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Commercial Aquaponics

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


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 Tetsuzan Benny Ron on May 29, 2013 at 9:01pm

May 30, 2013 "eXtension's Freshwater CoP Holding " on :

Comment by Phil Slaton on May 25, 2013 at 4:50am

Home Built Smoker - Best and Cheapest going

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on May 9, 2013 at 8:16pm

Property is zone agricultural.  One rental is a "vehicle" and licensed as such. I require no permits for any agricultural activities. Property is not in a "corporate municipality".  The concept is one of liberty, freedom and self sufficiency!  The things held in the highest esteem former generations.

Comment by Rick kolb on May 9, 2013 at 12:12am

Bring your focus back on the AP ( that is what this wall is for)  good luck getting a permit to have a COMMERCIAL AP business and two rental homes in the same zoning.

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on May 8, 2013 at 9:26pm

The major problem is the de industrialization of this nation.  I look at this property as a complete entity  with two "rental units". Current rents are $575 & $475 or maximum of $1,050 @ month.  The aquaponics farm goal is to produce $3,333 a month for a total maximum gross of $4,383 a month. Under normal conditions value 100 x the monthly gross (1%) or $438,300.  Base on existing "comps" value is more like  .37% x 100 gross X the monthly gross of a value of $162,171.  I invested $125,000 cash in this property in 2007.  Todays market value without the aquaponics farm is about $46,250.

So to put it another way, the value of my aquaponics farm that will gross $40,000 a year should have a business value of $115,000 to $116,000. That of course is lock stock and barrel including an acre and half of land.


Comment by Bob Stoffel on May 8, 2013 at 9:15pm

Green Acres put out this article today.  I myself keep researching Aquaponics and viability.

Comment by TCLynx on May 8, 2013 at 8:51pm

Oh and Dave, I'm not really trying to be hard on you, just trying to provide some reality check

Comment by TCLynx on May 8, 2013 at 8:35pm

I agree, barrelponics or the IBC of aquaponics or both are really very good starter systems for backyard growers.

Comment by TCLynx on May 8, 2013 at 8:32pm

So you are estimating that an aquaponic operation that grosses $40,000 in produce sales will only cost $5000-$10,000 in supplies, labor, transportation of produce, insurance, booth fees for farm markets, seeds, seed starting supplies, fish feed, electricity to run the system, supplements, testing supplies, fingerlings, and pest control?

I'm not really understanding what the rental income has to do with the aquaponics system income, I would think that they are two separate things.

Obviously you are not planning to pay yourself of whoever you have do the 3 hours per day of labor since even at $7.50 per hour that would cost over $8000 per year and remember if you are employing some one who is being paid only $7.50 per hour, the employer has to pay additional taxes and insurance above and beyond the actual wage.  So do you think that buying all the other stuff needed to run a commercial farming or growing operation is going to come up less than $2000 per year? 

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on May 8, 2013 at 8:31pm

No I am not organicly certified.  How ever co-op officials did conduct an official inspection of my operation.  Note:  I am retired military and spent 12 years as a senior instructor. So I see much room for improvement and price reduction for training secessions.  Plus possible sales of material and actual construction of systems.  I think construction of small "barrel ponics" systems, are good training devices and very practical for back yard family self use.


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