The system is also an attractive place for people to congregate, providing a micro-climate of cool shade.
- 1 Hazards
- 2 Unit Analysis
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Catalog
- 5 Equipment
- 6 The Story So Far...
- 7 See Also
Main Article: Hazards
The pond is 4' deep. This represents a drowning hazard for children and impaired adults. The CDC maintains a water safety fact-sheet, which recommends a 4' barrier around drowning hazards. One function of the Garden Pond is to be this barrier.
- The pump and aerator requires electricity to run.
- The fish must be fed daily.
- Water must be added to the system on a periodic basis.
- Pest Control.
Main Article: Cycles
The fish must be fed daily.
Water needs to be added to the system at least monthly, possibly more frequently.
The following fish are being used while the system is beginning to cycle:
- Malabar Spinach
- Fairy Moss
- Parrot's Feather
- Yellow Flag Water Iris
- Water Hyacinth
- Umbrella Palm
- Water Lily 'Attraction'
- North American Cattail (var. large cattail) [did not survive.]
- Mini Cattail
- Perry's Baby Red
- Munkala Ubon
- Peaches 'n Cream
- Masala has been seen walking in and drinking from the aquaponics system.
- Thistle has been seen in the AP system, but I believe we have trained it out of her.
- Eurasian Collared-dove
- A yellow finch has been seen visiting both the apricot trees and the pond.
- A unidentified bird with a yellow chest has been newly observed in Zone 1 at Sunflower River.
- Woodhouse's Toad, including tadpoles and young frogs. It is not clear whether they bred in the pond or were imported as eggs.
- A juvenile Great Plains Skink was found while we were installing the Pond Garden.
- A daring jumping spider was the first visitor, arriving within a day of the system running.
- At least two other unidentified spiders have set up webs in the AP system.
- I'm using a Easypro Linear Aeration Compressor - 1.4 Max CFM (Manufacturer Website) for aeration
- My pump is a Tsurumi Submersible Pump 50PU2.15S
The Story So Far...
Main Article: The Pond Proposal
This system was proposed by Alan as a means of researching aquaponics. Of particular interest was whether it could be done at commercial scale and whether Alan had the temperament to maintain such a system.
Main Article: The Pond Installation
The system was constructed in the spring/summer of 2012.
In 2011, Alan did the primary research for an aquaponics system. This is a "test system" for larger a scale aquaponics system. It will also serve as a water feature in the garden, attracting beneficials and providing a micro-climate.
I'm unhappy with water loss from this system, and am seeking to minimize it. I can't tell if I have evaporation loss or a leak.
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