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  1. Hi folks, I hope you are willing to share some of your experiences and insights with me. I'm Mikkel, a 27 year old Dane and a total newbie, when it comes to aquaponics. I grew up on a farm and now I'm looking for a way to farm in urban environment, where I currently live. Aquaponics definitely seems to be a very appealing option. I reach out, because I would like to know a little about the challenges of aquaponics, before jumping right into it. I imagine some of have had your struggles already and have the personal experience to pinpoint, what I should focus on. So to make it easy, I'll only ask one question: What are the three main challenges for you as an aquaponic farmer? I'm looking forward to learning a lot. Every input is much appreaciated Cheers, Mikkel
  2. Just got introduced to iAV system for Aquaponics. Could someone tell us whether one needs a bio filter with sand or its works like one and we can avoid having a bio filter completely. How does one calculate the size for a bio filter for say 3000 ltr tank with 60 fishes each around .5kg.
  3. Hi I have been doing backyard aquaponics since few months, good results. I recently changed my whole set up to a larger one. I am concerned about the solid wastes. I have a 300 ltrs fish tank and grow media of quartz silica sand. I am now allowing solid waste also to be pumped to the grow bed. Do i need a seperate filter for removing solid or will the grow bed acts as the filter if i add eartworms to it?
  4. Hi Folks, My name is Rafi I currently reside in Aqaba is a Jordanian port on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba. I am setting up my first aquaponics system, I am trying to decide which fish species to raise, I would like Hybrid Bluegill but can't find information on: · Are they do reproduce rapidly and spawning season: · Stocking Density (kg/1000ltr): · Survival (%): · FCR: · Will eat just about anything and crude protein in feed (%): · Pro's: · Cons: · Average wholesale price/kg: Any comments or suggestion are welcome.
  5. 40 breeder with DIY in tank sump made from cut lexan with holes drilled and stuffed with foam to allow water through. Have a pump surrounded by foam and bio media as well as heater and temp controller. Lids are a 3500k 50 watt I think? T5 x2 4', and a 36" Finnex LED. My workers (nitrate producers) include:Sprinkles the calico ryukin x fantail mix, Chocoalte the blue oranda, and Very Berry the mystery snail. I also have water sprite growing under water (and a bit above) in this tank. All the veggie goodness Lettuce is looking more like a tree as the lower leaves are harvested for salads, look at that monster root/stem! Cucumber continues to grow, hoping it will fill out more evenly instead of looking like a gourd/squash Chocolate (left), Sprinkles (right) Chocolate Very Berry Full under water tank shot
  6. My wife and I are both new to backyard farming but in the process of building a system based on IBC totes - hydroponics so far this winter without the fish. Before I commit to adding the fish, I am considering vermiponics either eliminating the fish, or at least minimizing their use - although, not eliminating the fish totally brings along all fish maintenance issues with lesser return on the efforts, I think. Both retired now, we live in a home that my father build here in South Carolina U.S.A. The property was a decommissioned school property that had partial burned down with part rebuilt as a home. With a place to live we also have the time, the space, the tools and the determination to supplement our own health with good, home grown food and rewarding an on-going activity of interest to both of us. (As an ex-programmer, I am also interested in system automation where possible, connecting the grow-system’s monitor/control functionality IoT like via WiFi - already started and of little interest to my wife.) We started by converting an old shed attached to the cinderblock add-on of the original 1-room schoolhouse (circa 1940’s.) It is a make-do greenhouse for our grow beds with poor sun light exposure. The fish tank, sump tank and most of the plumbing reside inside the cinderblock section where I have the heating and cooling up and running for the limited space we using. There is plenty of room for expansion inside and we are planning some outside grow beds next season too. We’ve also added a small worm farm moved inside as well. The startup system consists of an IBC fish tank (~275 gal.), a cut down IBC sump tank (about 170 gal.) and a single split IBC grow bed (~14 sq. ft.) setup in an ebb and flow configuration. The sump tank has one pump and feeds the fish tank only. The fish tank uses gravity to feed the grow bed(s). There is also a gravity overflow back to the sump tank from the fish tank. And of course, the grow bed(s) drain back to the sump tank as well. For a few pictures, here is our Instagram link: Instagram pictorial of our startup system. Not a “wow you system” for sure, but our startup system is up and running after many design iterations and without fish yet. Vermiponics help and suggestions as well as general comments are welcomed. I need all the help I can get and all will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Gregory
