This week at the Community first Siem Reap Campus we continued to expand our aquaponic production and bio-filtration system with floating raft beds. Taking inspiration from Cambodia's flooded rice fields and other techniques from around the world, these styrofoam boards will suspend all of our salad greens in the nutrient rich water of our aquaponic system. We are excited to get our seeds started so we can transplant them into our system in a few weeks.
We also improved and connected our plumbing to unite our fish tank and grow beds with the new raft system. Our in-house McGyver, Romain Rak , added a connecting pipe topped with a T to distribute the flow of nutrients that flow from the first bed into the second bed, as well as a pipe from the second bed to the IBC tote that holds our fish. Other improvements included installing pipes from our grow beds to the raft bed. Thanks to some smart thinking and zip ties we had all our connections water tight in the first try!
Stay tuned for other developments and aquaponic innovation, as a team of volunteers from the University of Edinburgh come to Sen Sok to help bring aquaponics where most needed.