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    Syncert
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    I’ve done a lot of searching for information tailored to this specific topic, and the most I’ve been able to do so far is gather various snippets partially related to my specific setup. I figure the best way to go about this post is to describe in detail what I plan to do and hear some opinions as to Aquarium Ecosystem that would suit this setup. Attached is a picture of this setup before plumbing on it is done (in planning stage while making steady steps forward, plumbing and tank setup is all that’s left!)
    The setup is going to consist of the 55 gallon tank. The tank is going to have a 550 gph pump pumping 1 hour on 2 hours off into two growbeds with a siphon that’ll drain into a biofilter, and back into the tank. In addition there’s going to be an undergravel filter routed to the inlet of the pump. Ph of the system is likely to remain around an average of 7.0. The water is going to be very clean as a result of the nature of an aquaponics system. I’m planning on rooting some sword plants and a very prolific and easy to grow water plant that I believe was a type of Anubias. The first 2-4 weeks is going to be circulating the water in the system to establish beneficial bacteria and also root the plants and create a stable environment with that alone.

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    Then comes the fun part, choosing what fish to stock. To this I’m a complete beginner and would appreciate any assistance you gents and lasses have to give. My concept is to create a self-sustaining ecosystem that manages population efficiently within this system. I want to create a predator/prey relationship and put a small secluded habitat for feeder fish into this system (I was thinking a 5 gallon tank, or even building something that allows the small fish in but keeps larger fish out). I also wanted to have some bottom feeders and tank cleaners to help maintain growth on the glass itself ( I was thinking a few suckerfish and a singular crayfish). From what I understand this type of system is going to be incredibly touchy and I’ll have to balance it as I go along until an equilibrium is reached. However it’s something I’m definitely intrigued by and willing to put the time and effort into.

    Any time put into building on this concept with me would be greatly appreciated. I’m passionate about the concept of aquaponics and am studying in college for a major I plan to apply on revolutionizing and making aquaponics a larger part of the modern agricultural system. Starting small with this setup to nail basic concepts.

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    Des
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    Interesting set up. I would make two points about it.

    1. Your filter needs to run 24/7.

    2.An undergravel filter needs to be kept meticulously clean.If you cannot clean the detritus from underneath the filter plates you will end up with a Nitrate factory. I would just use a lift pump ; perhaps an internal filter to provide mechanical filtration.

     

    #353447

    aquariumhobbyist
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    @des said:
    Interesting set up. I would make two points about it.

    1. Your filter needs to run 24/7.

    2.An undergravel filter needs to be kept meticulously clean.If you cannot clean the detritus from underneath the filter plates you will end up with a Nitrate factory. I would just use a lift pump ; perhaps an internal filter to provide mechanical filtration.

     

     

    For point number 1: I don’t know about you but my filter runs 24/7 anyway and I can’t see someone would want to turn off their filter? Perhaps I am at fault here so I would appreciate your input as to why the filter would not need to run 24/7 in the first place?

    For point number 2: wouldn’t he want to make a nitrate factory to support what he is going to grow in the hydroponic system he is making? Do you think that there would be more nitrates than the plants could consume?

     

    Just to be clear, I am not trying to second guess or in anyway contradict what you are saying. I am just curious.

     

    #353459

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Here is a wonderful example of a ‘self-sustaining’ system which might generate some ideas.

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