Rob Torcellini bought a $700 greenhouse kit to grow more vegetables in his backyard. Then he added fish to get rid of a mosquito problem and before long he was a committed aquaponic gardener.
Now his 10 by 12-foot greenhouse is filled with not only vegetables but fish. And the best part is: the poo from that fish is what fertilizes his garden. Aquaponics combines fish farming (aquaculture) with the practice of raising plants in water (hydroponics).
It’s organic by definition: instead of using chemical fertilizers, plants are fertilized by the fish poo (and pesticides/herbicides can’t be introduced to kill pests because they could harm the fish). Since the plants don’t need dirt, aquaponics allows gardeners to produce more food in less space. And in addition to the vegetables they can grow, most aquaponics gardeners cultivate edible fish as well.
In this video, Rob shows us the aquaponics greenhouse in his Connecticut backyard, that he built mostly from scavenged parts, as well as his DIY indoor system where he’s growing lettuce under a grow light.
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The whole point of aquaponics is to get fish to eat while you grow vegetables !
Lol you cant get rid of spider mites by "smooshing" them lol Use neem oil …all organic
The ad before this video is Tiny Green Monsters. He says aquaponics is a "CULT"
Impressive, informative, not in it for the vanity, finally a thumbs up.
Зачем в данном случае нужна аквапоника, если вокруг полно хорошей земли, не требующей дополнительных вложений? :-)))
Hi your system looks gr8.
Do you use any liquid fertilizer or any other agent in grow bed or in fish tank?
One thing led to another and now you have a mini forest lol
Is this the guy from Bigelow farms? 😅
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Fish do carry tons of parasites so pr9bably best for anyone with weak immunity to avoid eating the plants near the water splash.
Lady bugs…. eat athids
Old video but lady bugs or praying mantis will take care of aphids. Just don't hatch an entire sack inside the greenhouse due to the volume that the egg sack will produce. Too many bug eaters you'll run out of bugs and they will start eating leaf.
Follow up please!
Do you have a video of the plunger build?
don't get me wrong this is one amazing greenhouse project but I am pretty sure the 700$ is total BS.
very nice system 🙂 Thank you 🙂
What’s a good growing medium for paddy¿
Pretty cool setup there. True inspiration.
You eating fish poop!
Wow. You gonna make compost out this computer?
Very interesting and well done! What is he doing in winter though? Does he need to move the fish inside?
Kirsten, was this a video on home aquaponics, on it's face but, really an advertisement for Dell Laptop Computers? If not your intention, that is what I saw when he pulled out that dust/dirt encrusted Laptop……still ticking away! It's funny since Michael Dell recently bought about 50% I believe of the pump company called "Hayward". I am aware of this from designing in Austin (Dell has 10-15,000 employees there) pools, landscapes, and I design Organic Farms, Intentional Communities, Lakes, ponds, water gardens, etc. for many years. If he would have been running his system with Hayward Pumps I would have suggested you send this video to Mr. Dell, as potential advertisement material. Pumps & Computers! Great work you do, thanks.
This is very resourceful, but I feel sorry for the large fish who are so confined.
An aquaponic design without return of investment. What a waste.
Incredible, i really hope to set this type of thing up (although it seems very daunting!)
Man I love this. A little complicated for me though but I get the concept
While watching this I got an ad saying to stop watching aquaponics videos
That big fish in that tank is cruel. Do better.
I mean if you feed the fish crap food won't that food eventually trickle into the crops that are grown?
This man is a genius.
I would like to learn more about the naturally occurring bacteria in the gravel.
what program do you use to monitor the all the functions?
E coli never became a problem until cows were put on a diet of corn
I got dizzy when he said he can LOG IN to his green house. GEEK LEVEL 1000!!! I love it!!! How can I start my own?! 250 kuques in 1 year?!!! You sir, have won the internet!!!
i intended to build a green house and i have a koi pond and your video inspired me to take the plan a step or 3 higher. your automation proves its achievable. gonna have to copy you.
great inspiring work. can't believe people are so stupid to not want to eat your produce .