Aquaponic Nexus Tank planned prototype

The Nexus tank is a project to incorporate all previously built Aquaponic component prototypes into a single, compact, easily accessible  unit. Grow beds are not included in these plans, but any style of grow bed can be attached to the system as long as it’s lower than the Header (1) and higher than the water…

Gravity Header Manifold prototype #3 tutorial

  This article covers the creation of the 3rd prototype “Gravity Header Manifold” – designed to route water at low pressures – for Aquaponics or Hydroponics. The many outflow pipes led to spray bars for aeration, grow beds, glass fish tanks, and bio filters. This was the most recent design built, and it is running fine after more…

Gravity Header Manifold prototype #2 tutorial

    This article covers the creation of the 2nd prototype Gravity Header Manifold – designed to route water for Aquaponics or Hydroponics, at low pressures. This will only be a brief tutorial, as Prototype #3 is better in many ways. It’s been a while since I’ve posted something, so here’s and old project! Prototype #3…

DIY Solar Oven prototype #1

Cooking is something we all have in common, whether we do it ourselves or have someone do it for us. Almost half the world currently cooks by burning biomass directly; wood, coal, dung, waste plant material, etc. The other half of us burn fossil fuels such as gas, or use electricity generated from burning fossil fuels,…

$8 DIY Compost bin prototype using recycled pallets

Here’s the tutorial on creating a cool looking, sustainable compost bin! Don’t be scared by the sloped sides and sweet angle, you won’t need to measure or cut any diagonals, this is quite easy to build. Check this YouTube video to see the results: A note on composting. There are two main types of composting,…

$6 DIY Planter Box using recycled jugs and a pallet

Welcome! Here’s what we’re trying to build, Youtube video of the results: Not everyone has space to plant a traditional garden – or they may be renting and are not allowed to change the space they do have. Garden planter boxes are simple solutions to these problems.  The only real cost will be filling them with soil,…

DIY basics tips

This article covers common DIY basics, so I don’t have to explain them in every tutorial! If you have questions about any steps shown in any tutorial on this site, leave a comment so I can explain further. Getting things square. If you don’t own large builders square, you’ll need to square up your timber using a measuring tape….

$20 DIY Aquaponic Fish Tank from Recycled Pallets

  Project goals: Build a small Aquaponic fish tank for under $20. Integrate a Swirl Filter. Integrate a Bio Filter. Use recycled materials whenever possible. NO complex timber joints  – keep it simple. Leave space for easy insulation installation. Use simple hand tools whenever practical. Materials Required: 6 timber pallets. You can often get these for free, look in…

Spray bars: designs & DIY

Spray bars aren’t just for aerating your water, they also control the direction and flow of water currents in your fish tank. This article covers DIY spray bars, and some basic design options. The actual act of building a spray bar is easy, it’s just a pipe with a row of holes in it (see below). The hard bit is…

DIY swirl filter #1

Here’s the tutorial on how to make a swirl filter out of a bucket, some garden hose, 4 zip-ties, a piece of pipe, and some silicone! This filter was made for the Timber Prototype Tank #1 project. It was fed intermittently from a reservoir that pooled water that had drained from 4 prototype grow beds, totaling around 110L…