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While doing some research on Aquaponics and solar powered water pumping I stumbled across plans for a small scale Aquaponic system made from 55 gallon water drums.

Here are the plans for the Barrel Aquaponic System.

The Barrel Ponics System requires three 55 gallon drums and the following:

PVC parts:
a. 1 ft. 1/4″ pex pipe
b. 3 each of 1-3/4″ long 1/2″ pipe
c. 1 each 3″ long 1/2″ pipe
d. 4 each 4″ long 1/2″ pipe
e. 1 each 6″ long 1/2″ pipe
f. 2 each 10″ long 1/2″ pipe
g. 2 each 12″ long 1/2″ pipe
h. 1 each 3″ long 3/4″ pipe
i. 1 each 4″ long 3/4″ pipe
j. 1 each 6″ long sch 40 1″ pipe
k. 1 each 19″ long 1″ thin wall pipe
l. 2 each 8 1/2″ long 1″ thin wall pipe
m. 8 each 1/2″ ell (Lowes #26054, 10 pk.)
n. 6 each 1/2″ male adapter (Lowes # 23855)
o. 2 each 3/4″ male adapter (Lowes # 23856)
p. 1 flush valve (Lowes # 24452)
q. 1 each 2″ female adapter (Lowes # 23906)
r. 1 each 2″x1″ sch 40 bushing (Lowes # 22909)
s. 1 each 1 ” street ell (Lowes # 1636)
t. 1 each 1″ tee (Lowes # 23876)
u. 2 each 1″x3/4″ ell (Lowes # 42980)
v. 1 each 1/2″ IPT to 1/2″ 90deg. barb (Lowes # 54092)
w.2 each 1/2″ IPT to 1/2″ barb (Lowes # 53802)
x. 1 each 3/4″ threaded ball valve (Lowes # 21482)
y. 1 each 3/4″ street ell PXM (Lowes # 22699)
z. 34” of 4″ corrugated slittted sewer pipe (The type used in septic systems.
Not the type with holes).
aa. AR 1/2″ black poly pipe (type used in irrigation)
bb. 3″ of 3/8″ vinyl tubing
Misc. fittings needed to couple pump to unit dependent on pump used.
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Hardware is as follows:
cc. 6 each 1/2″conduit locknuts (Lowes # 75443)
dd. 2 each 3/4″ conduit locknuts (Lowes # 75450)
ee. 1 each 3/8″x 1/2″ FIP coupler with insert (Lowes #27258)
ff. 1 pkg. screen door tension rollers (Lowes # 46757)
gg. 1 each 24″ steel fishing leader (Walmart fishing section)
hh. 2 each #10 SS pan head sheet metal screws
ii. 2 each #8 SS pan head sheet metal screws
jj. 1 each #10 SS flat washer
kk. 1 each 1/4″ split shot (preferably brass)
ll. AR 3/8″ SS flat washers
mm. 1 each 1 liter water bottle (“Clear American” brand flavored water from
Walmart)
nn. 1 small tube of aquarium silicone
oo. 1″ by 2 1/2″ by 4″ long wood block
pp. 1″ by 1″ by 7″ long wood
qq. AR 1/2″ foam sheet (blue type used for insulation)
rr. AR 2″ net pots (available from Aquatic Eco-systems)
ss. 2 each 1-5/8”deck screws

Framework materials for 55 gal. system are as follows:

4 each 10′ 2×4′s
3 each 8′ 2×4′s
1 each 12′ 2×6′s
1 each 12′ 2×8′s
8 each 8″ cinder blocks
AR 3″ deck screws

Pump specs:

Pump for system should be capable of a bare minimum of 100 gal./hr @ 5ft.
Head

Gravel:

Growbeds will require 12 each 50lb. bags of pea gravel (600 lbs.) for the 55
gal. system.

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