Saturday, January 3, 2015

Some System Updates!

Here's a quick update on the greenhouse aquaponics system in Delaware.  Unfortunately I haven't been down there frequently enough to take care of it as much as I'd like, but I've got a radial flow filter built, and I just need a larger pump and tubing to hook up the sump tank and second grow bed.  I'll be working on that in the next few months.

My buddy Graham in Trenton, NJ has been working on his indoor IBC tank setup.  Here are some photos that I took.

Also in Trenton, my friend Jon built this really cool bookshelf with an integrated fish tank.  I talked to him about making the bookshelf above the fish tank into a small grow bed with lights mounted under the shelf above.  That would make a slick bookshelf / aquaponics system.  Check it out!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Aquaponics Greenhouse update

I took a quick video of the Aquaponic IBC system my small greenhouse.  The Alpine Strawberries are doing great, but all the tomato plants look dead.  I'm buying another heater to keep the water a bit warmer, and we have a small space heater in there to help the plants and koi fish to survive the winter.  The mint growing in the ground is still thriving, and it's definitely not cold inside the greenhouse.  My next step is to build a solids lifting overflow, and a radial flow filter from a 5-gallon bucket.  Then I'll hook them up to the IBC tank, draining into the 100gallon sump tank.  Then I'll add a stronger pump which will pump water to both grow beds.  I'm hoping to get all this done by spring so we have a fully assembled system by then.  Check out the video:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Aquaponics Greenhouse Tour

The greenhouse is pretty much complete.  It gets a bit hot in there in the middle of the day, so I'm hoping I won't need to install any ventilation or anything.  I still want to install the sump tank, and second grow bed, but I need to build a solids filter and solids lifting overflow first.  Check it out.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Some Nature Videos

Some koi fish at Shofuso Japanese House in West Philly.  They're hungry!

This caterpillar is munching my dill!

Jewelweed Seeds exploding!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Some Paintings

I've recently taken an interest in watercolor painting, and have done some nature-related paintings.  The herb paintings are practice for an herb shelf that my girlfriend and I are painting together.  Enjoy!


Maple Leaf





Wild Carrot

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New IBC Aquaponics in Trenton, NJ

My buddy Graham with th SAGE Coallition in Trenton, NJ has started up a makerspace called The Hive.  I believe there are at least 5 artists now using their warehouse space to create art, and awesome projects for the community.  They have a bunch of IBC tanks, and a few South-facing windows, so Graham started constructing and IBC aquaponics setup.  I came over to lend a hand one night and snapped a few photos.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Food Forest in Philadelphia

I was visiting the Shofuso Japanese house in Fairmount Park with my girlfriend when we stumbled upon a food forest right here in Philadelphia.  I've read about several Philly Food Forest plantings done by the Philly Orchard Project, but hadn't seen any yet.  They had signs surrounding the site that described the process of installing the different aspects of the system.  Well done, Philly Orchard Project!  Check it out: