Nalu's IBC and shelve Aquaponics.
Maybe its time for a little journal about my new hobby.
330 gal IBC tote
Odyssea 4x 54W T5HO and a Diamond plate 2x32W T8
40 gal sponge filter
ebb/flood on timer 30min on 30min off
Fauna (for now)
13 H Rasboras and 1 lost Tilapia (long story)
Basil, Broccoli, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Carrots, Chives, Berry bushes, Echinacea
275gal IBC tote
HB 6x 32W T8 with good reflectors
Sunsun 302 filter
40 gal sponge filter
Ebb/ Flood every 3h with 30 min off.
River rock pebbels
Mixed lettuce, Kale, Tomatoes, Green beans, Cucumbers, Mint
Tilapia fingerlings in 75gal growout tank
Currently I'm setting up the shelve grow tubs attached to the 75 gal outgrow tank and making sure my bell siphons work properly. Pics of this will follow soon.
Recycling the plastic veggies containers is such a great idea. I'm also using them for sprouting seeds and emersed plant cuttings.
Glad you started a journal, I think this is a natural extension of the planted tank hobby.
I filled the 3 new shelve grow beds with river gravel today, made sure my bell siphons work perfect.
Tomorrow I will hang the lights and start planting seeds and herbs.
I wonder what my electrical bill will be with all those new lights, heaters and pumps... Solar power would be more than welcome.
Tomorrow I will post pics.
Have you thought about using reflector walls around the grow beds?
Right now I'm using white 1/2" Styrofoam sheets I've read they are 85% reflective. Mylar film takes you up to 97%. For some weird reason I don't understand aluminum foil is the same refractivity as white and flat white works better than gloss.
Mylar is not cheap on rolls but, Space Blackets are cheap and they are made of Maylar. My next MOD will be to wrap my panels with a space blanket. In a bigger system like yours you could simply hang them like shower curtains.
I went to find a link on the space blakets and found this:
Pretty sweet idea!! I may try that if I can find some at the $1 store. My local dollar does carry space blankets.
I have a few now for emergency. Last winter the heater went out, no heat for two days. I used a spas blanket over there tank to help the tank heater. Worked great, the house got down to 50degrees at night but, the tank water stayed @ 72.
These are awesome! My girl is going to kill me when I show her these.
very impressive set up Tom.
I cant wait to get some fresh tilapa from you :biggrin:
The shelve aquaponic:
And my new addition to the family: M and F New Zealand White Rabbits.
Hope they give of nice offspring, I love rabbit meat.
What's the growth cycle time on the rabbit crop, from birth to Hasenpfeffer?
Those 2 are 9 weeks old now, another 12 - 16 weeks to go to have offspring.
I did something stupid last week... I added 30 comets from petco.
They all started dieing, and the rasboras in the system getting fungus, turn white and die too. I am stupid that I did that.
I didn't want to put my Tilapia in the system because I want to keep them above 80F to grow faster during the winter.
How do you think this will settle, will the bacteria/virus/fungus die over time or do you think I have to reset. There are still about 10 comets in both tanks and they seem to do good.
I'd have to think it would cost that much to heat one of the IBC tubes for Tilapia. I'd think most like the same cost as heating your aquariums.
The temp in the garage is at night now 70F and during the day 74.
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