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Aquaponics Association Conference November 11-13 in Austin, Tx

Hi Everyone:

FYI the Aquaponics Association 2016 industry conference is November 11-13 in Austin, TX. The theme this year is "Going Mainstream." And we are currently accepting presentation proposals.

Here is a link for registering or submitting presentation proposals:

Hope to see you there,


Added by Brian Filipowich on June 22, 2016 at 2:09pm — No Comments

What type of freshwater fish is this?

Added by Guillermo Nido on February 10, 2016 at 12:54pm — 6 Comments

A winter rant hardly worth reading


Added by John Stevenson on February 8, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Muddy tasting fish??

I have a question about a small aquaponic system...our fish from our system last summer tasted like what mud smells like...does anyone have any clue as to why this is?

Added by Jessica on January 26, 2016 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby

Seeking advice from our aquaponic community regarding power usage and pump usage


Hi everyone, We live in NW Oregon and the weather is mild this winter, so we are going forward with greenhouse projects, to jump start our growing season.   Currently we have been using goldfish,   in a chop system, letting the system idle down in late November, keeping the water flowing, and then jump starting the system in late February or March depending  freezing temps with a scratch built…


Added by mark gordon on January 18, 2016 at 3:24pm — 7 Comments

Solids Removal in my system


Added by John Stevenson on January 12, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

grow bed liner or sealant

ive started looking into liners for the grow beds. im looking to have grow beds that are 4x50x16''. the liners are expensive though. is there a cheaper alternative or is this something i have to just bite the bullet and do? is there some sort of sealant i can coat the gb with? any help on this would be great. thanks for the input.

Added by Toby Lansdale on December 30, 2015 at 6:56am — 4 Comments

new to aquaponics

ive done some research and watch a bunch of youtube videos on it. i am starting a farm. i was going to go with traditional farming but after looking into aquaponics, it seems stupid to do anything else. im on a very tight budget so im having to think outside the box so to speak. ive got 2 swimming pools coming. 1718 gal each. not sure if i should make both fish tanks or use one as a sump. looking for good ideas for grow beds as well. any help would be great. thanks

Added by Toby Lansdale on December 28, 2015 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Christmas in July...sure.....but What about Strawberries at Christmas !?

Christmas in july... ok sure but what about,

Strawberries for Christmas !?


 The other nite i came home from work to find a most pleasant surprise. A pair of bright white

Strawberry flowers !! YAY ! This in the middle of december too! I doubt they will mature in

time for christmas,…


Added by Chris " Wild Dog " S. on December 10, 2015 at 3:14pm — No Comments

System Update

Well, I installed a 55 gal drum solid filter into my system last night.  Have a lot of green slime on the roots of my DWC plants.  I have decided to not attempt to heat the water or greenhouse this winter if possible.  I did however build a simple black poly solar collector.  Had it installed outside the greenhouse and was getting considerable heat collection from it. Have moved it inside the plastic to attempt to insulate it from the air temp outside but still collect IR heat.  Will let you…


Added by StevedNETN on December 2, 2015 at 11:22am — No Comments

Going live!

I finally have the kinks and leaks worked out and we are ready to grow our first plants. I focused on getting the system live and haven't added any of the controlling and monitoring electronics yet.

I designed my system around inexpensive industrial shelving. Its footprint is…


Added by Kevin Mahoney on November 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why my aquaponic tomatoes leaves dying?

I would love for any one help me on this? Why my tomatoes leaves Turing brown. Fish is healthy. Water is circulating fine

Added by Fawzi Fadil on November 18, 2015 at 5:47am — 2 Comments

My first system...and blog post

This is my first blog of hopefully many more to come. I'm in the process of designing a DIY system in my garage out of industrial shelves and 55-gallon plastic barrels. My initial goal was to create a sustainable garden that can feed my family year round, but, it has become much more than that. The more people I talk to the more I discover that Aquaponics may just become the next food revolution. 

I own my own Embedded Product Development business. As I look for solutions to monitor,…


Added by Kevin Mahoney on November 13, 2015 at 5:04pm — 6 Comments

Need Help with Deficiency



I am having trouble identifying a deficiency can anyone help? Please see the attached picture. Only the top leafs are effected. At first i thought it was a manganese deficiency but after reading i might be wrong. The system is 1 1/2 years old and has been doing great. I add iron,…


Added by Richard Jones on November 3, 2015 at 12:58pm — 2 Comments

Production Lacking

I have had my system operating over a year.  I get a lot of growth and very little production out of my crops.  My fish are doing fine, I feed them once a day.  My PH is usually between 6.8 and 7.2.  My Nitrates are between 80 and 100.  Nitrites and Ammonia are nil.  I add aqua Essentials on a regular basis, usually once a month.  I have three grow beds that use the bell siphon.  My system is in my basement with adequate ventilation and I use a HPS light source on a traveling…


Added by Rich Koehler on October 13, 2015 at 7:46pm — 4 Comments

Added my fish to my system yesterday

Well I finally added my blue tilapia to my system, I ordered 30 to start with 29 made it through the shipping process and 1 died just after being added to the system.  It was one that I noticed wasn't doing so well during the acclamation process.  Water temp is a steady 88 degrees Fahrenheit and they seem to be doing well for now.  I did notice a bit more water evaporation then I was expecting.  I will have to deal with that later.  I will update this blog as time goes by.

Added by James on September 11, 2015 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Aquaponics without fish

I have an artificial pond/waterfall that does not currently have fish but does have algae.  I would like to install a red worm filtration bed to remove the organic buildup in the pond and, if possible run some of the water through strawberry towers and thereby reduce the nutrient content.  Is it possible, in this situation, to grow plants without introducing fish into the pond?  There is a lot of organic build-up from leaf loading so I could feed the red worms for quite some time.…


Added by Delbert Johnson on September 7, 2015 at 9:37am — 4 Comments

Bees in the greenhouse?

Is anyone keeping a beehive in their greenhouse?

Added by gigi morton on August 27, 2015 at 3:17pm — 5 Comments

that is my project.....

Added by gamal hamada on August 26, 2015 at 11:42pm — No Comments

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