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!
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.
1. 50 litre plastic container2. 25 litre plastic container3. Wire frames for support for the containers4. Metal Antonius frame
1. Completed frame set up2. 50l plastic container for fish tank, supported by the wire frame