It’s that time of year again, Tour de Tanks 2015! Since 2013, the Aquaponics Association has held the Tour de Tanks, which is a celebration of all things Aquaponics. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate by either showing off their system(s) or visiting those who are. The idea is to spread the love of aquaponics by showing how it’s made an impact in your life.
This time last year, a group of aquaponic enthusiasts got together and built an aquaponics system for Solid State Depot. The system was built using mostly reclaimed materials. It has served as a lovely addition to the space and is used as a teaching aid during aquaponic classes held at the space. Come visit the hackerspace and see the aquaponics system we created together, one year in the making.
This system also boasts some technical features including, a PID controller used to regulate both the heating and cooling of the tank as well as temperature and pH monitoring, all sent to the web and graphed for your viewing pleasure.
If you’re in the Boulder, CO area there will be a showing of the SSD tank as well as a showing of my home tanks. If you can, please RSVP on the Boulder Aquaponics Enthusiasts Meetup page. Who knows, maybe next year you’ll be hosting your own tour!
This past summer, I set out to build an aquaponically filtered habitat for my pet aquatic turtles. I wanted to test both my aquaponic system building skills as well as my wood working skills. The stand and above tank basking area were a great challenge, and building them helped me get back in touch with my inner carpenter. But that was only half the challenge. The second half was seeing if the turtles would actually eat food grown aquaponically from their own waste.
I finally got around to doing a big write up on the whole build, from conception to finishing touches. You can read all about the project over here.
New to the site is the Projects tab up in the top navigation. You can quickly access write ups to all my projects there without having to search through the blog. Stay tuned, as there will be many more past and present projects being added soon.
I also had the privilege of writing up a blog post about the system on SparkFun.com. That post covers more of the electronics used in the lighting system but also gives a good synopsis of the project if you don’t want all the gritty details.
If you’re in the Boulder/Longmont area between January 31st and February 1st, stop by the Boulder Mini Maker Faire, and while you’re there, stop by the Openponics booth to say hello. This will be our public debut. 2015 is going to be a big year for Openponics!
Tickets available here.
As of January 2015, Openponics is offically in business and dedicated to providing smart, simple, open source monitoring and automation equipment for aquaponic and hyrdoponic systems as well as aquariums.