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Growing fresh veggies and fresh fish in the same space. Lets do this!!! What could possibly go wrong?

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Comment by Mark Webber on September 24, 2012 at 11:40am

did you bend your own pipe for your houses?

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 21, 2012 at 2:06pm

The solids collected in the swirl filter can be removed from the system and composted or put in worm beds. Due to the reduced water circulation in the bottom of this tank, the solids should be removed on a regular basis to prevent the bacteria from going septic and harming your system.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 21, 2012 at 1:56pm

A few days ago i bought a 60 gallon inductor tank. This sould make an excellent swirl filter to let the solids settle out of the water leaving the fish tanks.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 12, 2012 at 7:27am

If you do a little research, you will find a lot if info on AP. There are many different designs. I am going with a Constant Height In Fish Tank Pump In Sump Tank (CHIFT PIST). Everything flows by gravity from the fish tank to the growbeds and on to the sump tank, It will then be pumped back to the fish tanks. All of my IBC's have a 10 gallon aquarium before the inlet. It will be filled with pea gravel and heavily aerated, and overflow to the IBC. This should make my water cleaner in the fish tanks.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 9, 2012 at 5:59am

One thing i can do to help with gaining heat in the water is to vary the pump run time. More in the daylight and less at night

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 9, 2012 at 5:52am

Yeah Fred, Im hoping that i can use the heat from the greenhouse and some geothermal from the trench and not have to heat the fish room (much). Bluegill's can survive in 37 deg. water. Hope it doesn't get that cold in the fish room.

Comment by Fred Labs on September 8, 2012 at 3:40pm

I would assume that 4' deep will keep the 2" PVC 180' line from freezing in the winter.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 8, 2012 at 2:53pm

One thing that i really want to get done before winter is to get the fish room and the greenhouse tied together. This will require a 4' deep trench that is about 180' long. The trench will have a 2" pvc line from the fish tanks to the growbeds, a 2'' pvc line from the sump to the fish tanks, a 1" waterline to maintain the level in the sump, a 3/4" airline, an electric line to power the pump and lights, and maybe some speaker wire so i can enjoy some music when planting and harvesting.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 8, 2012 at 2:40pm

On the far wall, Is a control station that i got from work (dumpster diving). Next to it is a 20 gallon aquarium that will become an automatic brine shrimp hatchery/fry fish feeder. Along the wall on the right is my IBC totes on the bottom and on top you can see the 10 gallon aquariums that will be tied to the IBC's

Water will flow in the 1 1/4 line on top (from the sump) into the 10 gallon tanks. They will be full of pea gravel to house the bacteria. They will then overflow to the IBC's. The IBC's will house the fish. They have a solids lifting overflow that tie into the 2" line and will flow to the growbeds. The growbeds will be in the greenhouse.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on September 8, 2012 at 2:23pm

Its been a while since i last posted but my passion is still there, Ive just been really busy.

I was able to get 5 of the IBC totes in the (now called) fish room of the barn. Here is the most recent pic.

 

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