What is an Aquaponic system and how does it work?
The Growing Pagoda Aquaponic System from Born Again Gardens
This diagram show the system's layout and the potential growth of system by adding additional floating grow beds and horizontal planters. This system is called a C.H.O.P. system. (Constant Height One Pump) The fish tank's water level always stays at a constant level which helps in the fish's health. The water level is controlled by a stand pipe in the fish tank that only drains out water as it receives it.
Stand alone Aquaponic Units by Born Again Gardens.
This self-contained unit will get you started and introduce you to aquaponics using Goldfish or other aquarium fish. Goldfish are more forgiving and can withstand difference in temperatures. The Kids will like feeding them. This is a flood and drain system that uses a "Bell Syphon" which does not require any mechanical device.
Close-up of the Bell Syphon that automatically drains the planting bed when the water level reaches the top of the drain.
Water from the Bell Syphon enters the fish tank through a plastic pipe that has holes drilled above a cap. Air is allowed to enter at the top of the drain pipe which is sucked down the pipe causing air bubbles to form as it is forced through the small holes. This action aerates the water adding needed oxygen for the fish.
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