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  1. -- UPDATE -- Solar-Powered Aquaponic-Hydroponic PARTS - FOR SALE Disassembly In Progress - I'm currently DISMANTLING my Custom-Designed, Ken-Built, Solar-Powered Aquaponics & Hydroponics Fish-And-Food System and SELLING THE INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS. It was designed to be modular and has already been taken apart and moved once ((from the back patio to the new greenhouse)) and everything except the 4'x4'x4' 400-gallon fish tank can be removed from the greenhouse and transported anywhere you want to take it for re-assembly and operation. NOTICE: This system will occupy a 16'x10'x10' space (greenhouse) and can run 24 hours/day off sunlight supplying you with more fish (Tilapia) and vegetables than two people can eat. And, yes, it's perfect for growing cannabis REALLY FAST too. Initial asking price is $500 for everything.. If seriously interested, call me 817-944-7373 or email KenWinters73@gmail.com or send me a Private Message on FB. As I take it apart I am saving some of the major components and bundling them up for easy transport and re-assembly. - If you enjoy DIY projects, this might be just what you need. View photos of the system in my Album (( SOLAR-POWERED AQUAPONIC-AND-HYDROPONIC SYSTEM...")) https://www.facebook.com/ken.winters.148
  2. It seems to me that there is a lot of moving water that could be used to create electricity. I've watched some youtube videos on homemade hydro power and it seems doable. Has anyone explored this at all?
  3. For calculating solar array needed, batteries, and cost. Also irradiance tables, angle tables, grid tie and more http://solarelectricityhandbook.com/solar-calculator.html The website is free. However I would strongly suggest the book as it does the best job of explaining solar power I have seen and I have several books on the subject.
  4. I started a thread over at BYAP to get some input on how we could develop a low energy aquaponics system that could be powered by solar. Here's the link: http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11704&sid=3805f2540cc5d4e5bdd52bc327ef5df3 The idea is a system with a max requirement of 10 watts. The solar component for a 10 watt system can be had for under $400 USD. Of course, if we can get the power down even further, that's fine, too. To meet this goal, the going idea is a constant flood, constant height (zero/low head) recirculating system. We're looking to turn over the FT volume every hour at least, and stock at appropriate rates (maybe up to 25kg/m3). The response has been awesome, and currently, the talk is about using airlifts or powerheads for circulation. Folks are running tests, and a member has achieved 1200 lph with 5 watts on an airlift, making that do a 1,000L FT (IBC) just fine. Just to be clear, that's a $300 USD solar system for a 1,000L FT and 1,000 GB in a constant height, constant flood configuration. So, I want to get as many ideas as possible, so what are the thoughts over here? How would YOU do a 10 watt system, and how can we stretch the limits of the box to make this work?
  5. to all whom can help or learn, i have decided to build a fully autonomous solar powered greenhouse aquaponics system. i am completely new to AP and this will be my first system, so needless to say i will be grateful for any and all help. there seems to be a lot of threads trying, or at least thinking about a solar powered system, but very little in the way of actual success (if you know of any please provide links). i am hoping to change that, and with the help of this forum try to keep from making to many costly mistakes as this system is already quite expensive. criterion for the build: - autonomous...it has to have no outside sources of power, water, fish (except original stocking and the introduction of genetic diversity) or food (explanation in a later post). my house is on solar power with rain catch water, so the residence will not be much help. - year round production...i want this system to function continuously with only minor modifications between summer and winter. - production capacity...it needs to produce as much food as possible, hopefully enough to sustain a man, woman, small child,dog and nutritive sustenance for the rabbitry (20-60 rabbits, bulk feed will come from pasture grass on property). - greenhouse...framing of the greenhouse has already begun it is 30' X 20' (~9 x 6 m for people who use the better system) which is limited in size by various structures (pictures will come soon). the gh is intended to house fish tanks and all winter growbeds with potential dwarf citrus trees in the future. i might expand outside of the gh during the summer - but this is a long way off for now. i am in central california - fairly mild climate with light occasional frost so the growing season is in my favor. it will be an insulated studded knee wall bottom (this is to even out unlevel ground and while also sealing the gh below any frost line - it is 12" into the ground) with a hoop house - 6ml UV resistant polyethylene cover. the north end wall be solid and insulated and the south end will be poly (drawings will come soon). - power...i have elected to go with solar for now but am open to all suggestions aiding in expansion, improvement or cool factor. the system i currently own, but have not yet installed is as follows: 4 - helios 250 W panels (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. outback charge controller 80 amp (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. 