Monday, May 27, 2013

Wesak weekend update

My mom asked me to setup additional aquaponic growbed since the pilot version really convinced her that we can actually grow things there. So last friday I head up to green lane sg buloh and grab 4 bags of hydroton and 2 containers from the growbed. Didn't really get a chance to setup the whole thing yet because I still dont have the pipes and the rack for the grow bed.

Planning to get the rack this coming friday and hopefully I can get things setup by then. Looking forward for the next coming weekend.

On the side note I have bunch of cherry tomatoes and chillies seedlings so maybe I'll transfer some to their new home.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Intercepting water from air conditioner

My next plan for my aquaponic is to have a water input from a free source such as rain. Back then in australia, i actually harvest a rain water from my backyard roof. Since my apartment balcony dont have any available roof to be use to harvest the rain water then I decided to reroute my air cond water out take pipe to my water holding tank. Mosquito are more than welcome to breed there because I can use their larve to feed my tilapia. Will start harvesting my air cond water starting today and hopefully it is sufficient enough to top up the water loss due to condensation or transpiration process. Will keep you up to date on the progress.
After this my next big plan is to get the aquaponic off the grid. That ought to be exciting. Until then I tend to take things one step at the time.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18th update

It has been two weeks since I put the tilapia fingerlings to my fish tank. Since then there is almost 15 fingerlings has died (which i suspect) due to starvation and other reasons. Up til now the number has decrease to 15 tilapia. Will keep monitoring my tilapia health.

Anyway, my pump has stopped working due to its broken blade. I reckoned the material used for the blade is low quality. So lesson learned out there dont buy sobo pump. It wont last you long. I got the pump replaced with a new one and lets see how it goes.

There are few new comers on the growbed. My carrot has finally grown. There is a zuchinni or maybe pumpkin, not really sure which one, sprouted from seed. Also there are bunch of tomato cherry plant growing. I need to let go some of the tomato cherry because they do occupied a lot of space. We also intorduce a spring onion which we bought from supermarket. My cucumber has grown quite fast. Oh, I forgot we also put in a curry plat to our growbed. Things are getting pretty good now. Just have to wait for our first harvest.

My next plan is to reroute the pipe from my air cond compressor to the fish tank. By having this when I turn on the AC the water wont be wasted down the drain and I dont have to refill the water everytime.

Monday, May 6, 2013

New school in town

Yesterday I received a bag of 20 tilapia fingerlings and they are now happly swimming in my aquaponic pond. May their presence bring more nutrient to the plants and may their growth provide a good stock of fresh tilapia to our kitchen.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My DIY aquaponic set

Recently I talked about aquaponic. I actually set it up last weekend on my small balcony (4ft x 9ft). The set only take about 1ft x 4ft of my balcony space, that exclude the fish container.

It has been running about a week now and I got few plants growing on it. I planted a sweet basil, parsely and some "bayam merah" on the top tier and at the bottom tier I planted some cucumber, cherry tomatoes and carrot. I planted cucumber, tomatoes and carrot from seed and so far only tomatoes and cucumber has sprouted.