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Aquaponics Overview...NEW LOCATION, Register in other Meeting posting

Audience: This meeting is open to all and intended for those DIY types that want a basic understanding of how Aquaponics works, an overview so they can build their own One IBC system, and the build steps, and parts list.

Picture: Our system design is similar to the one in the picture, a custom system crafted by Jerry Jones, which Sylvia Bernstein sells.


Location: Bob Jordan’s House in Central Garland


Host: Bob Jordan


Cost: Online RSVP required, pay $20 at the door


Limit: 25 people


Overview:
These systems can be built using a 275 gallon International Bulk Container (IBC) called “Totes”, which have a sturdy base/pallet, metal cage, and square Polyethylene liquid tight container. These make an ideal first system if you have a 4’x4’ space in the sun.


Agenda:
1. Overview of, how an Aquaponic system works, plumbing, media, plants, fish, and Nitrogen Start-up cycle will be given.
a. Elements of an Aquaponics system
b. How the plumbing works
c. What media to use and why
d. What plants are recommended
e. What is the Nitrogen (Start-up Cycle), why do I care, and how do I do it?
f. Testing: Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Temperature, and pH.
g. Water conditioning
2. Simple Step by Step Instructions for building a one IBC Aquaponics System and overview of how each system element works will be shown
a. The parts used to build the system
b. Where to make the cuts and how to assemble it.
c. How and where to drill the holes for drain, water inlet, pump power cord, etc.
d. Plumbing overview:
i. Drain/overflow installation and assembly
ii. Pump and water inlet installation and connection.
iii. Bulkhead substitutes and tricks
e. Final Assembly


Show-And-Tell:
We have a fully operational One IBC Aquaponics system that you can inspect. It has been growing herbs for 30 days. Also we will have all the parts to assemble another system, so you can see the parts and before, and fit or placement after they go together.


Take Away Info: URLs to Parts List and sequential assembly pictures will be provided at the meeting.

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  • Harrell H.

    3/31/13

    Hello All, What a great group you are! The meet up was full of helpful questions and information from the audience. Julia, Kayla, thanks, both of you did a good job preparing Bob for his excellent presentation. If you need barrels or totes please contact me through The North Texas Aquaponics Meetup Group website. If you need to call or text, please do so anytime, 214.784.6604.
    Also we are easy to find on craigs list http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/for/3694700396.html
    In saying that, Bob will be the first one to tell you that I did not join the group just to sell you barrels.
    So if you find a good price on totes are barrels please don't hesitate to share any good deals on barrels or totes from other sources.
    At this time Bill and I cant decide if we should do the 55 gallon barrel ponics to have fresh herbs on the back porch or just jump in and go for the IBC tote and start gardening.
    Look forward to our next meet up and share our start up. Happy Easter!

    March 31, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Great as always, lots of usable info, lots of great people, good question and answer, and most of all for me, the speakers always stay on subject. Looking forward to the next training.
    Thanks everyone, JK

    March 31, 2013

  • Chad S.

    Great meetup, Bob is good at teaching and presenting information. I have finally decided what type of system I want to build for my first system. I'm going to do a CHOP2 type system. I found a good example in this video http://youtu.be/k_2wvCSKd2M Basically take 3 IBCs, 1 for fish tank, the others are cut in half (or there about) and made into grow beds (3), and the last IBC half for the sump. Add some lumber, PVC pipe, and cinder blocks, and that should be about it.

    March 31, 2013

  • Larry C.

    This was great information, Bob is a very good teacher overall fun and informative. I would highly recommend for anyone interested in getting started or becoming a part of a progressive group!

    March 30, 2013

  • Flo B.

    Don't know where we supposed to go , Bob's house or library, some pls let us know

    March 30, 2013

    • Dave P.

      the meetup is at the library, see you there!

      March 30, 2013

    • Gaia B.

      Thanks, Dave.

      March 30, 2013

  • Gaia B.

    Are there two meetups at two different locations tomorrow? I don't know which one I'm supposed to be at. Help.

    March 29, 2013

    • Deryk

      I think the real one is at the library. I have talked to Frank. He is bringing bags of plant!t to the library. That is where I will be.

      March 30, 2013

    • Gaia B.

      Thanks, Deryk.

      March 30, 2013

  • Soleil

    I would like to get the instructions and parts list and build this
    I am in central Texas
    Can I mail 20. To bob and attend in absentia? [masked]

    March 23, 2013

  • dfwMichael

    Looking forward to finalizing my aquaponics design

    March 23, 2013

  • JoAn M.

    I am also bringing my husband and daughter

    March 21, 2013

  • Flo B.

    My husband and I are attending

    March 19, 2013

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