Friday, 10 July 2015

Rayong Aquaponics Part 1 Moved house and organising new set up

Hi Guys,  Seems ages since I posted. There has been little reason to do really as nothing has happened on the Aquaponics side of things. But that's all changing.

We're in process of moving house. Due to move end of the month. The  new place has a flat roof. South facing. About 8 x 5 meters. Part of which of covered and secure, which lends itself to providing ideal shelter for fish tank(s) and filter systems etc and the remainder of the area for growing out veggies etc.  So Siam-Aquaponics should soon be back, up and running.

I am planning on copying to a major extent our last system with some modifications. Main reasons to copy are simple, firstly I know it works, secondly as I can reuse a lot of the bits and pieces and thirdly I should be up and running in a short space of time.

So 2 x1000 or single 2000 litre fish tank and DWT for the growing.

For filtration I've been looking at a first stage a rotational settlement tank for the initial solid filtration to remove large solids, the second stage a simple filter (See an item here sold as oil/grease traps which I think will do the job very well) and then a third/final chamber full of filter balls and a lot of air stones. Early days I know, but I'm enjoying the time out to think about it all.

Before, in the old system I used a water pump and air pump. This time round I am thinking of using only an air pump. I know everyone tells me they do not give enough lift or even if you can get the lift they tell me not enough water quantity to meet circulation requirements. In other words they are not a good substitute for a water pump. Well check out on You tube Airlift pump I think this will impress you and should just about, but only just, meet my requirements. If one is not enough I'll use 2 of them.... The advantages of air lift instead of water pumps for aAuaponics are enormous in every sense. One pump system, no blockage, fantastic aeration, no moving parts (except check valve). And air pumps are cheap and cheerful, low maintenance. Way to go.....

I've got 5 days holiday starting on Saturday and I plan to use one or two of these days to make an  Airlift copying the video.

So next postings will be about my planned layout and the making of an air lift pump. I've already bought the parts.... Followed by the rest of the new build.
 I plan on keeping very good records this time round. I did a reasonable job last time, even if I say so myself, but things got curtailed due to work etc. This time no excuses.

I know, waiting for more posts..... the suspense is killing, but it will be worth it !!!!

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