As always, thanks to everyone that answered last weeks question and the biggest thanks to everyone that has gone back and answered all the previous weeks. Falling behind again so we may rapid fire a few to catch back up!
Week 18’s Question:
Have you ever explored aquaponics?
Small or large scale it all counts! We will even go with using fish water to water plants in a totally different location.
Hi there. I use pothos in my 90 gal tank to help with algae , tried sweet potato vine for the same reason but the vine didn’t do well. I have a light on the tank and also have suspended a 54 watt 5 tho so the pothos gets enough light. I did have maidenhair ferns with wicks dipping their wicks in the glorious fish tank , they did beautifully, but got to big to sit on the glass top of the tank. I just got a 5 gallon as a bedside tank that I have planted and will eventually put a Betta in and am doing an arrowhead plant as aquaponic plant , it is doing fine. That plant gets filtered sun from an east window near it. And yes, I use tank water to water my house plants, even use the water from purging the fx6 filter to water a preferred (lucky) garden plant. Fish and plants go hand in hand! Why waste good fishy water , LOL!
I have a few years ago at a previous house. I ran a set of media beds with bell siphons using lava rock and a tank full of blue gills. It was super effective and actually really low maintenance. I had it running in a sun room. I’m debating setting up something similar in my greenhouse next year, but likely using regular tropical fish.
I don’t know if this counts. I recently purchased one of those 275 gallon, IBC totes. When I do my water changes, all of my dirty water goes into a trash can. From there it is pumped out of the house to the tote. The tote is on blocks so that the bottom is higher than my raised garden beds. When ever I need to water the garden, just open the valve and gravity pulls the water. Best garden I ever had!!!
I use my filter and tank water in my vegetable garden and also to water the petunias/hydrangeas in front of my house.It helps me stay on top of my water changes because I know the plants need watering so I’ll do a 10-20% water change.