Jane and Seymour are on an adventure with their free aquaponics plans to benefit as farmers of back yard gardening. This system is cost efficient and more productive, plus economical. With this type of gardening and free aquaponics plans, Steve’s research says they will use 1/10th the amount of water compared to farming on the ground.
Jane plans to produce a tremendous amount of fish and vegetables within a short amount of time. She also plans a system to grow plants with low environmental impacts and water efficiency.
Seymour and Jane have a step-by-step program to accomplish a basic back yard gardening aquaponics system. They want a re-circulating system because once the elevated grow beds have been flooded (using methods such as the nutrient film technique), water is slowly drained back into the holding tanks, which renews the process once again.
This aquaponics plan does not require herbicides, pesticides, or other chemical-laden processes associated with traditional agriculture or small-scale vegetable gardening.
Necessary Equipment and Material
- Fish Tank — approximately 50 gallon capacity
- Tank Cover
- Gravel and Growing Media
- Pipes & Fittings (as required)
- A Grow Bed (roughly 6 – 8-ft3 and 12-in deep)
- Water Pump
- Place your fish tank on a flat surface away from direct sun to reduce algae growth.
- Place the pump and feed pipe in the fish tank.
- Place the grow bed near the fish tank. Fill it with gravel and make sure it’s close to the fill pipe. Also, make sure the drainpipe from the grow bed feeds directly into the fish tank.
- Install the timer on the pump and set it to cycle for 15min on, 45 min off.
- Join the pipes and the pump together to connect the fish tank with the grow bed. Also, remember to connect the overflow drain in the grow bed to remove water.
- Plant your seedlings into the grow bed and place your fish inside the fish tank.
- Test your fish water to determine the level of Ammonium, nitrite, and nitrate. If you notice that the pH level is high or low, you can adjust it accordingly to keep the water neutral.
- Turn on the pump to start the cycling process. This involves circulating nutrient-rich water from the fish tank to the grow bed then back to the tank again. After a few days, you’ll notice that your seedlings are growing; a milestone which reveals that your free aquaponics plans and system was successfully established.