Arizona Aquaponics

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

Location: Phoenix
Members: 187
Latest Activity: 5 hours ago


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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Comment by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. 5 hours ago

The 2013 United States Department of Agriculture Census of Aquaculture (PDF format):

Arizona: Farms – 13 - Sales: $5,900,000
Tilapia in United State: Food size: 12,464,000 18,428,000 lbs. Avg size: 1.47849807445443lbs

Important note: As of 2013, aquaponic production has been added to the U.S. Census of Aquaculture.

Comment by Chris George yesterday

Nice job Dr. Brooks!!!!  

Comment by Jeff S yesterday

I'm definitely not feeding mine enough but all my system can stand right now. Making big changes in October to grow fish faster and more plants.

Comment by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. on Monday

Harvested our first fish today from the "To Feed a Family" experiment. There darker fish appears to be a blue/nile hybrid (Oreochromis niloticus x O. aureus) and the lighter colored hybrid appear descended from the famous Rocky Mountain Whites of years gone by. 

Statistics: Stocked May 27, 2014
Avg wt: 55g 1.94 oz

Today's weight Darker fish 600g 1.32 lbs 
Last sampled 9/8/2014 510g 1.12 lbs

Lighter fish 515g 1.134 lbs

Not bad for about 17 weeks of growth but 681g (1.5 lbs) is preferable.

Comment by Kim Romen on September 23, 2014 at 5:48pm

I can't stand that it's keeping us in the house. anyone else having a skeeter problems.  I'm wondering if the skeeters are drawn to our AP system and I tend to think they are, or r they everywhere right now?  Do any of u use mosquito fish and find it helpful to lessen the skeeters in the yard?  the tank is topped off with a screen door so I'm not sure the fish would help-,maybe I'd have to leave the door up so that the skeeters can go close to the water?  do the fish eat them when the mosquitos land on the water?  thx!

Comment by Jim Joy on September 13, 2014 at 2:30pm

Table grapes love Arizona heat and aquaponics!

Comment by Jim Joy on August 29, 2014 at 10:00pm

I found a pretty useful thermometer for my outside aquaponics fish tank.  This dual electronic thermometer keeps high and low temps for a week.  Battery operated and intended for outdoor use, it lets me keep an eye on high and low temperatures.  Reasonable price also helps.

Comment by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. on August 28, 2014 at 10:03am

Just an FYI

We have confirmed the next meeting of The Aquaculture Association.

August 28th 2014 @
The Palo Verde Room @
4341 E Broadway Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85040
@ 6:00 pm

Comment by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. on August 23, 2014 at 2:32pm

Just an FYI. AGS 166 Aquaponics at Mesa Community College will be taught again in Spring 2015.

Comment by Jim Joy on August 17, 2014 at 4:34pm

Valley Aquaponics in Phoenix is having an inventory reduction sale - duck weed for $5 a bag.


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