halhurst's Four Barrel Fisherator garden
Garden Type: Aquaponic | Sun: Partial Sun | Soil: None | Organic
Rainwater, dew and shower runoff – solar heated – source of irrigation water, future home of my fish farm, now in development.
The current setup can be thought of as two parts- water collection and treatment, and a fish habitat.
The collection portion consists of the watershed south of the ridge line of my roof, extending over my patio via corrugated transparent polycarbonate roofing, collected and directed into the collection barrel(s). This water is used as replacement water for the fish habitat. When rainwater is not available, the first collection barrel serves as a conditioning tank for removing chloramines from tap water.
contains most of the amenities necessary for warm-water fish in an intensive farming environment: heater, water filtration, aeration, lighting, and feeding.
Water purity is maintained by circulating the water through the biofilter barrel to remove ammonia and by drawing off about 20% of the water and sediment per week for watering the garden. Replacement water comes from the collector barrel.
Temperature control (heating) is provided by solar heat in the day and electricity at night. Barrels are insulated to minimize heat loss. Solar heat thermostat is set 10 degrees higher than night heat to allow some heat storage and minimize power use.
Water circulation is provided with two pumps, which alternate between a solar heating loop when heat is required and solar coils are hot enough, and a short path which bypasses the coils and enables the night heater.
Internal lighting is provided by strings of LED Christmas lights wrapped around the white poly barrel under the insulation.
Aeration is provided by a central pump which supplies air for bubblers in each barrel, including the collection/ conditioning barrel. The bubblers are made of 1/4" soaker hose for drip irrigation.
Feeding is manual at this point, but I am investigating an automated dispenser that will provide several feedings a day.
An outdoor organic garden located in 90250, United States, halhurst's Four Barrel Fisherator garden currently contains 0 plants.This is a Aquaponic garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 10a. It has mainly None soil and receives Partial Sun light.
There are no plantings in this garden yet.