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My pathway to Aquaponics comes from my love of growing things……
For quite a while now I have been growing vegies in a patch out the front of my house. From Pumpkin to Zucchini, Broccoli, carrots and many leafy greens. My success has varied based on the weather in Sydney… A stint of very hot weather can and has killed off everything in just a few days
My two other growing passions are Koi and Bonsai.
I have been growing and training Bonsai for over 15 years. (I am much better at growing and keeping than the design and style).
The Koi Pond came about as a way to compliment the Bonsai.

For three years I have used water plants and ferns as the natural way to filter the water in my Koi Pond. The only other filter has been the settlement chamber attached to the bottom drain at the deep end of the pond.

Just before Xmas I started to remove some of the water plants (about 1/3 now gone). Once I have setup my first grow bed, I will remove another third so that the system does not get a big shock.
I hope to eventually remove all of the water plants.

Last weekend I built and installed a 200ltr gravel/ sand filter that is working a treat at cleaning the water.

Anyway…..I will attach some pictures of my Koi Pond build (they are a few years old) and then some updates from the last few weeks.

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Wow - very impressive! Can't wait to see the transformation to AP!

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Looking good Axeman! :thumbright:
I'm a little jealous of people who are allowed to keep Koi...

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Axeman, what a great system..

I, like you, started with Koi..

Still got them for the pretty side of things, but not serious for genuine AP usage..

I think that I have ten Koi and will soon have to rethink as the pond will be rather small for them.. (now between 100 to 150mm long)
I had thought of extending the pond and could add serious GB's to the KOI system..

Oh to have a blank canvas of a newer home with some space to do what you are doing..

You might have to invite me over for a look :wave: , and likewise you can see what we have at Peakhurst.. but our main system is very industrial..
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love that rock work too

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Just another thought... You have a number of separated ponds..
I DO like KOI, but I just can't help thinking they are a small waste and that something like Silver Perch, can give you real benefits..
So, could you keep Perch in part of the system..
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I was going to use the top section where the plants are now for growing….. but now you have me thinking…
I need to slowly remove all of the water plants (they are in the top two sections now). Gradual removal will ensure that the system stays stable.

There are also some yabbies up there that might need to be moved.

I am also keen to experiment with flush watering some of my Bonsia. Figs in particular would live the extra water and nutrients. Need to design a tray (that the boss approves).

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You might not be able to eat koi but they create huge amounts of waste so you'll never be short of nitrates for plant growth :-)


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This is the growth in the top area. The entire section is filled with roots over 20cm thick. Also a picture of my new sand filter after a week... It is working really well to clear fines. I flush from the top and the bottom.
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I attempted to modify my blower vac to flush, but it does not create enough pressure to force the air to the bottom of the drum. I ended up using my mouth.... Not ideal
I need other suggestions .....
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