After the success of the first prototype I designed/printed this 6 way division part as the water feed to my vertical aquaponic system. Since there will be a much higher flow of water I needed a part with the ability to move alot of water quickly.
A couple weeks ago we swung by this cool aquaponics farm off the side of highway 92 in Half Moon Bay. We know we want a system like this some day so we pulled over. Fish poop and feed the plants. Plants filter and clean the water. Instead of dirt you have just water and these sort of clay pellets. I believe the farms of the future could and should be in people's back yards. Or in a corner of your kitchen. Why not? #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom#aquaponics#howcoolisthis#caliliving#homeaquaponics
This aquaponic setup, called #Malthus, was designed by #ConceptualDevices as an indoor kitchen garden concept that will grow approximately one meal a day – a fish and side salad – once the fish and produce are mature. The finished setup is is about the size of 2 small refrigerators and the parts to build it can be found at most home improvement stores.
The tank in this setup holds about 400 liters (105 gallons) and will support fish like tilapia, salmon, or carp. It holds three grow beds above the tank where vegetables can be planted. At the top of the grow beds is a LED light hood. This design was created to optimize space and costs with indoor food production.
The beauty of #aquaponic systems is that the fish and the #vegetables have a sort of #symbiotic relationship – the #fish provide #fertilizer to the plants as the #water from the tank is pumped up through the grow beds, and in turn, the #plants filter the water for the fish as it is drained back down into the tank. The pics show good visual of how this type of setup works.