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  1. ​Yesterday I got my Goji cutting in the mail. I was thinking about plugging it into my Aquaponic unit but I wanted to check to see if anyone else had tried this before and how well it worked for them. A quick search of the internet hasn't really turned up much of anything. Thoughts?
  2. I have 3 , 50gallon half barrels that I would like to combine for three different fish for my aquaponics system. How would I go about setting those up to run off of a single pump. Or would I need separate pumps? Would like to use catfish, tilapia and bass. Thanks for any ideas and any suggestions.
  3. Ok, there is no certification or qualification process yet. But what would it take to be a qualified aquaponics teacher to hold classes and teach the masses either backyard or commercial? I know that a few of you are more than qualified to teach but do not have the time or inclination to do classes. What would it take to become an apprentice of yours? There are many organizations that are self regulating that come up with standards for teaching and whether we like it or not this will be something that happens. Why not start it here with the best and most knowledgeable people in the business?
  4. With the help of my local forum members, we broke down and moved 2 of my systems and started building a new, 28' foot long, 850 gallon system comprised of unsecured cinder blocks stacked 2 high. (If you dont go more then 2 blocks high, it wont push the blocks out). I used common EPDM liner for the fish tank. I decided to separate the tanks to keep my malaysian prawn experiment separated but in-line with the system. Above the tank I built the growbeds. A single laguna pond pumps pumps up to the spray bars and drains at the end of each growbed. Cost of materials: 150 cinder blocks: $343 + $79 delivery ($60x2 for pallet deposit) enough wood for a 4x40' growbed: $323 discounted epdm liner (10x30) $285 LDPE liner - $300
  5. Hi All, My name is Julia. I have been approached to install an aquaponics system school-based work program into a local school and use it as the vehicle to drive future sustainable projects and programs for the school. It’s a 3 stage project, starting small (stage 1) - so the students can monitor, evaluate and document the project to help procure further funds for the next 2 stages. I'm currently developing a project plan for approval. This is my first aquaponics project but my passion and interest for self-sustainable methods has lasted 10 years. I studied aquaculture for 7 years (part-time), and have 15 years project management experience. I don’t have any hands-on knowledge, but I have the drive to make things happen for the kids, especially teaching under privilege kids how food can grow - in turn empowering them with knowledge and know how innovation. I'm the first to admit I'm definitely not an expert. If you have the time I would like your advice for the following methods: We want to construct 3 x aquaponic prototypes (as simple as possible) - Outside, flood and drain with grow bed media - Outside, flood and drain with a float based system - Undercover, flood and drain with grow bed media (alternate with below option for monitoring and evaluation) - Undercover, flood and drain with a float based system (alternate with above option for monitoring and evaluation) What design method do you suggest we start with for the 3 aquaponic prototypes? The facts are: - The school has 4m x 12m x 3m total space. - School budget will probably be no more than $5k and that would need to be used for preparation for the area, roofing, a small shed and security fencing. - We're hoping to get sponsors on board and procure much of the hardware needed from the community. - I don't want to use all this space for stage 1. We just want to setup 3 small systems for the beginning and grow into something bigger stage 2. - Construction, running and harvesting of the systems must be easy for the kids to participate in at all levels – A hands on approach all the way. - The method I’m thinking is a Fish Tank --> Pump --> Plants --> Gravity ïƒ -->Fish Tank. Can you provide me with more specific details if this is the way to go ie appropriate size for the fish tank, type of pump, piping design, fish to grow bed ratio etc. All advice would be appreicated to get this project started for the kids. I look forward to hearing from you all.
  6. Hey guys, I decided that I would start a thread for everyone who is willing to label their aquaponics finances. Essentially a thread to help the community crowd source what the best value buys are. The average American spends roughly $151 on food every week, ~13% their yearly income. Have you come out on top financially? List your specs and how much every single thing cost, explicit costs only, meaning no implicit costs, in this thread for hypothetical reasons we will value everyone's time to be worth the exact same. Please list: Aquaponics equipment expenses Energy costs Water Costs fishmeal costs plant costs fish costs hidden costs
  7. I have been converting from media based grow beds to DWC rafts, and I'm planning to greatly expand the DWC portion of my system this spring. To do that I need some pumps capable of moving a lot more water than I'm doing now and axial flow pumps seem to be just the ticket. It seems like if you have a lot of water to move and can do it with pretty low head and pressure requirements the efficiency of axial flow pumps can't be beat. Am I missing something? Anyone here have experience with axial flow pumps in an aquaponics system? I'd love to hear opinions and experience with them.
  8. www.theurbanfoodforest.com is our home on the web. We have multiple aquaponic systems installed throughout Florida in schools and residences and enjoy teaching anyone that will listen about aquaponics. Great thing is that so many folks out there want to learn more.
  9. Our instant Koi Pond aquaponic add on

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    This is a picture of our koi pond aquaponic add on system.
  10. Flowers in aquaponics

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    Flowers do great in aquaponics
  11. fish house for aquaponic system

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    Tampa, FL Aquaponic system install
  12. A UFF Bell Syphon

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    Our bell syphon design is adjustable and works great.
  13. From the album Urban Food Forest

    Teaching the children about aquaponics during an install in West Palm Beach
  14. Green Schools Conference

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    Green Schools Conference
  15. Michele AKA the Lattuce Lady

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    Doing a bit of harvesting
  16. UFF Green Thumb Educational System

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    The UFF Green Thumb system is 100 gallons system for growing great fish and vegies
  17. The Urban Food Forest Mini aquaponic system

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    This is our smallest system at just about 36" tall and 18' round. Fun for indoors or out or add educational graphics to it for a great classroom project.
  18. Urban Food Forest, inc.

