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Old 08-11-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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I recently setup my aquarium with an aquaponics system. I'm still in the experimental phase to figure out what the best flow setup is. My plan moving forward is to finish the structure with some nice oak so it looks like the plants are just growing out of the top. I'm hoping this addition will help create a contained Eco system where I only need to add water and food. I will continue to test the water see if it actually works.

It's actually working really well so far in terms of growing things the plant you see in the pic was planted about 2 weeks ago. I also just put some jalapeño seeds and they sprouted in about two days.

After searching the web I can't find any aquaponics systems to bolt on for an existing glass aquarium.Click image for larger version

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Is anyone else interested in creating one of these for their tank? I could give you my plans etc.

I'll keep you posted as the build comes together and is finished.

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Old 08-12-2014, 04:14 AM   #2
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This is cool. I would love plans. Please PM me.
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Keep us posted! I have a 6ft tank and run multiple filters. It would be cool to get rid of most of them

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Old 08-13-2014, 11:02 AM   #4
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Hello j...

With some small differences, this type of tank has been around for some time. I played with them a little while ago. At the time, there was a term for them. I believe it was "terratope" or some similar term. The idea for the tank was to submerge the roots of land plants to purify the tank water, without having to change it. Similar to what you're doing, I believe.

There were a number of plants used. Like Aglaonema, Pothos, Philodendron, Nephthytis and Impatiens. The tank works fine. It's open, so the plant leaves take in room light and the roots, minus the potting mixture, remove all the nitrogen from the fish and plant wastes. The plants just needed to be thinned sometimes and you needed to top off the water lost to evaporation.

It's an interesting and fun tank. Attached is a pic of this type of tank with the addition of some aquatic plants.

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OP - Contact enrgizerbunny. I believe that person uses a hydroponics system.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:27 PM   #6
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Yea that's sounds like exactly the same concept. I'm growing jalapeños right no but I might plant a few others. Some people grow tomatoes but they tak a lot of space and light.Ok thanks ill reach out to them.


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Old 09-26-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
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Been over a month since my last water change and all vitals are stable and plants are growing awesome. I am going to sell this natural filter setup.

If you're interested pm me.


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