Indoor Aquaponics System- How to grow vegetables in your aquarium the easy way

Indoor Aquaponics System- How to grow vegetables in your aquarium the easy way


O.K. So here is the aquaponics unit that I built. This is designed to fit right in the back the fish tank.You pull out your back glass panel in your hood and insert this in. It’s got four holes for three-inch net pots. It’s got several smaller holes. I think they’re 3/8 inch to allow some water flow through there and
the bottom is open as well. I’m going to run some air straight up and that’s going to get some water circulating through there. It’s made of acrylic – eighth inch acrylic so that – ah- so hopefully it will leach very few chemicals in the
water like many other plastics out there. It’s black to block any light from penetrating into where the roots are so that you don’t get any algae growth on the roots. I experimented with
something like this before. I made a makeshift sorta unit in the back of the
fish tank. Umm and the plants actually grew really well.
I grew some lettuce- some butter crunch and it did really well actually went to seed, and
I pulled it out just the other day. It was just an experiments, so we didn’t eat it. If you notice, I do have a couple extra plastic pieces on here.This is essentially to help divide up the fish tank at least on the surface.I’m going to grow duckweed
in the front area here to feed some of the fish. So let me take you
over to the fish tank and let me show you roughly what I did to make this. Sorry if I got my finger in front. So let’s walk on over here. O.k. so basically what we’re doing is putting this right in the
back here. And the real reason why I did this aquaponics unit is because I thought
a lot of other units did not look quite as good as what I wanted. Got some
tomato growing back here in just a pot. Woop. I have to edit this video a little bit. All right. So basically this is gonna fit right
in the back here. It’s going right down in there. And I’ll probably do this off camera because I need two hands, and I’m holding the camera right now. But basically what I did to come up with the
dimensions and again I’m doing this one-handed. I took
the glass lid off as well as the back plastic piece. measured all the way on top of the lip
all the way to the frame of the aquarium. Measured all the way to the frame
of the aquarium over here. Took that dimension then I measured all the way from on top
of the lip to the frame of the aquarium here into the hinge all the way to where the glass
piece would go On both those dimensions I took off
about a quarter inch just for a little bit of play when I built the unit just in case. I’m not
exactly an expert. This is my first acrylic project So that’s basically where I am with that. with that The reason why did this is that so many other
units that are available for fish tanks or what other people have made arm just look a little bit not quite as
aesthetically pleasing as what I like. This is built to be almost inconspicuous in the fish tank
The back of my fish tank is blue. This is black and will essentially blend right
in. The other ones they have are media-based pots on top-essentially is what they are.
They fill it with hydroton or gravel whatever it may be. They’ve got to pump water in whether
it is ebb and flow or whatever method they use. or do the constant flow. And that’s going to make more noise and that’s not
gonna look quite as nice so I’ll try this out and see what it looks
like. So I’m going to fit this down in here I’m going to start up the video again. So here’s the aquaponics unit installed in the
aquarium As you can see, we’ve got four holes there
for the plants. We’ve got the net pots sitting in here.We’re going to fill this with hydroton. Again that’s a little bit lighter so
especially since I used the eighth inch acrylic ah That’s probably the wiser choice. I’m probably going
to put lettuce in here but I may do some cilantro or some other herbs
that do well in the back -er- or a floating raft aquaponics system
or in the back of a fish tank like this. I’m going to try to give you a view of the front here ah
probably getting a lot of reflection But overall that unit hides pretty well. The
upper part in the back that’s black is the
aquaponics unit where you;re going to grow your vegetables. Got all my other fish waiting for you me to
feed them. Take a look at the unit from the side and again it takes up a small area here. Um. Right in the back there -doesn’t really
stand out a whole lot so it doesn’t take away from the appeal of your fish tank or whatever you have
going on. So again the next video we’re probably
going to be showing you how to put the seedlings
in Go over the do’s and don’ts of aquaponics And again I’m not an expert; this is a
learning journey so if you have any comments please put them in the comment
section. If I think of anything I’ll put in there as
well although I’m gonna do a few more videos and if you could like this video do the
thumbs up that would help me out greatly I’d appreciate it. Thanks a lot guys.

