Hello fellow members. Throughout the year I have been loosely reading topics about Aquaponics. Loosely because I never gave my full attention to it. Matters related to agriculture as well as fish somehow picks my interest (being a son of a farmer/fisherman here in Southeast Asia). I was introduced to AP just through the internet (which lead me to this forum) and I was hooked up since. Call it great timing but recently I was given permission by our elder folks to do what I want with a parcel of land at the back of the yard (in the province). So I wasted no time and started planning on creating a system while I have the resources, which means having the extra money to hire laborers and buy construction materials.
I have decided to create my own thread for primarily 2 reasons:
1. Share with you my progress
2. Ask questions from experienced members regarding road blocks and uncertainties
Here is so far what I have done (hopefully to have attached the pic right):
I have decided to dug up 2 fish tanks with a dimension of 40'x4'x3 (LxWxH). If my calculations are correct, each FT will approximately hold 3,500 gallons (13,500 liters) each. They will be lined up with either pond liners or used billboard tarpaulins (20oz.) whichever is cheaper, but I am leaning more on the latter.
As for the grow beds, they will be lined up above the FT and some other spaces. I am thinking of using plywood lined up with tarp (will post some pics once they're setup). IBC tanks may be added in the future but I don't know if they're expensive here.
I am not yet decided on the roofing structure since I'm having a hard time looking for the best and cheaper roofing material. I inquired about polythene but we seem to not have this in our country. Polycarbonate sheets seem expensive considering my system's size. Would be appreciated if anyone can suggest a better option
Filters, sumps and other
I have a working budget so I'm not tied to just the alternative materials, but too expensive materials are also out of play. This should help me out with my pilot project and then improve on some aspects should this be successful and expansion will be considered in the future.
I currently have a day job so I travel every weekend to oversee and supervise the continued work. Thanks for reading and hopefully hear your feedback and advices