Backyard Shrimping Equipment: The Shrimp "Tanks"

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The Process

Equipment and Tool List

Here is a list of the things you will need to construct your solar power system to power your pumps. We also have included recent costs and Amazon links to assist your ordering the part. Click on the image to see the specifications and order from Amazon as it will help fund our efforts to provide sustainable urban shrimp farming in your backyard.

Purchase the Pools

We are using steel-framed above ground swimming pools for our shrimp growth "tanks". These are relatively inexpensive, durable, and can be easily removed and stored at the end of the growing season. We purchased two Bestway 12' x 3' pool kits. An advantage of these pools is that they come with a 12W water pump/filter with water hosing and clamps.

Select the Best Location

The location for the system is very important. Minimal debris from trees (leaves and branch) will reduce the burden on the biofilter and allow clear water for monitoring the shrimp as they grow. If you cannot mount the Solar Power system panels to your roof, direct sunlight is a must. You will also want a location that is near electricity for the backup float charger. To reduce the potential "attractive nuisance' liability issue, your pool should be in a lockable enclosure, such as a privacy fence or dog enclosure.

Install the Pools

The first thing to do after you select the location is to provide a fgraound cover below the filled pool. We use a 14' x 28' heavy duty tarp that is spread out to form a 14' x 14' square. We set the pool up on the tarp (see owners manual or watch this - this pool is the taller version)


Connect the water and air pumps

Once you have the pools set up, you will connect the water pump, then the air pump, We are going to use one water pump for both pools. The primary purpose of the water pump is to move water through the biofilter to allow the bacteria to remove toxins. The water stream needs to be gentle to allow the bacteria to have time to do their work. The pool kit comes with hosing. We will use the hoses from two kits to connect the water from both pools to the input of the pump. A single hose will connect the pump to the biofilter. There are two pipes from the biofilter that will allow purified water to fall back into the pools.

The air pumps came with manifolds that allow multiple air lines to be connected to the air pump. You should attached one manifold to each pool, using cable/zip ties. Connect the air outlet pipes/airstones to the manifold and distribute them around the bottom of the pool (see AIr and Water Pumps).