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Commercial Aquaponics Startup

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Commercial Aquaponics Startup

Time: May 14, 2011 to May 15, 2011
Location: UrbiCulture Farms
Street: 1855 W 12th Ave
City/Town: Denver, Co
Website or Map: http://www.coloradoaquaponics…
Phone: 720-470-7007
Event Type: commercial, workshop
Organized By: Tawnya Sawyer
Latest Activity: Apr 29, 2011

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Event Description

Learn what it takes to startup and run a commercial aquaponics facility!

The Lecture Portion Covers:

  •   Commercial system design elements
  •   Aquaponics system components
  •   Environmental and water quality parameters
  •   Operations and maintenance activities
  •   Pest control and management techniques
  •   Marketing, pricing methods, economics of aquaponics
  •   Greenhouse or warehouse facility considerations  

The Hands On Portion Covers:

  •   Multi-tier growbed stack construction
  •   Plumbing, turbulator and bio-filter installation
  •   Fish health, quarantining, feeding, stocking and harvesting
  •   Water quality testing, adding nutrients, pH adjustments
  •   Bio-filter maintenance, solids removal, cleaning
  •   Seed starting, transplanting, plant health, harvesting
  •   Daily log and other record keeping

Breakout Sessions

A. Hydroponic Stack Construction: build the hydroponic tray and bio-filter stand, install liner
B. AquaCulture Maintenance: stock fish, quarantine, water chemistry tests, nutrient additions, feeding, daily log, solids removal, filter maintenance
C. AquaCulture Tank Construction: build a 1500 gallon fish tank
D. Hydroponics: make rafts, start seedlings, transplant into rafts, harvest, instal lights, records
E. Aquaponics Plumbing: Install turbulator, filter chamber, pump plumbing, bio-filtration


Growhaus Tour (optional)

We will be offering a tour to GrowHaus which is running 2 different community sized production systems and looking to expand aquaponics, build out its shared growing space, and open a fresh market in a food desert. 


It is strongly recommended that participants to have completed the Introduction to Aquaponics workshop.

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