Mount Prospect, ILUSA
Hometown: Mount Prospect
February 12, 2013
I have been looking into Aquaponics and aquaculture for years and finally took the plunge last year and built my first system.
I have a 50 gallon storage tote which pumps up to a vortex filter then to 4" pvc pipe with holes for pots which contain hygroton/Coconut coir mix spilling into a Tub with floating raft of lettuce which drain back into the main tote.I use a pump on a timer which runs 15 mins every hour and a few times at night to aerate the water. I have tried different plants in the pots but now have mostly herbs and sweet peppers. I have a few smaller totes set up with different ideas and they will move to the patio after spring. Solids removed by the vortex filters are used to fertilize a traditional garden.
Growing my own seafood and organic vegetables as well as the building of systems and solving problems which arise. I have always been into gardening and aquariums and this is the evolution of both.