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Hello All, I followed Mr. Weissenbach post over here from the G+ Aquaponics community, great site, thank you. I caught the Aquaponics bug a few years ago after seeing Rob Torcellini's very first Aquaponics video on YouTube. Steadily over the last few years our family hobby has grow from a single, outdoor IBC system into more than 80 square feet of greenhouse grow space. Our Aquaponics adventure has transformed our family into thinking more sustainably and more responsibly about quality food production and self sufficiency. A true family affair, my wife and children have all "caught the bug", we happily work together to build, maintain, plant harvest and eat our Aquaponics system and gardens. I generally focus on the technology side of things, like automating the climate control in the greenhouse and nearly every other aspect of system stability. Dawn, my wife and the twins do most of the planting and harvesting. Our oldest son has taken to the chemistry and enjoys running nutrient panels and diligently monitors the nitrification process and aquatic health of the system. We live on the central coast of California, which, as you may have heard is firmly planted in a drought right now and quickly moving up the stages of mandatory water conservation. Good thing we have our Aquaponics system dialed in and consuming only about 10 gallons of fresh water per week with very near 0 wasted water!
Hello to everyone. We are just starting a home system. Would like to just raise a few fish and veggies for the family. We are hoping to start with about 250 gal of water for fish and a 2:1 growbed/water ratio. We live in Riverside County and can easily have temps in the 100s for a week at a time in the summer. Would love to hear some comments from folks with similar hot conditions. We are planning to have the whole system outside, but I am a little worried about the heat. Thanks in advance for any advice on how to beat the heat!