Aquaponics commercial system plans pdf

This low-cost vertical aquaponic system aquaponics commercial system plans pdf grow leafy greens, herbs and raise fish for a small family year round, and it fits in a 5′ by 3′ space. A vertical aquaponic system grows vegetables without soil in columns above a fish tank. By growing vertically, you can produce about twice the amount of plants as you can with a hydroponic system of the same area.

One five-foot tower can produce more than 200 heads of lettuce per year. And it uses a small fraction of the water needed to grow crops in soil. The system puts fish waste to work as fertilizer for crops. A small pump draws nutrient-rich water from the fish tank to the tops of the vertical columns. The water trickles down through the roots of the plants, gathering oxygen from the air as it falls back into the tank. It releases almost no waste and, because it’s soil free, there’s no need for fertilizer or most pesticides.

Also, if you do it right, you won’t have to clean the fish tank much. You do have to replace lost water as needed, power the pump and feed the fish. Try raising crickets for fish food, or buy them flakes. It might not be too hard to power one of these pumps with a small solar panel or some other renewable energy. If anyone has an idea, please share.

This is how to build Sean Brady’s low-cost vertical aquaponic system This build is for the simple design in the cover photo, and we’re including pictures of other, fancier systems built with mostly the same materials to show what’s possible. For credit, Brady took all of the photos. You can use these or swap out anything for whatever you have on hand. Measurements are in feet and inches. Sorry, rest of the world. One water pump – the size depends on how much flow it would need.

An aquarium pump is enough to keep the flow going. The system can aerate itself but it can produce more if it has an air pump. Leafy vegetables, tomatoes and herbs do well in these systems. You can experiment to find which do well and fit your needs. Tilapia and trout do well, they grow quickly and they’re delicious. Cut the pipe into six 1ft. Drill two 3in-diameter holes in each of the 1ft side pieces.