Wicking bed growers


Wicking bed growers

This group is dedicated to those who are interested and growing in wicking beds. Wicking beds in conjunction with aquaponics can enable us to grow just about every crop that cannot be grown in standard aquaponics. Lets discuss deign, operation and whatever aspect of wicking bed growing you can think of.

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Integrating wicking beds into aquaponic systems

Started by Chris Smith. Last reply by Jon Parr Dec 27, 2013. 39 Replies

Our success with wicking bed growing using aquaponic system water for fertilizer has led us to integrate the beds into the system. We are experimenting with techniques and interested in what others…Continue

Winter wicking

Started by Carl Jacobs. Last reply by Carl Jacobs Nov 16, 2013. 5 Replies

Any body attempt to grow in winter using hoop covers in zone 5 ,if so changes requiredContinue

Worms in wicking beds

Started by Blue Hiller. Last reply by Blue Hiller Oct 26, 2013. 6 Replies

Looking for feedback on how well worms are sustained in wicking beds. Thanks.

Tags: wicking, Worms

Perlite as wicking media

Started by JRComito. Last reply by Robert J Oct 19, 2013. 7 Replies

I have been using straight perlite in plastic totes as a wicking media for about a year now, and have had some success with root crops, such as beets, radishes, carrots, and we even grew celery, all…Continue

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Comment by Barry Supernaw on July 27, 2013 at 6:32pm

We converted our small indoor system to wicking....we'll see how it goes.

Comment by Carl Jacobs on June 6, 2013 at 7:58pm

What a concept ,testing starts ,like a Kid in a candy store ,2 work fine 3 look even better,later Carl

Comment by TCLynx on August 26, 2012 at 11:20am

Paul, are you just saying that you now have duckweed growing?  Well are you feeding those goldfish?  You might be able to get rid of the duckweed by NOT feeding the fish for a time.  The fish may get hungry enough to eat all the duckweed (provided they can get at it) and then you might get rid of the problem without having to kill everything and sterilize the pond to start over from scratch.  Depending on how much duckweed and how many fish, it could take a few weeks.  When I can tilapia I could get rid of a heavy cover of duckweed in a 16' by 3' tank by simply having a dozen tilapia in the tank and not feeding them any pellets for a week.

Comment by Paul Smith on August 26, 2012 at 9:04am

Hi all,

I want to make some comments on Bio-safety.

I have a 900 gal fish pond constructed in my back yard.  This is our first summer in this home, having purchased it August of 2011.  The previous owner had Koy in the pond, but left the pond with some small gold fish from a local PETCO.

Over the year we have add a few more gold fish to the pond, (The Grandkids love watching the fish.)

A few weeks ago I bought some cheap feeder fish from PETCO. These are small fry that are used for various purposes, mostly to start a goldfish bowl for kids and to feed other aquatic animals.

Well now I have cursed duckweed growing in my pond.  Curses, I was going to attach the pond water to wicking and other grow beds.

Now, I have to decide whether remove and destroy everything in the pond, plants, fish and water.  As far as I know, Duckweed has not spread to Western Washington and I am not about to be that change catalist!! Treating and disposing of fish, plants and 900 gallons of water is not going to be fun.  I will have to think on the best approach.

Anyway, when you are thinking of using materials from out side your environment, be supremely aware of all inputs.  I am just Grateful that this happened before I had spent the bucks for my complete system.  Don't fall into the trap that killing poor innocent anything is bad.  Sometimes we have to get a little brutal in order to protect the greater environment.

Comment by Sahib Punjabi on August 26, 2012 at 7:24am

Hello Bob,
Good to know that you are re-circulating the AP water. I have been using such re-circulating wicking beds in my AP systems and find that it really expands the horizon of what we can grow. Thank you Chris for setting up this thread and to all for keeping it active. Learning a lot of excellent information :-)
God bless

Comment by Bob Terrell on August 26, 2012 at 6:27am

Joshua,  I am using a mixture of light compost and garden soil mix

Comment by Chris Smith on August 25, 2012 at 7:55pm

Comment by Joshua Wells on August 25, 2012 at 7:26pm

Just saw the pic of the inlet pipe.  now i get it.  whats the growing media made of?

Comment by Bob Terrell on August 25, 2012 at 4:41pm

Joshua,  Yes is is actively connected to my AP with the discharge pipe flowing back into my one of my fish tanks, I have 3-300 gal fish tanks.

Comment by Joshua Wells on August 25, 2012 at 4:22pm

Very cool.  One thing i may be missing tho:  are the beds actively connected to an AP system or are their reservoirs just filled with AP water manually and allowed to drain in to the FT?


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