You Know You’re Addicted to Aquaponic Gardening When...

Your fish recognize you

You buy a special home for the BSF maggots you are growing to feed your fish.
You are known throughout the neighborhood as the house that grows the fish.
You know the temperature of your fish tank every day.

You talk about bacteria aging like it was a fine wine

You banish your car to the driveway so you can have more room to grow in the garage

You stress out over a .1 move in pH or ammonia.
You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more gravel.
Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in aquaponic terms
You look forward to a Saturday afternoon spent at the dump looking for old bathtubs and barrels
You plan vacation trips around visiting other aquaponic gardeners.
You travel 150 miles to pick up 20 tilapia
When considering your budget, plants and fish are more important than groceries
You could swear your fish are on the verge of speaking to you
The terms "bacteria", "poop" and "waste" have taken on entirely new meanings
You’d rather go to an aquarium store to shop than a clothes store.
You take every single person who enters your house on a “garden tour”
You look at cattle trough and think "grow bed"
You ask for tools for Christmas, Mother/Father’s day, your Birthday and any other occasion you can think of.
Invasive pond life like algae and duckweed are now fish food.
You know how many bags of Hydroton your car will hold.
Your preferred reading matter is forum threads
And last but not least:
You know that the four seasons are:
Planning your System
Cycling your System
Maturing your System
~and~
Expanding your System

 

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Comment by TCLynx on April 10, 2014 at 6:43am

You consider aquaponics to be THERAPY.

Comment by Randy Mann on April 9, 2014 at 10:22am

You need therapy!

Comment by Jeannette VIncent on April 9, 2014 at 10:00am

When you start looking at the 1966 Mustang that you coveted forever, finaly found and bought and is currently sitting in your garage and start thinking if I sell it....I could have more space in the garage to expand...oooh, maybe finance the green house foundation...buy more grow beds to put in that new empty (instead of your husbands truck that sits outside year round becuase of your classic car.....

Comment by Jeannette VIncent on April 9, 2014 at 9:55am

When you start thinking about what you have around the house you can sell to raise money for that attached greenhouse that you have always wanted and is becoming a necessity!


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Comment by Alex Veidel on April 16, 2013 at 5:12pm

When a "can of worms" becomes something you actually would like to open.

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on December 19, 2012 at 6:47am

From Joanne Bell (employee at The Aquaponic Source) 

"As it turns out everything I need to know about creating a giant, PVC, tinker toy set for my kids I learned through Aquaponics!


I was just at Home Depot and I figured out how to convert the 1/2 mpt part of a tee to a 1" pipe faster than the Home Depot staff. In case you are interested: adapter (1/2" mpt x 3/4" slip) to 2" piece of 3/4" pipe to bushing (3/4" slip x 1" slip)...HAH! I rock!!!"

Comment by bcp on November 27, 2012 at 6:50pm

When your 3-yr-old draws you a picture with a fish tank with water pumps

Comment by Eric Warwick on June 9, 2012 at 10:35pm

@Sean, I've also been known to doodle aquaponic systems in class. They're usually a sumpless mixed system--constant flow.

Comment by Sean on June 9, 2012 at 7:27am

When the sound of the water flowing in your aquaponic system drowns out the city noises.  

When you see a patch of unused land and think an aquaponic system would fit great there.

When you doodle aquaponic schematics in class...


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Comment by TCLynx on June 9, 2012 at 7:20am

Your dog plays fetch with busted up pieces of PVC pipe and thinks the 5" round cut outs from installing uniseals or bulkhead fittings are his frisbies.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on June 9, 2012 at 5:13am

As for me, I spend my lunch money to buy PVC fittings.

Comment by Christina V on March 25, 2012 at 6:14am

Your dog's bed is a large fish pillow. :D

Comment by Justin on March 1, 2012 at 12:26am

Ever since you "discovered" this wonderfully marvelous process you've devoted the majority of your free time reading free catalogs, magazines, scouring the world wide web, brainstorming and seeking people to talk to for more information... then you stumble in here, realize you're not alone and breathe a deep sigh of relief, "ahhhh quaponics." and think to yourself, "there's no place like home." 

Comment by Aquachronic@ogg on February 23, 2012 at 9:04am
Drive through industrial areas slowly hunting for FT & GB on a regular basis
Comment by Kirsten Udd on January 17, 2012 at 6:40pm

You discover that it's possible to burn boiled eggs....

Comment by Eric Warwick on January 12, 2012 at 5:23pm

When you have hydroponic dreams and wish they were aquaponic.


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Comment by TCLynx on December 6, 2011 at 7:45am

LOL, The cook got me a tiny harbor freight greenhouse so I would move the seed starting outdoors.  He was partially successful.

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on December 5, 2011 at 8:39pm

Nah...no aquaponics allowed inside...there is enough of an AP invasion in our lives! LOL

Comment by Eric Warwick on December 5, 2011 at 7:29pm

Sylvia, where is the like button for that story?


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Comment by TCLynx on December 5, 2011 at 11:46am

What Sylvia, you don't have an indoor system set up to accept the stray worms (and start you seeds)?

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