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Friendly AP Micro System

The Micro System 64 and 128 Aquaponics system. Friendly Aquaponics, Hawaii sells plans to use to build and operate a deep-water raft Aquaponics system. It is what I decided to follow to build my first system

While I was shopping for media, I discovered Friendly Aquaponics (FAP) and really liked their grow beds and some of the short cuts they are using to save money. They have about 5500 gallons of grow beds and sell Organic Lettuce to Costco in Hawaii.

Their systems and growing processes are the only ones that are certified organic, which will bring you 50% to 100% more for the same produce on the wholesale market. This got me excited!

The FAP Micro System 64 and 128 plans cost $99 and come with great info about Aquaponics and system DIY.

So for my first system I am using 2 each of the FAP 4′x8′x 8″, deep water raft grow beds and the CHOP2 IBC 240 gallon fish tank for my system. All my construction and system design follows FAP Micro System 64 and 128 plans.

Here is one of the two FAP 4′x8′x 8″ grow beds

FAP Raft and Trough

FAP Raft and Trough

Each grow bed has a 2″ Dow blue board Styrofoam raft that I have drilled 128, 2″ diameter holes to hold 128 each of the 2″ net pots with plants.

Notice the lip on the pot on the left. The other one has no lip and falls through the holes in the Styrofoam! I accidentally bought pots without the lip, because they are less cost – they were wasted!

Net Pot

Slit pot and Net Pot

Note: Apparently there are several styles of these “cups” for planting in AP or Hydroponic systems. I see Net pots, Net cups, and Split cups. What I see most often in Net Pots describing those that have a matrix of similar square spaces, like a fish net, called Net pots.

Here is the fish tank I am using.

Fish Tank IBC

Fish Tank IBC

The system has one 3 gallon per minute water pump, and two aquarium air pumps each with two ports.

There are two air stones in the fish tank and one each at the water’s entrance in each grow bed.

The water and air run 24/7.

 

The Micro System 64 and 128 Aquaponics system:

Details

http://www.friendlyaquaponics.com/do-it-myself-systems/micro-system/

TOC

http://www.friendlyaquaponics.com/docs/Friendly%20Aquaponics%20Micro%20System%20TOC.pdf

Parts  List

http://www.friendlyaquaponics.com/docs/Friendly%20Aquaponics20%20Micro%20System%20Materials.pdf

Fish Tank IBC

Here is a picture of the 240 gallon fish tank we made out of an Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC).

Fish Tank IBC

Fish Tank IBC

When I started building my first Aquaponics system I bought a DVD and plans from Murray Hallam for his CHOP2 system. He uses IBC containers for the fish tank and the grow beds. Right now I am not using the grow beds because I got stuck deciding on what media to use. Hydroton was out of my price range and getting rocks I liked, the right size, and at a reasonable price delayed me.

While I was shopping for media, I discovered Friendly Aquaponics (FAP) and really liked their grow beds and some of the short cuts they are using to save money. They have about 5500 gallons of grow beds and sell Organic Lettuce to Costco in Hawaii.

Their systems and growing processes are the only ones that are certified organic, which will bring you 50% to 100% more for the same produce on the wholesale market. This got me excited!

So I for my first system I am using 2 each of the FAP 4’x8’x 8″, deep water raft grow beds and the CHOP2 IBC 240 gallon fish tank for my system. All my construction and system design follows FAP’s plans.

FAP Micro System 64 and 128. The plans cost $99 and come with great info about aquaponics and system DIY.

More info on my site about FAP Micro System 64 and 128.

Make sure you use a food grade IBC, so that you know the liquid that was in it was safe to consume by you, your fish, and your plants. Often these are used to ship corn sugar, honey, and other eatable liquids.

These are referred to interchangeably as TOTES and TANKS.  IBC Totes are large tanks which are used to store and transport fluids and other bulk materials.

IBC Tote Container

IBC Tote Container

IBCs come as either a 275 Gallons IBC Tank or 330 Gallon IBC Tank, depending on your make and model.  Some of these bulk containers may hold less material, but they are less common.

These shipping container are used for shipping liquids and consist of 3 parts:

  • IBC Plastic Container Bottle
  • IBC Metal Cage
  • Container’s Pallet (made of Wood, Plastic, or Metal)
IBC Container Bottle

IBC Container Bottle

 

IBC Metal Cage and Pallet

IBC Metal Cage and Pallet

Dimensions:

Length is 48″, width is 40″ and height is 46″ for the 275 gallon IBC
Length is 48″, width is 40″ and height is 54″ for the 330 gallon IBC

Typical costs:

I have seen IBCs for sale from $75 to $110 for a 275 gallon, only used once container.

The 275 gallon IBC containers I purchased cost $75 each for 4 plus $30 for delivery.
I purchased from OutlawBob at http://lonestarbarrels.com/
and found Bob via Craig’s list. He delivers in the DFW area.

Make sure you as for food grade IBCs and ask for a record of what was in the container.

Welcome

Hello new friends!

We are a family new to Aquaponics who whats to share our experiences from zero until today. When we started in June of 2011, it was challenging to find others experiences, except scattered around the web. It seemed that once we figured something out, we found a good explanation of it on the web. So we created this site with details of our experiences in hope that we could help other beginners find the info they needed more easily.

Check our our pictures, articles,  step by step experience, tips, and resources.

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