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Miniponics or Mini Aquaponics - under 10 USD

Discussion in 'Tropical Systems' started by vinil tr, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. vinil tr

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    Here is what I have been trying at home for the last few weeks. This is a Mini Aquaponics system made from a 25 liter water can that we use at home.
    I cut the water can 1/3rd from top and used this as the GB and the remaining for the FT. A couple of holes and zip ties holding the structure in place with the help of 3 wooden bars. A small power head (typically used in the smallest aquarium) moves the water up. This is simple and easily makeable in about an hour.

    Calling it the Miniponics ideal for herbs next to your kitchen window. This one is growing parsley its only 3 weeks old (from dropping seeds in the GB) now and a couple of guppies and sword fish is powering this.

    Hope this grown well - will post updates on this as this project progresses.
    Cheers :)
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    Good project Vinil.
     
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    Can we substitute LECA with something cheaper?
     
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    It is not clear how the siphon is fixed.
     
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    Its been a few months and see how the miniponics is working ... celery is growing with no visible problem.
     

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    Excellent. Love it.
     
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    Hello All,
    For anyone who want to try out this miniponics. Here is a DIY video i put together.

     
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    Got excited building the miniponics and thought why not make this into a piece of art .. so i decided to draw over it. This is my Miniponics - The Art Series. Planning to paint a few more.
     

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    this sounds like a great idea, would be good for plants that take over garden beds like mint. would it be possible to grow
    Redclaw Crayfish in the FT, and if so what population density would work for a system this small?
     
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    Hi Damian, Am not sure of Redclay Crayfish .. i have not tried this yet.
    This system holds between 15 to 19 liters of water in the FT. the volume and space is small and therefore would recommend ornamental fish that would not grow too big.
    You could try crayfish when they are small .. but will have to move them out as they grow big. Also, as i read redclaw crayfish alone does not produce enough waste to power an AP setup, and is generally used along with other fish (this is from my online research - i might be wrong here. Please correct me if i am wrong).

    Ornamental fish like guppies, swordtail, goldies, koi, mollies, zebra striped fish etc. have worked for me in this small setup.
    You could also follow the aquarists rule of thumb - 1 cm of fish length per 1.5 liters of water.
    Hope this info helps.
     
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    Just activated my second miniponics setup today... really excited.

     
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    Love the drawings Vinil. Very interesting.
     
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    Thank You Murray,
    You have been an inspiration and i have been following your forum/site and videos for a long time ... surely i want to come over and take part in one of your Aquaponics for Profit workshop. Guess i will plan my trip in a few months time.

    Here is a DIY diagram of my Miniponics hope it helps some of the folks to make their own miniponics.
     

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    Hi Vinil,

    Very creative mini aquaponics there. After watching your video, I just want to confirm that you are just using the capillary action of the clay media by keeping 1" of water inside the media pot right? There is no flood and drain happening... just a flow through design, right?
     
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    Hi Vinil,

    Very creative work on those mini aquaponics. Just want to confirm if I understand correctly that your system doesn't employ any flood and drain, right? Just a simple flow through design that keeps about 1" water in the grow bed media and just use the "wicking-effect" of the expanded clay balls to bring the nitrates to the plants, right?
     
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    Hi Ronald, Yes you got it right .. this is a combination of constant flow and wicking action ... does not have a flood and drain action .. they work fine for this small size.
     
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    Okay Vinil. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Vinil, great design but it would seem like an easy install for a flood & drain using a siphon in the stem. Is there a reason you didn't go that way?
    Dan
     
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    No I have not tried the siphon route for this. Since this was a small system decided to the wicking route. I will be trying a siphon method soon.


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    Love your little system Vinil. Any new videos to show us?
     

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