Arizona Aquaponics

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

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Started by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.. Last reply by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. Nov 12. 2 Replies

Fish food

Started by lisa outland. Last reply by lisa outland Oct 14. 5 Replies

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Comment by Jim Troyer on Thursday

Thanks for all the interest in the heater...

this is before I straightened out all the tubes or the right or jacuzzi system.  the nicely organized set on the left is for the pond system -- that is 1600 feet in total.

Comment by Tom Maupin on Wednesday

Hello, I'm new to this group and this will be my first post. I have a small AP (4'x8' bed and about a 250 gallon tank with sump) system up and running and I'm interested in learning more about this drip line heater everyone has been talking about.

Comment by Arlene Boyle on Wednesday

Jim, you you post a picture or instructions about your drip line heating system?

Comment by Jeff S on Wednesday

Jim how does your manifold heater system work?

Comment by Jim Troyer on Wednesday

Hi Lisa

Congrats on getting your system up and running!

If you are in the SE corner of the state, what is your elevation?

You will need to keep your fish tank above 50f to keep the fish alive. 

If you want fish growth you will want at least 65f water.

If you want breeding you will want over 85f water.

a couple of little 300 - 500 watt aquarium heaters should do the trick if you insulate the tanks and don't cycle after dusk.

As mentioned below, I make a pretty successful solar water heater out of 1/2" drip line.  The trick is the custom manifold I make.  The size is custom tailored to your system or site depending upon which is the limiting factor.  I'm currently using 1600 feet of tubing and you can feel the temperature difference. The run of tubing is about 30 feet long.

Today, I was goofing with the heater while the cycling pump was off in my jacuzzi system (3 jacuzzis in tandem) and I put my hand in the water for the one that is next to the jacuzzi the warm water return enters and was surprised that I could feel the temperature difference between the two jacuzzi when they were not cycling.

thanks for the mention Kim

Comment by Kim Romen on Tuesday

Lisa, if u r looking for a fishtank heater, i got mine off amazon.  jim troyer will get on here and let u know about the solar heater he invented.  

Arlene, i got the same website to both links u put up.  interesting about the garbage fermenting.  i make kombucha, yogurt, and saurkraut.  i can't imagine it'd take 3 mths to ferment it in AZ.  the water would probably be gone by then.  let us know if u ever do it! 

i have a couple of moringa trees and haven't started utilizing the leaves, yet, and haven't gotten any pods, yet.  they're almost as big as me and are in pots at this point so it'll be interesting to see how big they get.  i'll be putting some in the landscape next yr.  it's supposed to be good stuff!

Comment by lisa outland on November 9, 2014 at 2:35pm

Hello,  I finally have my AP up and running. I have 200gal fish tank. it all sits in my greenhouse.  How do I heat the water for my fish? All I have seen is little ones . I thought I saw someone on here who sells them in Phx? But now I cant find it. Any help would be appreciated. I live in the SE corner of Az.

Comment by Jeff S on November 8, 2014 at 3:09pm

Best drain cleaner I've ever used is Sodium Hydroxide. Bought some by accident when I was ordering Potassium Hydroxide so I tried it on y bath tub drain which hasn't drained right for years. Cleaned it out completely and it has remained clean for months now.

Comment by Arlene Boyle on November 7, 2014 at 9:30pm

A professor in Thailand actually worked on this. I had all of it saved on my Ipad, now I'm having a hard time finding the exact sites again, but here is one of the sites that explains it;

Ah! Here is it; this is the site I first found. I have three containers already fermenting. This is an awesome idea, and I am hoping for the enzyme to become an organic insecticide for the garden. Not to mention using it to clean toilet, and unplug drain pipes.

(i'm also heavily into Moringa growing and using)

Comment by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. on November 7, 2014 at 8:02pm

Garbage enzymes? Nope not familiar with them. Looking forward to learning more

Regarding STEM, construction on the aquaponic learning lab classroom is coming along well. Great thanks to our partner the Roosevelt School District for the bench tables and to Mark Bogart for his great skills in construction and system design. Just right. Here is the background story on the project from the Cronkite news service:


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