55 gallon Planted tank/Paludarium WITH Aquaponics?
Iím looking for any advice, ideas, information, experience, know-how, thoughts, etc anyone might be able to offer. Iím re-acquiring a 55 gallon tank, about the standard 13x48 in, has most the basic hardware and an under gravel filter. Flora is only 1 Silver dollar and some sort of a small pleco or Chinese algae eater, no plants. What Iíd liked to do is either build it into a planted tank and/or some sort of basic, probably minimal Paludarium/Riparium, either way I will probably have SOME above water features, probably planted/moss wood and an Alocasia. BUTÖ. I also want to build an aquaponics system on to it as well. Naturally Iíll add more fish when it is ideal and possibly a small amphibian or 2 if it goes for more of a Paludarium/Riparium design.
My biggest concerns are nutrient contents, competition and balance between the tank plants and the aquaponics plants (ponics will most likely be tomatoes and other fruiting veggies, maybe some herbs too) and placement of the in-flow and out-flow for the aquaponics (Iím thinking under the gravel filter might actually be an ideal place maybe?). It seems like a ďheavyĒ system to me, and Iím curious about its feasibility but I still think its doable. Just looking to pick apart brains and see what others have done.