A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners
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Location: Meadville, PA
Latest Activity: Feb 6, 2013
Started by Nate Storey. Last reply by matthew ferrell Feb 28, 2012.
Is anyone teaching any dedicated AP courses/curriculum? If so, how did you get started, where are you at, and what are the goals? I'm interested in getting something going here at the University of…Continue
Started by Nate Storey. Last reply by matthew ferrell Feb 26, 2012.
Ok, here's another one. Funding. Where does your funding come from, what seem to be AP friendly granting agencies, and how do you fund your research?
Freshwater Farm is now cycling in Northern Michigan!
I am a student in the Fisheries Department at Michigan State University. As part of a grant writing class, I wrote a business plan for Aquaponics and submitted it into a sustainability business plan competition sponsored by Loyola University and won. Now the real journey has began.
I have constructed a raceway fish tank with a settling basin. This cycles into a DWC raft grow beds (biofilter). Most of the literature I have says the biofilter should be ready to go (nitrites and nitrates) in about a month. I am doing a fishless cycle and I have added ammonia and ProLine Bacteria and old filters from the Pet Store. It has taken 3 weeks, but I think the nitrites are now spiking.
Freshwater Farm will be culturing Yellow Perch with minnows for feed and selling loose leaf lettuce, lettuce heads, spinach, mint, and basil at farmers markets and restaurants.
My hope is to create a Perma-culture type Aquaponics system by modeling a small ecosystem: YP - Minnows - Zooplankton - Phytoplankton with a profitable filter.
Aquaponics is so cool.
We are in the very beginning stages of grant researching for establishing a talapia pond, greenhouse and AP system here at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Nearly all of the Biology faculty are on board with support, as is our Dean. I will update as we progress.
This group is awesome, I just recently found out that my school has some sort of bio-plant labs. They hide all the cool stuff from everyone, idk why.
Hello all, I have had ongoing talks with professors at the U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who are in the discussion stages of developing an interdisciplinary certificate program for grad. students in Bio-Mathematics focusing on Fluid Dynamic Modeling [between Biological Sciences and Math Sciences]. They contacted me because of my affiliation with Sweet Water originally. Anyway, they thought the aquaponics process would provide an optimal arena for study because of the myriad variable factors - micronutrients, light, heat, digestive processes, nitrogenous uptake, etc. I would be interested if any similar academic research is being done anywhere else. Thanks
Dr Jesse Chappel is studying large scale aquaponics and has a farm currently running a bigger system. He is located in Swingle Hall at Auburn University. His grad student Jeremy Pickens is working on a PhD in the field as is another new guy who did his masters under Rakocy. I am blanking on his name. They have a large brown water tilipia system and greenhouse on the campus station, and work with a guy named Butch Wilson somewhere out in West Alabama. It's a big system and worth checking out.
I'm currently researching aquaponics here at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Besides me and Matthew Ferrell in West Virginia and the small prototype research being conducted at NYU, there's not anyone else actively performing research in this area to my knowledge.
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