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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 — 3 Comments

Bees in the greenhouse?

Is anyone keeping a beehive in their greenhouse?

Added by gigi morton on August 27, 2015 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

that is my project.....

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

Aquaponic farms, Arkansas

I am looking into starting an Aquaponic farm in Arkansas, anyone else out there doing so? And if so what area are you in?

Added by Charlotte Seibert on July 18, 2015 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

Finally Getting Started...

I've been wanting to do this for years, but location, resources, time and simply not really knowing what I'm doing has prevented me from starting my aquaponics system.

No more.

I have the hoophouse frame and cover on, the IBC and filter barrels painted and the first grow bed framed up.

Learning as I go has to be the mode, as I'm sure it was with everyone when starting out.  I just have a hard time because I can't afford to mess things up really…


Added by Jeff Guykema on July 10, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

What plant species perfrom best with rainbow trout

Hello everybody. I have started rainbow trout farming. I would like to set up an aquapoincs system for trout effluent treatment. I will be grateful if you kindly let me know what kind of vegetables perfum well in cold water. Thanks in advance. 

Added by Samad Rahimnejad on July 8, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Hello aquapons!

I am new to your community and live in Vermont.  No system yet.  I will probably take one of the cool courses offered soon.  Are any of you New Englanders?  I would love to visit you and see what you are up to.

Added by Pamela Sterling on July 7, 2015 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Cucumbers wither and die

my indoor system is 2 months old. All test numbers are in range. Cucumber plants grew huge and strong, 3 varieties, trellised and lots of light. Lots of flowers, became little cucumbers. After reaching 1 inch in length, they each withered and died, from bottom of vine, all the way up to latest cukes. Removed all vines, and planted 12 more plants in other grow bed, other fish tank. And ideas why the huge loss? Thx.

Added by Eileen Herzog on June 25, 2015 at 10:14am — 7 Comments

cantilevered ph

Hello everyone, in the morning and down the external temperature of 6-7 degrees in a few days and the pH from 7 to 7.2 and went to 7,6- and 7,8 normal?

Added by gianni fasolo on June 22, 2015 at 2:26pm — No Comments

pH Levels

For those with outdoor systems, how do you combat drops in your pH from rain. Live in Alabama, the pH of rain here is about 4.6. Got several inches of rain in a few days time. Has been a real battle. Have put oyster shell in a stocking, but haven't noticed a difference.  

Added by Charles Kiplinger on June 7, 2015 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment


I'll be visiting Tucson in December and wanted to know if there were some Aquaponic systems to see while we are there. We'll be visiting with my brother-in-law who teaches engineering at UW in Seattle and I wanted to show him some Aquaponic setups in the area. Maybe one with float beds, and some with grow beds.

Added by Bob Semf on May 4, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

First Seeds Planted

4/29/2015 - I have planted my first seeds in the connstant flow bed today. Included are spinach, lettuce, calentro, savory, and a couple of other things. The beds are all plumbed and I am cycling the water. The fish tank is plumbed; however, I haven't gotten the swirl filter plumbed in yet. I am having trouble finding the right size bulkhead fittings for the holes in the top of the 30 gallon barrel.

Added by David Muttscheler on April 29, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Forward thinking

Well, deeper pockets opened up and I am allowed to get a solar system to operate the water and air pumps, as well as the potential heater needed to keep the water pleasant in the winter time. It means more research, but who minds that?

I've decided to leave out the swirl filter unless the GB isn't sufficient for filtering solids. I will still build it, just to prove I can, but I doubt it will even be an issue with worms in the medium.

ST has been rethought, and I will be using…


Added by Michael Garver Jr. on April 23, 2015 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Robert Rowe - AP Journal year 4

2015-04-04 I am changing the form of this blog to show the present state of my garden which is mostly Aquaponic.


2013-12-28 Changes to Water Temperature Monitoring, Controlling & Recording…


Added by Robert Rowe on April 4, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Time to Start Outdoor System March/April 2015

Its the end of March, the weather is starting to warm up (40F instead of 20F) and its time to get the greenhouse back up and running.

This year I am going to add DWC bins to the system to grow my green leafy vegetables. In order to do this I have to cover the sump tank with a floor and build a table on it where the DWC will sit. There are 3 bins with 8 cut outs each to support 3" net pots. I am starting everything from seed. I am using rock wool as the medium to grow the plants in.…


Added by Richard Kowalski on April 2, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Beginning of my build for 2105

I have started my build after a long winter of waiting. I have uploaded a few photos of my progress so far.  The first group is of the greenhouse setup and getting the sump tank set.  The second group of photos is the layout of Phase 1.

I will be completing this build in 4 Phases.

Phase 1 - will be pretty much the same build I had as last year except that I will be adding a swirl filter and replumbing the whole system in order to modularize it and make…


Added by David Muttscheler on March 29, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

New start up

My wife and I are taking the commercial plunge. After running a successful backyard hybrid system for a year, we purchased 4 acres and moved. We have 3 quotes for high tunnels 30x100'. There is 2 steel barns on the property located in growing zone 6a. We plan to use half of one of the barns for a fish house and build a double skinned high tunnel behind the barn east to west.

I was reading that if I expand the size to 130' it will only cost me an extra $1500 initially, but with the…


Added by Tom Helmers on March 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Power Failure

In the event of a power failure, the main concern should be the fish are supplied with air and water circulation and of course feed. Is this correct? Please advise, Thanks to all for being here, Gil Jones 

Added by Gil on March 26, 2015 at 9:08am — 6 Comments

introducing myself

I joined because I am about to begin my first solo design/build. I have seen two systems in operation, and helped build the first as a landscape focal point. Though the effect is nice, and the fish are fun and capable of feeding a few floating beds it is not what I want to design this time.

My friend built a make-shift system in his shed that successfully feeds three flush and fill beds in succession, it is exponentially more productive. I was not around for it's design and…


Added by Michael Garver Jr. on March 24, 2015 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

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