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Aquaponics Overview & 1 Barrel or 1 IBC System Build Instructions

SAME MEETING, new location, new signup page (here)

We had last weeks meeting rained out, and more wanting to attend this meeting than I had room for, so meeting has moved to the Garland Library. All RSVPs on other meeting are invalid, please RSVP here to attend.

Location:
Garland Central Library
625 Austin St
Garland, TX 75040

Host: Bob Jordan

Cost: Online RSVP required, Pay online, no payment at the meeting.

Limit: 50 people

Overview:
These systems can be built using a 35 or 55 Gallon plastic Barrel or 275 gallon International Bulk Container (IBC) called “Totes”. One of these makes a good first system if you have a space in the sun near a protected power socket.

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.

Agenda:
1. Overview of, how an Aquaponic system works, plumbing, media, plants, fish, and intro to Nitrogen Start-up cycle will be given.
a. Elements of an Aquaponics system
b. How the plumbing works
c. What media to use
d. What plants are recommended
e. What is the Nitrogen (Start-up Cycle), why do I care, and how it's done.
f. Testing: Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Temperature, and pH.
g. Water conditioning
2. Simple Step by Step Instructions for building a one 35/55 gallon Barrel or 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 it assembles.
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 dry but fully operational one 35 gallon Barrel Aquaponics system that your can inspect. Also we will have all the parts to assemble another system, so you can see the parts (before) and fit and placement after it goes together.


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

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

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  • Gillian S.

    When is the next meeting? Would love to join the group.

    June 21, 2013

  • Tony

    Hi everyone. Who had the IBC Totes for sale? I would like to buy one. Thanks in advance.

    April 7, 2013

    • Deryk

      I am looking for a few as well. 2 maybe 4 of the 330gal if I can find them.

      April 7, 2013

    • Adam

      Green Phoenix Farms has some available if Dave Pennington does not.

      April 23, 2013

  • Bob J.

    I learned a lot from the Q&A and feedback. Having the Harrell the barrel guy and Frank selling clay pebbles was well received too! I heard ots of good feedback!

    April 22, 2013

  • CJ

    Bob is an excellent speaker. Bob added humor to his presentation which made an interesting topic like AP even more interesting. I was confused about the nitrogen cycle prior to the meeting but Bob explained this in such detail I feel confident in my new understanding. Bob you're the man!

    April 1, 2013

  • Jesse K.

    Thanks to Bob and Dave for making this a very positive experience. The presentation was very effective and informative. Although the main emphasis was for a small start-up system, the information was applicable to larger systems which would be possible using the design principles presented. Thanks also to the people who pitched in to make containers and materials available after the meeting. Excellent from Top to Bottom !!!

    April 1, 2013

  • Richard R.

    Bob made an excellent presentation. The info on ph testing and ph testing methods was detailed and very helpful. The atmosphere of enthusiasm and optimism at the meeting was great!!!!

    April 1, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    This club is great. Thank you Dave and Bob. I am glad i came to the meeting. They showed me how to do the setup, spoken on what works and what things not to do. The 1 BARREL SYSTEM is easy and everyone could have one and if you have room do the 1 IBC SYSTEM. The Aquaponics is great anywhere any place. The future of aquaponics farming for the young or older to live healther.

    March 31, 2013

  • Larry C.

    After months looking on line, learning about aquaponics I've finally found a great group. Bob did an excellent job laying the ground work for these small backyard systems. He was amusing and a excellent teacher. It is good to have mentors like him and Dave Pennington to lead in this natural progression of the aquaponic story!

    March 30, 2013

    • Bob J.

      Thank you so much. I never know how it is perceived!

      March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group! Great people! I really enjoyed the meeting; looking forward to the next one. Thanks for all the wonderful info.

    March 31, 2013

  • Kathryn H.

    I am looking forward to this meeting.

    March 26, 2013

    • Bob J.

      Were you able to register?

      March 29, 2013

    • Kathryn H.

      I was never able to find the paypal button anywhere, even though I asked ahead of time twice...Sorry. I would have loved to have come.

      March 30, 2013

  • Edgar B.

    Running a little behind schedule, but we are on our way.

    March 30, 2013

  • Regina I.

    i had rsvpd to other meet up... how do i pay on line?

    March 29, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    I am very excited to see the aquaponic system being built

    March 29, 2013

  • Larry C.

    will it be outside? looks like rain in the forecast.

    March 28, 2013

  • Kathryn H.

    I am on the RSVP page and still do not see a paypal button. Perhaps I am missing it somewhere? Please direct me to it.
    Thanks so much.

    March 28, 2013

  • Harrell H.

    Hello, My son Bill and I are looking forward to meeting everyone at this meeting[masked]) and getting started on our first system.

    This Agenda looks likes a good refresher course and a GREAT class for newbies, to good to miss!!

    How do I register and pay ?

    March 28, 2013

  • Kathryn H.

    I am looking for the pay on-line button....

    March 26, 2013

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