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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. Hello to APHQ, my name is Nathan I got interested in AP earlier this year and to be honest I am getting pretty overwhelmed with the options and systems that are out there. Right now I am looking to tour some running farms in the South East Michigan area. Any other Michiganders out there that would be willing to let me scope your system out? Looking forward to hearing from the community. Thanks
  3. Hello APHQ Members!!!!! I’m from Mumbai, India and had been waiting to start my first urban AP farm. There are not many AP enthusiasts in India. I have not heard of any farms here and especially in the cities. Over the last three years, have been researching on AP and finally found one the most comprehensive forums –APHQ and this gives me the confidence to start a small outdoor AP system.
  4. Since a lot of people seem to have their own thread that's dedicate to their system, I guess I'll start my own My main goal is to grow some blue tilapia here in Florida, with the plants mostly just for filtration and occasional snacking. I've found a few fairly cheap food-grade 275-gallon IBC totes and I'll probably grab a couple food-grade 55-gallon blue barrels in the near future, too. When I first started looking at various AP setups, I figured I'd do something along the lines of CHOP2. After reading about the limitations of it, I decided to take the advice of Gary and the rest and at least add a settlement tank to it to help filter out some of the solid waste. As I understand it, I'd want the sump tank pump feeding the FT, the FT draining into the settlement tank, the settlement tank draining into the GBs, and then the GBs finally draining into the sump tank. If I want to grow duckweed (as extra fish food, in addition to some extra O2 in the water during the day), could I just do that within the settlement tank? Or would I be better off having a separate tank for that, maybe between the settlement tank and the GBs? If I go with separate tanks, am I correct that the settlement tank would work best as a vertical barrel while the duckweed one is better in a horizontal (half) barrel for extra surface area? I'd probably want sump tank at least halfway in the ground just to make things easier (and look nicer), but that's about as far as I've gotten as to where things should go... Advice on how to arrange this all in the most efficient way is appreciated. First and foremost, where/how should I be pulling water out of the FT for settlement tank? I assume I'd want it to be as close to the bottom as I can get, but then how does that water get up and out from there, an additional pump within the FT? Or does gravity make this work "automagically" in a way that I am not quite grasping just yet? Lastly, would you recommend starting out with a dedicated fingerling tank? Or should I just use my sump tank for that?
  5. Hi, I'm Erik from San Angelo, TX. I can't wait to soak up as much knowledge as I can. And hopefully I'll start building my system within the month.
  6. Hi Guys, I am a total newbie. Looking to assemble the information to set up a modest backyard system. We have a small backyard in North Fitzroy & I aspire to set up something that is fun for both me and the kids (8 year old boy & 6 year old young lady) that won't cause the wife to shoot me and bury me in the backyard. Being inner city we are cheek & jowl with the neighbours. So I want a system that isn't going to be noisy & get them offside. I like the idea of using IBC's so a mate is picking up a couple for me. That's about as far as I have thought it through so far.
  7. I have recently retired and Aquaponics has lite a spark in me. I plan on building my first system in the spring of 2012. Just in the learning stages at the present. I am looking to buy some tilapia fingerlings this winter to start my closed system next spring.
  8. 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.
  9. Well hello to everyone, I finally got of my lazy behind and decided to join instead of just lurking around reading everyone’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 “flat lander†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)…. Well… everything in the garden became dog food from tomatoes to lovely 3 inch onions, bell peppers to zucchini… 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 garden…. 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. It’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 didn’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.