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#1 neo Figment

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:13 PM

SO I have a ibc tank that I acquired for an aquaponics setup.
Was unable to get going for two years...lack of space.
Well now I got a place and no money....:(
So I need some cheap grow bed ideas.

Any Idea will be considered.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:52 AM

So I scored an 8 foot wide roll of plastic......pretty thick stuff.
Only thing it its clear.

I can buy scrap lumber hopefully make all my beds for about 110.
Gonna hit the fleamarkets next weekend to see what I can come up with.
Would prefer a solid bed then lumber with plastic in it but what the hell.
Gotta make do.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:28 AM

Cant wait to see it when finished.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:29 AM

Me too.:)
Thinking about going with channel cats.
Originally I was thinking about tilapia.
That whole thing about dying under 50f....

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:40 AM

NICE my friend :-D Why think about it???? Know it and do it :-D

check out my thread I just posted about Will Allan... expert Aquaponics Farmer

https://mycotopia.ne...wing-power.html


you could gain some nice skills from him. See the way his system flows.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:40 AM

i like this floating-grow-raft and shrimp farm setup : vid


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:50 AM

ondura makes a nice platform for a return channel for the pond, only thing you need besides that is 2x4s and 8x8s cut to the length of the bed

use tubs to hold your grow medium, they are much cheaper per volume of soil held than pots and come in a variety of sizes


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:31 AM

I have run in a complete circle.

Went from no place.
Place...all my gear...rent is half the produce.
Place....$1000 investment.......P take.(none of my gear)
No Place....:(

Now I am at maybe a place......Gettin warmer all the time.........(fingers crossed)


Arsonist chicks are hot.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:47 PM

from the thick tank on my shoulders came the idea of aeration by way of a floating grow bed underside;
being fibrous somehow to creat a large surface area, gently rising and lowering into the water, dissolving o2 into the whetted fibres while rising into the air, then releasing o2 enriched water into the tank water when lowering;

one motive action may be provided by peripherally attached heat tubes with expanding and contracting gas reservoir, responding by an evaporative heat exchanger.

another motive action may be provided by waves; using a similar floating grow bed with fibrous underside, where waves provide continual variation in exposure of the fibre to air and water.

Edited by Erkee, 16 March 2012 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:46 PM

just picked up 3 more ibcs!

also 40 talapia

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:09 PM

any thoughts to a "mini eco" approach ? say you have 1 main tank with bass/catfish in it..
the cat fish consume large wastes from the bass then the water goes to a secondary tank with true bottom feeders
in this case crawfish/fresh water shrimp then that water goes finally through a third tank with filter feeder fish and freshwater clams before going up and into you plant section maybe that set up would produce the best results with minimal work
you could also raise large fresh water snails in the same tank as the filter fish/clams and use those to feed
the bass/cats the thing with aquaponics is there is so much possible variety!




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