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Lets make the "fishing capital of the world" the Aquaponics capital. Invite every florida aquaponics farmer you know to this list

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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 Wil Miles on January 18, 2012 at 11:06am

Hello all Naples Florida here ive got tilapia and veggies so far bigger plans down the line but any info is appreciated

Comment by Greg Pettengill on January 13, 2012 at 6:51pm


To use fish gut it might consider using them in vermicomposting or a Black Soldier Fly (BSF) waste recycling system.  But regardless, you do not want to feed them "fresh" to tilapia.

Comment by Patrick McKee on January 13, 2012 at 12:29pm

David how big of a system are you planning? Fish pond pellets will be good, you want to give your fish a balanced diet. Here is an article Sylvia wrote

You probably don't need any additional heat there in Abaco if your system is outside you can put a greenhouse over it; I can show you how to build an inexpensive greenhouse.

Comment by David cote on January 13, 2012 at 9:11am

Thank yo Lynx.  What kind of scrap can Tilapia eat? We have a fish packing house here , can and will they eat fresh fish gut?


Comment by TCLynx on January 13, 2012 at 8:22am

If your goal is to grow tilapia out fast, then you may need heating and you would need a good quality commercial fish feed for at least part of their diet.

If your goal is to just let the tilapia grow out at a more slow pace, you just need to keep the water over 55 F and you may only have an occasional spell cool enough to think about heating the water and algae/duckweed and other waste products as feed may be enough.

But, if you are only using algae/duckweed and occasional scraps to feed the tilapia, you may find you have limited nutrients to feed your veggies in the aquaponics part of the system (especially if the algae and duckweed are being grown in the system and using up all the nutrients.)

Comment by David cote on January 13, 2012 at 8:02am

Hoping set up a small aquaponics system in The Bahamas at a special needs school.  Will heating be an issue during winter months?  Also  would local algae be a sufficient food source or am I dreaming? How about duck weed? I see it is a popular food for Tilapia. Could it be grown here or it is more realistic to think of buying fish pallets. Thanks

Comment by Dave Lindstedt on December 26, 2011 at 4:49pm

Hi all:  I attended Green Acres, 1 day work shop back in May 2011.  July 20th I launched "Ramona Aquaponic Farm"  here in Hudson, FL (30 miles north of Clearwater) on the Gulf coast. I have a 128 sq.ft. 4 grow trouth systen and I am in the middle of doubling it. With a goal to have 24 grow trouth system (768 sq.ft) in operation by the end of 2012.  The plan is to create a self sustaining commercial farm on an acre & half that would totally support a family of 5..

Comment by Gray Farm Life Inc. on November 29, 2011 at 8:11pm

David, would love to come by a see what you have going on.  I work just aroung to corrner from you house.  very excited, thanks.  Ken


Comment by David Lindemann on November 29, 2011 at 9:42am

You are Invited!! Free Garden Tour

I wanted to extend the invitation to everyone to attend my first public tour of my aquaponics system.  Here are the details:

  •  When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011: 10 am - 12 
  • Where:  2100 Country Club Road, Melbourne, FL 32901
  • RSVP:  Please RSVP to -


Come and see our gardens: outdoor raft style aquaponics, vertical growing containers, wicking worm beds, raised soil gardens, fruit trees, bamboo, and more - all in my backyard!

Comment by Patrick McKee on November 28, 2011 at 10:54am

TC, You are not far from me, I would like to see your place. I think it was you that the city made you take down your greenhouse?The city of Casselberry (Hasselberry) wont let me put up a greenhouse because it can be seen from the street


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