Terry I would love to get your perceptive on this as to what the next intern could really benefit from.
Broad overview of the LETS aquaponics physical layout.
Purposes and training opportunities at this location including projects and outreaches that staff and students have been involved in
Overview of aquaponics biology – fish, plants, bacteria
Curiosity is encouraged here!
Advantages of aquaponics vs expenses and other requirements
Overview of aquaponics components – fish tanks, grow beds, filters, pumps, plumbing
This plant nursery for aquaponics offers the chance to learn about flood and drain systems, airlift pumps, clarification, adjustable height standpipes, adjustable drain speed grow bed, upwelling multi-inlet grow beds, construction for aquaponics, and more.
Staff and students have access to hands on training to understand how to design and build airlift pumps.
Raising tilapia – things we’ve learned
Overview of plant sequence – planting, placing, growout, pest management, harvest
Details of harvest day – prep, harvest, weighing, recording, labeling, plant delivery
Details of post harvest cleanup
Details of planting and placing including record keeping
Fish feeding and survey of system operations
Design considerations – purpose, desired plant & fish type and quantity, water, power, weather, topography, human resources, etc
Choices for materials and tanks
Tanks, bulkhead fittings, plumbing, siphons,
Pumps – sizing considerations, types, pros and cons of external vs submersible vs airlift
Airlift pumps – types, design, construction
Filters & clarifiers – types, design, construction
Grow beds – types, design, construction