This is a very informative video that covers a tremendous amount of material. The final product of the video is a solar powered aquaponic garden, but it offers the entire build in 8 minutes. This shows a fast build of an IBC tote system from a single Tote unit and then goes on to develop the plumbing and finishes off with the way the unit can be solar powered.
This is not an aquaponic garden that is designed for the aquarist, but it does have a huge reservoir compared to the grow bed area. When your in-home aquaponics aquarium has provided lots of education and you are ready for the next step outside, this would be a video I would recommend highly.
It would appear this unit was constructed quickly as part of an exhibition called the Maker’s Fair where a number of ecological and energy saving products were displayed. The video shows the measurements and the cuts required to turn an ICB Tote purchased used into a complete solar powered aquaponic garden easily and cheaply. The entire unit can be sourced from local parts – possibly with the exception of the tote. The solar powered aquaponic garden power comes from a set of 60 Watt solar panels that charge a battery and are inverted to 120 Volts to power a standard pond pump.
Flood and Drain Solar Powered Aquaponic Garden
The plumbing is shown and described clearly as a flood and drain system using two drainpipes to ensure the water flows correctly without flooding. The grow bed is about 8″ deep and the fish powering it appear to be Koi. Because the unit uses flood and drain as the water supply to the solar powered aquaponic garden, the solar panels are over sized for the needs of the pump an a daily basis. Also the actual flooding of the system overnight is reduced to conserve energy for the pump when it is dark.