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Weird Fish Abscess

Started this discussion. Last reply by chris taylor Swamp Creek Farms Feb 24, 2012. 14 Replies

Hi everyone, this guy was looking pretty sad for a couple days.  I took him out and found this weird abscess around the anus.  I killed him and took some pictures.  Anyone ever seen anything like…Continue

pH Moderation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Brown Jan 7, 2012. 42 Replies

It seems to me that pH moderation is constantly coming up as a  subject in just about every discussion.  Because it's such an important detail of all aquaponic systems, I thought that I'd start a…Continue

Vertical hydroponic components

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nate Storey Jun 1, 2010. 38 Replies

Well, I've been getting enough questions and comments that TCLynx suggested I start a discussion so here it goes- I definitely want to hear about anyone elses attempts at vertical hydroponics, and…Continue


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Nate Storey replied to Sacred Valley's discussion Algae for fish food
"Sounds good.  Let me know how it goes!"
Jan 27
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Jan 26
Nate Storey replied to Sacred Valley's discussion Algae for fish food
"That's a tough one Justin, your FCRs are typically based on dry weight of feed with high protein content.  Cultured algae is typically 96-97% water and low protein, so with a great FCR of 1:1.6 you'd want a feed with a minimum of 35%…"
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Jul 8, 2015
Nate Storey replied to Brian's discussion Vertical Lighting for Indoor ZipGrow SetUp in the group Cold Weather Aquaponics
"Yeah Vlad- 20 years is a long time not to have to bother with bulb changes. . . I think the pricing is going to be coming down here very soon. Keep your eyes out-there are some interesting things happening in the LED horticultural lighting industry.…"
Feb 2, 2015
Nate Storey replied to Brian's discussion Vertical Lighting for Indoor ZipGrow SetUp in the group Cold Weather Aquaponics
"If you check out pictures of our light kit for Springs, that will give you an idea of what you can do with flourescent bulbs, if you need to use something else- like a more traditional light, note that they're easy to hang.  We use the…"
Jan 25, 2015
Nate Storey replied to Brian's discussion Vertical Lighting for Indoor ZipGrow SetUp in the group Cold Weather Aquaponics
"Yeah, the LumiBar is super pricey- there are a few other LED options out there but they're not as user friendly.  It's actually why we use T5s so much- they're inexpensive and they work really well considering the price.…"
Jan 25, 2015
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Cold Weather Aquaponics

This group serves the needs of those who grow in the cold parts of the world.  We'll discuss greenhouses, insulation, air sealing, fish selection, heaters, etc...See More
Jan 25, 2015
Smeghead commented on Nate Storey's photo


"Further to my last post, Tillapia are also banned in Australia"
Apr 20, 2014
Smeghead commented on Nate Storey's photo


"Mate Carp are illegal anywhere in Australia. They were introduced in the late 1800's and have ruined our inland water ways. Much like the cane toad, there is very little we can do but kill on sight due to the untold damage sustained by native…"
Apr 20, 2014
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"where is this that they are illegal?"
Feb 23, 2014
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"Thank you Nate, keep up the good work!"
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"Awesome.  I'm glad that potassium sulfate is working for you!"
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"Whoa Berne, I was just cruising past when you smacked me in the face with a picture of your turbo burn furnace.  I'm super jealous.  Heating my greenhouses off of a Classic Boiler system right now, but looking at the TurboBurn really…"
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If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
vertical, I develop hydroponic and phytoremediation equipment. I've done NFT, various gravel bed hydroponic techniques and vertical aero and vertical hydroponic production. Right now I'm using vertical tubes of my own design. They contain a polyester matrix material medium and the plants grow out of one face of the tubes. They work wonderfully for high-density production. I'd be happy to send pictures to anyone interested. I'm currently culturing common carp and several types of tilapia. I'm running two 2000 gallon+ systems .
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2 yrs or more
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4,000 gallons
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I'm a University of Wyoming researcher. I did my masters degree on aquaponic component comparisons and I'm currently working on a PhD looking at high density production, marketing systems, cost reductions and impacting local markets. I also own Bright Agrotech, LLC, and equipment development and manufacturing company specializing in aquaponic equipment. My goal is to make commercial aquaponics as sustainable, profitable and accessible as possible.

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At 8:59pm on February 19, 2014, Hockey Sox said…
Thank you Nate, keep up the good work!
At 8:58pm on May 10, 2013, Bob Campbell said…

Kudos for all the great videos you have been making!

At 5:49am on November 22, 2012, Irvin Carrero said…

I like the ergonomics of your tower system and I want to reap some of the benefits of such a design; especially easy access to the plants and maximizing growing space with the towers is very appealing to me.  Nevertheless I understand that your system is well suited for colder climates and since I’m in the Caribbean with powerful-year-around-sunlight; my question to you is: What would you change in your system to take advantage of the increased light conditions while keeping the practicality of your design? And what sustainable alternatives would you consider to regulate rising temperatures?

At 3:56pm on November 21, 2012, Irvin Carrero said…

Congratulations on having a kid this coming March!

At 8:14pm on August 23, 2012, Michael A. White said…

Thanks Nate, if I may call you Nate, I appreciate that. I wouldn't mind conversing more with you on the economic variables concerned with aquaponics. I've seen several of your videos, your vertical growing towers are fantastic. It sounds to me like your doing some very interesting graduate work. Have you been working with any photovoltaic technologies? 

Looking forward to hearing back from you,

Michael A. White

At 7:15am on May 27, 2012, Myles Harston said…

Hi Nate

You are welcome to call me sometime. ,   309-208-5230.   BTW  My Dad grew up in Wyoming and went to school at U of W,  a long time ago.   ;o)

At 12:38am on May 6, 2012, Michelle LaVery said…

Thanks so much Nate!  I really appreciate the basil seed information, it is of great help!  :)  We will surely keep you in mind when we are ready to buy a system!

At 2:56pm on April 17, 2012, Ernest Fields said…


What type fish do you have for your system. I thought I saw photo's of common Carp yesterday. If so 3-5 lbs. is not large for this fish, I have caught them in streams up to 50 lbs.

.5-.75 lb. per gallon would allow you to have more than 200 lb. in a 485 gallon tank. You should be able to handle 243-364 lbs.for that tank size without loss. 3-5 lb. would be large for Tilapia of any variety, extremely large for Blue Gill, even the Georgia Giants. I have seen a common Gold fish top 70 lb. and Koi top 30 lb., Have you checked for gill parasites.

Your system photos show a very large grow area with very large tanks below, it seems that many of the plants are distorted with a twist as they try to correct to vertical growth. What is you system type called? I have never seen this same type before.



At 9:34pm on April 16, 2012, Ernest Fields said…


How is the oxygen content of you tank, losing fish could mean low oxygen or not enough ammonia conversion area. You would need at least 65 Cu.Ft. to provide sufficient surface area for 485 gallons. about 6500 sq. ft. S and S Aqua Farms had more fish than you do per gallon of water, they also used 1200 gallon tanks they maintained 5-6 ppm oxygen also.


At 4:04pm on March 16, 2012, Ernest Fields said…


If those are your fish in the photo, they are sick. Do you test your ammonia levels daily, weekly? The blowout problem reminds me of some BlueGill left in a tank with an auto feeder system that put out too much feed and the ammonia spiked on a hot period. Some of the fish had similiar anus.

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