  7. Hi all. Newbie with the goal of designing and building a 40-60gal fish tank with either gravel or sand base for a healthy number of cichlids to enjoy watching them making homes and breeding. An air lift pump inside the tank will create flow and stir up solids, maybe incorporate a mechanical filter within. The tank will be drilled at the top to set a water level... water will overflow to a grow bed, after dropping through a mechanical sponge or filter floss. The bed will drain into a sump where a pump will bring the (clean) water up to a series of PVC tubes for NFT growing, probably lettuce. The water will zig zag through the pipes, or I will build them in parallel and collect them back above the fish tank, into which will spray return water. Not sure about the bed... probably will go with the expanded clay stuff, but am intrigued by the sand as well. That said, I really don't want sand ending up in the sump and the pump, so I think the clay is a good idea. I've got a kitchen cabinet next to a mini kitchen, so can create a safety overflow drain for the aquarium as well as support the grow bed by a window, which I will supplement with grow lights on a timer. The cabinet counter can support the grow bed and aquarium, and there is an empty space below where I can place the sump. The PVC NFT beds can span above the grow bed and the fish tank. Advantages are mechanical and biological filters before the sump, which can be in the dark, minimizing solids and algae growth. Only one pump for water movement means the system will remain "balanced" and I won't have to worry about water building up somewhere. If the electricity runs out, no overflows occur. Excess water ends up in the sump. The water returning to the fish tank will be cleaned mechanically and twice biologically, and well aerated. The grow bed will be 1' above counter height, so a nice height at which to harvest. The PVC grow tubes will be higher, admittedly, but do take advantage of available natural light. Questions: should I bother with a Bell siphon, or just plumb a standpipe at a certain height? What plants to grow in the bed? I've got the idea to grow strawberries for my daughter, perhaps some chives and oregano. How often should I be able to turn over the fish tank? 6-8 times per hour is the goal for aquariums, is that the goal here? I anticipate need to lift the water 5 feet or thereabouts, so what pump might be well suited? Any other ideas? Foreseeable problems?
  8. Organic Certification For Aquaponics Needs Your Help! Please have a look at this link. http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/527375/01c5f97d23/1451002247/1fe49e8f67/
  9. I built my first aquaponics system in Palm Harbor, FL several years ago. I did about six months worth of research and design before I started my build. The effort paid off. I mainly use solid grow media. Most of which is clay pellets. Some of which is a combination of clay pellets, shell, and river pebbles. I've added red worms into my designs in order to keep my system clean and provide worm castings tea. I ordered my red worms online and had them delivered to my home. I've never had to buy more worms since they have multiplied to the extent that I have them in abundance for new grow bed builds. I've read numerous posts, articles, and books in which the authors have stated that they build their systems w/out adding in red worms. They've stated that the grow beds will populate themselves with red worms. My question is how do these red worms work their way into their systems w/out being added? I imagine most systems like mine are up on stands and most tanks do not appear that they would provide much of a surface for a worm to climb. This has always been a mystery to me. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Dan Jerome - Palm harbor, Florida
  10. Hello everyone. I'm new to the concept of "Microponics". I have a couple aquaponics systems in my back yard. I'm also into Rabbitry and Permaculture as well. I've got a few chickens that lay me plenty of eggs and produce grade A fertilizer. I would love to know if anyone has some tips on doing Microponics in climates like mine. For starters we get crazy weather down here. One minute it's bone dry and then bam... Crazy rain storms with high winds etc. Another real big challenge is the horribly sandy soil. On the plus side it drains nice and cuts down on the root rot. We also have a problem with fruit rats. They are horrible. I use Tom Cat baits to work with them but there must be a better way. It seems like if you don't put out the Tom Cat poison, they will take a nibble out of every vegetable and fruit in your backyard. Last but not least... We've got bugs like no other place in country. They should make the mosquito into the state bird. The Tiger Mosquitos here are big enough to stand flat footed and hump a chicken. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Daniel Jerome Palm Harbor, FL
  11. I am setting up my first aquaponics system and I am considering either tilapia, bluegill, or crappie. Which would you suggest? I live in KY and tilapia require a license. My favorite to eat is crappie but I mostly find information on bluegill. Since they are both sunfish, they can't be that much different to raise.
