Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bardok

video

One of my biggest achievement since day one of my R&D with Aquaponics was my success with keeping this fish alive. It was a burden from the start with all the trials and errors, and end up killing so much fishes before I made it to this point with almost a kilogram of fish. I named this fish of mine Bardok, and he is my favorite fish among others and planning to keep until the day of his lifespan and also to be able to figure out how big would this fish grow with my current setup and maintenance.

Bardok is a SaltUno strain or Molubicus. Is a cross breed of fresh water and salt water tilapia strain.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

700W and Growing



The Campaign to a self sustainable power source for my backyard farm and aquaponics is just keep growing and growing, although the pace is slow I am happy that the developments is continuous.

Solar power is expensive alternative source of power at the moment, but a necessary step to keep your fish and plants alive in an area where power is unstable.


This investment has saved my project countless of times. And my primary goal with this part of R&D is a 3000W of solar power source!




I would like to give thanks to all those who supported my research, by donations and by buying my produce. The buyers of the fish and veges and the cash donations.

My campaign was difficult from the beginning, it was like a me against the world scenario. Only a few people believed that it is possible, and many gave doubts due to the slow and expensive progress. One day we will prove them wrong!




Saturday, September 2, 2017

DIY Netpots

Today's episode is about the DIY netpots out of disposable plastic water or soda bottles. I made the effort to share this idea even though I know that probably most Aquaponics and Hydroponics DIYers have applied this idea. But searching the internet doesn't yield the expected results.

The purpose of this DIY guide is to give beginners the idea on how to save on parts and materials for this hobby. Not only it will help them with the cost but also with time on shipping or effort of going to distant store to source out this part. And moreover you can also minimize household garbage output with this idea.


First we have to gather the materials and the tools:




  1. Empty soda plastic bottles.
  2. A heavy duty scissor.
  3. a side cutting pliers.
  4. and a blade cutter.



First step is to cut the plastic bottles into two, the length between top or bottom will depend on your setup.




Second step is slice the caps  like a net or star pattern using a blade cutter.




Third is to push the sliced plastic outwards and cut some to give way to roots and air using your side cutting pliers.




And now you have your DIY net pot from disposable soda or water plastic bottles.




some variations.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

TilaKoi

Meet the TilaKois. TilaKois are spotted red tilapia, a result of crossbreeding saline and fresh water tilapia strains. Tilakoi is just a made-up name by me, because they are actually tilapia that looked like Kois and probably might grow as big.


With Flash....


The side views....





The Front view....

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Aquaponics in Manual Mode


Aquaponics doesn't have to be restricted in a close loop, where setup for starters tend to be expensive. You can do aquaponics without expensive water pumps, all you need is a bucket and a deeper or watering can for that matter.

Plant your seedlings in a recycled containers or pots, then everytime you change water or clean your fish tank, use the nutrient filled water from your aquariums to water your plants. You can setup this plant filled container to filter the water or  just simply on the ground.

This method is laborious, but it will save you some extra cash if you are in a tight start and earn a few muscles at the end of the day.

Weather automatic or manual, the goal is to use your fish to feed your plants and your plants to use the water or clean it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Weapons

"Don't Be A Fool Use The Right Tool!"

These are the words that I use to remember when working on things that requires engineering and scientific application. Words thought to me and my classmates during college days by our civil 101 instructor. Words that still ring a bell everytime I make stupid output because of stupid practice.

So this time I would like to upgrade my arsenal with new addition of tools. The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Meter and the PH Meter.




With the following tools I would be able to record data that are essential in troubleshooting water problems, thought these tools are still lacking, it will still be able to provide important information regarding the quality of my water with respect PH.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Water Filter

It is essential to maintain your water quality for your fish and plants with your aquaponics setup. Putting up your own filter is part of that challenge. In this setup I reused a margarine container filled with river rocks and pebbles, this may not be a typical filter setup found in most aquaponics but at least it will do the job and purpose intended.




I placed a standpipe in the middle as a secondary filter and as an overflow drain in case the pebbles fail when I am gone for a long time. By the way the bottom of the container is holed just enough to strain the pebbles  to let water pass leaving solids behind.


Using second hand materials or reusing or up-cycling parts can save you money while helping the environment. Not only it does the job it is fun to work with.