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!
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.
The first ever Aquaponics Festival is happening this summer at the Aquaponic Source, right here in Colorado. The festival will be held on August 9th and 10th, 2014 in beautiful Longmont, CO. The Aquaponic Source is one of the largest distributors of Aquaponics kits in North America and has played a pivotal role in forming the amazing aquaponics community we have in this area and across the world. The festival will be two days full of speakers, workshops, tours, networking, and all around fun. Click here, for a complete list of speakers and workshops. I will be there representing both Solid State Depot, the Boulder Hackerspace and the Boulder Aquaponics Enthusiasts. I will also be giving a talk on open source technology, hackerspaces and how they can transform aquaponics for the betterment of humankind.
This month I decided it was time to generate more interest around aquaponics in my area, Boulder, CO, by starting an aquaponic-centered group. Having successfully started a Meetup.com page for Solid State Depot, I felt the same could be done for an aquaponics group. Meet the Boulder Aquaponics Enthusiasts. Much like the hackerspace that the group will use as its home base, the BAE will serve as a group created by the community, for the community. It will be a hub for all things aquaponics in the Denver-Boulder area. On top of monthly open house catch-ups, the group will offer introductory classes and workshops centered around aquaponics and other related technologies. We will also cater to those who have lots of aquaponics experience by offering classes on unconventional topics such as automating systems with open source technology. I aim to bring together all the great minds this state, and this world, has to offer not just for aquaponics but to also help us change the way we use the finite resources this planet has to offer.
I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that let’s me explore my passions and hobbies, no matter how far-out they may seem. In this episode of Engineering Roundtable, I build a temperature compensated pH probe for my newly built aquaponics system, which also gets some time in the spotlight.
I’m planning to build my very first aquaponics system, but haven’t decided on the exact details of how the system will flow. I’m still trying to figure out the difference between ‘ebb and flow’ and ‘flood and drain’. What I do know is that I had to build a bell siphon (or auto siphon) before I did anything else. I’ve watched dozens of videos on YouTube, and I still can’t belive something so simple could be so effective. I put together a rough prototype of what I think I want my system to look like and built my siphon for that size: a 10 gallon fish tank and a 7 gallon Rubbermaid tote. To my amazment, the siphon worked as advertised. Now, it’s time to see how well it does when the tub is full of media.