Aquaponics system update

Had to widen the diameter of the pipe outlets to aide water flow as this is where the inexplicable leak was coming from.  Water was just backing up in the pipes as drains couldn't keep up with the pump, and turning the flow of the pump rate down meant there wasn't enough water going around… Continue reading Aquaponics system update

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Aquaponic build phase 3

Finished off the farm over the weekend. Needed an extra air pump as the main pump for the plants won't be running non-stop so fitted that for the wee little fishies. Goldfish that is, got fed up with trying to source affordable fish that you could eat once grown.  Although who's to say goldfish can't… Continue reading Aquaponic build phase 3

Aquaponic build phase 2; plus some pump tests

Pump arrived and I was worried about it being underpowered so did some tests... ​​ Not good results.  Maybe the straw pipe is too narrow? See below... Caught a time lapse of the second build phase (in full this time) today.  ​​ Downpipes fixed and inlets / outlets drilled. Nearly ready to start farming. Plant… Continue reading Aquaponic build phase 2; plus some pump tests

Home aquaponics system build phase one

First phase of the build done this morning.  Tried to time lapse it all as suggested by tutors at my interim review but my phone died about two thirds of the way through.  Damn.  Oh well.  Will have to make sure it's fully charged next time. Warning: cowboy builder techniques are employed extensively throughout... ​… Continue reading Home aquaponics system build phase one

Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

You may have noticed IKEA have some hydroponic systems on sale on their website.  I think they're also proposing to get in on the market for off-the-shelf indoor aquaponic units for farming at home too.  Apparently they're meeting with GrowUp to hone this further?  You used to be able to buy an off-the-shelf aquaponic system from… Continue reading Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

Research & Precedent | GrowUp Box Tour & Talk

I went to visit the GrowUp Community Farms shipping container aquaponic farm last weekend.  Feels like more time has passed since then!  Asked Sam a lot of questions, he were very patient with me.  Summary of my notes is below... 14 of the 17 nutrients you need for a green-leaf crop are found in fish… Continue reading Research & Precedent | GrowUp Box Tour & Talk

Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

Post on dezeen of the winning entry to the 2017 International Skyscraper Competition, The Mashambas Skyscraper.  It's a modular farm tower in Africa that can be expanded as needed to include many other community facilities like a nursery, doctor's surgery and drone landing port for transporting goods on /  off the tower.  An interesting precedent for… Continue reading Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski