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March 30, 2013 - 20 went

Aquaponics Overview & 1 Barrel or 1 IBC System Build Instructions

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Added by Deryk
on Mar 31, 2013.


  • Deryk

    This was just a little 35gal barrel I set up to support a 24 pot wall garden.

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  • Bob J.


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    It looks really nice Deryk. I'll bet it would grow a lot of strawberries and probably lots of other food too--but it looks perfect for stawberries. Some Questions: My depth perception is not the best but the grow pipes aren't directly one over the other are they? If so, will the plants in the pipes below get enough sun? and do you need a more powerful pump to get the water to the top pipe, or does that matter? and finally, can you also have a grow bed on top of the blue barrel like Bob did with his design? One more question: are you sharing directions and a parts list?

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  • Deryk

    Hi Liz. The NFT pipes are at about a 15deg angle. I set them to be about level if the 2x4s are 2' or so from the wall. I think they will get plenty of sun on each level. The pump I got is a 380gph model. Climbing the 4' or so knocks it down to about 170gph. I have also added two valves coming off the pump. 1 to control water to GB, one to control water to NFT. I have to close the GB valve to get proper flow to the higher NFT. I have added media to the barrel now I will add another pic. I have also started to add ammonia to cycle the system. As for a parts list I didnt really keep track. It is just 3" pvc with 3"->2" 90deg ends. You can get the cleanouts or just do elbows. A 3"->2" reducer with a 2" to 1/2" female thread for the NFT water inlet. I put a 1/2" barb on that and used 1/2" tubing down to the FT. The NFT outlet is a 2" and another barb with some vacuum hose to the FT. For the barrel I just did similar to what was shown in the class. I did find some cool bulkhead fittings premade in the electrical department. They worked great. Rather than screws through the barrel I think I am just going to get a larger dowel and run it completely through the barrel under the GB to support it. I honestly dont think it is needed with this particular barrel. The fit is really tight. Maybe on the 55s it would be more critical. I put up a gallery here:

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