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Rainwater collection for a of grid aquaponic system

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

John Updike

Individual rainwater collection covers on grow beds of the off grid aquaponic machine

Build into the out door system

Have you ever tried to collect rainwater for use in your aquaponic system? If so, you will know that it is difficult because you will have to have a separate tank just for rainwater collection and you will have usages for it .

So what do you do? Many people have found success by using their roof run off . But there are a few things you should know before you buy and implement a new guttering system to ensure you can really see the saving from making this upgrade.

outdoor flood and drain aquaponics with coco coir

water is scarce

This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you select a rainwater collection system that will let you successfully collect the little rain that falls and stores the clean water until you need it to use.

If you are looking for a simple, the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you have enough rain water to completely come off line is by looking for these things:

Make sure your rainwater collection system lets you ultimately capture enough water for usage. If it does not, you will have trouble using only water from the tap. Ensure your natural rainfall has a high enough amount and frequency so you can Use rain water as a viable source of top up water.

 in ground fish tank with stone and pond liner

Rain water is pure

Any good pure enough rain water should let you replace half or more of your top up water. This is important because only using tap water will mean you have to heavily rely on chemicals to condition you water.

While not necessary, some great bonus features of a great rainwater collection system are a filtration system, a way to block of the first set of water that may contain dirt from the roof, and a over flow system that can dump either the new water or the dirtiest water in the system.

Now that you know the benefits of collecting and using rainwater, you’re ready to farm without worrying to much about water quality parameters or availability.

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