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.
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
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.
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
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.