  12. http://seedstock.com/2016/02/08/university-researches-economic-sustainability-of-large-scale-aquaponics/ Found this at another forum.. thought of sharing here. Good to see world universities are picking up Commercial Aquaponics as a subject for research but I wonder why Draud has not even heard about iAVs and is now trying to re-invent the wheel and inventing new technologies. What do you think?
  13. Hello! We started as backyard enthusiast and we are making the leap of doing aquaponics at a commercial scale. Check out our new company video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83jA4AvlCE8 http://www.merchantsgarden.com
  14. I've decided to trade in urban farming (including Aquaponics) for raising ducks and expanding my garden and having an orchard in the country. Not giving up my day job, just commuting longer by 10 minutes. Anyway, I'll be selling my Aquaponic grow beds and hydroton - look for it in the appropriate section. Especially interested in Muscovy ducks. Also want to raise quail. -Jeff (aka Pyrana)
  15. I am in the process of constructing a green house with a 150 gallon aquaponics set up. I was all set to use Blue Talapia in my set up until my cardiologist mentioned he hoped I wouldn't be raising Talapia. According to my doctor, eating Talapia is like eating a steak. Seems that talapia have Omega 6 oil which is a no no and is found in beef steak. I did some research and found that the Jade Perch found in Australia has the most Omega 3 oil. Can it be brought to the USA, specifically Jacksonville, Florida? Is the Jade Perch as good a tasting fish as the Talapia? What issues are there, if any, with raising Jade Perch? Any help here will be greatly appreciated.
  16. HI Y'all, I have a small aquaponic farm in Central Texas, pictures and such can be viewed on the website (see link below). First, I will tell you about the configuration: 32' x 132' high tunnel, shade in summer, single poly in winter, no heat no cooling. From the 2200 gallon fish tank the water flows continuously to two 4' x 12' media/worm beds with a Flout (mechanical drain) in each to fill and drain 24/7. From here the water flows to a 110 gal stock tank (biofilter/clarifier/polisher/whatever you want to call it) rising from the bottom with 3 Matala filters (3 differing densities) and some bird netting then into the first trough of 2000 sq ft (2 - 2' x 100' and 2 - 8' x 100'), where the pump pulls from the last trough back to the fish tank. I germinate in some nursery stands I have made in the green house when temp permits and otherwise in a heated or cooled room I have, depending on outside temps. Some back story, I started in aquaponics in May 2012, when I teamed up with a local farmer, bought the FAP DIY manual and built the first high tunnel and system from those designs. I had some previous experience with aquarium fish and hydroponics, but only at the small hobby level. I am pretty handy with construction and understanding how most things work so with the help of the internet we were off and running, so to speak. I learned pretty early on that working for the farmer was not going to be the experience I hoped for so started looking to get my own property and system running. In June 2013, I moved onto the present property and began building. With only the occasional help I got the new and improved system up and running with fish going in in early August. The improvements or some would say and I agree, necessities from the earlier build were the additions of the media/worm bed and the tank filter. A system without filtration is only asking for anaerobic activity, fish deaths and the wasting of time cleaning troughs of smelly anaerobic fish waste. By mid Oct. 2013 I had my first crop of lettuce and have grown around 16,000 products up till now (primarily lettuce, but also kale, Swiss Chard, couple types of basil, radicchio, Napa cabbage, bok choi, tatsoi and the list goes on, some with success some not). I was able to learn about the surrounding market demand (within 3 hours of me there are nearly 20 million people) while working at the first farm and used those contacts to develop my sales and marketing leads for my primary sales to wholesale buyers. In developing my business plan I also was looking at