mark

of


a

successful


system.



Such


system

can

produce

an

extremely


high


numbers


of


final


food


stuffs.



For
example,
a

greenhouse


approximately


37

feet


wide

by

100

feet


long


(3700

sq.


ft.)


can

house


an

aquaponic
system
capable


of


producing


50

to


60

thousand

heads


of


premium


lettuce


and

approximately


11,000

pounds
of

fresh


Tilapia


per


year.



An


aquaponic

system

of


this

size


can

be

a

rewarding


and

profitable

business


and
could

be

operated


successfully


by

a

small


number


of


persons

or


a

family.
A
commercial


aquaponic

system's

daily

activities


consist


of


feeding


the


fish

(unless


auto

-

feeders


are


utilized),
cleaning

filters,


seeding


or


transplanting


in


addition


to


harvesting

and

packaging

the


produce

for


sale.



The
frequency

with


which

the


fish

are


harvested


is


dependant


on

the


size


of


the


system

and

market

demand.
Fish
Tanks
Depending

on

whether

it

is


for


commercial


or


backyard

purposes,


the


size


and

shape


of


the


fish

tank


or


grow
pond

is


basically


up

to


you.



You


may


consider


either


a

rectangle

or


round

tank


taking

into

consideration


the
size

and

shape


of


the


space

you

have

available


or


in


the


case

of


a

backyard

project,


you

can

design


it

to


be
decorative
as

well


as

functional


and

design


the


shape


yourself


for


a

decorative

effect.
Round
Tanks
Aquaponic

Systems


have

multiple


uses

for


an

astounding


array


of
round
tanks.



They


can

be

made


from

either


Polyethylene,
corrugated

steel


tank


rings

normally


used

for


watering


tanks


for
horses

and

cattle


or


just

about


anything


you

can

come


up

with.
You

can

also


purchase
pre
-

built


steel


stock
watering

tanks


that
have
the


bottom

already
built

in,

but


they


present
a
problem

in
transportation
as

they
are

not


collapsible.
The

corrugated


steel


tanks


can

be

used

with


a

vinyl


liner


placed
inside
the


steel


frame.


The


steel


rings

will


give


a

quicker


solution


to
the

construction


of


a

tank,


but


being


round,


does

not


utilize
available

space

economically.
Corrugated

tanks


come


in


sizes


from

9'

to


30'


in


diameter


with


side
walls

of


3'

to


6'

high.


The


vinyl


liner


should


be

handled

very


carefully
when

placing

it

inside

the


metal


rings

as

there


are


often


sharp
edges

which

can

cause

minute


holes


in


the


liner


which

will


haunt
you
until


the


end

of


time


with


unexplained


water


loss.