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I have my new fish pond filter/hydroponic set up assembled, now for a trip to the hardware store for the parts I'm going to need to mate it to the fish pond. this winter I'll raise cabbage type plants plus watercress, springtime it will all depend. I'm thinking of adding framing and additional support. I have two of these and looking at putting one in the greenhouse depending on leakage.

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I have two IBCs just have to get someone to help me with the technical aspects and get it set up to a garden. The idea is to have something like you have there on the top with herbs, salad greens, that need a lot of water up here, in them able to put their roots into the water. Then fish in the water to produce fertilizer and the water runs through the garden bed for hardier vegetables to use before being pumped back to the fish all filtered. Takes a bit of set up but hopefully with my brother's help we will manage it this wet season (easiest time to dig the ground to put in the plumbing)

Budgie Level 7 Nov 22, 2019

I was orginally going to use septic tank pipe since it already has pre-drilled holes. As I was looking up the materials, this popped up. The one thing that really surprised me was the size of the pump. 3 GPH. I have a 300 gph to give me a current, so That was one mistake I didn't make. Goldfish make the best fertilizer fish, they're cheap, no cold sensitivity, will eat squash, and feed off of the algae on the walls of the tank. In the past as well as this time, I let the fish set up their chemistry before I start scrubbing the water with plants. If you have questions, I'll try to help. After 40 years of ponds, I learn something new every season, and I still make some mistakes.

@glennlab Thanks I knew we would need to set up the fish first and my brother and his friends have run aquariums so going to be using their knowledge for that, We have some freshwater fish in the area that people up here use as they are used to the temperatures we get here. Cold is not a problem hot is as our days can get up to 40celcius. The pumps and irrigation are going to be the fun bit.


Wow, Glenn, that is seriously awesome, and your pond looks great too!

Thank you, I have had evolving ponds for the last 40 years. A lot of trial and error as well as discussions, trade shows and reading to get to this point.


looks like a great hydroponics set up

Thanks, I need to build a new frame to make it level with the top of my pond and get weed block under it, and build a frame over it for plant support. I can't wait to hook it up.


I may have to take a road trip up there to see your pond when it’s all done Glenn! It sounds like it’s going to be awesome!

You're welcome anytime, everything is always a work in progress, even when projects are finished, I seem to have ideas to improve them. The cold front is barrelling through right now and I'm feeling my age. When it warms up, I'll get back to work.


Pretty impressive!

Hathacat Level 9 Nov 10, 2019

Got 54 plant holes, still figuring out what I'm going to plant.


Looks very impressive, Glenn, hope it all works out!

It is supposed to be in the 20s a couple of days and I don't want to be working in water at those temps, then Thursday is a colonoscopy, so I hope to have it up and running before turkey day.

@glennlab Brrrrrrr, very glad we're having a milder November here! I hope to be able to do some walking outdoors before the rain comes in next week. I overdid it a bit yesterday, stayed up walking around for too long and my leg became swollen. Much better this morning and trying to be more cautious. I'm really a rotten patient.

@tinkercreek you be careful, overdoing it is just as harmful as not doing enough, learn your limits and only go slightly past them. You don't want to get an inflamation in there.

@glennlab Yes, sir

@tinkercreek I'm terrible, the normal advice to swollen joints is elevate it above your heart, but there was no way i could picture that that didn't send me to other thoughts. Get well soon.



Right now, I'm about a week from installation. We have a cold front that is supposed to bring the temps into the 20s, so even after i get the hardware, I'm not going to be working in sub freezing water.

@glennlab Yikes!

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