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DIY Aquaponics: Building a Vortex Filter (Video) Image credit: The Urban Farming Guys From a video roundup of DIY aquaponics to an Aquaponics Made Easy DVD, we've explored plenty of resources for backyard enthusiasts of aquaponics—a term used for the symbiotic combination of hydroponics and fish farming.

DIY Aquaponics: Building a Vortex Filter (Video)

But, often, the process can still be pretty confusing if you don't have plumbing experience. Luckily, there are folks like The Urban Farming Guys who are ready and willing to share their experiences—and here they walk us through how to build a vortex filter which, they say, would cost US$4000 in a store, yet can be made for $100 with a little ingenuity. Much like their previous how to video on how to build a DIY anaerobic digester for biogas production, these urban homesteaders—who abandoned suburbia with 20 families for inner city farming instead—are refreshingly down to earth in their instructional videos.

Not only do they show you what parts go where, but they walk you through the trouble shooting they've had to do themselves. Down to Earth: Aquaponics. The end of winter is never the best time to see a beautiful vegetable garden as the harshness of winter does take its toll, but there is still beauty to be seen in a functional garden and even though plants are wilted and yellow, to me that's just part of the cycle of life.

Down to Earth: Aquaponics

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.It's the first day of Spring today so I'm celebrating the end of a beautifully cold winter and the start of warmer days. H cleaned out the chicken coup yesterday and today I hope he'll make a shade structure for them. We want them to have a little area of protection from the sun and rain. We'll use recycled timber and iron sheeting we already have so no money will be spent and waste products will be given a new life.

This is Cocobelle, my favourite chook. Bare spaces here where we harvested all the turnips and some cabbages. How To Grow 10 Times The Food in Half The Time. What is Aquaponics? How it Works & Why an Aquaponic Setup Can Fail. Portable Solar Powered Aquaponics Greenhouse Can Grow Food Year Round. Simple DIY Aquaponic System Made With Barrels.

Setting up a decent-sized aquaponic system does not have to be complicated or expensive.

Simple DIY Aquaponic System Made With Barrels

Using a few easily-attainable materials, you can build a barrel system similar to this one built in China. The builders had to get creative in implementing this design due to lack of materials in the area, but the end result is an extremely efficient, highly productive system. The plants are grown in a clay aggregate in barrels cut in half. The fish are in a barrel at the bottom of the system. In the system pictured, 15 tilapia are raised in the barrel. This system can easily be expanded upon, as seen in this beautiful, larger setup installed at an area school. The system is extremely low maintenance, requiring only daily feeding of the fish. 1 MILLION Pounds of Food, 10,000 Fish & 500 yards of Compost on 3 Acres of Land! Imagine growing your own food on your own land, but also enough food to feed your entire neighborhood. Growing Power does just that. They’re able to grow 1 Million pounds of food, year round.

Yes! You read that right. They’re in Milwaukee, WI where it’s cold enough outside in the winter to freeze boiling water in mid-air, and they grow food year round in climate controlled greenhouses. Will Allen came up with the aquaponics system and uses compost to heat the greenhouses. Using Will Allen’s methods, anyone can grow enough food per acre (333,333 pounds per acre) annually that you could not only feed your family, but all your neighbors too! DIY IKEA Shelf In-Home Aquaponics - Planted Space.

Dubbed "Malthus," this Ikea-hacked project by Conceptual Devices pieces together a 100g fish tank, plastic grow beds, a pump and piping onto an IKEA Broder shelf, with wheels.

DIY IKEA Shelf In-Home Aquaponics - Planted Space

Malthus is designed to be an in-home unit, and to grow one meal a day, a portion of fish with a side of salad. If you don't know yet, aquaponics is basically hydroponics + fish in a sustainable loop. The fish provides nutrients and CO2 to the plants, and the plants in turn purifies the water and returns O2 to the fish. Check out our introduction to aquaponics. Forming the width of two small refrigerators, this in-home aquaponics system is designed for "the next generation kitchen or living room," hoping to grow food right next to where you cook it.

All elements of the unit can be found in home improvement stores, the shelf and structure are from IKEA, the water pump, LED strips, mechanical timer, and tubing can be found readily in any retail chain. Aquaponic Urban Farm Grows Vegetables through the Winter Snow. Shrimp and vegetables and human Symbiotic relationship 蝦菜人共生.

Simple Aquaponics System for Growing Your Own Food & Fish At Home. This aquaponics system is different than most.

Simple Aquaponics System for Growing Your Own Food & Fish At Home

It’s a scaled down version of the system Will Allen over at Growing Power Inc uses to grow 1 Million pounds of food on his 3 acre farm in Milwaukee, WI. The whole system uses just a single pump and uses very little energy to pump nutrient rich water up to the gravel bed on top for filtration. The upper bed is slightly angled so the water can slowly drain down to the second bed below. And then finally back into the main tank where the fish are kept. This system is scalable and will produce a large amount of food in a very small space when compared with traditional row cropping.

This system has almost unlimited potential yield, and scalability. Also, this system can be housed in a greenhouse for year-round growing. So, what are you waiting for? Image: Comments comments. Get to know Aquaponics - Backyard Aquaponics.