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All System Go!!

Category: Aquaponics | Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:57 pm

After ironing out all the problems (I hope!) I had the fish tank filled out to the brim.

Filled to the brim ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
I made sure that all the water in the grow tanks were siphoned out before filling in the fish tank. In this way I am able to determine how much water is left in the fish when all the grow tanks were filled.

Water level after filled grow tank ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
The water level is about 6 inches or 16cm below the brim, That is a comfortable level to work with and I think if I were to add one more grow tank, it would be no problem.

All system go!! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
After feeling everything is running smoothly, I started with the cycle time adjustment. The best time I could get is about 11 to 13 minutes, any slower the siphon will not start. I guess I just had to work with that even thought I mentioned theoretically is 15~20 minutes. Would a couple of minutes make a difference?? Hmmm ... Well the only way to find out is when the planting start and I am OK with that. I had also inoculated the water with some water from my fountain so that the maturity of the water can be shorten.

And I the final cost:

Total Hardware purchase: $175.00
Old parts cost estimate: $25.00
Total Cost : $200.00

I guess $200.00 is reasonable and I am sure once it is productive, it should pay back in less than 6 months.

Next, should I get edible fish of just fish, buy or go fishing?

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Jerry Sullivan wrote on Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:59 pm:

As someone who has had a fish aquarium I was wondering if you should have a light for the fish that cycles on and off with the day to keep the fish out of almost total darkness. Happy fish are tasty fish.



Jerry Sullivan wrote on Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:04 pm:

A lot of figuring, a lot of engineering but you stuck with it. Great job KK!! Congratulations.


Frank wrote on Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:24 pm:

Wow KK. I must take my hat off to you for project completion, but also for documenting it all for us. I have thoroughly enjoyed following it thus far.

A thought about the fish: will you need some sort of aeration in the fish tank for healthy fish? The surface area of the tank is quite big though so maybe not.

Again congrats! I wonder what you will do with your free time now?


KK Ng wrote on Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:43 pm:

Hi Jerry,
Thanks for following me right to the end. Your tips and suggestion is really a great help to me.
The fish tank is not as dark as in the photos, those photos were taken in the evening and in the morning the sun actually shines into it. I'll try to post some pics with the fish in it when I get them.


KK Ng wrote on Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:56 pm:

Hi Frank,
Thanks, the support of the members here by just following my posting really help me along the way and I am glad you enjoyed it.
As for the aeration matter, I think the continuous flow of the water should get the water oxygenated enough to support the fishes that I am still deciding to put in.
Free time? There is always lots to do, weeding,killing pests, planting a new crop, eating, new recipes to try out, napping, trip to the supermart, home maintenance ..... etc, etc, oh ya extermidating nut grass too.


Frank wrote on Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:25 am:

Looks like you will be busy then!

Thanks for answering my question :)

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