Suburban Permaculture 20 miles from Washington DC

Aquaponics

Garage Aquaponics Re-build

Short 30 second video showing how I re-built my Garage Aquaponics system.

Winter Indoor Aquaponics System

Winter Indoor Aquaponics System

I live in Northern Virginia, so when it starts to freeze outside, I move my fish to my winter garage aquaponics system.  I can do 3 rafts which is about 90 lettuce plants. I don’t heat the garage and it stays above freezing because some heat escapes from my house. The reflective mylar foil sheets reflect the light and get it bouncing all over the plants.

Indoor aquaponics set up. Its about 6 feet long and 4 feet wide not including the fish tank.
Fish Tank. This is a 150 gallon cattle watering tank you can get at farm supply stores

Backyard Aquaponics

Backyard Aquaponics

This is my backyard Aquaponics setup.   Aquaponics is a growing method in which fish and plants are used to create a natural symbiotic relationship.  The fish create natural fertilizer and the plants uptake those nutrients while at the same time, the plants root’s filter and return fresh water back to the fish like a mini-ecosystem. Pesticides (even organic pesticides) can not be used because they would kill the fish. I wouldn’t put poison on my food anyway. read more