Aquaponics | Low maintenance water pump | filtration

Aquaponics | Low maintenance water pump | filtration

Let's see how to modify a water pump and make
it more sustainable and require less maintenance. So in aquaponics what we want is to
produce some fish and some plants, some vegetables but with less input possible. So we want to be the most sustainable possible
with a minimum consumption of energy. So I'm talking about electricity, the minimum
quantity of input fish food, and time you will have to put in the system to produce
some food. It's very important to manage your system
in the best way to make sure the fish are in good conditions so you got a good quantity
of fish for the quantity of plants. All those types of things are very interesting. If you manage the water pump properly, if
you don't have a water pump that is too big, you’re going to have a system that is very
efficient and what we're going to see today is how to once you find the water pump that
is adapted to your aquaponics system, how to make it even more sustainable to reduce
the electricity consumed and also reduce the time you're going to spend on the system to
maintain the water pump. But just before, if you haven't done it yet,
have access to the free aquaponics training from the description of the video just below
or from the “i” like information on the corner of the video. It's a free training that I offer you, and
it’s going to allow you to choose a good pump for the system, but also to basically
design the system in the best way to have the good dimension of fish tank, grow bed,
know the quantity of fish you need to have, all those types of critical limits that you
need to respect in aquaponics. You're going to find the response to those
questions in this free aquaponics training. So get this training from the description
of the video just below, and going to be able to build your aquaponics system but also to
manage it properly through the best equipment for your aquaponics system and produce some
food sustainably. So right now, we are talking about water pump. So I'm just going to show you one example
of a water pump that you can buy. You see a very small water pump. This one is 15 watts. So the power consumption variate. For a small water pump like this, around 1000
liters per hour, you can have the power consumption that goes from 15 to 40 watts, let's say. So just try to find the one that is the most
efficient. Most of the times the efficient ones are the
ones that have a ceramic shaft because there is less friction inside. But even when you are talking about this type
of setup, you see that the area where the water is going through, is through those slices
and it's quite narrow. You know and then you got the pipe here that
is going to raise the water. If you have an aquaponics system with a lot
of fish, put a lot of fish food, and you have some waste, the waste may be clogged here
after a while which means that you will have to clean the water pump every other week,
depending on how many fish you have and again how much waste you have in the setup. But even if it's every two weeks, you know,
it's still a bit of work. You're going to spend five minutes every two
weeks, and in aquaponics, we try to be the most sustainable possible. So one of the options is to try to increase
this area where the water is able to go through. So here obviously, the pumps you are able
to open them. So when you open your water pump, inside you
got the crepine or a little cage basically to filter the water and then the water is
going through this gate. So in certain, in some new models of pumps,
you have an opening here which has a specific fitting and you can buy an extension and this
is the type of extension you can buy. It's just a tube that you fit inside, right? So it's extremely simple. You can just probably buy this extension and
then from there, you just have to put a bit of foam with a hole inside so you fit this
in the hole. In the hole obviously, in this pipe you got
a hole here and you got holes on the side, inside, right? You see those holes? So obviously, all the water is going to be
able to go through and now if you put this foam around you get all this area where you
can have water that is able to go through the pump and this is going to significantly
improve the performance of the pump, which means that to do the same job, you need a
pump that is smaller so you basically consume less power, but also it means that you have
to maintain it well less. This crepine here, this foam, you may have
to clean it every month, depending on the population of fish you have, but not very
often. While if you had the small cage, you will
have to clean it quite often. This one is never going to be clogged, basically. It's going to take a lot, a lot of time to
do it. So and when you clean it, you just have to
remove this and you rinse it in a bucket with water and then you dispose the water in your
garden or in your compost. So you don't lose this material that is here,
the organic matter. And you put it back. Obviously, this is acting also as an organic
or biological filter because it's going to transform. You're going to have a lot of bacteria on
the surface of this foam as well. So obviously, it's not going to be as efficient
as your grow bed. Your grow bed is still the main biological
filtration, the main area where you're going to have the transformation of the ammonia
of the fish from ammonia to nitrite and nitrite to nitrate, which is the food for the plant,
but this is also going to play a good role. It's like normally, in aquariums you got only
this part. So in aquaponics obviously, we got this plus
all the grow bed and the grow bed is huge. So this is almost – this is not significant
compared to the efficiency of the grow bed, but still a plus. So really that's what I recommend to do is
to put this extension on your water pump, if your water pump is equipped, and if you
haven't bought your water pump yet. When you buy the water pump, just have a look
if this is available as well if they can sell you both. And in this case, you’re going to have something
that is very sustainable and it's going to decrease the quantity of work you have to
do for your aquaponics system. So then it's going to be very limited in terms
of maintenance. If you have this type of water pump, you just
have to obviously feed your fish. Do some water test from time to time and that's
it, right? It's extremely simple. It's making aquaponics even more sustainable. So I really hope you're going to put this
in place because it's a game changer. So again, if you are new to aquaponics and
you are building your aquaponics system, get the free aquaponics training from the description
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build the aquaponics system without making mistakes because we see too many people building
an aquaponics system without understanding everything or having the good ratio and at
the end, they build something that is almost working but is not at the end, it's not sustainable. It's not working and unfortunately, they waste
time. They waste money and yeah, it's not good. So if you get the free training, you're going
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  1. Thanks Jonathan. I have been having a problem with occasional leave being caught up in my pump and blocking water supply. This will fix it.

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