I did get my aquaponic 29 gallon tank setup, but not without some major arm twisting and repurposing of some of my hydroponic equipment.
Here’s the story.
All I wanted for Christmas last year was an aquaponics set-up – as some of you may remember.
So Jerry went about salvaging things we had on hand – a 29-gallon fish tank, old hydroponic pots, clear storage containers – to set up a small aquaponic operation in the living room.
Tilapia Went Into The Aquaponic 29 Gallon Tank
We met a local couple who had a much larger operation once the tank was set-up and were able to purchase a dozen baby fish – or as they are officially called “fingerlings.”
Once the fish were in the tank, I started seeds of tomatoes and cucumbers in the pots and transplanted herbs from my AeroGarden that were outgrowing their home.
Our Aquaponic 29 Gallon Tank Was A Learning Experience
We have learned a lot as most gardeners do regardless of the gardening media they use – you can’t use small pumps – and forget about small tubing.
We have lost some plants – but others have thrived.
We have harvested tons of basil and parsley.
We have a gigantic tomato plant taking over the greenhouse – and honestly it is the largest tomato plant I have ever seen – and we even lost one fish along the way.
Aquaponics is about learning a new way of growing plants and in the process you get to raise your own fish to eat.
We have Tilapia in our tank – and maybe someday we will also get to raise catfish.
In the meantime, here is a short video of the fish in our tank.
It is easy to see how much they have grown from that cold December night when they came home to now.
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