Aquaponics Vocabulary

BSFL (Black Soldier Fly Larvae) The maggots of this fly compost organic waste without odor or disease transmission. The pupae self-harvest by crawling to a high point and dropping into a collection container. The BSF larvae have excellent nutrient benefits and add many macro and micro nutrients that cannot be added any other way. A […]

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Bell Siphon A bell siphon is an automatic siphon that allows you to completely fill and then drain a grow bed on a timer. The timing comes from how fast you add water into the system. Once the bed is full, it creates a siphon that drains all the way down to the bottom of […]

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Aquaponics System Any series of containers that allows aquaculture (like fish or crawfish) and hydroculture (plants), usually in a low maintenance configuration is considered an AP system. Systems can range from small 10 gallon systems that use upside down soda bottles to grow the plants, to mid-sized bathtubs, jacuzzis, trash cans, 55 gallon barrel drums […]

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Certain air lift designs can go beyond the basic lift guidelines by using chambers and air burps to accelerate water faster than through a straight pipe and thus much higher than their submergence would normally allow. There are several patents for geyser pumps that we can learn from, and Olomana Gardens in Hawaii has been […]

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An air lift is using air bubbles in a pipe to lift water. The deeper you start the bubbles, the more water you can lift, but the more PSI required on the air pump. The air lifts the water and it flows out of the top. Air lifts are extremely energy efficient, but not as […]

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Anything that lives in the water, which is generally fish but could be prawn, crabs, turtles etc. In typical aquaculture, large volumes of waste water are produced and only the animal is harvested for its meat. In aquaponics, the waste of the animal is fuel for the other parts of the system, feeding the plants. […]

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