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Easy and Cheap IKEA Indoor Aquaponics System

Easy and Cheap IKEA Indoor Aquaponics System

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Indoor Mini Aquaponics System (IKEA-hack)
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Indoor Mini Aquaponics System (IKEA-hack).........................................................................................1 Intro:  Indoor Mini Aquaponics System (IKEA-hack).................................................................................2 Step 1:  Setting the frame up..................................................................................................2 Step 2:  The Plumbing 1 - The Standpipe.........................................................................................3 Step 3:  The Plumbing 2 - The Bell Siphon & Media Guard............................................................................4 Step 4:  The Plumbing 3 - The Ball-valve Bypass...................................................................................4 Step 5:  Finishing up........................................................................................................5 Advertisements...............................................................................................................6
 
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Intro: Indoor Mini Aquaponics System (IKEA-hack)
UPDATED: We have recently updated this guide to make it more efficient and safer to use. Please see the instructions here:http://www.japan-aquaponics.com/micro-aquaponics-plans.htmlAquaponics is becoming more and more popular and many people want to build their own system. Aquaponics integrates fish, plants and microbes into a sustainableand ecologically balanced food production system.This project from Japan Aquaponics will show you how to build your very own system using commonly available components from IKEA and your local hardware store.Anyone can set up their own system in an afternoon and start experiencing the pleasure of building their own little ecosystem!
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1. Frame, containers, hydroton and Bell Siphon all completed.
Step 1:Setting the frame up
The main frame that we are going to use will be the Antonius frame combined with one or two wire baskets and two of the plastic containers. We will use the 50l containerfor the fish tank at the bottom, and the 25l container for the growbed at the top. Simply put the Antonius unit together as per the IKEA instructions.We use the wire basket as support for the 25l plastic container for the growbed. This is not strictly necessary for the 50l plastic container fish tank at the bottom if you justput the container on the floor. You may want to trim the plastic lip on the top container to ensure a better fit, and we also cut the handles off the ends of the container - butagain, it is not strictly necessary. To cut the plastic we just used a small saw, but you can also use some standard wire pliers.
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1. 50 litre plastic container2. 25 litre plastic container3. Wire frames for support for the containers4. Metal Antonius frame
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1. Completed frame set up2. 50l plastic container for fish tank, supported by the wire frame
 
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Step 2:The Plumbing 1 - The Standpipe
The plumbing for the aquaponics system is not too complicated but we have used a few basic principles to help make the system as efficient as possible. We use a small600lph electric submersible pump in one corner of the fish tank which takes the water up to the growbed. The water then flows through the growbed and exits in theopposite corner to which it entered. As the water then flows back to the fish tank it pushes any solid waste over towards the pump, ready to pulled up into the growbed.We also use something called a bypass ball-valve on this system. This diverts some of the water from the pump straight back into the fish tank. This is so that we cancontrol the amount of water going into the growbed, and the diverted water also creates some water movement in the fish tank as well as additional aeration.In this system we are using 13mm PVC pipes throughout.Initially we will start with the growbed and the siphon that we are using there. First, we need male and female threaded adapters. (Photo 2). Drill a hole in the right placein the growbed - you need to make sure that the female adapter will fit between the wire mesh squares. The hole should be about 6 or 7cms from the edge of thecontainer in each direction. The hole should be a snug fit with the threaded male adapter.Place the male adapter through the top of the growbed and then fit a rubber O-ring onto the threads. Then screw the female adapter onto the male adapter until you havea nice snug (and waterproof) fit. You can add some silicone to the bottom if you want to, but not strictly necessary. We then use a reducer on top of the male adapter.This is a 25mm to 13mm reducer.This whole piece is called the standpipe and this is how the water will exit the growbed. We want the overall height to be about 1 inch under the top of your growbedmedia and so you will need to cut the pipe down so that it is the right height for you. Now let the silicone dry if you have used it.
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1. Bell siphon with Media Guard and cap.2. Water returns to the fish tank3. Water input into the growbed4. We used zip-ties to secure the piping to the frame.
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1. 13mm threaded male adapter. This will go through the top of the growbed.2. 13mm threaded female adapter which will go under the growbed - this shouldhave a rubber 'O-ring' on it to make the seal completely waterproof.
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1. Finished standpipe that has been sealed with some silicon at the bottom.2. 25mm to 13mm Reducer - cut to the right height for your growbed3. This whole part is called the standpipe. There is a small piece of 13mm pipeconnecting the reduced to the male threaded adapter.
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1. The Standpipe - just for example here, eventually this conatiner would beturned in the other direction.

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