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PostPosted: Aug 13th, '12, 12:03 
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Despite all the plant issues I've had with my 35 gallon test system, I'm still willing to spend the money on creating a larger system. I might be crazy because my test has not been successful, but I still want to make aquaponics my hobby. I still have visions of handing out fresh produce to family an friends in the middle of winter.

Anyway, that being said I've purchased a 378 litter Rubbermaid trough that I will be using for my fish tank, and two 189 litter Rubbermaid troughs that I will use one for a sump tank and the other for a grow bed.

I bought some 182 cm tall 122 cm wide shelving system that these tanks fit snugly in place. I decided to get the shelving because I thought it would be really easy to add other grow beds to the system by simply adding more shelving.

So far here are the pros and cons that I can think of for doing it this way.

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Because of shelving and tank selection this might not be as cheep as recycling other materials.
Although probably manageable there is not as much room as I had hoped for when messing with the FT or the ST.
I'll have to use a ladder to work on the GB. (When I add shelving I may just move this first GB to other shelving.)

Pros:
Fairly compact and nice and tidy.
Easily expandable.
Shelving could be recycled for storage if I decide that aquaponics is not for me.
Tanks and shelves seem to be sturdily designed.

Anyway, here is a picture of my system so far. I still have to work out the plumbing. In the mean time, any creative criticism is welcome along with any suggestions.

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PostPosted: Aug 15th, '12, 05:16 
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first question coming to mind is are you going to have enough head space over the grow bed for a grow light? From most of my reading the light needs to be about 24 inches over the bed. The system for expansion also would be difficult. I am also new to this as well but those are my observations.


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Remove bottom shelf and sump tank.. Put fish tank on the ground, then 1 or even 2 growbeds above it.. You do not need a sump..

Pump from fish tank up to beds, have beds drain straight back to fish tank..

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Thank you for all the replies.

@CLM1981: Good observation.

@earthbound: I'll give it a try but I'm not sure it will fit with the cross bars of the shelving supports. The FT is just a little over 122 cm, and the shelves are 122 cm. When I put it on the bottom shelf the FT did not fit, but I did not try it on the ground. I could get longer shelves, but I would be wasting 61 cm of space. I know it is not a lot of space, but I want to try not to waste any space.

I realize I don't need a sump, but my original thought is that the sump will be lower to ground then the FT so when I expand and add more shelves I could have a GB a lot lower to the ground giving more room for vertical crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and what not.


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+1 for EB's suggestion of ditching the Sump

If the Fish Tank doesn't fit(and you have room), turn it 90 degrees so that one end of the fish tank sticks out. This way you have access to the FT from in front of the shelf and can set the shelf almost on top of the tank. This might also give you room to use the sump as a second growbed if their is enough height to work with.


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