This is the first post in a new series called “Aquaponics @ C & L Farms”. Over the next few months, we will be blogging our trials and tribulations on our first Aquaponics system. Please keep in mind that this is not a commercial Aquaponics system by any stretch. This is simply a small diversion in our overall gardening program which we hope to use as a stepping stone for other home gardeners to use for sustainable gardening practices in their own personal gardens. We will be learning how to maintain an Aquaponics system simply as a way to inspire others to look at Aquaponics as “a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.”
We have already started the project by digging the sump tank for our CHIFT PIST configuration. For those of you new to Aquaponics, I will try to include a brief definition of the terms and abbreviations used which are associated with Aquaponics. To get this started, here is the definition for CHIFT PIST:
CHIFT PIST: Constant Height In Fish Tank, Pump in Sump Tank. Basically, this means the sump tank, usually below the level of the fish tank, will have the pump in it and water will be pumped from the sump up to the fish tank. The fish tank will then overflow at a set height down pipes, via gravity, into the growbeds. The growbeds will then fill to a desired height, usually around 1″ below the top of the media, and some form of siphon will be activated which will drain the growbeds back into the sump tank.
We will be posting more details and pictures of the build as it progresses over the next few months. We will also be sprinkling in other blog posts about the farm or topics that we find interesting and want to share with our readers.
Once we have the Aquaponics system in place and running, we would be happy to show anyone local to the Douglasville, GA area how the system works. Stay tuned and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
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