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  •  I have a small aquaponics garden (2+ / 0-)
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    in the basement, so yes I have chosen seeds (and fish) to grow. I started planting my winter crops a couple weeks ago. Because the grow lights we have are flourescents and the temperature in the basement is cool, I am focussing on plants that will thrive in cool temps and less intense light. We have had very good luck with lettuce and peas, so romaine lettuce, snap peas and snow peas are my primary crops. I am also experimenting with baby cabbage, golden beets, and celery.

    The plants are fertilized by Shubunkin goldfish who came in from our garden pond and a batch of very energetic rainbow trout who occupy a second fish tank (with a cover). The water with the fish waste is pumped up to the grow beds and the waste is filtered out in the beds and provides nutrients for the plants. The filtered water is then returned to the fish.

    It has been a very interesting project and the end products are delicious.

    •  PICTURES! We need pictures--That sounds so cool! (0+ / 0-)
      •  Thanks. I've been posting them on Facebook. (1+ / 0-)
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        I've had the aquaponics project going for just over a year now, so I guess the right thing to do would be to make my first diary. It has been pretty cool and I'm happy to share. I'll just have to figure out how to work the diary thing.

        •  AND? .... :^) (0+ / 0-)

          I don't do the face-tube.

          I hope you consider putting some photos up on your diary or you can post them here in the thread if you want.

          BUT, if you decide to write a diary about this + pictures let me know I want to read it, rec it and link to it!

          •  I'd love to (1+ / 0-)
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            but I need to learn how to post the pictures.

            This is my goldfish tank. It's just a Rubbermaid stock tank with a submersible pump to circulate the water. The pipes in the back are the drains from the grow beds. The Bell siphon on the nearest ones has kicked in and is draining the grow bed.

            Here is one of the grow beds. I am using hydroton (light weight expanded clay) as my growing medium. This bed is planted with snow peas.

            •  That is just too cool! Thank you for posting the (1+ / 0-)
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              pictures. That is very exciting. I just bought seed starting mix yesterday. I am about to bring my shelves indoors, and attach the lights and make my pots out of newspaper for the trays.

            •  Also, you can create a flicker account (0+ / 0-)

              and use that as a platform for your pictures here. Flicker provides a code, like posting youtube videos.

              And Flicker allows you to control whether or not you want your images searchable from flicker on the net, and lots of other options.  It's free.

            •  Looks like I learned (1+ / 0-)
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              something new today. Here are a couple more pics:

              My trout tank with the netting over the top to keep the more adventurous ones off the basement floor. That was a big problem when I brought in the first batch.

              Lettuce plants

              Here's a closer view of the goldfish. The trout are camera shy.

              •  Well that is just lovely. I don't have the space (0+ / 0-)

                for such a thing. So I envy you getting to try this out.

                I look forward to hearing about more of your adventures with this. It looks fascinating!

                •  It has really been fun, (1+ / 0-)
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                  and feeding the trout this morning was an adventure. When I was done, the floor around the tank was spattered with water out to about a 5 foot radius and I was wiping my glasses. Did I mention that they are enthusiastic feeders?

                  If you are really inspired, I have seen posts from people on the website below who have done this on a smaller scale by just putting a small tray of plants on top of a normal aquarium. That wouldn't involve much more input if you already have an aquarium and/or lights and trays for starting plants. But the small scale means small fish, just a few plants, and more risk of problems with water chemistry.

                  the aquaponic source page

                  Even with the setup I have the actual food yield has been very small for the time and expense. The more serious growers have several fish tanks or even ponds with hundreds of fish and much more growing area. But it has been worth it for the laughs like being on the wrong end of the one-way water fight this morning.

                  •  I shall look into that, because it sounds like (0+ / 0-)

                    fun and I do have aquariums. Just one small fighting fish though. No trout.


                    He is an enthusiastic feeder too, he loves dried worms.

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