Dutch Bucket Aquaponics

The initial video of latest system. Five bucket grow bed as well as outmost bell siphon. Will be solar powered.

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9 Responses to Dutch Bucket Aquaponics

  • MrMadmax478:

    @DigitalFoodDesert yeaper that way? you can have either more fish or bigger fish to power your system.

  • DigitalFoodDesert:

    @MrMadmax478

    That is a very good idea because my water level changes rather drastically, from the top of the barrel to just barely covering the pump. Your absolutely right, I get it? now.

  • DigitalFoodDesert:

    @MrMadmax478

    The battery in the system is temporary, but I figure that it should? run the system for 100+ hours with no recharging. I have several solar panels that I can use. I currently think that I can get by with two 15 watt panels to run this system with a much smaller battery.

  • DigitalFoodDesert:

    @MrMadmax478

    The original two buckets have been set aside for the moment and a 12 volt bilge pump will be used for emergency backup. That pump produced so much volume of water that I bypassed most? of it right back into the fish tank, it was great for aeration but used more power (a lot more power) than the fountain pumps.

  • MrMadmax478:

    @DigitalFoodDesert I don’t think your understand what I’m talking about. Leave that barrel where it is and add? another one. That the water stay at a constant hight of water

  • DigitalFoodDesert:

    @MrMadmax478

    I used this same external bell siphon on a two bucket system that I let run for about a month. I did not ever try to put plants or fish in that system. The reason I took it down was that the algae got so bad that the pump and tubing clogged.?

  • DigitalFoodDesert:

    @MrMadmax478

    I’ll due a short video today to describe the external siphon. It could be a little bigger but it was made with what I could easily get off the shelf. There is only one? part that needs modification and that was not particularly difficult.

  • DigitalFoodDesert:

    @MrMadmax478

    The current barrel has gone through several projects, now that I’ve? cut a hole on the side it will have to serve as a fish tank or grow bed.

  • MrMadmax478:

    Sweet set up there. Like that external bell siphon. Real cost saving idea there. One suggestion I would add a 55 gal barrel for the fish tank off to the side and make your system a constant hight one pump system. Use what you have as a sump. If you did that I bet you could grow out 10 to? 15 pound of eatable fish without to much trouble.

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