At long last, and after many hours of reading aquaponics information, I’ve taken the plunge. I rented a truck at Home Depot and picked up 4 IBC tanks at a yard on the side of Highway 6 near Alvin, TX. They almost fit on the truck, just about an inch too wide, so the left gate I left down. It was so good to finally get started!
I’ve been reading up on Aquaponics a lot (Backyard Aquaponics is a good place to learn more), and am looking for a good place in my yard for a setup. Short of taking the main center of the yard, I have two places that might work. I called Centerpoint Energy’s “Call before you dig” line to see where utility lines are, which you can see in some of the pics. Glad I did! Can’t bury a sump tank in either of these locations. At any rate, picking the right space from a sunlight perspective as well as leaving room for the kids is important.
First is a little odd, but the narrow alley between my garage and the neighbor gets the most consistent sunlight, at least where an elevated growbed would be. The down side is that I’d have to put in gutters as well, which would add to the cost.
The second place, which is where my wife would want it, is around the north side of the house where the old play fort is. During the summer, sun shines well close to the fence. The down side here is that, especially during winter, no direct sunlight reaches the area. A little further out into the yard might work. We’ll see…