Arizona Aquaponics

Helping each other to learn and grow big nutritious plants and fish to help feed the world.

Location: Phoenix
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Thank you all for joining my group, I hope to do a lot with all anyone interested. Please
tell me any event suggestions you would like us to do.

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Introductory Aquaponics Class this Saturday!

Started by Sheri Schmeckpeper. Last reply by Sheri Schmeckpeper Apr 2. 2 Replies

Fitting for bottom of barrel??

Started by Bill Gann. Last reply by Bill Gann Feb 18. 5 Replies

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Comment by Matt Miskinnis on March 28, 2015 at 2:35pm

ahhhh finally back, I was having the hardest time trying to sign into the site for the longest time....

Comment by Arlene Boyle on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm

Thanks, Kim and Jeff. Kim: sorry you had to give up your fishies. You might want to just get a large aquarium in the house, and make a mini-grow bed with a light. That is what I have got going on in process right now. Will still keep the outside bed, but since I don't want to take the whole thing apart, will have someone just pick up the growbed and move it, and then partially drain the tank, and move it with a pallet jack, and then place the growbed where I really want it, which right now is not the way it should be.

My pool is a regular whatever they call it - plaster? pool, Master pool, built circa 1982 or so I think. If it wasn't so darned BIG I wouldn't mind, but I cannot afford the $5000 it takes to fill it in, and surely not the $30000 it would take to 'make it smaller play pool.' Maybe the best bet is to sell house and get a smaller house with a yard without a pool!

Comment by Jeff S on March 28, 2015 at 9:46am

Arlene if it's a pool without a liner you may have a problem with calcium leaching from the pool walls. Don't know if that would cause issues.

Comment by Kim Romen on March 28, 2015 at 8:26am

Arlene, check with the phoenix pond society (or arizona-i forget the name).  there is someone in ahwatukee who converted their pool and they made it sound like it's wasn't an awful job.  was gorgeous to look at.  i saw it on a pond tour a year or 2 ago.  if u go on a tour u'll get plenty of help.

i sold my system last week.  now i'm going backwards and getting the pool.  lol.  i miss the fish but it just didn't fit where i had it and this way i can make a new system exactly how i want it.  2d time's a charm. 

it went to a good home.  but next time i'll have the folks bring their own shovel and weelbarrel.  1 wheelbarrel and 1 wagon broken darnit.  they were old but would've lasted for what i needed them for.  couldn't take the weight of the lava rock and the back and forth trips.  2 ladies (and we helped a bit) took it apart and off it went in a u-haul.  so,  u prob don't need a pallet jack to move it if u take it al apart.  use a strong wheelbarrow for the rock, though.  :)

Comment by John Malone on March 27, 2015 at 9:41pm
Arlene Boyle. I'd have a chat with Dr. George Brooks.
He does a lot with schools and the community.
Comment by Arlene Boyle on March 27, 2015 at 9:33pm

I'm going to toss this out here again. Has anyone here, or know of someone, who has converted their pool to a large pond? I know about the group; I am more interested in keeping the pool (which is a diving pool of 25,000 gallons) and making it into a pond. At the cheapest rate possible, since I now am on a fixed income.

Comment by Arlene Boyle on March 27, 2015 at 9:30pm

Is there any business here in town that does aquaponics for a co-op or employee owned operation, or ? I would love to work in a place like that. Just curious. Now that I'm retired, I have time to look up all kinds of things. Am moving some of my bigger 4" goldfish and the Koi into the house to enjoy. My garden grow bed doesn't look at nice as yours, Kim -- I think because it doesn't get enough sun. Am delaying moving the damned thing as I know it is going to require renting a pallet jack to move. And the husband to get to doing it....

Comment by Kim Romen on March 15, 2015 at 7:03pm
Comment by Kim Romen on March 15, 2015 at 6:57pm

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here are some pics of my system.  the pics rn't showing the fish tanks with the baby fish and 2 extra garden beds

Comment by Kim Romen on March 12, 2015 at 9:19am

I'm relocating some things in my yard and sadly, I need to sell my AP system.  anyone interested feel free to email or call kim romen @ yahoo or 4 705 0685.  bell syphon, sump, 2 garden beds full with lava rock, 275 gallon FT, solar heater, 2 fishtanks with baby tilapia in them, 7 ready to eat sized tilapia, and 2 extra garden beds


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