Sometimes, I just want to watch a bunch of permaculture related videos. They're difficult to find, though. A lot of the time, people don't include the word "video" when they post a video. Most forums I frequent have some sort of video or media subforum. Is there a reason there isn't one here?
It doesn't have to be elaborate, just a simple doodle showing what you meant. When you say pyramid, do you mean straight walls, or stepped walls like the Egyptian pyramids? Does that play into the overflow thing? Would the pyramid part be higher than the other parts or lower? Like I said, just a simple doodle/line drawing would be fine, I'm just not sure which order you are putting things.
creteman wrote: Take the red pill is it? o see how far down the rabbit hole goes? (The Matrix)
I have gotten to where I want an upside down pyramid shape for the fish tank. (not with glass). Why? - Because once properly set-up, the fairly steep sides insure that the fish waste goes straight down to a certain kind of valve, and directly into the system, which is healthier for the fish, and makes a more efficient system.
Also, my method is based entirely on Overflow. As water enters the system, say, the fish tank, the fish tank will overflow into the next section, which overflows into the next. This way if anything happens to the water pump, everything still has the minimum needed water. If something happens to one section, like a leak, only that section is affected, and the system cannot be drained because of the leak.
Next, that overflow or siphon is not the typical overflow - it takes the water from the bottom of a section, not the water's surface - Why? Because it takes the settling waste out, more directly, and leaves the lighter, cleaner, flowing water in the system. There is a certain kind of overflow or siphon for doing this that in some cases is essentialy a modified "Loop" that makes a second water level - you'll have to learn about that on your own - again, Google image search.
Do you have any drawings of this? I am having a hard time envisioning it.
creteman wrote: I have been trying to promote what I call "Hyper Aquaponics" which is a little like whre you are headed with "miking it look good", and with refining the system and making it better than just something that works dependably. I can tell you more about that if you are interested...
H Ludi Tyler wrote: I'm having trouble interpreting the drawing. It looks like the growbeds are ground level and the waterfall and fish tank are underground....
The easiest way to describe this would be cut into the side of a hill. The grow beds / greenhouse are level with the top of the hill. The bottom floor is level with the ground.
H Ludi Tyler wrote: are the lower elements actually meant to be in the foreground? Maybe a bird's eye view (looking straight down) would be helpful also, or a side view.
The lower elements? This is a side shot of the structure. The pipes and stuff on the left are hidden (from people in the room with the pond) in the hill, probably in a room that is cut into the hill cave-style. I will be doing a top down drawing, hopefully a 3d rendering as well, when I have the time/energy. It's mostly a vague idea in my head at this point and takes time to map it all out on paper.
Also note, the thing between the vine and the bush in the grow room is supposed to be a person, for size reference.
Is there anything else that doesn't make sense to you?
First of all, I am not sure exactly which forum I should be posting this in, but as this is focused more on building and design than system care, this seemed like the best place.
So I love the idea of aquaponics, but all of the systems I have seen look very... industrial. I have always felt that with a little time and effort, they could look much better. The plan for this is to build with cob, using on site stones for the waterfall. I haven't yet designed the look of the entire building that I am envisioning, but I would like to get some feedback on this part. It seems like this should work fine, but I know that there are probably numerous things that I am overlooking. Anyone out there with some experience that can tell me what I should change or keep in mind? Other comments are also welcome. As I said, this is just a small part of a larger structure that I am trying to plan, but I think even just this part could work on it's own as one of the small houses that people seem to be so into these days.
I have seen a lot of really cool cob houses with different colors, such as the ones seen here. Are these just painted? If so, what kind of paint do you use? Also, I have noticed that some cob looks really white, while others have the color of modeling clay. Is there some different mixture of materials going on here?