As of September 28th, 2018 we have met with the the Dublin Seed Bank and The Tech Museum. These two trips were both very helpful in getting us on the right path for this project. As of now, it seems we will be using two particular plants in our aquaponic system — Tomatoes and Kalanchoe Pinnata (Mother of Thousands). As for the type of fish, we expect to be using the Zebra. These particular choices of organisms were selected with the idea that they are excellent for research at The Tech Museum. The museum expects to use the plants while they are still small sprouts, giving us more leeway in designing the plant growing bed. We have come up with a rough design as shown below.
The idea behind the design is that we will be able to have the tank with the fish in the bottom and the upper layers will be shelves where we can slide in trays of plants with there being lights under the shelves. Since the plants will be harvested before they reach full size, we expect the height between each shelf to be more than enough room for the plants to grow. We kept in mind that this will be in a museum and so the dimensions of this will be 52” x 18” x 83”. The vertical is kept to a height that will be comfortable for children to look at without the light shining directly into their eyes and also the multiple shelves will allow for adults to see the exhibit at a comfortable height as well.