35 thoughts on “Indoor Aquaponics System- How to grow vegetables in your aquarium the easy way

  1. How are your tomatoes growing? are they aquaponic as well? Are they set up with the same tank we see here or different? If they are aquaponic too, how long did it take for them to grow? Did you plant seeds or small tomato plants?

  2. Wow, I have watched several videos and while I love the idea of this, My aquarium is also for aesthetics, and most of the setups look terrible. I love this one! My one concern is whether their is enough water-flow for the plants. Has this been an issue? I was thinking it might be useful to setup a powerhead inside of your setup to blow water through the roots.  Also, have you had any issues with fungus or anything with that. Thanks for giving a great idea that also looked great !

  3. What a great idea!  Looks good, I'll have to check some of your newer videos to see how it's doing now!  Thanks for sharing your build idea.  🙂

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  6. Don't you find your fish eat your roots? Mine always did.

    Also, the key to aquaponics is the bacterial colonies, specifically nitrosomonus and nitrobacter, there are others that are important as well but these two key bacteria are what mostly complete the nitrogen cycle which is the turning of ammonia, and ammonium (the exhalation, and excretion from the fish into plant soluble nitrates). In order for these bacteria to thrive they need a place to colonize which is highly porous. So things like rough gravel, I've personally used 3/4 driveway gravel (not actually from a drive way, it's just what it's called at my local rock quarry) work really well. You can also use things like hydroton, also known as expanded clay pebbles. Anything that has a lot of porosity will work assuming it doesn't somehow poison the bacteria or fish of course. I personally prefer driveway gravel because it has built in PH buffer properties. If your system ever becomes highly acidic, the acids will eat away at the lime in the gravel and help buffer it up.

    From what the experiements and research I've done on Aquaponics, the best way to have a strong bacteria colony is to use a flood and drain system. In these kind of system you have a container (containing your gravel, or other high porosity medium) that floods with water, and then drains. That way the bacteria never dry out, and also never suffocate from lack of oxygen. This kind of flood and drain container can also double as a grow bed and plants can be planted directly into it due to it's ideal water/air mixture.

    Putting in red wriggler worms as also a huge benefit as worms will eat build ups of fish poop and excess fish food that ends up in the bed, and in turn the worms will excrete a whole plethora of bacteria found in their shit, also known as worm castings. You can also use fresh water shrimp known as daphne to produce a similar result.

    Basically, to sum up everything I'm saying: Aquaponics is about eco system. The more diverse and strong the bacteria colonies are, the better plant growth you get, and the more resilient the system becomes, much like nature.

    Hope that helps!

  7. Hi that looks like a great system. I have known about aquaponics for a couple of years now and I backed a Kickstarter campaign for a very small 1.5 gallon aquaponics tank and i have just started using it. So far so good.

    The only problem is that I live in Austria and we have the strictest rules in the world for keeping fish and the smallest tank that you are legally allowed to use for fish is 12" x 12" x 24" which is about 13 gallons. (60 litres) So i really would like to get a bigger tank but I want to do an aquaponics system with it and yours looks really good. It also looks like this could easily be scaled up for larger tanks too.

    It's been over a year since you posted this video and I wonder how it went, did you ever have to change the water (other than to top it up) and did is stay clean? Also did all the fish survive? My son really want to have some more fish. 🙂 Thanks in advance. Once again great work.

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  12. Hi!! I have a question… do you need an electronic tank filter? or does the aquaponic system filters the water? it does… right? so… the only thing I'll need is a good pump?

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  15. Glad to watch and learn something from you. Just wondering whether your aquarium need a filter? Or you let the plants do the filtering, thanks.

  16. This has to be hands down the best explanation of what I was looking to do to my tank that I happen to overstock with fish ( 110 fish in a 72 gal tank with two fx5 and bamboo plants )

  17. You dont mention lighting..but if you want to grow Tomatoes then high intensity lights..or the Aquarium is by a very sunny window is needed. Some things like Basil might not need any media..just support so roots are in water,the top out.
    The new LED lights deliver I understand much light with as little as 30 watts. But,I can't say its enough for tomatoes or strawberries. Might be enough for greenery and herbs.
    Goes without saying the fish in the aquarium must not be plant or plant root eaters.

  18. Currently want to try this as my filter is a planter box with a pump but i just need to find out something,
    would the plants die if the root/soil is being exposed to water 24/7?

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