Our first project, the Alpha Prototype was completed in summer 2015. The Alpha is a 10 gallon system with media based plant bed running on a constant pump with one auto-siphon. This project was intended as a learning experience for our organization, and upon completion, it was displayed at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
We have competed in the annual Makeathon event at University of Michigan multiple times. Our entry from 2016, seen to the right, featured a mini aquaponics system and spice rack. The Makeathon System that we are currently revamping is from 2017, and was built as an at-home aquaponics system with a bookcase.
The Beta System is Michigan Aquaponics' second foray into creating a larger, better system. Design work began in the end of 2015 and the building of the system was mechanically complete as of 2017. This system features a 200 gallon tank, a biofilter, mechanical filter, and a raft media bed. We are currently growing plants for this system.
YPSILANTI COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT
We are working with a high school science classroom to create a learning system. We hope that this system will get students who normally aren’t exposed to sustainable design interested in the subject.
Our testing mechanism is a work-in-progress project different from the others. Upon mechanical completion of the Beta System, we began brainstorming a way to automatically measure physical parameters of our systems' water quality, such as temperature or pH.