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The Aquaponics Association 2016 Conference Going Mainstream!

Started Jul 19 0 Replies

The Aquaponics Association 2016 Conference Going Mainstream!Greetings one and all, the Aquaponics Association is back and "GOING MAINSTREAM!" We are kicking off a great 2016-2017 year with our annual…Continue

They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management Tool

Started Jul 19 0 Replies

They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management ToolIPM is Integrated Pest Management. Because aquaponics is an ecosystem approach to agriculture, pest control can be difficult. However, what…Continue

New Article on Aquaponics in Aquaculture Magazine

Started Jul 15 0 Replies

Aquaponics is gaining in stature and Going Mainstream. Aquaculture Magazine has been the gold standard international magazine on the subject for more than 40 years. This is their first article on…Continue

2016 National Conference of the Aquaponics Association.

Started May 4 0 Replies

We're excited to announce that the fifth Aquaponics Association Conference will be held November 11-13, 2016, in Austin, TX! This years theme is "Going Mainstream!" We are  looking forward to an…Continue

 

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Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. posted discussions
Jul 19
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. added 2 discussions to the group Arizona Aquaponics
Jul 19
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management Tool in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Yup. Give it a try. Use a narrow spray directly on the bug and only use as much as needed. Try to keep it out of the water and off the leaves. "
Jul 19
Timothy Borg replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management Tool in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"So, just spray bugs with Everclear and it kills them??"
Jul 19
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They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management Tool

They Die Happy: Ethanol a Potential new Pest Management ToolIPM is Integrated Pest Management. Because aquaponics is an ecosystem approach to agriculture, pest control can be difficult. However, what if there was a method for IPM spot treatment that killed insects well, leaves no residue, is biodegradable and is of low toxicity to plants and fish? There is and we use it every day. It is called ethanol. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/29tIjTeSee More
Jul 19
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Greenhouses

Got a greenhouse? This is the place for you! Share your trials and tribulations on packing your plants and fish into a confined space!See More
Jul 19
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. posted a discussion

New Article on Aquaponics in Aquaculture Magazine

Aquaponics is gaining in stature and Going Mainstream. Aquaculture Magazine has been the gold standard international magazine on the subject for more than 40 years. This is their first article on aquaponics. Aquaponics' new frontier, urban agricultureEnjoy.http://bit.ly/29MzxT8…See More
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Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. added a discussion to the group Arizona Aquaponics
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Aquaponics class AGS-166 at Mesa Community College Starts Aug 22 2016

Just a reminder that the next section of AGS-166 aquaponics at Mesa Community College starts August 22, 2016. There are currently 13 seats left. A 3 credit, full semester course we have 4 teaching systems for the students to work with:1. NFT (40 ft2 growbed equivalent)1. DWC (40 ft2 growbed)1. Media bed (40 ft2 growbed)1. S-CAp (30 ft growbed) (photo below)Here is the link for more information and to register: https://www.mesacc.edu…See More
Jun 22
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Easy DIY Tilapia Egg Tumbler in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Greetings. No food at first. They must absorb their yolk sacs before they will eat. Afterwards finely crushed tropical fish flakes or dedicated fry food works just fine ;-)"
May 17
Tim Graber replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Easy DIY Tilapia Egg Tumbler in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"This looks really easy to build. Thanks for the re-post. What kind of food do you recommend when the fry are at this stage? I am contemplating starting a spirulina tank and thought it would also work as a great nutrient."
May 15
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May 4
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"New concepts are making aquaponics easier, less expensive and more mainstream. In this case it is great to hang out with our friends Catherine and Barry Cohen. Though just a few months old, their system is doing great, they are already harvesting…"
May 4
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Easy DIY Tilapia Egg Tumbler

Greetings. I repost this once a year just as an FYI. Here is a quick and easy DIY tilapia egg tumbler design from the North American Journal of Aquaculture. Click on the link to read the paper: http://bit.ly/ZESh8ISee More
May 3
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I thought you might enjoy the quick vid made by my wife and master gardener Angela.  "
May 1
Richard replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Looking forward to it! Please keep us posted on the details."
Apr 23
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. replied to Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.'s discussion Class in how to convert a 10 ft backyard swimming pool to aquaponics in the group Arizona Aquaponics
"Yes. It will be late next month (May 2016). Just a note, since the idea was introduced in December 2015, a number of units have been built by students that are now beginning to produce actual food. ;-). So far so good.  "
Apr 21

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How did you find us?
a friend
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
raft, vertical, combination
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia, Other
How big is your fish tank?
System 1: 1,200 gal. System 2: 1,200 gal System 3: 1,656
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Environmental/Aquaculture Scientist. Former Aquaculture extension specialist for state of Arizona. Aquaponics innovator & trainer. Sustainability specialist. General nice guy;-)

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At 9:30am on August 6, 2015, Idris Busari said…

Starting my own aquaponics project would be amazing. I think it will be great to encourage such seemingly radical and yet sustainable means of food production in America and to teach such techniques to other people around the world. That is why I am actively looking for information on ways to set up and manage the various stages of an Aquaponic life cycle (small medium and large scale). I am also open to formal training in or around Indiana or the Midwest.
What have you been working on? Do you know of an aquaponics initiative that works with people of the tropics or sub-Saharan Africa? Please tell me more about your plans? Thank you very much.
Idris Busari
http://idrisbusari.webs.com

At 9:22am on January 14, 2014, Averan said…
Do you know what happened to the thread you started about aquaponics starting to get real? I wanted to read the comments but it seems to have been deleted??
At 1:32pm on July 18, 2013, Randy Mann said…

Hi Dr. Brooks.  I just noticed we never did set a time!  I was just talking to Peter Condon, the Program Director for Urban Horticulture at MCC, and your name came up.  I asked if they offered any AP courses and he said he had a call placed to you to see about setting something up.  I told him he had the right man for the job!  I just enrolled in the program and hope you two can work something out for an AP class. As far as Valley View, I would still love to bring my girls by to see your garden. Are tours still available?

Randy

At 11:23am on August 19, 2012, Robert Rowe said…

@ Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. - Outstanding article!  Thank you. I am now thinking that this approach would deplete the nutrients needed by the grow beds. 

At 9:06am on June 4, 2012, Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. said…
Did we set up a time?
At 8:43am on May 30, 2012, Randy Mann said…

Hi Dr. Brooks!  I am interested in seeing the raft system you set up at Valley View.  Is it available for public viewing?  If so, when and where?  I am the garden club sponsor at my elementary school and I am always looking for new garden ideas to implement at our school. Would it be possible to bring my girls to see the system as well.  Thanks for your time.

Randy

At 10:35am on November 25, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome George,

 

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

 

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

 

Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

 

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you...especially since you are generally a nice guy - LOL.

 

Sylvia

 
 
 

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