drain time reduces ?

1mtstewart: with your system, what is the pounds of fish/gallon to start/ end. what is your grow bed size l x w x depth per gallon of tank water? have you tried a floating or supported raft system, with net pots and clay balls instead of rock or other media?

Thunder Wolf: I am looking for details about your products please leave message

Green Hands of Aloha: Aquaponics is liberty. 

Development Services International: $150 aquaponics set-up. Only thing missing is fish, and bio-filters. Otherwise, it's a basic system.

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

Dewane Mong: no offense ,but i dont even get why ppl do small units like this....its just a hobby costing you money.if you are harfesting 100 pounds of fish a year and a 100 pounds of vegtables good for you....if not...its juist a hobby costing you money

growownfood: Choosing a general design for your aquaponics garden is a choice.

John Miller: +Tracy Holz This guy had an interesting setup but I think I still like your layout better.

jon obrien: u gonna grow the lettuce in styrofoam ? use gravel? 

stickypopful: perfect setup!

jon obrien: put airstones and a air pump in each 20gal resevoir

jon obrien: usde tilapia or koi

bluemoon1348: This is an excellent video, thanks for shareing!

Indoor Harvest Gardens: I built a platform for the grow beds that cover the fish tank. You can put shade cloth over that so it only drips on it, then i moved it indoors. If you left it outside and were worried about it you can add a overflow to the fish tank so it doesn't just pour over the side with too much water. Many customizations for whatever scenario.

Khyle J. Lewis: i have a friend in bangkok who knows plenty about this drop me a line

dilleetee: I'm looking at a lot of aquaponics start-up and I like the way you go about your project. Thanks

Michael Tricker: More power to your elbow for building your own syphons. But for those who are put of buy the thought of all the trial and error it is possible to buy auto syphons on line from plumbing stores. They are generally used to flush the urinals in gent toilets. They are cheap and very..very reliable. Check ebay and amazon. Keep on growing. Regards mike

Indoor Harvest Gardens: yup, some people use a timer to stop it at night and then drill a small hole in the bottom of the standpipe (so the water drains) but yes slower fill, fast drain. thanks for watching ;)-

Ray Bright: Is there always some water in the bottom of this system? If so, how deep?

Selfsufficientrobinh: Hey, if you ever respond back cause I know most people don't even check their comments... I have some ideas that would help your system out a ton!! Just send back and we could talk and discuss different techniques and methods on aquaponics

Fred Wright: how do you controll the water temprature. hot and cold? I live in Australia and it gets prety hot in summer but also get cold at night in winter.

Ahmad Nassri: Am I wrong in thinking the ampunt of growing space is diproportional to the amount pf fish space? I forgot what the numbers were, but there is a range of square feet of grow space that should be available per unit of water (and obviously a range of fish population per unit of water). If the system doesn't have enough grow space not enough NO2 will be absorbed by the plants and you'll end up with it accumulating over time and possibly becoming dangerous to the fish.

Margaret Corbett: Ed, Thanks for your speedy reply!

zeekthe hammer: with your valves controlling your pump.. do u have a wild loop for the pump in case both valves get shut? it will dead head the pump if there isnt enough flow through your specifically designed pump as all pumps are..

william adams: Hey, I was wondering what kind of fitting you used to connect the rubber hose to the PVC pipe. Because I'm trying to build my own, and I am just wanting to find some different options before I spend the money for the hose and fitting. Thanks.

S Hao: Thank you very much for your post. This is the perfect size that Iwas looking to start my aquaponic system at. Is that the concrete mixing pan your using for the grow bed? Where did you get your rubbermaid fish bucket from? 400 gal sounds perfect. Thanks again.
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