Well hello to everyone, I finally got of my lazy behind and decided to join instead of just lurking around reading everyoneâ€™s postings (and because of the seemly endless prompts to join so I can search ). So why did I decide to get myself into this? I have always loved gardening but I have always been a â€œflat landerâ€ until last year when I finally gave up and built myself raised beds and moved on to square foot gardening. The square foot method works, but once I introduced a new dog into the house and the yard towards the end of the growing season (when everything has fruited nicely and just days away from prime picking)â€¦. Wellâ€¦ everything in the garden became dog food from tomatoes to lovely 3 inch onions, bell peppers to zucchiniâ€¦ once he ate everything then the digging started. So now my 6 nice raised beds look like short coffins sitting in the backyard morning the loss of their gardenâ€¦. So onto the aquaponics part of the story. This year for my birthday (about two weeks ago) my dad bought be a green house as an attempt to keep this from happening again. Itâ€™s nothing too fancy just a little 6 foot by 8 foot green house and as soon the weather breaks to about 40 degrees (F) outside for a few days and snow melts I will have a chance to put it together. Sorry I got distracted from the point of the story. So I have been looking at means of hydroponic gardening and I came across a few articles on aquaponics and at the time seem interesting to me and safer than all the chemicals needed for hydroponic gardening. So a few articles became 10 articles and snow balled in my head since then and this is the reason I ended up here. Hope that helps and I didnâ€™t bore anyone too badly. Depending on how this posting goes I plan to update my progress on here from time to time. I will close in saying thank you for taking the time to read this posting and hope to hear back from anyone that made it through it in one piece.