What it is:
- A standardised and Open Source Aquaponics system
- Suitable for temperate climates.
- Affordable but capable of producing useful food
£400 parts target (Ballpark £600 shipped cost)
- Well insulated single IBC system with media grow bed above tank
- Dual Airlift pump
- < £30 ESP Temp & EC sensor
- Transparent Polycarbonate inner cover
- Automated inner cover opener (Fish welfare)
- Insulated cold weather cover (10+ cm foam) – Manual operation
- < £50 Computer controlled outer cover closer
- < £50 Temp compensating Automated Open Source fish feeder
- < £100 12v supplemental T5 lighting system with computer control
- < £200 12v supplemental LED Lighting system with computer control ( 7 x IKEA Vaxxer)
- By standardising certain parameters we can more easily tweak our systems and know what’s working
- Creation of a ‘reference system’ will enable citizen scientists to compare their trials to others.
- We build 5 -10 systems this year, find we can’t keep up with demand.
- We outsource some of the fabrication to friendly local fabricators. They identify design simplifications and improvements. We iterate the Open Source design.
- We throw up some documentation on our forum, people improve it, versions happen.
- Schools buy the system, kids learn about food, about nutrient cycles. The older ones do some microprocessor coding to tweak and improve the sensor systems.
- A bunch of universities build them, the postgrads have neat ideas, there’s forks, the community builds momentum, we get a bit of press in glossy magazines.
- The community establishes a food waste feed pathway, via black soldier flies we can now feed our fish sustainably.
- We’re producing significant protein-rich food in urban environments using circular economy principles. What was once waste is now a valuable resource.
- The systems pop up in deprived & Low income areas, people increasingly feel agency and empowered to grow fresh greens and fish.