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Grow your own food

Aquaponic Systems how Green are they

So, let’s talk about how green aquaponics is. Aquaponics energy usage is from 70% to 92% less than a conventional or organic farm which use fuel and/or petrochemical-intensive fertilizers. All energy used is electrical, so alternate energy systems such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric can be used to power an aquaponic farm 100%. This alternate energy can be produced locally instead of being shipped in from oil-refining countries, which may be great distances away from the end-user.

Freshwater fish are the most common aquatic animal raised using aquaponics, although freshwater crayfish and prawns are also sometimes used. In practice, tilapia are the most popular fish for home and commercial projects that are intended to raise edible fish, although barramundi, silver perch, eel-tailed catfish or tandanus catfish, jade perch and Murray cod are also used. For temperate climates when there isn’t ability or desire to maintain water temperature, bluegill and catfish are suitable fish species for home systems. Koi and goldfish may also be used, if the fish in the system need not be edible.

How To Start Your Own Aquaponics Garden PDF

As in all aquaculture based systems, stock feed usually consists of fish meal derived from lower-value species. Ongoing depletion of wild fish stocks makes this practice unsustainable. Organic fish feeds may prove to be a viable alternative that relieves this concern. Other alternatives include growing duckweed with an aquaponics system that feeds the same fish grown on the system, excess worms grown from vermiculture composting, using prepared kitchen scraps, as well as growing black soldier fly larvae to feed to the fish using composting grub growers.

The Garden Pool was a large run-down pool that is now a backyard closed-loop food production system using aquaponics and is powered by solar energy. The GP was designed to feed a family of four with organic eggs, milk, fruit, veggies, herbs, and fish 365 days a year while using 90% less water than conventional farming methods. We are a non-profit organization to innovate, teach, and help others use more sustainable ways to grow food.

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Another huge benefit of aquaponic growing is that it grows 100% chemical free, all natural produce. If any chemical or synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers are used, the fish could die, effectively killing your system generator! There is no question that aquaponically grown food is chem free as it cannot be cheated. Even most approved organic pesticides could kill the fish.

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Small aquaponics system using gold fish

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Hopefully this helps provide some info to build your own system, and to feed your own family good food pesticide free.

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Building an ibc aquaponic system

Hydraulic Ram Pump uses no electricity

The Hydraulic Ram Pump, Hydram, or simply Ram Pump is an automatic pumping device that is capable of pumping water higher than its original source without using electricity or any other power source. hydrolic ram pump

There is always wasted water produced by these units during the delivery phase and is practical to have the unit on the bank of the stream so that the runoff returns to the stream. The wasted water allows gravity to pull the water down the pipe and cause a water hammer action to create the pressure needed to deliver the water to homes or irrigation sprinklers. Ram Pump operation,Water will continue to be delivered after the delivery valve has closed until the compressed air in the air chamber has expanded to a pressure equal to the delivery head. Then suction pulse, with the weight or spring on the valve, pulls the waste valve back open and allows the process to begin again.

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Low cost, low flow, home made hydraulic ram pump (no welding required)

Earthship tech after 35 years

When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. I am finishing up my enlistment with roughly 25 grand debt free, so money is an issue for me having a family, but there is still in my head no reason I cant do this. I just purchased a book on building your own earth-ship, next will be systems.  You won’t get fat, but you can live from these buildings without needing anything. Nothing is better than the food that comes in from the green house. You can graze. You know, at lunch, I go into the different buildings and pick tomatoes or cucumbers, or our plant girl makes salads from the fresh picked veggies . I’ll let these pictures do the talking… and of course this short video.

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Aquaponics how to:PDF

The main objective of this site is to bring together energy technologies and produce energy cheaper and with less pollution. Thinking about thiscrayfish in great depth I realized to go completely off grid I also need a food supply. While digging through all the info I have I ran across this PDF from backyardaquaponics.com. This book draws together information from around the world, from numerous sources, about a range of subject matters concerning aquaponics, with a heavy focus on Australian conditions and Australian species, aimed at a hobby to small semi-commercial system, and most of its stripped back to the basics. This PDF has all the info for me to build my Own aquaponics system It covers everything from feeding of the fish to planting. The types of fish covered: crayfish, Tilapia, Murray cod, Silver perch, Black bream, Barramundi, blue marron, Yabbies.