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Basic Grow Tables Sizes for an Aquaponics System


Basic Grow Tables Sizes for an Aquaponics System

– By Colle and Phyllis Davis

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This installation includes the grow tray(s), fish tank(s) and other items necessary for your system to operate at its peak performance. The acceptable ratios of the components to each other to maximize your production and protect the system are covered in this article. Here are some parameters and ratios you will need to keep in mind when sizing and ordering materials:

  1. The maximum comfortable distance for a person to reach across at counter-height is a width of 36 inches (1m), so a grow tray with only one side exposed can only be 36 inches wide. For a grow tray with both sides facing an aisle the maximum width can be six feet (1.85m).
  2. The aisles need to be a minimum of 30 inches (.76m) for comfort and safety
  3. The grow trays are restricted to 200 sq ft due for ease of working with aisles and carrying harvested vegetables out to the building.
  4. Grow trays must be water proof and absolutely level in both directions. The most commonly built grow trays are wooden tray tables with pond liners.a savings of approximately 15 to 20% of the overall cost, but they are normally more work to build. They also have slightly lower operating expenses because they are easier to heat and cool.

 Colle Davis spreading gravel with Juan, his helper. FUN DAY!


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  1. James

    Item number 8 in list of items included in the portable farm kit has (ONLY US ADDRESSES). Please clarify this for those us not resident in the US and with no plans to relocate to the US.

    1. portfarms

      James,

      The items require special customs clearance that our supplier will not provide for amounts under a tonne for shipments outside the US. We have no control over this requirement. Some people outside the US have had the Portable Farms Kits shipped to a US address and then, we don’t know what happens to it, but they do receive their PF Kit and build their Portable Farm. Our concern and that of our supplier is that these items are only shipped to US addresses.

      We trust this addresses your concern.

      Colle

  2. Mohamed

    Hi,

    Its amazing what you guys are trying to do with aquaponics, that is much appreciated

    Mine is a 2 fold question dealing with 2 different countries as follows :-

    1) i am a Kenyan living in saudi arabia where tempratures get to 50 degrees centigrade, is it feasible to grow plants for food here and is aquaponics the way to go? How can the portable farms help in mitigating such high temperatures.

    2) Now to my home country where the weather is almost perfect year round and vegetables in plenty and cheap and where a niche market is almost non existent since most people only want affordable vegetables rather than quality vegetables due to economic reasons , once again is a commercial setup of the portable farm technology feasible in such low income countries.

    Regards,
    Mohamed

    1. portfarms

      Mohamed,

      Thank you. You are too kind.

      Responses: 1) The Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems must be housed in a climatically adapted structure. This means that in severe heat there must be ways to keep the interior of structure at the Grow Table level below 40 degrees C. This is an engineering task and is often accomplished using shade cloth, geothermal cooling, fans, wet walls, and other devices to keep the interior safe for the plants.
      2) Selling to the common market is not your market. Selling to the upscale restaurants, resort hotels, casinos and other businesses that must provide excellent food to their sophisticated clientele. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are designed to provide the best food on earth to those who are willing to pay for locally grown, pesticide free food.

      We trust this helps and we look forward to having you as a student.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  3. john

    would a 60ft2 tray in a 160ft2 green house require only one of your units to operate?

    1. portfarms

      John,

      Yes, you would need only one Portable Farms® Module/unit for that size. All of the Portable Farms® Kits are designed to support up to 200 sq ft of Grow Table space. The smaller sizes are simply scaled down from this commercial size. The Portable Farms Kits are all the same components, only the timing is adjusted to the size of the Module.

      We trust this information helps and we look forward to having you as a student.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  4. Bruce

    Does the system have to be set up inside a greenhouse or can it be built and operated outside in Southern California?

    1. portfarms

      Bruce: All Portable Farms must be installed INSIDE a greenhouse to protect from bugs, birds, wind and heat. – Phyllis Davis

  5. bren murray

    Hello I live in north vancouver BC Canada – I have a 6x6ft green house that I would like to convert into a backyard aquaponics. I have a family of 5. Is this a possibility based on my available space.. Thank you for your help
    Bren

    1. portfarms

      Bren,

      That is too small to put a Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems inside. You need at least 10′ x 12′ or you can have grow space and move around inside. A family of 5 will require 125 sq ft of GROW space (25sq ft x 5 people) and the smallest ‘footprint’ building that will contain that amount of space is 10′ x 24′.

      We trust that even though this is not what you wanted to hear, it is reality.

      Have a great holiday.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

  6. Randy Styer

    The $2500 sounds good. The course includes the entire assembly, operations, and maintenance course. What does the entire assembly include exactly.

    What is included in the Portable Farms technology kit?

    Thanks, Randy

    1. portfarms

      Randy,

      Thanks. The sentence you are referring to has be changed so it reads -, and maintenance ‘information’. Without the ”’s Sorry for the confusion.

      Every page, literally has a place to sign up for the PRICE LIST. Right hand column, second box down. Fill in your email address, first name and click SUBMIT and Voila! up pops the price list. Hint: You have to scroll DOWN to read the entire page.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

    2. portfarms

      Randy,

      Thanks. The sentence you are referring to has be changed so it reads -, and maintenance ‘information’. Without the ”’s Sorry for the confusion.

      Every page, literally has a place to sign up for the PRICE LIST. Right hand column, second box down. Fill in your email address, first name and click SUBMIT and Voila! up pops the price list. Hint: You have to scroll DOWN to read the entire page to read the contents of the Portable Farms Kits.

      Colle Davis – Inventor

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