Aquaponics System | Chop & Flip Design Mistakes

G’Day Folks. In this clip I run through a few issues we’ve had with my parent’s hastily made Chop & Flip Aquaponics System.
Will be following this one up with a “Chop & Flip FAQ” clip in the near future.

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Aquaponics System | Chop & Flip Design Mistakes

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  • CrazyChicken

    Hello Rob! I''m Jeff. Thanks for the wealth of information. I am new to aquaponics and have been tasked with building a system (too big for my first time) however, I am doing it. If I were to send you a schematic I drew would you be willing to share your thoughts with me about it.

  • J BL

    Hi Rob! Thank you sharing all your precious knowledge with us. Thanks to your videos I've started my small aquaponics blue barrel system: 180L FT, bucket radial filter, half blue barrels (1 dwc and 1 media bed),22 juvenile tilapias. It's been 2 months and still no nitrates?! Could it be my poor flow rate from radial filter? I've made the mistake of using 32mm pipe. It fills up a 1L bottle in 9secs. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

  • Joe's GardenNBees

    Beginning to learn a bit with each clip. Still in the dark as to how phosphorus, potassium, and the other nutrients are produced or added to the system. I am sure the answer lies somewhere in your library of clips.

  • Outboard Thailand

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  • Adam T

    G'day Rob. Great video. Just thought I would mention something my research is showing: even the most basic ambient lighting greatly inhibits the enzyme used by nitrifying organisms (or at least the ones that convert ammonia to nitrite). The experiment is in a controlled environment graphing ammonia and nitrite concentrations as measured by a spectrophotometer using Nessler's reagents (so like an API test kit but measuring the output as an exact number). Just leaving fluorescent tubes on for 6-8 hrs a day in an otherwise darkened room has greatly reduced the nitrification rate, when compared to a totally darkened environment. I should point out that the middle of a grow bed is likely as dark as you could ever need, and also that the media volume required for effective nitrification is much lower than I had initially intuited. Another thing I have discovered is that the same organisms can process ammonia efficiently even in fairly oxygen-poor environments (as low as 2mg/l).

    Keep up the great work mate.