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Aquaponics and rabbits

 
John Brenne
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About two more weeks till I can dig the footings for the shed that will house my Florida White Rabbits. I recently purchased two 55 gallon steel drums for a rocket mass heater under the shed and noticed the guy selling them had food grade 250 gallon tanks. This got me thinking of adding an aquaponics system in the shed with the rabbits. Heating would be a concern, but I think could be overcome with aquarium heaters and the rocket mass heater under the shed. Lighting would either be led or full spectrum fluorescent lights.  My main concern is the condensation/humidity in the summer and the evaporation in the winter. What your thoughts. I don't think I can build a separate green house structure, because I will already have one accessory building.

Thanks,

John
 
Kathleen Sanderson
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Rabbits don't tolerate heat very well.  I've thought of putting them in a greenhouse, but with an earth berm up against the north side of the greenhouse, and burrows (cement lined) for the rabbits in the earth berm so they'd have a place to go to keep cool.

Kathleen
 
                        
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Rabbits and aquaponics go very well    ... I run a research facility using holistic integrated sciences for the development of SPF meat rabbits and aquaponic feed stuffs and my colleague Dr Neil Griffiths has developed the rabbit sector very successfully here in south Australia.

You can check out some of our work at www.1aquaponics.com.au

regards
Andrew S. de Dezsery M.Sc
International Specialised Skills Institute Fellow
Certified Trainer and Assessor
AUSVEG 2010 Finalist
 
Jonathan 'yukkuri' Kame
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Location: Foothills north of L.A., zone 9ish mediterranean
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Sounds like an energy intensive setup.  What about retrofitting the shed with significant south facing glass? 
 
Casey Halone
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I understand fish water can not touch metals. any ideas on heating the water via RMH? are you thinking of tilapia? In what area are you located?
 
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