Recently I went through some spare parts laying around. There was a 10 gallon aquarium that was not being used, A rubbermaid storage tote sitting around, and a spare general hydroponics waterfarm assembly. These pieces made up the bones of the new tiny aquaponics home system I created.
Some key features of this build:
- The only power (other then lighting) used is an air pump
- The air pump oxygenates the water and pumps the water
- Uses an under-gravel air-powered tank filter
- Uses a expanded clay pebble grow media bed
- Plenty of surface area for beneficial bacteria
- Can incorporate red worms if desired
- Built using spare parts for minimal cost
The tank is currently cycling after adding some ammonia to jumpstart the beneficial bacteria formation. This gives me ample time to decide on what kind of ornamental fish to place into the tank when it is ready. The plants for the grow bed are also not ready just yet. I have already sprouted some Bok Choi, Tat Soi, and some Basil that will most likely end up inside.
The location gets some light but not very much so I took a gamble and purchased an inexpensive LED UFO grow light from Amazon. The light arrived today and I plugged it in and at this point I am quite pleased with it. I have another higher quality LED UFO grow light that I have been using for quite some time and first indications are that they are about the same brightness and same colored light. I will have to follow up on the light in the future after I have grown with it to give it a fair review.
I am excited about the prospects of having this tiny aquaponics system going as the intention was to have something to work with on a small scale before one day having a larger scale operation to raise the more edible varieties of fish.
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