Monday, July 16, 2007

Aquaponics, here I come!

I've been interested in Aquaponics for quite a while now. I have a large above ground pool in the middle of my back yard and I had hoped that I would be able to use this as part of an aquaponic set-up. After costing pool liners and discussing options with other AP enthusiasts we decided that it was really to big for a beginner!
So I really needed something a little smaller ....Ah another tank! Of the nine tanks here only one holds water. I have used most of the others to make raised veggie beds.
When I suggested cutting the top of one of the cement lined tanks to my beautiful boyfriend Jamie I was meet with a some what negative response.
It can't be done! It will be to heavy to move! you get the idea! lol.
Like a terrier with a rat I kept mentioning it to him and finally he said he would give it a try! I couldn't ask for more! He worked away tirelessly while I bought him coffees and praise. Wheel after wheel wore down on his angle grinder but still he cut.

Then a strike of genius! He started thumping the top of the tank with a sledge hammer making the cement inside crumble into the bottom. What an amazing man! (you never know I might have more jobs for him to do and he might read this...lol) Anyway he then cut the top piece into sections and removed them.

All I have to do now is clean all the broken cement out from the base then add a layer of sealer and it should be good to go. I will be doing a lot more research in to aquaponics to get an idea of what is achievable on this scale and I'll up date as I progress!


Oh and just as we were finishing I ducked up to feed the turkeys and stepped straight onto a large rusty nail! I panicked a little when I realised that the board was attached to my foot. Jamie tried to comfort me but couldn't resist getting a little cranky as he is constantly telling me to pick things up! This is his 'angry face' as he points to the culprit! Not that scary really lol.

6 comments:

Crazy Mumma said...

In order: WOW! How exciting, aquaponics! I'm very jealous :-) And then OW! Picturing the board stuck to your foot made me queasy, *shudder*, I hope it mends soon. Cheers, Julie.

Rhonda Jean said...

Excellent! Another one on the aquaponics team. I hope you foot heals quickly.

Rhonda Jean said...

me again : ))

I am here now to give you an award - the Bloggers for Positive Global Change Award. You can read about it on my blog http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/

Ali said...

Looking forward to seeing the aquaponics all set up ~ I'm interested to learn more about it.
And congrats on the award from Rhonda :)

Ali said...

forgot to add ~ congrats on the Positive Change Global Award :)

Kris said...

Hi

I've come by from Rhonda's site at down to earth. I'm very jealous of your aquaponics plans. I've broached the subject a few times at our house but the response is no. I need to work on my pitch a little, I think. Looking forward to visiting more and hearing all about it.