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    From tank to plate: Outback pub serves up meals from aquaponic system

    Not Thai Farming per se, but the concept could easily be done here and I've done some keyboard research into it as we are Fish Farmers already.

    So, to an 'Outback' Pub in Australia ...

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    The historic North Gregory Hotel in Winton is not the sort of place where patrons would expect fresh locally grown barramundi
    and greens, but thanks to an outback aquaponics system the pub is working to do just that.

    The sound of running water heralds an unusual sort of outback organic garden at the pub, which hosted the first public performance
    of Waltzing Matilda in 1895.
    Aquaponics is a system where fish are raised in tanks and plants are used to clean the water.

    The plants are fertilised in the process and both fish and plants end up on the table.
    The closed loop system works well in the outback because no water is wasted and the plants do not need fertiliser.
    Ben Casey, manager of the North Gregory Hotel, said that people were often intimidated by aquaponics, but it was a relatively simple system.

    "Aquaponics is fantastic it's the lazy man's gardening," he said.
    "Some people can be scared of it because it sounds scary but it really can be very simple."

    Waist-high beds clad in rusted corrugated iron surround the fish tanks that are shaped like outback dunnies.
    "They literally are a dunny, they're a dunny for the fish," Mr Casey said.

    The two tanks contain two native species of fresh water fish, the well known barramundi and the lesser known jade perch or Barcoo grunter.

    Mr Casey said "we keep those guys separate because the barramundi will eat the jade perch".
    He said the fish that the system was growing were a couple of months off eating.
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    Aquaponics

    ^ How it works

    Water from the fish tanks is pumped downwards and then back up, the change in direction allows Mr Casey to remove any
    big solids from the system and compost them.

    The water is then pumped into a large tank filled with, of all things, milk bottle lids.
    Inside the tank good bacteria that lives on the recycled lids processes the waste water into fertiliser.

    The water is then pumped into the beds, and onto the plants.
    Because the water is constantly flowing, the plants can grow on rocks.

    "We've just got to make sure no warm-blooded animals put any faeces in [the system]," Mr Casey said when asked about food safety.
    "So we put a shade cloth up to stop any birds from coming in and we also test the water every two days just to make sure none
    of those contaminants are coming in and also to test if the fish are producing too much or not enough waste."
    The pub grows all its leafy greens, herbs and some veggies from the garden.
    Mr Casey said the system allowed them to grow varieties they were unable to buy, and saved thousands of dollars on produce.

    "The main thing we focus on are greens; they don't last as long as other fruit and vegetables and we want them as fresh as possible.

    Similarly, herbs plus it allows us to grow a greater variety."

    Recycling wins

    The system was built out of recycled corrugated iron and building materials.
    Many of the water tanks were repurposed; water drums were common in the outback and were repurposed in the system.

    Mr Casey paid local school kids to collect milk bottle caps for the water filtration tank.

    Cardboard from the business was turned into compost, saving the business money and added much-needed carbon to the compost.

    Even dying plants are recovered, with local residents donating unwanted and struggling plants which are rejuvenated in the system.

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    It's a great closed loop system and one answer to self sufficiency in food production.

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    Look at that, modern day Australians are just like the Israelites,my they turned a desert into a green paradise.
    Gods chosen people.

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    The combover lives!

    Bravo!

    How on earth did he achieve such improbable foliage?

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    There are a few threads on TD that have covered this topic. Here is one of them.

    http://teakdoor.com/farming-and-gard...y-growing.html (Aquaponic and Hydroponic Hobby Growing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    There are a few threads on TD that have covered this topic. Here is one of them.

    http://teakdoor.com/farming-and-gard...y-growing.html (Aquaponic and Hydroponic Hobby Growing)
    That's for that Nev, I'm a huge fan of the system, and that guy looked like he had some awesome tomatoes growing, which
    is difficult to do in the Thai heat.


    But that the thread that you provided the link for doesn't cover in any detail is the Aquaponics.



    Hydroponics are fairly easy to do but the nitrites to nitrates problem solving in Aquaponics is crucial to getting the
    closed loop to function effectively.
    In the OP the Publican has used the bacteria growing on the plastic bottle tops to assist in making that vital conversion.

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    Interesting thread. Is there more to come?

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