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  1. Hi, My son and I have been experimenting with Aquaponics for the past 4 years and last year built a commercial facility in Londonderry New Hampshire. We are currently only at about 30% capacity plant wise as we cycle the system with four of the twelve 650 gallon fish tanks and two of the three 8' x 75' deep water beds in use. We also have an 8' x 12' NFT area and are experimenting with a few Zip towers. One of our problems was the importation of Tilapia into NH. It took us a while to obtain the licenses and find a breeder the meet the requirements of the NH Fish and Game. As a result we can tell you that tri tail Goldfish will grow as fast or faster from fry than Tilapia in 70 degree water in the same tank eating the same food. We are keeping the water warm with a high efficiency wood boiler that heats the curculating water through a heat exchanger in the sump tank. Because we are in NH and experience cold winters we built the fish and sump tanks in an insulated basement under the 96' X 34" greenhouse. We have a propane modine heater in the greenhouse set at 34 degrees to prevent the plants freezing during the current cold snaps. We are producing Kale, Swiss chard, Lettuce, Arugula and Mustard and have started selling a local farmers markets. If you would like to learn more go to https://www.facebook.com/victoryaquaponics and wish us luck, we may need it. Thanks Ross
  2. Without being to scientific or trying to prove yourself, could someone give me a basic break down of how a true aquaponics filter would be set up. not a high tech one, but one that is for a small set up of 200 gallons. my solids are clogging my drain. i have a flood to drain bed above my tank and the solids are plugging the return hole. i have drawn up many different ways, but dont want to waste my time. any tips?
  3. Hi, I'm a school teacher with an undergrad degree in aquaculture. I have worked in several fish hatcheries both here & in NZ before becomming a teacher. I have also dabbled in hydroponics in the past, but have not yet attempted to combine the two. I am about to attempt setting up an aquaponic system(s) in the school's garden area. Icluded in this area is a disused toilet block which will become my 'fish farm'. I plan to grow yabbies & barramundi & pump/ move the water to garden beds that i will set up adjacent to the toilet block/fish farm. I'd like to minimise costly mistakes & get it right from the beginning (or fairly close to right), so any advice from experienced people about the better/best systems and set-ups would most welcome as there are so many ways of going about doing this project. I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone on this forum.
  4. Hello all! I'm a newbie to AP. I have had my system up and running for 2 weeks now. It is roughly a 400 gal pond with 3 grow beds. I have an 800 gph pump and using red cinders as my grow medium. I have 6 juvenile koi, 3 gold fish, and 1 prawn. The pH level has been between 6.5-7.0 The fish seem to be doing ok. I have been trying to read as much as I can on the subject, but there doesn't seem to be much out there that doesn't cost too much $$$ so I rely on others experiences and hope I am lucky not to run into too many problems.