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    Our company logo
  19. Hello my name is Mary Blevins, I'm a student at Washington State University developing an automated aquaponics system for current aquaponics owners. The problem with current systems is that they are time and energy consuming. They require the grower to monitor a variety of water characteristics including pH levels, flow rate, and nutrient levels. To solve this problem we have created an automated system utilizing innovative technology and real-time monitoring. I have a few questions that will help move this product forward and I would greatly appreciate any feedback! 1.) What is the biggest hassle you face in setting up or running your aquaponics system? 2.) How much time would you estimate you spend monitoring/maintaining your aquaponics system vitals? 3.) Do you see use for this product? If so, what would you be willing to pay? Thank you!
  20. I'm moving house - bigger house, smaller yard - and want to sell some of my aquaponics bought from BYAP and in very good condition. I'm offering the following components at half their new price for a quick sale: 2 x 1,000 Litre green HDPE (Poly) Tanks @ $248 each. 1 x 500 Litre green HDPE Grow Bed with pipework @ $198. 1 x Galvanised Grow Bed Stand @ $238. 500 x Litres Expanded Clay Beads to fill Grow Bed @ $200. 2 x Pumps @ $50 each. Will sell components separately at prices quoted or complete system at a discount price of $1,100 (save $130). Call Steve on 0409 002 381.
  21. I note that there are not many of us from this northern part of the world, however I am certain that I will have much in common with all of you. I currently have four small 10,10, 20 and 29 gal aquarium/tote box grow box systems that I have in various stages of development and use in our walkout basement home. (not all operational yet due to the difficulty in obtaining parts for the system) I currently use Goldfish but I am looking for a good local source for tilapia or trout. I am finally successfully growing lettuce to start with in 30 and 47 Litre (32Qt and 50Qt) tote or underbed storage boxes from Wallmart, and will likely also grow herbs when my flood drain fittings arrive from California. In the spring of 2014 we hope to add a leanto greenhouse on the sunny side of our home where we will go to a larger system with a larger selection of plants. Hopefully by then I will be a wiser and more experienced aquaponics farmer. Some early lessons learned Bigger tanks are easier to work with, and give you more time to see and solve problems. Goldfish eat a lot, several times per day, and horror of horrors they grow very very fast. Even Goldfish will die if not handled very carefully and slowly. (I managed to kill off 8 of my first 12 goldfish) Goldfish poop a lot. When the fish tank is finally balanced the plants grow like crazy. Patience is a new skill I am still learning. If you live in a modern R2000 rated home with special windows it is highly unlikely your plants will grow without grow lights. Information given to me by a lady friend with a fair amount of compassion that gave me back my confidence after numerous failures. Made lots of mistakes and still learning. See current system below. Interested in learning and sharing with others. Dowsermac
  22. Hello, I am new to the community and would love the opportunity to meet with anyone interested in a Google Hangout. I am very interested in starting a small business based on Aquaponics on our island. I have a few people interested already and will be posting in other forums in order to see who is interested. The first public meeting will be held at 7 pm Pacific 10 pm Eastern on the 17th of October. If your interested I am on Google plus and face book. I would love to make this a regular thing if anyone is interested probably by weekly. Michael Funston Link to Public Hangout https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c83mnqob51sp2cnachvotvtfrpk
  23. I am using Whitewater Linear Air Pumps both are getting hot after running for a short period. Has anyone else had this problem? Any recommendations? Larger hose? What kind of manifold is optimum? I was thinking about getting a larger manifold of going up in size in the hose, but the barb is custom to Whitewater Products apparently. Using parts from the hardware store is extremely limited, any help or ideas would be appreciated. Also wondering if anyone has had any luck using drip irrigation line instead of air stones? I was thinking about using a grid of drip line in the raft tank, wondering what connections people have tried. Thanks! Jessica
  24. My name is Dan Garcia and I am currently a student at UCLA doing research on the aquaponics industry for my master's thesis. Please help a graduate student out by taking a minute to complete the following short survey: Reef Owners | Qualtrics Survey Software I understand the aversion to clicking on links, so in case you were wondering, "qualtrics" is a highly reputable survey platform and there are no risks in clicking the above link. Feel free to google "qualtrics" if you have any doubts. Thank you very much for those who take the time to do the survey!