David Schwinghamer
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Arizona Aquaponics

Helping each other to learn and grow big nutritious plants and fish to help feed the world.See More
Jul 6
Jeff S commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I've found expanded shale is not as readily (locally) available in most area and paying shipping is out of the question. I used expanded clay with no problems and t lower cost I used lava rock in the lower half of my second bed. I took out the…"
Jul 5
Clint Martineau commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"i looked for expanded shale as well here in PHX, no luck.."
Jul 5
Larry commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"OK been combing the web trying to find expanded shale here in Phoenix area? Not having much luck. SO a shout out to you all. Anyone know who might sell this stuff here in the Valley? Oh BTW hi all been off the forms for a few years due to a…"
Jul 4
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Greetings my friends. You are invited this Friday July 3rd.  This months subject at the Arizona Science Center, Aquaponics. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1Hdwg9o "
Jun 29
Robert Rowe commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Hey folks; a health problem hast cropped up forcing me at least for awhile to shut my  sytem down. I have about 75 fish mostly Tilapia about a year old and several Red Comet Gold Fish. If you have room in your tank and would like some fish…"
Jun 22
David Schwinghamer commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Any newbies out there looking to build your own system? I have got everything you need and more."
Jun 10
Jeff S commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I lost 2 plecos at at different times i a 45 gallon aquarium with 25 Tilapia fingerlings. When I say lost I mean they disappeared. I assumed the Tilapia ate them. I have 4 separate FTs from 45 gallon to 275 gallons and don't seem to have any…"
Jun 7
Arlene Boyle commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"John: I wonder. Have any of your neighbors sprayed their yards or anything, that the wind might have carried it over into your tank? I always worry about things like that...."
Jun 6
Arlene Boyle commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Robert, so sorry to hear about 'the disaster' - it always seems it is something, isnt' it? A few days ago, I realized I hadn't heard the bell kick in, and sure nuff, when I checked, the pump wasn't pumping. Dread...I took it…"
Jun 6
Robert Rowe commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I just went through a system disaster in my 1500 gallon system and lost about 10 mature Tilapia and 4 mature Red Comets. The root cause was a restricted feeder line from my FT to 4 media beds. my plumbing had a low point which tended to collect…"
Jun 6
John Malone commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"No - it's a complete mystery.   Lost a couple a day over several weeks. Basic water chemistry was spot on.  No nitrites or ammonia. The only thing I can think of was that I overfed them or there was a dead fish polluting the…"
Jun 6
Robert Rowe commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"John Do you have any idea why they died? "
Jun 6
John Malone commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Well - I'm down to one solitary goldfish.   I had 30 tilapia fingerlings and about 40 small goldfish in my 500 gallon system.   They all died except Bubba, who is a survivor.  He's survived 3 or 4 batches of new fish and…"
Jun 6
James Wilson commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Its a great time for Tilapia. they love the heat. I think however they will eat all your guppies if put together. catfish and plecos should be fine. not sure size of yoyo loaches so cant say if they will be safe. If you need help with acquiring…"
Jun 6
Arlene Boyle commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Would it be safe to get some blue tilapia right now? I mean, fingerling size, since we are headed into the heat, or should I wait til the summer ends. I currently  have lots of guppies, a few albino catfish (tiny), 4 plecos, and 4 yoyo loaches…"
Jun 6

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Im a designer by trade, in architecture and landscaping. I started traditional gardening about one year ago and am always looking to improve upon my harvests. Im currently building my first aquaponics system, you can read about it at www.creativewatertrends.com/aquaponics.php and would love any feedback I can get.

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At 5:43pm on June 30, 2013, Chad Olberding said…
You sent me a message a few weeks ago and said you make it to the I-17 and thunderbird area sometimes. Was hoping maybe we could touch base and try and set up a time for you to check out my system give me a tip or three. Please call or text me at 602-909-6858. I'm sorry I lost the message that had your phone number.
At 8:09am on June 7, 2013, Russell Weight said…


Yes I still have blocks.  How many are you looking for? I just went to check to see how many I actually had left.  Turns out I only have 28.

They are 8"x16", and have been stored inside since I bought them a few months ago.

Give me a call or text if you are interested.


At 7:14pm on April 25, 2013, Charles Scholl said…

David, Thanks again for your offer to come by while in Columbia. I regret that I won't be available. Please congratulate your son and thank him for his sacrifice and commitment to our country. Steve


At 8:28pm on April 22, 2013, Wendell Ford said…
David give me a shout when you get to Colombia. It's not that far to Goose Creek from there.
At 5:43am on November 8, 2012,

Well if you are getting a heavy accumulation of fish poop in your raft beds, then you probably need better filtration before your raft beds or less fish.

I'm not sure if there are any detritivores that would eat huge enough ammounts of fish poop from a raft bed.

However, gammarus might be able to help you some http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gammarus

At 7:35am on November 6, 2012, Kirsten Udd said…
Thanks, David! I would like to visit with a few friends on Monday, Nov 12th. Will get a head count if this date works for you.
At 2:47pm on September 16, 2012, Dawn Jamison said…

Hey David, I just have two aquariums ornamental fish: Angels, Zebras, Cats and fin tails (algae eaters).  One tank is 10 gal and the other is 30.  I've had organic gardens my entire life until this year.  I recently had to sell my house and move to an apartment.  No outside room to experiment.  Not many jobs for administrative assistance these days.  I'm still diligently looking for temporary so I can stash away $$ for the move.  I too want to get totally involved in setting up aquaponics at schools and helping to educate students about it.  Show Low will be within 30-60 minute drive of where we probably will be so I think it would be cool to work help each other launch.  If everything happens how I want, May will be when we can start building and installing everything.  Keep me posted and I'll do the same.

At 7:29am on September 16, 2012, Dawn Jamison said…

David,  I will need a lot of assistance.  I will be attending two SCORE workshops, one related to all aspects of putting together a business plan and the other for managing your cash flow.  I will get Will's book today. Glad to hear first hand that it was helpful.  I'm going to try to plan a drive out to Arizona hopefully before winter, say late October and I would love to include a tour of your aquaponics set up and of anyone else's if possible.  I would eventually like to do this on a large scale so I will contact Dr. Brooks. Thanks again.

At 7:48pm on August 30, 2012, Nathanael said…

Hey David, Thanks for the add. Glad to connect with someone local to AZ. You mentioned you have a connection with someone for all size Tilapia. What breed and do you know what their asking price is?

What are your thoughts regarding the different species of Tilapia?

Thanks again

At 11:43pm on August 28, 2012, Waylon said…

hi david sorry i missed you my life has been all over the place and no Internet

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Living Water Organics Aquaponic Journal

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

March 16 visit 10 am

Wenhang Lin came over to see myself and my aquaponic system. He is a photographer wanting to capture the people behind growing their own food. Him and his wife are into permaculture. He wants to write an ebook and eventually get his pics published.


Outdoor aquaponic garden shade structure completion

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:30pm 16 Comments

March 15th was the completion of my new outdoor aquaponic garden consisting of a 10' long dual metal rain gutter system that flows into an existing filter box then onto a nft tube then back into the fish tank. I covered it with 40% shade cloth I got at Amazon for a steal.…


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