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Started by Melissa O'Callaghan-Weber. Last reply by Jorge G. Nov 6, 2015. 17 Replies

Hello I'm new to tilapia farming. I just bought a 10 acre farm in punta gorda with 16 large ponds. I need to find a good test kit and fingerlings to start stocking. Anyone know where to get a good…Continue

south florida farmers unite (or at least put yourself on the member map)

Started by chuck. Last reply by Michael Welber Oct 9, 2015. 18 Replies

i realy feel like i am on my own down here. i have a decent set up and know of a few people who are trying to get started. but we realy need to pull together and act like a comunity or we never will…Continue

Looking for fingerlings way down south

Started by JRComito. Last reply by JRComito May 2, 2015. 14 Replies

Hi all,I am looking to buy some fingerlings. I have tried contacting three different fisheries with no luck, as well as mail order. I'm sure the problem is the small amount I want(50-100). I only…Continue

The Central Florida Great Aquaponics Tour

Started by M Cosmo. Last reply by Jeff S Nov 7, 2014. 75 Replies

So It is the slow season for growing in florida. How about planing a one day tour to a few of our sites in Central Florida. We could go to Morningstar, my place and some others in the general central…Continue

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Comment by Dennis Quaye on February 12, 2018 at 1:14pm

I am currently in the Fort Lauderdale area and could assist anyone looking for help with their aquaponics setup. Let me know

Comment by D James Fox on February 19, 2017 at 8:16pm

Anyone in the Crystal River area? We are starting a backyard aquaponics setup and would welcome some conversation.

Jim

Comment by David Leithauser on February 19, 2017 at 7:28pm

Anyone in the Volusia County area? I am currently trying to invent inexpensive electronic devices to automate and/or monitor aquaponic systems and write a book on how to build them. I would love to work with anyone in my area.

Comment by Alli K. on September 22, 2016 at 10:54am
Robbee are you on facebook? You can check out my system, I've posted pics since the beginning of the process
Comment by Robbee on September 21, 2016 at 7:55pm
Do you know if there is anyone in my area ( central east coast Florida) That I could visit and see a system set up and running? Thanks for the info on the filter systems.
Comment by Alli K. on September 21, 2016 at 7:21pm
I live in Orlando.
I have a lazy mans Aquaponics system I've been running for quite some time. I use a swirl filter and it is helpful for filtering gunk.
Comment by John E Windsor on September 21, 2016 at 6:45pm

Using a radial flow filter or a swirl filter between the fish tank and the grow beds can remove most of the larger solids, but still allow the nutrients from the fish tank to be delivered to the grow beds. You can get some good direction on how to construct those filters on YouTube. Rob Bob has a good one there, but there are others.

Comment by Robbee on September 21, 2016 at 3:27pm

John I was given the 4 boxes. They had copper tubing for re-tubing a large Carrier water chiller. They were made of wood so I covered them.

How about if I use a bio-filter to catch all the solids. I was told that the filter would help the beds by keeping the poop out of the beds and still send the water with its food for the plants. I'm just getting into this and I have read that you can use a filter or not ?  Rik The beds are 9 inch's wide. Do you think the beds will clog up? Are you in Florida? If so where? I live on the central east coast near Kennedy Space center. I'm just starting and need to learn a whole lot more. I have a 325 gal fish tank and a 325 gal sump tank feeding my beds that are 17 feet by 9 inch's by 10 inch's. Will this work?  Thanks Robbie  PS how do I join groups?

Comment by John E Windsor on September 21, 2016 at 6:45am

Robbee, lava rock is an excellent media, theoretically. Due to its porous nature the nitrification process is enhanced because there is so much more surface area for the bacteria to attach to. I would suggest, if you use it in your beds, that you keep one of those little rakes handy. It wold be really rough on your hands otherwise. I do think that those pores would become clogged with biomass after a while. I have never used it and would not consider its use. Just sayin. I have used pea gravel successfully for years now and it is easy to come by from landscape suppliers.

I am curious though, how did you come up with 9" x 10" x 17' beds?

Comment by Robbee on September 21, 2016 at 3:34am

Rik The beds are 9 inch's wide. Do you think the beds will clog up? Are you in Florida? If so where? I live on the central east coast near Kennedy Space center. I'm just starting and need to learn a whole lot more. I have a 325 gal fish tank and a 325 gal sump tank feeding my beds that are 17 feet by 9 inch's by 10 inch's. Will this work?  Thanks Robbie  PS how do I join groups?

 

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