4 - 6V surrett deepcycle batteries wired for 12V (Surrette/Rolls Batteries for off-grid & backup power systems panel installation and wiring are also purchased - reply if interested. this should be enough battery power to run one pump (see below) for 2-3 days with no sun. i also have a trickle charger that can be used as a very limited supplement (Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger : Amazon.com : Automotive). - pumps...12V pumps are hard to come by and expensive when you do. i currently own but have not installed 2 - Oase 12V pumps (OASE AquaMax 1600 (12V) Filter and Watercourse Pump : Filter and Watercourse Pumps). - aeration...i would like to think i can get enough DO via water movement but have hedged my bets and purchased 2 - 12V baitfish tank aerators (Marine Metal Power Bubbles B-15 Air Pump). - fish tanks...these have not yet been purchased. i plan on buying 2 - 300 gallon, and 2 - 100 gallon rubbermaid stocktanks. the 300 gallon tanks will be for growing out fish that are at different stages of maturation, a 100 gallon for breeding (this can be bigger if need be) and the other as a sump and duckweed tank. this is all still being planned - help is definitely welcomed. the tank supports will still need to be built, substantially i might add, so the tank format needs to be decided within the few weeks. - growbeds...i plan on using a combination of things but again i am still planing so suggestions are welcomed. toughboxes (Tough Box from The Home Depot - Model#:207585) and 4'' pvc (not sure what you call flowing water growbeds - sort of a dwc). all growbed supports will still need to be built so the tank format will need to be decided on within the next few weeks. - grow media...will be mostly expanded clay and dwc. - fish...i want tilapia but i live in a bankrupt state with way to many rules, so they come with a $10K per fish fine - so tilapia are out. thinking of combining largemouth bass or bluegill and catfish with some crayfish for good measure. i want to be able to breed my own fish so i need species that breed well in tanks - i don't know if the ones listed do or not, i am still tenaciously researching and so far they seen feasible. as always help and suggestions are welcomed. - timeline...i want this system cycled and running by or before december. if you made it this far i hope you decide help and or pay attention to the build. i will continuously update and include drawings and picture when possible. thanks
  6. to all whom can help or learn, i have decided to build a fully autonomous solar powered greenhouse aquaponics system. i am completely new to AP and this will be my first system, so needless to say i will be grateful for any and all help. there seems to be a lot of threads trying, or at least thinking about a solar powered system, but very little in the way of actual success (if you know of any please provide links). i am hoping to change that, and with the help of this forum try to keep from making to many costly mistakes as this system is already quite expensive. criterion for the build: - autonomous...it has to have no outside sources of power, water, fish (except original stocking and the introduction of genetic diversity) or food (explanation in a later post). my house is on solar power with rain catch water, so the residence will not be much help. - year round production...i want this system to function continuously with only minor modifications between summer and winter. - production capacity...it needs to produce as much food as possible, hopefully enough to sustain a man, woman, small child,dog and nutritive sustenance for the rabbitry (20-60 rabbits, bulk feed will come from pasture grass on property). - greenhouse...framing of the greenhouse has already begun it is 30' X 20' (~9 x 6 m for people who use the better system) which is limited in size by various structures (pictures will come soon). the gh is intended to house fish tanks and all winter growbeds with potential dwarf citrus trees in the future. i might expand outside of the gh during the summer - but this is a long way off for now. i am in central california - fairly mild climate with light occasional frost so the growing season is in my favor. it will be an insulated studded knee wall bottom (this is to even out unlevel ground and while also sealing the gh below any frost line - it is 12" into the ground) with a hoop house - 6ml UV resistant polyethylene cover. the north end wall be solid and insulated and the south end will be poly (drawings will come soon). - power...i have elected to go with solar for now but am open to all suggestions aiding in expansion, improvement or cool factor. the system i currently own, but have not yet installed is as follows: 4 - helios 250 W panels (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. outback charge controller 80 amp (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. 4 - 6V surrett deepcycle batteries wired for 12V (Surrette/Rolls Batteries for off-grid & backup power systems panel installation and wiring are also purchased - reply if interested. this should be enough battery power to run one pump (see below) for 2-3 days with no sun. i also have a trickle charger that can be used as a very limited supplement (Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger : Amazon.com : Automotive). - pumps...12V pumps are hard to come by and expensive when you do. i currently own but have not installed 2 - Oase 12V pumps (OASE AquaMax 1600 (12V) Filter and Watercourse Pump : Filter and Watercourse Pumps). - aeration...i would like to think i can get enough DO via water movement but have hedged my bets and purchased 2 - 12V baitfish tank aerators (Marine Metal Power Bubbles B-15 Air Pump). - fish tanks...these have not yet been purchased. i plan on buying 2 - 300 gallon, and 2 - 100 gallon rubbermaid stocktanks. the 300 gallon tanks will be for growing out fish that are at different stages of maturation, a 100 gallon for breeding (this can be bigger if need be) and the other as a sump and duckweed tank. this is all still being planned - help is definitely welcomed. the tank supports will still need to be built, substantially i might add, so the tank format needs to be decided within the few weeks. - growbeds...i plan on using a combination of things but again i am still planing so suggestions are welcomed. toughboxes (Tough Box from The Home Depot - Model#:207585) and 4'' pvc (not sure what you call flowing water growbeds - sort of a dwc). all growbed supports will still need to be built so the tank format will need to be decided on within the next few weeks. - grow media...will be mostly expanded clay and dwc. - fish...i want tilapia but i live in a bankrupt state with way to many rules, so they come with a $10K per fish fine - so tilapia are out. thinking of combining largemouth bass or bluegill and catfish with some crayfish for good measure. i want to be able to breed my own fish so i need species that breed well in tanks - i don't know if the ones listed do or not, i am still tenaciously researching and so far they seen feasible. as always help and suggestions are welcomed. - timeline...i want this system cycled and running by or before december. if you made it this far i hope you decide help and or pay attention to the build. i will continuously update and include drawings and picture when possible. thanks