To prove that Aquaponics (AP) is not rocket science, I decided to try and build a fully-functional home AP system in just a couple of hours.
Here’s how I did it (in pictures).
Cut the top off of an old IBC container. Use 40mm black irrigation pipe to make a neat rim.
Place 2 sturdy pieces of timber on the sunny side to support the growbed.
Cut a 210L plastic barrel in half and fill with gravel. I have discussed the drain in previous posts.
Plant with some excess plants from your garden (I’ve used strawberries from my home AP system)
I have a pond pump on a timer, pumping for 1/2 an hour and draining for 1 hour in a flood and drain system I introduced a couple of earthworms to take up excess solids and will add a couple of small fish (Tilapia) per day to the system. Total time to build -about 3 hours.
Now for a beer.