So my tomato seedling is growing like a weed, I want to try aquaponics with it (hook it up to get water flow from my 55 gallon tank to give it nutrients and reduce nitrates in the tank). Lights: 2x double bright marineland leds, Pump: sunsun canister filter outflow. Still need a tray/bucket to hang on the tank, media for the plant, and a system to raise lights/grow vine on as it gets big. My hope is that if this does well I can change over to growing zuchini (green squash) which is what my pleco eats most so I can have him help grow his own food.
I've done a little research so far into it and keep seeing [strike]"Use growing media" but haven't' found something specific for what growing media is? I'm guessing these article writers don't mean strait soil since it could wash into the tank. Sooo what is a good simple "growing media" for this?[/strike] answered
There's also mention of use of worms "red wigglers".. around here I only find night crawlers naturally.. So where would I get these red guys and are they really necessary? If they're just for extra organic waste nutrients I think my pleco and his poop factory rear will be plenty. Added question:how do these worms deal with the constant flowing water?
I'm curious about others experiences growing harvest foods with aquaponics and what you all have done for set up of these systems? I personally want to keep is simple. Main thing is finding a box/tray/hob thing-y for the tomatos to grow in, I'd prefer setting it up behind the aquarium, but there's not a lot of room for that, so might have to do it partially over the tank (pleco will love the extra shade).