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Aquaponics 2 (in progress)

My current aquaponics project is still in progress. I’ve started it in early 2015 and have been working on and off when I had some time off university. It consists so far of a bamboo vertical wall and a bamboo fish tank. The system has not been launched yet. I have designed some parts of the system using Solidworks but mostly sketched stuff on paper and on iPad. The vertical wall is built by hand using power and hand tools in my garage. I had to learn how to properly cut and split bamboo as well as how to put holes into the poles without splitting it. The 160mm dia poles were so thick – it was almost impossible to cut holes with a holesaw and a handheld power drill that I had. So I made a decision to make perpendicular cuts and then used a chisel to take the leftover pieces out. It was relatively easy, because of the longitudinal structure of the bamboo. To make the fish tank, I’ve designed a well-structure using the poles and used a piece of pond liner. I then put together a bamboo mat using the traditional weaving techniques (slightly simplified). I’ve pretty much mastered weaving mats out of split bamboo poles back then, it took me about 3 hours to make the mat that covers the fish tank. Currently I’m deciding on how to connect the two parts, either by putting the PVC pipes or by creating a wheeled robot that would perform the pumping and moving water back and forth. I have other ideas I wish to implement in this project, experimenting with mechatronics and automation of such systems. [To be updated] [more photos and videos pending] Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…

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Aquaponics 1 (2012)

After thinking of several concepts as the summer came, I started exploring the actual land and thinking about real things. I consulted a local DIY guy and have accumulated some knowledge on how to better lay the basement for my small greenhouse. I chose the part of the land right next to the roof of the house as this way the angle of the greenhouse roof can be matched and the snow in winter will not destroy it. This way also one could acccess the greenhouse from the back without getting rained on. I had a blog where I logged the process of building with the help of my good friend Arseniy. The blog does not exist anymore, as I didn’t want to pay for the domain, but the photos remained. As the project has finished I have come across a competition online where you were supposed to submit a video of a DIY structure in your backyard related to home grown food or related stuff. My friend Arseniy being a prominent video editor, has offered to edit the movie. As we have filmed the whole process of building, we had all the footage ready. Several days later, the video was made and it’s still on Vimeo. It’s in Russian (as the video was for a russian competition).   Аквапоника своими руками from Anton Vinokurov on Vimeo.   Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…

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Aquaponics concept (2012)

While thinking of building an aquaponics system on a piece of land that I had access to, I have been researching a lot. Needless to say I was fascinated by the idea of building a greenhouse and my mind wandered to concepts of large facilities. “6-8 growbeds and some towers”, –  I thought, after watching numerous Youtube videos of people working in Aquaponic and Hydroponic farms. Having no prior engineering background and not knowing anything about proper CAD at that point I have created some SketchUp models.   And even a small animation. I was hoping to have this automated door system (first interest in mechatronics): Of course later on, as I knew that the space I have access to is small and the budget is $1000 tops, I calmed down and created something smaller. But that is described in another post. Share: Twitter Facebook Google+…