Ya heard it here first. Stock Tank Ponics or Stocktank a ponics however you want to say it.
I’m working on a kit that will help people build their own Stock tank aquaponics system similar to my 300 gallon system.
This would be a kit providing all the kinda specialty parts that might be hard to get locally while leaving the buyer to source their own media, stock tanks, concrete blocks, and PVC plumbing supplies locally. See shipping gets really outrageous for much of that and people can get them cheaper at their local plumbing supply, tractor supply, or big box store than I could supply them for and then there is the savings on shipping.
This isn’t aquaponics on the cheap though once you do the DIY and then change your mind (or have it changed for you by termites or something) the stock tanks don’t seem so costly anymore.
Anyway, this stock-tank-ponics kit will include at least the pump, timer, gravel guards, indexing valve, float top up valve, and all the needed uniseals.
I’m still working on what other pieces parts should be in the kit and how big the kit will be for shipping. I’m trying to keep the kit price under $500 so at the moment I’m not trying to include any feeders or battery backup or air pumps. So we shale call this the basic stock-tank-ponics kit aimed at making the construction of a 300 gallon fish tank by 6-100 gallon grow bed aquaponics system just a bit easier.
So what I want from you, my readers, are constructive comments about what you would expect from such a kit. I will need to write an instruction manual and an inventory of what would be provided in the kit as well as the itemized list of materials (with an idea of what they might cost) the builder would need to get locally and add to that a list of required tools and skills.
This is currently planned for a 2:1 grow bed to fish tank flood and drain aquaponics system with the fish tank sunk in the ground and the grow beds on blocks around it. It can be set up in a 16 foot by 16 foot space or a longer narrower space depending on the situation.
So comments please, I’ll be working on writing the manual and would love to know what you have to say.