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This is a place we can share and help each other in our new industry.  If you have already established yourself in the industry or are looking to this group is for you.

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New IBC Grow Out Tanks

Started by Phil Slaton Mar 30, 2015. 0 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.The large 1,000 tanks in the back are not currently in use.Continue

Aquaponics start-up. Still undergoing business plan - In SPAIN - Help need it (please)

Started by Atreyu M. Last reply by William B Lunche Dec 16, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello every body. I am seriously researching in order to create a AQ start-up. Hope to develop a feasible business plan. It looks like no one has tried AQ in Spain al though it is a perfect country…Continue

One on One advice

Started by William Kohut. Last reply by William Kohut Jul 30, 2014. 2 Replies

I would to talk to someone who started their business One on one hopefully. Either through email , skype or if local enough meet with them. As I have a bunch of questions of what you went through to…Continue

Pricing

Started by William Kohut. Last reply by Phil Slaton Jun 20, 2014. 7 Replies

As i am writing my business plan. I am trying to work on prices for catfish and minnows, How do you people work on your pricing ?Continue

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Comment by Debra Denzer on November 21, 2012 at 7:43am

Thank you Nate. I have a couple of questions I hope you are willing to answer. How large is your greenhouse? What was your initial investment? How long before you saw a profit as a food producer?

Thanks again!

Comment by Nate Storey on November 19, 2012 at 9:41am

Debra,

We're proving out the CSA model here in Laramie. You can't beat a subscription model that also passes on almost all of the liability to the subscriber.  We don't guarantee quantity or selection, which makes it much easier.  We currently have a little over 50 subscribers and we'll try an double that in April.  We paid for our operation with income from our last greenhouse, a $10K loan, and and income from the manufacturing end of our business, but now the greenhouse is generating much more than the manufacturing side and is fully independent.  We anticipate the greenhouse will be the major money maker in the long run.

Comment by Phil Slaton on November 18, 2012 at 8:55pm

@Bob Campbell - Thanks for the tips.  We are looking into a pick-up size or trailer mounted delivery tank with oxygen.  In the spring, we are also going to have a farmers market operation hear on my farm.

Comment by Bob Campbell on November 18, 2012 at 7:15pm

@Phil Slaton - From what I've seen and read catfish are mainly sold to the Asian fish markets.  The catfish farm I got my fish from generally only sells to the Asian market in San Fransisco  and to people stocking large ponds.  I was fortunate to have a friend who helped me get a few fingerling for my system. 

Fortunately you live pretty close to the Asian community in Washington.  They may already have a supplier, but I'd go there, and see if catfish would be something they would like to buy.  It would help if you know someone who speaks Chinese or has family in the fish business.  Generally they want them alive, so you may have to invest in a transport tank with Oxygen for your truck. 

Comment by Phil Slaton on November 18, 2012 at 6:39pm

The cost thing is painful and depresses me.  Reviewing the mistakes that I have made, makes me sick.  A lot of money down the WC.  I will be better about it when I hopefully begin to sell Trout and Koi this coming spring.  Disturbing, it seems that no one is interested in Catfish.  I may have made a mistake growing Cats.

Comment by Debra Denzer on November 18, 2012 at 4:04pm

Thank you, Phil, for sharing what is going on in your business! I am learning so very much from all of you about any business possibility. It is truly helping me develop realistic ideas and expectations. I fully appreciate the honesty and disclosure!

Comment by Debra Denzer on November 17, 2012 at 4:39pm

I want to thank all of you for the insight you have shared regarding commercial aquaponics start-up. I still have a couple of questions I hope you will be willing to answer. Do any of you have a fiancially sustainable aquaponics business without a side component to that business? If yes, what do you attribute your success to?

Comment by Sahib Punjabi on November 13, 2012 at 6:11am

You are totally on the ball Greg.
TCLynx is one of the most wonderful person I know who is not only extremely knowledgable but is willing to share in a very humble manner. It is a real pleasure to know such a person and I am indeed blessed to have her as my friend :-)
God bless

Comment by Greg McCord on November 13, 2012 at 6:07am
Hey TC. Sure enjoy reading all you comments. I don't know of anyone else more informative and willing to help others as much as you. This entire industry is greatfull for all your kindness and a little madness too.... :D
Comment by Debra Denzer on November 13, 2012 at 4:51am

TCLynx, I am currently working for a local garden center/greenhouse. It is a full time job. I enjoy the work...for the most part...and still need a change. I am tired of working for someone else, giving them my expertise for minimal wages and having them make a butt load of money off my skills. Though, it is a job! I am grateful for that!

 

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