Aquaponics in the Yard-5 days
After a failed attempt at Hydroponics using the wrong chemicals, I decided to go the organic route and start an Aquaponics system. After shopping the different types of systems an techniques, I decided to go with an NFT system. After seeing a few YouTube videos from our Aussie friend showing commercial hydroponic systems. I decided to give it a try. If it works, I can always scale it up.
I built it out of 4″, thick-walled PVC, but only becuase I couldn’t find the thin-walled stuff. I used my existing hydroponocs bin as the reservoir, which I hope to also put plants in. With all the resources available online, I will hold back on writing a guide until I feel I got it right.
I basically filled it up and got everything in on Saturday. No cycling or maturity time. After only 5 days, I already have root growth! My ph level is too high (8.0), but the plants are growing and I can see some strawberries forming already. I’ve been feeding the feeder gold fish twice a day, and lose a few fish (dead) daily. I checked today, and had 10 feeder fish dead. Tomorrow I will buy an ammonia and nitrite/nitrate kit to see if I can identify why my fish are dying.