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Marty Mitchell
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Good Morning everyone.

Almost done with the wood work. I should be able to grow out 45 fish and lots of herbs/veggies in a 4' x 7' space!

The structure is on wheels so I can take it with me when I move. It will double as a greenhouse as well.

I can move it to where the sun is best depending on the time of year!


This water pump cost me $22 a year to operate at Virginia prices. Not sure what it will cost down here in Alabama.

Aquaponics vast water volumes go great with greenhouses.

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Marty Mitchell
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Will run on 25W pump/$22 a year in power for the pump.
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Marty Mitchell
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Got the gravel in yesterday. The system will need to settle for a few days before adding a couple fish for cycling.

One bed has about 1/3 scoria/lava rock(depending where you are from) and the rest is hydroton that I saved from my old systems so it is already fertilized and inoculated.

The other bed is 2/3 lava rock and 1/3 river rock up top to reflect light/keep the system cooler down here and to bed easier on the hands when digging. Heavy gravel is also better for those taller plants that won't stand up in hydroton. Like corn, peppers, fruit trees, and tomatoes.

The hydroton bed is about 1" above the water line and the pebble bed is about 2". This serves to keep algae away, conserve water(uses about 10% compared to normal gardens), and keep the water temps more stable.

Lava rock has a surface area that makes bio char look weak.
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