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My Aquaponics Greenhouse

comGreenhouseFrameworkWe started building my Aquaponics Greenhouse!  Where I live we have a nice, piping hot summer.  It is ideal for warmer water fish, like Tilapia.  Our winters are fairly mild but are still cool enough that Tilapia would not survive.  Because of this, we have had a plan to build a greenhouse over our Aquaponics System for some time now.  The problem, as it usually is for anyone in this life, is money.

We looked into buying an Aquaponics greenhouse that would be big enough to accommodate our system but they were a lot of money. Like, thousands…  Luckily, we are handy enough with wood and tools and we can build something. For months we batted back and forth several ideas of how to do a sturdy green house on the cheap.

comGreenhouseFramework2The stroke of genius came about a month ago.  We had been discussing framing- ropes, 2x4s, pvc… And suddenly we thought that we could lash 2x4s directly to the metal frame of our IBCs!  The IBCs are so loaded down with rock and water that there is no way its going anywhere.  2x4s are sturdy and able to hold weight.  Lashing the 2x4s cuts down on the cost significantly.  We don’t have to concern ourselves as much with the rest of the frame work.

So, taking advantage of a long weekend, we’ve started lashing the 2x4s to the metal frame of our comGreenhouseFramework3system.  This greenhouse will be designed simply so we can take down plastic during the summer and we can still use the frame work to hold up plants and lattice work.

It wont be a finished product until it actually starts cooling off and we need to put up the plastic sheeting– which will be in about 6 weeks or so.  But in the meantime, I’ve posted pictures of the process.
Also, look at how green my garden is!  We have several bedscomGreenhouseFramework4 that have been pulled up, ready for the next series of planting.  My canteloupe plant is taking over the system, my peppers are ginormous, and my leeks are getting so thick I’m salivating thinking of what to cook them in!

If you are interested in buying a small greenhouse or need something quickly, check out my review of Aquaponics Greenhouses here. It’ll give you a good idea of what is out there!

Aquaponics Tips and Tricks Video 1

Are you a beginner, looking for some Aquaponics Tips as you start?  One Aquaponics Tip that I am excited to share with you is regarding leaks because of uneven pipes.  Check out the video!

 

Transcript:

So today I wanted to show you a little tip/ trick with my Aquaponics system.

So here, I actually am going to back out a little bit, I have my fish tank here and this is my lettuce bed.  The pipes, it’s a gravity flow so the water goes from this tank and it just flows from this tube, from this PVC pipe, and into the lettuce bed.

Well when it was plumbed there was some issues with leveling and we weren’t able to get the pipe completely level.  And the problem with that was that the water was dripping from here back and when it hit the tarp here it would go straight down. Well that’s wasting a lot of water.  It wasn’t all the water but it was enough of a drip that it was wasting water.

So what we ended up doing is we tied this zip tie right here onto the pipe.  You can actually see right here we actually tried to pull it down with some string and it wasn’t being as efficient as we wanted it to.  So we ended up tying the zip tie onto it.

And what that does is it’s a conduit to allow the water to go from there and straight down the zip tie. It then drips down into the grow bed and we are not losing any of the water from the fish tank.

Which I was hoping that would be a helpful tip or trick  for someone starting out a system because I know that those little leaks can be frustrating and eventually they add up. So let me know if that trick helped you in the comments, thanks!

If you are still in the building stage, take a look at our informational posts about How to Cut an IBC and How to Plumb an Aquaponics System.