Aquaponics is something everyone should try doing and what I have been doing lately is building my goldfish aquaponic system inside our greenhouse. It does take a little work to set up but you can enjoy having goldfish and have fresh vegetables for your family too. I bought quite a few IBC totes or IBC tanks last year and this is what I will be using for a goldfish tank.
Take a look at the project I started:
First thing I had to do is make hole in the 4″ PVC pipe that I picked up from Home Depot. This will be where we place our 2″ net cups where are vegetable plants will go.
As you can see above the holes for our net cups fit perfectly.
This photo above is for our hydroponic system that we did last year to grow lettuce and other vegetables. This is the same idea that we’ll be using for our aquaponic system to grow more plants as the return water goes back to our goldfish tank.
This is what our aquaponic system will look like. We may have to goldfish tanks that will be piped together. The 55 gallon drums will be extra filtration added to take out the larger waste particles. It will act like a vortex filter and we’ll have a water discharge outlet on the bottom for easy cleaning.
This IBC tote we cut a portion of it off and we’ll be using this for our goldfish aquaponic system grow bed. We will be filling this with hydroton clay pebbles. We will be constructing a bell syphon to add to the grow bed. This here will be a flood and drain system.
As you can see there is a IBC tank, on the bottom which will house the pond pump. The water here will be piped up to the back along the greenhouse wall where there will be the return 4″ white pvc pipe with 2″ net pots for more growing space for vegetables. Most likely in these spots we’ll be growing lettuce.
As you can see in the photos above this is what our goldfish aquaponic system will look like. We’ll add some more pictures as we work on finishing this aquaponic system. The plumbing part is our next job to do. I can’t wait until this aquaponic system is up and running!