Farmer's Markets and my own CSA. For my wholesale buyers I was hoping to produce 500-900 products per week for 40-45 weeks of the year. For this first year I will be a little off the low number but I did go through many product losses, bugs and what not. I am still happy with the point I have gotten to but realize that I need to add another 2000- 4000 sq ft of growing area if I am going to make a better than break even living at this. I will also have to move from a simple one man operation to have 2-3 workers, mainly for harvesting, but also some planting. The above takes me anywhere from 30-40 hrs per week to run, but doubling grow space would not double time required as some synergies of scale could be achieved. I had envisioned the aquaponics to be the backbone of a small farming operation (microponics) with maybe a few dirt crops (eg. sweet potatoes, melons, squash) some chickens (eggs mainly for the Farmer's Markets and CSA), rabbits (good meat and would give my kids something to help with), vermiculture (I have all the waste from harvesting to compost), maybe some pigs and I always have other ideas coming but only so much time. I wanted to grow my own food and make a decent living while enjoying the work I do. There is much more I can write but will leave it with that and answer as many questions as I can, want or have time too.
  17. Hi Everyone, I am currently doing my Year 12 Research Project at school and have decided to research Aquaponics. I am trying to determine the feasibility of Aquaponics for the average Australian household. I have created a survey to gain some information about what other people are doing with their systems. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could spare a few minutes to fill out the survey, it doesn’t take much time at all. Click in the link to get to the survey: http://goo.gl/forms/B77yy2ZSrV Thanks, Alec
  18. If there is another thread on this please direct me to it but I was unable to find anything. First off does anyone here have experience with AP Trout? I am asking because I have never done trout and I am looking to overwinter this year. Couple questions... - Best subspecies? Please include temp ranges if you know off the top of your head. - Reliable Breeders? - Is size a problem? I am working with an IBC tank I believe 400 gallons with the top chopped off so probably 350. - What about water conditions other than temp? Are they picky or hardier? - Does trout taste good? I've heard some really good things in this dept. Thanks again for any answers or generally useful information. <3 chu guys
  19. So I'm getting ready to fill my system once again for another summer (and hopefully winter this time) of Aquaponics joy. I was wondering should I paint my tanks black before I fill them? I was wondering this for two reasons. One it should cut down on the algae population and two to help over winter the tank when the time comes. Thoughts? (EDIT: If a mod could please move this to Aquaponics that's where I meant to post it and I don't see a way to delete it. Thanks!)
  20. I hope this is the right place to post this but I was wondering if anyone had advice on the types of worms to use. I plan to use the worms to feed the BG in my Aquaponic unit. I'm also looking for a bin as well, are these worth buying? Or should I just make my own? Any recommendations? ​ ​Thanks in advance for any help
  21. I'm having problems keeping a high enough PH in my approx. 300 gallon IBC. I have been doing partial water changes which seem to work short term but I've had to supplement with a liquid PH upper. I need something a bit stronger in order to maintain a constant PH. Any suggestions?
  22. Looking to introduce some form of Crustacean into my IBC type Aquaponics unit. Ideally something that would feed on dead plant matter and sort of clean things up a bit. I have two tanks a small one and a large one. The water is only about 1.5 feet deep in this smaller tank where they would be living. My primary concern is hardiness. Secondarily it would be a plus if my BG could feed on them as well. Suggestions?
  23. ​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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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?