This all started about 9 months ago. After using over $1,000 in water for a small rooftop dirt garden in SW Colorado one summer we needed a way to grow a productive garden with limited water.
Still unsure just how the Aquaponics idea emerged but I'm sure it was due in part to the Internet and ideas from a few marijuana growers we know who use hydroponics.
We started with John hand digging a 8x8 hole off the back deck for a "fish room". He labored weekend after weekend with shovel and small jackhammer as we live on the side of a hill in a river valley and there are many rocks and everything is on the side of the hill including our house.
We received a cash gift from Johns mother and proceeded to research and purchase a lean to greenhouse kit that would be suitable for our harsh winters so we could grow year round. With the help of family and friends we finished the fish room and constructed the greenhouse. I found an IBC tote for $100 and we were on our way.
The Master Plumber now found himself thinking about and designing our system only to be told by me that he was over thinking it all. We do have a neatly laid out system and have no "exposed piping" and a very well designed heater in our fish tank. We have begun on a new adventure hobby at the ages of 59 & 57!