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  1. Hi all, I am conducting research exploring the visionary ideas present in the field of aquaponics for a 2030 future, in accordance with an undergraduate dissertation project at the University of York, UK. The research includes conducting semi-structured interviews with EU based non-commercial and commercial practitioners to understand their opinions on what should be included in a shared vision for the field for 2030. Just posting to enquire whether anyone would be interested in being interviewed for this research? The interview should last 45 minutes at the most but can be shortened as much as is convenient for you. Also it can take place via Skype or telephone, whichever you prefer. Additionally, by participating you will also be entitled to receiving an executive summary of the findings, or the full dissertation once it has be completed should you so wish. However if you decided to withdraw from the research at any point you will still be entitled to receiving this. Please email jw2264@york.ac.uk if you would like to express your interest. Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you. All the best Jake
  2. Fully operational 7800 sq ft greenhouse with mature aquaponic system. See flyer, call text or email if interested. Thanks Mike aquaponicsinfow:o.pdf
  3. Brief Intro: I am Phani Krishna, living and working in UK. During my vacation to India, I am setting up a small scale iAVS system at an orphanage in hyderabad, to establish their own food supply system. I have made some progress with the project and now I feel I need some help from the community to take my ideas forward. The project is being established at the kitchen backyard of the shelter home. The area was all dirty and infested with wild rats earlier and hence I took the decision to pour a concrete slab at the ground level to be sure about the environment for the system. The tank size is approximately 25000 litres with a depth of 2 metres. Size of Tank: 1.5 x 3 x 6m (slope of 1ft towards North East) Proposed fish tank usage volume: 14 cu.m. (can be reduced to suit the growing area) Size of 1 grow media bed: 1.3m x 3m x 0.42m (area 3.9sq.m.), central drain of about 30mm dia Total Grow Beds : 11 (can be extended on requirement) Total Growing Volume: 17.16 cu.m The concrete ground is sloping from south east to north east with a 1foot slope approximately. Pump Details: Inlet Size: 32mm Outlet Size 25mm Head : 17 to 27m Discharge : 180 LPM Since this is my first aquaponics/iAVS project, I am planning to use the tank only partially untill the shelter home staff get accustomed to the system and its use, while I also learn and fine tune the variables. In the attached pictures of the area, one can see the brick lines of proposed biofilter beds for growing plants. We have set it up as a bed size of 1.3x3m with 0.3 to 0.4m wall/walkway between the beds. To pump water from the tank, we have selected a 1hp openwell submersible pump. I have not yet got the sand delivered and hence could not do conductivity test and pH test for the system. Meanwhile, I am planning to install the pump and plumbing for the system. I am not sure of the pump selection and plumbing arrangement. I am of the opinion that water supply for all the beds will be piped to the pump, but in this case, the flow will be different in the first bed when compared to the last bed due to the distance the water has to travel from the pump. How to manage to get constant or similar flow rate on all bed supply points ? Is the pump selection approximately matching the system ? Is it better to increase the biofilter area to match 1:2 ratio of tank to grow media ? I have not yet decided on the quantity and type of fish but to begin with, I am planning to introduce ornamental fish like Gold fish (because the institution follows Gandhian philosophy of vegetarian diet). The organization for which I am setting up this system is a NGO established by Mahatma Gandhi. They provide shelter for victims of rape, social abuse, trafficking etc. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to such a cause in my own little way. Any help from this forum to help me complete the project is greatly appreciated !
  4. Hey all! The word around town is that this forum has a lot of good advice (unlike some others online). I decided to make an account today. I have cobbled together a twin IBC tote aquaponics system in my side yard. It's a great hobby, but wanted to share it with other people. I'm sure all my friends are sick of hearing about it by now, except those I have managed to infect with the aquaponics bug. I try to do everything a bit different, as long as it makes sense. Here is an outline of what I have setup Two IBC totes, 330gal and a 275gal. The larger tote has the top cut off, and serves as the main fish tank. The bottom half of the smaller 275gal tote works as my grow bed. The top half of the smaller tote is mounted on top of the larger tote, with water draining down from the center cap. I use the "top tank" for raising minnows, which the bottom fish eat. I raise fairy shrimp in a section of the top tank, which the minnows eat. About 20 clams live in the bottom fish tank for filtering Somewhere around 10 amano shrimp are mixed in each tank, including the grow bed. If you want to see the minnows, I built a little monitoring interface with a raspberrypi and some coding (my day job has me online most of the time). Check it out if you would like to, and thanks for existing so that I could find this forum!
  5. I am brand new to aquaponics, like don’t even have media in my grow bedss yet, and I need all help I can get. I have watched every video I can find and read numerous articles. I will have a 300 gallon system with 2 IBC tote tops as grow beds and a raft bed the same size. I was wanting to use lava rock topped off with expanded clay for media. What are the thoughts here?
  6. Hi There,We were working on this project in the last 3 years and it's finally ready: We created a smart system for aquaponics (and also hydroponics), which have controllable relays for pumps, valves, grow ligths etc. , could check PH, EC, temperature, light and humidity and always online, so you can check all the key parameters even on you phone. The project is now runs on Kickstrater and I wanted to share it with you, hope you will like it! Check out our Kickstarter here: kck.st/2QgMdYV Please le me know, what is your opinion about the project or ask me if you need any more information.Hope you will back us and be one of the first AquaShield users!Thanks,GáborFounder and CEO of AquaShield
  7. iPrunes is my attempt at an indoor aquaponic garden. I wanted to design a fruitful unit that was compact, adaptable and aesthetic. The design for me also had to be easily replicated and re definable as technology advances. The design used open source materials & manufacturing techniques which are widely available in makerspaces globally. You Can view the system at the following: https://www.instructables.com/id/IPrunes-Aquaponics-System/ And thoughts welcome
  8. Good Day everyone, I'm new here at this forum, from the Philippines. If someone wants some Aquaponics set up, tools, seedlings and many more don't hesitate to visit our website at www.aquaponicsgogreen.com If you have question about aquaponics in the philippines don't hesitate to ask. More power to everyone. God bless us all. Jessele
  9. Hi, Huge problem these days.. such authors do not know how to make an aquaponics work nor does literally know what a right aquaponics is or could produce, so talking about! David the good, or not? Says, "I am over the aquaponics virus! If you think I’m wrong, tell me how – I’d like to hear your thoughts." http://www.thesurvivalgardener.com/aquaponics-non-miracle-complicated-mess-endured/ Any thoughts on this?
  10. Indoor Aquaponics with NTF System and Banana Plants in indoor Arboretum on first floor and two IBC fish tanks in the Basement.
  11. We have a commercial sized 1280sf dwc Aquaponics system including all equipment along with a 35x96 Atlas Greenhouse for sale. It is 4 1/2 years old and must be sold in order to sell our home and property. Would like to sell as a complete package however will consider selling AP system and greenhouse separately. We are located in Western NC, Polk County. Please call for details 828-817- seven four four six
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. Organic Certification For Aquaponics Needs Your Help! Please have a look at this link. http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/527375/01c5f97d23/1451002247/1fe49e8f67/
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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
  25. 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)
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