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Aquaponics For Beginners


Aquaponics For Beginners

This is a place where Beginners can post questions and find answers.

Advanced Users are welcome to help the Beginners out.

Please KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) .

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Low Fruit Production

Started by Danny. Last reply by Jeff S Jul 5, 2015. 14 Replies

My tomato plants (5) are growing but not producing much fruit, one or 2 tomatoes in the past 2 months.  A few others on the plants but take forever to turn red.  Any ideas what I can do to increase…Continue

Not for human consumption!?

Started by Nichelle Hubley. Last reply by Nichelle Hubley Jun 30, 2015. 7 Replies

Well, I think I messed up big time. I've been feeding my precious tilapia koi food (I like in a small place and it was all I could get... :( ) for about 2 months and last night I read on the back of…Continue

Help!! Help !!! with new filtration and set-up.

Started by Henrique Miguel. Last reply by Wayne Mcbryde May 14, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi,I have a set up of 2 55 gal  blue barrel with Tilapia and  guppies separate.   I have young ones and they are growing well. Issue of overcrowding and feeding. 1. I would like to use a water…Continue

New IBC Grow Out Tank System

Started by Phil Slaton. Last reply by Shirley A Davidson May 14, 2015. 8 Replies

The barrels in the back of the 6-IBC grow out tanks are 2-media filters, 1 lava rock filter and on the extreme left, the sump.  Since my heart surgery this grow out system is for sale.The large 1,000…Continue

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Comment by TCLynx on January 7, 2013 at 7:41am


   Phil has good points here, just keep in mind that what Phil is doing is actually aquaculture, he is not really doing any aquaponics.

If you intend to eat raw lettuce and other raw foods grown in water from a natural  pond that also hosts ducks and other wildlife in addition to fish, there is a minimal risk of some food born diseases getting into the mix.  (I say minimal since there are plenty of field farms that irrigate with river and other surface waters but still the claim that aquaponics doesn't have warm blooded manure involved and is safe from things like e. coli are based on keeping our aquaponics system free of those warm blooded manures like duck and chicken poop and other farm manures.)

Anyway, if you are wanting to raise veggies using your pond directly, you may want to get a water test kit and see if there is enough extra nutrient to make it worth while.  And if the fish in the pond are just bass, catfish and bluegill, you may not even really need to worry about caging the roots since those fish are not really herbivores.

You would need to add aeration under where ever you secure the raft.

Comment by Phil Slaton on January 7, 2013 at 1:49am

Hi Sally,

I am in the process of changing over my 5-1100 gallon grow tanks to pump water from my catfish breeding pond to them.  I had no success with pump and filter in these tanks and at the urging of the Zen Master of Aquaponics/culture Bob Terrell [who posted below]. I am in the process of the change over.

What drove me  to it was that my pond water is of excellent quality - the ducks and Catfish are doing their thing and Mother Nature is masterfully taking care of the quality of the pond.

This is a photo of my pond full to the spillways:

Good pond water beats electrical/mechanical pumping and filtering hands down.

If you have questions of me just email me at phil(at)

Good Luck!

Comment by TCLynx on January 6, 2013 at 9:03pm

Hi Sally,

Get a Freshwater master test kit and start learning about your pond water while you ponder how to design your system

Comment by Sally Bast on January 6, 2013 at 5:09pm

Another newbie here.  So excited to get started.  My research has not answered my questions about ponds.  Is the water a good start for the system?  Does anyone do a system connected ,in any way, to a pond?  I have a 2+ acre pond where I plan to get my fish.  Do I have other choices...raft in pond..with roots protected, of course.  Everyone on this site is so helpful.  Thank you in advance.  Located in SW MO.

Comment by Bob Terrell on January 5, 2013 at 11:29pm

Robb, your in the right place!!  Good luck

Comment by Robb on January 5, 2013 at 10:54pm

well lets start this thing, i am completely new to this idea and this is the first time i have written anything on tis site and i want to say that i am very impressed by the community of people that are helping the other group members at every occasion. I truly believe that aquaponics is a tool that will help people, feed people and help this earth that we all inhabit.  when we have to nurture the organisms that are working for us in a tight system we will benefit, rather than "cheating" with chemicals and growing "food" in sterile soil.  Cheers to you all and the best in this new year.  I hope to report back soon with progress.  robb

Comment by Kellen Weissenbach on December 21, 2012 at 1:49pm

Wheat will do just fine, just like any other grass, but it uses a great deal of surface space for what you'll get in terms of harvestable food, both in terms of mass and value.


Comment by TCLynx on December 21, 2012 at 7:13am

In that case William, you probably need to do some research into small plot wheat growing/harvesting/processing to learn how people do it by hand and not in the big mega agriculture.  Pay attention to climate, season, lighting and info that might help you recognize particular problems, pests, diseases, or deficiencies in wheat.  (Planting, fertilizing, irrigation etc is taken care of differently for aquaponics)

As far as planting I expect you could simply sprinkle the seed wheat onto the gravel and it will fall down to the moisture and start to grow if planted in the right season for your climate.

You will probably need an extensive amount of grow beds to grow enough to make very much flower though.  Now I've never grown wheat to make flower, my climate isn't really good for it.  But I expect a 5 gallon bucket could grow a sheaf of wheat (I do not know how many sheaf of wheat you need to get say a cup of wheat berries though.)

Nor do I know how root bound a grow bed growing wheat might get.

But I'm sure the plants will grow........

Comment by William Kohut on December 21, 2012 at 5:51am
Ok.I am trying to grow it to make flour not juice
Comment by TCLynx on December 20, 2012 at 10:04pm

There probably isn't much written about growing wheat in Aquaponics since that is normally such a large acreage field crop and not too many people are interested in growing only a few square feet of wheat and then trying to figure out how to process it by hand.  But I expect it should be just as easy to grow as many other crops in aquaponics and if you are growing for juicing the grass rather than harvesting the grain, then it all should be much easier.


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