Easy & Affordable Backyard Aquaponics




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chefgiovanni: Very cool

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Angelia Odiame: Aquaponics: Easy & Affordabl Aquaponics: http://youtu.be/yVfav6LNEWQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

DJ McBall: Would you have a materials list?

sootedninjas: are the Parts list and specs available ?

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.

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.

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?

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!

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

Kwyeuht Storm: I truly want to make this.

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? 

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. 

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?

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.

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

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.

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. 

Olen Soifer: This is a good start, but you're missing two major components: A solids filter and/or a biological filter. If you use DWC, you need the bio filter or your fish will self-destruct from their own ammonia waste. And, if you use growing media & hope for it to be the bio filter also, but you don't have a solids filter, the bed will end up clogged the solid fish wastes.

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.

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?

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

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

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

jerry innes: my system works just fine without a bell siphon... i would imagine that if you have any plants near the siphon that the roots will grow into it and cut off your drainage and empty out your main storage tank

John Oliver: Brilliant!

Mh Fish: I am sad that your lovely aquaponics video opens with a pro oil ad. otherwise thank you and great job!

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.

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

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MickBurkellc: Great project. Where'd you get the totes? I haven't found anything that was the right dimensions. They look perfect...

quickplaya: That will get covered in algae growth... good idea though.

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

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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