Clean duck water and free food. Aquaponics Duckaponics

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by deputychicken21, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. deputychicken21

    deputychicken21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built this system and it has improved the water quality by leaps and bounds. I also have lettuce growing in it for the ducks to eat I will post more pics later and plans if anyone is interested.[​IMG]
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  2. ducksinarow

    ducksinarow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I am totally interested. Please post more pictures and plans. I have wondered if something like this could be done. Yours looks great.
     
  3. farm316

    farm316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks interesting how did you plan it out? Does it work on a timer??
     
  4. deputychicken21

    deputychicken21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello
    It is a constant flow system. I built the pond about a year ago and could not keep it clean so I bought that big black Matala filter and pump you see in the pic. It did not help and clogged up in about two days from all the poop.

    I bought two plastic 35 gallon barrels and cut them in half.
    Used old 4x4 treated wood I had laying around for the stand.The beds set higher than the pond
    Installed PVC outlets in to the end of the barrels with a piece that goes almost to the top of the barrel so the barrel stays full of water
    Filled the barrels with lava rock because its cheap and light then i put a few inches of pea gravel on the top (not pictured yet) so it would be easier to plant stuff
    I picked a spot on the outlet side of the filter and drilled a hole and ran 3/4 " pvc to the barrels. Then I just teed it off to each one.
    The water flows by gravity out of the filter and into the bed. Then it flows through the rock and back in to the pond.

    I am not very artistic but I will try to come up with a diagram.
    Thank you
     
  5. chicken-n-worms

    chicken-n-worms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is so nice I have been looking up different ways to make a bigger pond. I love this!!!
     
  6. deputychicken21

    deputychicken21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I can't believe how well it works and its easy to expand. I will get some more recent pics up by the weekend. Had to build a removable wire cover over it, my ducks figured out what it was real fast and ate my first batch of seeds and sprouts.
     
  7. mournlight

    mournlight Out Of The Brooder

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    So, the pond water is picked up from the bottom and routed through two barrels filled with lava rock, or four barrels? Or one? Other than the lava rock, what's the filter? I've been draining my dirty water out onto the garden, and that uses a lot of water. I have a lake, but I can only let them out supervised right now due to hawk and coyote activity. I'm interested in ways to keep the pool in the pen cleaner.
    Has anyone found a good drain for the bottom a plain plastic swimming pool?
     
  8. deputychicken21

    deputychicken21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello
    Its 2 barrels cut in half, the water is pumped (electric water pump) into a regular pond filter (media pads) that filters out the large debris then the water goes through the lava rocks.
     
  9. jebber

    jebber Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome, would love more information!
     
  10. BackYard Sheena

    BackYard Sheena Out Of The Brooder

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    That is awesome!! It looks so easy. Close ups after seeds start growing to see the plant set up would be very appreciated :)
     

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