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New Post, New Garden, New Blog

Hey, I’m Devin Solkov. Four years ago I had coffee. Not for the first time, not even for the twelfth time. But this coffee opened my eyes to a different world. No, it wasn’t the first time I tried pour over, or even Blue Bottle. In fact, the reason I even mention coffee is to contextualize a conversation which would define the next chapter of my life. I remember the day well. It was mid-July, the time was 4:35 pm, across from me sat the intelligent and…


Added by Devin Solkov on October 19, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments

References for Aquaponics Beginners

Almost two years ago, my soon-to-retire daughter asked me to research aquaponics.

In August 2013, I delivered "References for Aquaponics for Beginners," a nine page document. I send FREE monthly up-dates to anyone and the September 2014 up-date was over 140 pages.

A couple college professors described "References..." as a "treasure."

For educators, this could be a useful source of a quick find for the latest information.…


Added by Al Hodges on October 9, 2014 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Do my Bacteria Get Cold?

This post first appeared on Cold Weather Aquaponics. Keeping up our…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on September 6, 2014 at 8:46pm — 16 Comments

Am I an Aquapon? The Permaculture Garden

Post first appeared on Cold Weather Aquaponics

This post begins a new series called "Am I an Aquapon?"*

The idea for this series has been percolating to the surface over the past…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on September 6, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Reddit AMA on Cold Weather Aquaponics Wed. Aug. 27 2pm EST

In case you're not familiar, Reddit has a long tradition of hosting something called AMAs or Ask Me Anything.  There have been thousands of them over the years, and people from all walks of life have participated, including…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on August 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Your Pipes Need Some Bling

This post first appeared on Cold Weather Aquaponics…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on August 19, 2014 at 8:15am — 2 Comments

How We Build Our Solids Lifting Outlet (SLO) At Smoky Mountain Aquaponics

There are many ways to skin a cat or in this case get the poop out of your fish tank (FT). Here is how we make ours for our full size IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) FTs. We wanted a true family…


Added by Jim Fisk on August 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — 16 Comments

How my Fish Tanks Failed

Originally posted on Cold Weather Aquaponics

The response and feedback from my recent talks make it apparent to me that - more than anything else - everyone loves a story.

The most popular kind of story, it seems, is…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on August 14, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

July-August Awesome Cold Weather Aquapon

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The Awesome Cold Weather Aquapon (ACWA) from July-August is Adam Cohen from …


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on August 8, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Mark 2 Basement System

Jalapeno Gigante peppers under T5 lights

Basil planted July 30 in this bed; tiny seeds broadcast directly into media.…


Added by John Fruncek on July 31, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments

Robert Rowe - AP Journal

This is an an attempt at learning my way around this environment and to explain Where I stand going into aquaponics and how and where I want to go.


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


Added by Robert Rowe on July 14, 2014 at 1:35pm — No Comments

New To The Game!

Greetings everyone! 

Glad to be a new member and looking forward to digging through past discussions while building some new ones as well. I have a small little Aquafarm from BackToTheRoots, but have been reading up on more intricate systems with the intention of building my own system.  In time, I would like to develop a custom modular system for potential commercial use, but for now I will be experimenting at home for personal use (and neighborhood love!).



Added by Campbell Frey on July 12, 2014 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

How Twitter Killed My Fish

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I'd like to share a story with you today, about a bonehead move I made.

It's the story of how I trusted a little bird to care for my fish, and how they ended up dead.

But first you need to know something about my friend…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on July 10, 2014 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Cool Your Greenhouse With Enthalpy: Part 4

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In this final post on cooling, we let you in on a trick that can make a big difference in your summer greenhouse temperatures by…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on July 4, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Roots can cause problems!

I had been admiring my tomato plant for a few weeks now.  Lots of foliage and lots or tomatoes.  Well, when I came home from work last week I found that the sump was nearly dry.  My water was overflowing from the tomato barrel. I pulled about two or three cups worth of roots from my gravel guard area.  Problem solved and lesson learned.  If it looks good on top, check down below!

Added by Alan Barnett on July 1, 2014 at 6:35pm — 3 Comments

Pictures from the Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence

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Well, we did it.

Our ten intrepid volunteers managed to build a DIY aquaponics setup from raw materials in a period of two hours on the dot!

It's hard to overstate how impressive it is to see a bunch of permaculture folks form efficient teams…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on June 30, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Aphids came in for the attack!!!!!

Aphids everywhere by the millions, sprayed with 1 prt vinegar, 2 parts water, lettuce scorched, sprayed them with water. Will the lettuce come back and what to do with the aphids. I highly doubt that this swarm is gone. Should I cut lettuce back, baby green leaf, or will they heal. At a loss.

Added by Tarah Bertsch on June 27, 2014 at 8:05am — 5 Comments

Angel Fish Setup aquaponics

Attached is Photo of my setup.

Added by Steven Melnick on June 26, 2014 at 6:22pm — 7 Comments

An Aquaponics Manifesto

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After years of building and operating a backyard aquaponics system, and months of writing about aquaponics, until recently this question still stopped me in my…


Added by Jeremiah Robinson on June 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Huge problem with Raft system. HELP!!!

My current system at home has-been…


Added by Mathew Slattery on June 24, 2014 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

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