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Old 07-14-2017, 04:41 PM   #11
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Mine is a 20 tank ( has to be this size for the aquaponics system i got to fit on top).
I have 4 gold fish in there.
The above sold separately.

The system itself came with the grow lights, the rack to support the light ( which fits on top of the tank) and the tray/ cover to the tank which holds the pots, and the clay beads which go into the pots and act as the ' soil'.

I've never had any smell at all. I keep it in the basement .

Only labor involve after the seeds are 'planted':
-Feeding the fish daily
-Filling the aquarium every week or two with more water as it evaporates
-Raising the light so it is about 2 inches above the plants
-harvesting.

I literally had the same basil plants growing from November through about March. just kept pruning them whether it was for harvest, or to keep them under control and from hitting the fully raised light.

Ill post pics soon ( I think I posted them in another thread awhile back)
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:34 AM   #12
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This is kind of what I'm imagining.

But I'm thinking of beginning with a slightly larger scale. If you replaced the wooden table his garden beds are sitting on with shelves like the ones pictured in an earlier post, you would at least triple the bedding area.

He says it is a 35-gallon aquarium. In the Backyard Aquaponics forum, a guy named DanaPT says, "I'm running a 130 gal system with 26 large tilapia and 150 smaller ones." So somewhere between the two sizes, one guy ought to be able to eat fish for dinner once or twice a week.

The YouTube poster says that set up has a 4' x 4' footprint. This is looking more and more doable.

Dawgluver, any way to change the title of this thread to Aquaponics?
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Old 07-16-2017, 02:49 PM   #13
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Ordered a 20-gallon aquarium from an Amazon related vendor. Will need a bigger one soon but this will get my feet wet, not literally I hope.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:31 PM   #14
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Got the grow light. Aquarium delivers today.

Ordered first seeds.
  • Sweet basil
  • Sweetie Baby Romaine
  • Sea of Red lettuce
Getting excited.
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:14 PM   #15
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Speaking of which, I am doing my very first grow tent now. I bought an easy to assemble grow tent which has intake and exhaust hood openings to attach ducting to. Then you run 4" or 6" ducting to a 4" or 6" inline fan to exhaust and/or intake fresh air. I just have one 4" $45 exhaust fan exhausting hot air out the grow tent. The reason is noise. The LED grow light is fairly quiet, but has two fans on top. Add in the sound of the exhaust fan and it starts to get a bit noisy. So I get away with a simple 120mm computer fan drawing cool air in at the bottom hood vent. The ducting at the top vent hood leads to my exhaust fan drawing warm air thru the ducting out to a partially opened window.

I tried using a MH grow light bulb (as pictured in Skilletlicker's reply), but my exhaust fan could not extract enough of the hot air from that very hot running MH grow light. As a result, I went to a cool running $139 LED 1000W equivalent grow light panel (only uses 148W actual wattage).

Sorry for the long reply, but I just had to share my first grow tent experience. Below are some of the components of my grow tent (pics are stock footage). It was both a challenge and a fun project to work on. My condo gets zero sunlight.







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Old 07-22-2017, 01:23 AM   #16
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Won't anyone wish me some luck on my International Space Station grow?

Don't overwater and a watched pot never boils?
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Old 07-22-2017, 01:36 AM   #17
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Won't anyone wish me some luck on my International Space Station grow?

Don't overwater and a watched pot never boils?
I am hoping you get to grow all your own food and cut down on your grocery bill. Good luck with your endeavor for this new project. Here's hoping for all the success your deserve.
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Won't anyone wish me some luck on my International Space Station grow?

Don't overwater and a watched pot never boils?
I don't understand it Caslon but good luck anyway.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:55 AM   #19
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Bunches of stuff recently arrived or on the way. Decided on two 26 x 18 x 9 inch food storage boxes for grow-beds. Working out the plumbing details.

Steve, I'm blaming you for getting me into this.

Larry, would like to see your pictures.

Caslon, here's another one for you. "Don't let any turn go unstoned."
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