Aquaponics 101 – Next?

Today I officially handed over the commercial site to the client.  Everything is now installed and all the ponds, growbeds, pumps etc. are working fine.  The heat pump that we installed last week is not coping with the cold weather so we have ordered a much bigger unit which arrives tomorrow.  Once the water temperature is up to 25 degrees, I’ll order the fingerlings.

As mentioned previously, everything that we have planted in this system is growing like crazy including all the seeds sowed directly into the gravel.

We are planning a “greenhouse-wetting” party that will have to come after the Knysna Oyster Festival which hits us from this weekend, with non-stop parties.

In closing, a photograph of the completed system and some little tomato seedlings popping out of the gravel.

I will post some follow-up images in a month or two from this site, but for now we will be concentrating on the two tunnel site at Gouna.

I have numerous enquiries for similar systems from all over South Africa, so the future looks really interesting.

Cheers for now.

Synaptoman

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6 Responses

  1. Hi there,
    I am a journalist with The Herald newspaper based in Knysna and am interested in doing a story about your aquaponics system which you are currently setting up here. Would this suit you? If so, could you pls contact me on ( ) so that we can arrange something.

    Thank-you
    Kind Regards
    Katherine

  2. Hi Katherine,

    I will make contact with you telephonically. (Telephone number removed for your privacy)

    Synaptoman

  3. What’s up with http://www.backyardaquaponics.co.za going to your site? I think that concept belongs to some one else in Oz.

  4. Yes, the concept belongs to my mate Joel, but the .co.za domain belongs to ME !!

  5. Hi in the bigger systems why is it that the fish tank is not used as the sump? Is it feasable to set up a system that way round?
    Love reading your stuff it has inspired me. Keep up the good work. well done on the half marathon. Dont start training now u are sure to do some damage lol

  6. I find it helps to work on 3 levels. From highest to lowest, Tanks, Growbeds, Sump. This way I am using gravity to my advantage. There is no reason why the tanks couldn’t be at the lowest (ie, sump) level.

    Thanks for your kind words.

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