Backyard Aquaponics systems are going to be the wave of the future in home gardening. While there are ready-built kits, what really are going to become popular are the homemade farms in family backyards and basements across the world. Simplicity of operation and everyday materials used will make it possible for most people to copy or upgrade their neighbors farms. Some tips that will give you a head start by avoiding some of the mistakes that you will make in your project are in order.
Coming up with the right design for your aquaponics garden is very important, as it will help to make your garden look nice, function properly, work more efficiently, and cost less in terms of water and energy use.
Below you’ll find some useful tips to help you create a highly effective system, and at the bottom of this page you’ll find links to resources that’ll help speed everything up for you.
Tip #1: Try Shorter Tubes
The idea is for your garden to use the least amount of energy possible, but having to pump the water through long tubes can end up costing you a small fortune in electricity at the end of each month. If you’re going to use a continuous feed system, it’s best to keep the tubes as short as possible. Set up the garden immediately above the tank, and keep the water tube short to reduce the strain placed on your pump.
Tip #2: Reduce Your Tank Height
Many people like to use a 30-inch fish tank, but it may be a bit larger than you need. A 24-inch fish tank will give your fish more than enough space to swim around in, and it will ensure that your garden beds are at a level that is easy for you to reach.
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Keep your tubes that transfer water from plants to fish short will allow less pumping and in turn less electricity. A smaller fish tank will likewise reduce costs. Sump tanks will decrease the time to water between individual grow beds as will auto-siphons. Remember we want to make our farms as economical as we can because saving money is one part of the reason for raising our own organic food.