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This is about the melding of Aquaponics and Vermiculture. Got fish? Got worms? Then your all set.

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Vermiponics & Aquaponics systems combined 10 Replies

i have posted on my page a few of the photos of my Vermiponics/Aquaponics system. the system consist of a 600 gallon in ground Biopond. the pond bottom is lined with 8" deep bed of red lava. imbedded…Continue

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Comment by Don Dillon on July 16, 2010 at 11:44am
I uploaded an idea about AquaVermiPonics ( . Sorry, was a real quick paintshop drawing. But I thought for small scale systems, you could use a single tank, split it between the rocks and pond with some kind of fine filter and put fish in the pond side, rocks and worms (plants too?) on the other side, and then just pump the water from the pond to the far side of the rock/worm filter side.

I guess you could make a solid divider between the sections and insert a single hole in the middle (side, bottom, doesn't matter) where you could put a removable filter (for cleaning/ replacing mesh/ etc).

Any idea why this wouldn't work?
Comment by Amy Youngs on July 19, 2010 at 7:00am
Don, I like your concept, especially the part about the removable filter. That would keep you from having to clean out the entire worm bed if things get clogged.

I have devised a totally different style of vermiponics, a vertical bucket system which is powered entirely by a small solar pump.

I have a lot more images and information on my photo site here:

My small studio vermiponics system has been indoors since April, getting it's light only from a window and has done pretty well, despite the lack of sunlight. I moved it outdoors last week and the green tomatoes finally ripened!
Comment by Don Dillon on July 19, 2010 at 8:47am
I'm embarrassed it, but I'll put it up for a little bit. ;)
Comment by Don Dillon on July 19, 2010 at 9:05am
Amy, that is an impressive setup. Does the controller switch between battery backup and solar or is it all solar?
Comment by Amy Youngs on July 19, 2010 at 9:53am
The solar powered fountain pump system I bought on Ebay has a battery integrated in with it so your "fountain" can run at night too. (Search "8W Solar Powered Water Pump /W Battery And Control Box" to find it). I added a timer to it, because it does not need to constantly run and I did not want it to ever deplete the battery charge. The timer is special because it is DC powered and switches the DC pump. I thought others might find it useful, so I posted instructions and pics on how I did it on Flickr:
Comment by Don Dillon on July 19, 2010 at 10:58am
what is the work-cycle of the timer your using (i.e. 2 minutes on, 8 minutes off).
Comment by Andrew from California on July 19, 2010 at 7:50pm
Don: I like the drawing.
Amy: Very creative system!
Don: Amy's 2nd link says "I'm having it turn the pump on for 1 minute and keep it off for 100 minutes."

I read Bentley's original vermiponics post months ago. I understood that both he and Jim were essentially replacing the fish in an aquaponics system with worms. I vaguely recall some reference to possibly incorporating fish & worms, but that it might need a 3rd stage to help filter the water before it returns to the fish tank. I imagined something like: fish > worm bed > grow bed > back to fish. Amy switched the order of worm & grow beds and added rabbit poo.

I have a tank, grow bed & worms. I can quickly get fish & a pump. I've been considering a simple, 2 stage system with feeder goldfish or mosquito fish. The worms would be slightly segregated within the grow bed. Problem is I have about a dozen projects ahead of this one. grrrr.
Comment by Amy Youngs on July 19, 2010 at 8:16pm
Thanks! You are right about the timing, though I did change it in Colorado to come on for 1 min and off for 45 min, because the air is so much drier than in Ohio. There is sediment that falls to the bottom of the water reservoir, but it is less than I thought and the fish are still alive... I can't wait for more people to experiment with this so we can learn about it faster - Andrew, you need to move your vermiponics project up in the queue!
Comment by Kenneth Westervelt on August 8, 2010 at 7:55am
I like the idea and want to make it happen as soon as I get the $ and the space.
Comment by Jason Kalka on September 2, 2010 at 11:43am
Hey Larry, I stumbled on to a system that may work for your aqua/vermi-ponics setup. It uses a conveyor belt rather than a water pump at a slight upward angle to move the solids to the dry bins. This allows for the water to drain off the sides so you have better control of the moisture content in the top bins.


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