We are trying something new this year – Aquaponics. It seems like such a great way to grow food. Not only do we get to grow veggies, but also fish!
I’m excited to try this for so many reasons. Aquaponics systems cycle & reuse their own water, so water usage will be much less than in a traditional garden. Since there’s no dirt involved, the lettuce grown should be clean. Our grow beds are at waist height, so no bending over to collect the produce. Unless the door is left open, the deer should leave these greens alone. And, of course, fish. We will raise our own fish for dinner. I’m most excited about the fish!
THE CHOP METHOD
There are many methods for setting up an aquaponics system. The method we thought would work best for us is the CHOP system. CHOP = Constant Height, One Pump. This means the fish tank water level will stay constant. It can stay constant because we will have a sump tank. This sump tank will be placed lower than the fish tank & grow beds. The water from the grow beds will gravity feed into the sump tank. Then the water will be pumped out of the sump tank into the fish tank. The fish tank will continuously overflow & that water will be piped to the grow beds. In this way, any water level fluctuation will be in the sump tank.
IBC TOTES FOR GROW BEDS, SUMP TANK & FISH TANK
We’re so excited about this new way to grow food for our family!