Aquaponics 101 – the good, the bad and the very ugly.

Well good news and bad news on the Aquaponics front. First the very ugly news. After two weeks of gentle intermittent and soaking rain, one of the uprights on the retaining wall of my terrace started to move. Thank goodness this has happened before the slab was started.


You can see the subsidence just behind the bricks. Shit !!

To make matters even worse, my Malawian gardeners, Obvious and Joshua, didn’t arrive on Friday. I think they just stay away when it’s raining, and realised what a muddy and unpleasant task awaited them.

I am going to have to re-excavate this upright, and as much as I wanted to avoid it, use a concrete base to secure it. I’m getting absolutely nowhere in this mud and clay, and we are leaving for the UK on Saturday, so the project is going to come to a halt for a while now.

And now for the good news. The mesh pools arrived from Hydrex.

Set out below some images.


The mesh frame. It stands a little more than 1.2M high.


The Geomat (and Jess, my dog). It goes under the pool and shows the size quite nicely (diameter 1.75m)


The central drain. It drains the pool from the middle and is 50mm PVC.

My timing on this project is to complete greenhouse, fill tanks and cycle by 30 November and slowly introduce fish and vegetables by say Christmas.

This article will re-commence in November.

Be Good



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