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PostPosted: Sep 9th, '17, 00:22 
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After failing my first attempt with aquaponics, i have now decided i'm going to retry it smaller.

My idea is to use a rain pipe standing upright with holes in the sides, standing in an small aquarium. (5gal i think) and using a pump to constantly trickle water to te top of the pipe.

Would this work?

For the fish i was thinking guppies or something similar

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probably but the main issues with small setups are:
drop in water level while pumping, risk of overflow when pump stops.
sufficient nutrients to grow plants

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dlf_perth wrote:
probably but the main issues with small setups are: sufficient nutrients to grow plants
Yep!.. What he said.

Aquaponics on a mini scale does not work... No matter how many convincing ad's you see for mini aquaponic systems that can sit on your kitchen bench and supply you with "year round herbs" from a couple of guppies... They are aren't designed with aquaponics in mind, they are simply designed to separate uninformed consumers from their cash.

If you want success Thijmen, but don't have the room for a large system, then as I barest minimum I would suggest you need a system with around 70L of water, about 40-50L of gravel grow bed, and running half a dozen decent sized goldfish, such as the one pictured below made from a re-purposed olive drum. Shubunkins are an excellent option in small systems such as that.

They can be made to look fairly smart if you need to have it indoors due to the weather. If light is an issue, a 130w 6400K CFL light provides excellent growth. A system such as that, with a light over it, tucked away neatly in the corner of a lounge room could make a great feature and talking point.


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that's too bad, when i eventually have my own garden i plan to build an outdoor system, maybe i should look into hydroponics for now, and supply nutrients using liquid fertilizer.

i was hoping to get fresh herbs growing as it's the only part of my kakariki's feed i can't easily get during winter.

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