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A Visit to the Scrap Yard

Category: Aquaponics | Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:44 pm

Yesterday morning I made a visit to the scrap yard to dispose of my couple of months collection of recycleable scraps. It was a good trip and I am happy with the items they have that I can make use for the aquaponics.

Very Large and Very Small ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
The 1000 litres tank is superb and at $280 per piece, is OK with me. A new tank of approximately the same capacity made of fiber glass will set me back by $800 which I will never pay for it. With the $280 one I can cut about 1foot off from the top and I'll get two open top tanks, one about 3 feet deep which I can use for the aquaculture while the other is about a foot deep which will be ideal for the hydroponics or veggies growth bed. The smaller 25litres tanks at $4 would be great for additional veggie growth bed without eating a hole into the pocket.

There is a problem here because I do not have the transportation to transport the tank back to my home. To arrange for hire transportation would be a hassle and I do not wish to go through that. Then a bell rang in my mind that I should actually be looking at sizes that are more portable for me to move around by myself since I might have to change the location. Moreover there are many uncertainities so I guess a smaller set up would be safer.

The Ideal Size ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
These 200litres tanks is just ideal and the price at $45 I think is a steal. I have a couple of these smaller size drums at home and they do not deteriorate in the sun, maybe super slowly. To transport these 200litres drum is no problem for me.

For the grow beds to go with this 200litres drums, I'll make use of the 25litres containers, maybe 4 or 5 of them.

I guess this is the most ideal set up for start up and if the project works out to be relly fun then I can easily expand it base on this set up. Now to the drawing board to work out the technicalities set up design with these available hardware.

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toni wrote on Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:57 pm:

Those are great containers. That large one is what I want for another rain water collector if I can find one at that price!!

Looking forward to photos of the progress.


Frank wrote on Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:58 pm:

Keep us updated KK. I'll be watching this project.


KK Ng wrote on Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:28 pm:

I am sure you can find one of those containers in your area at a great price too Toni. If you base on the purchasing power of your currency compared to our currency, then it is much cheaper in your area. But if you use exchange rate then it is real cheap here :)

Thanks Frank, I will!!

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