Aquaponic Gardening

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For those planning, running, or interested in aquaponics systems located somewhere in Texas, USA.
Discussion of rainwater harvesting incentives and other opportunities or challenges unique to Texas.

Location: Texas, USA
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Latest Activity: May 31, 2016

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My Texas System

Started by Rick Op. Last reply by Lance Rose Jun 23, 2015. 32 Replies

The idea is to post the overall description of your system: fishtank and GB size, pump timing and drain method, type of fish, how long it's been running, and the overall purpose you have in mind (and…Continue

Need help cooling my water

Started by Jon Easterling. Last reply by Mark Hall Aug 12, 2013. 8 Replies

I just got my system up and runnig and cycled with out fish. I am about to add my fish, but am concerned about the water temp. Late in the day yesterday the water hit 97. It's been in full sun and I…Continue

System setup

Started by Bill Walker. Last reply by Steve Vaitl Mar 21, 2013. 8 Replies

Hi: I am get started in aquafarming and have thought about running two tanks, 1. for fish and 2. with Prawn's. Living up on the coast, I will need to setup above ground. I haven't checked with Lowe's…Continue

Fish sources in Texas

Started by RW. Last reply by Nat Guyton Jan 31, 2013. 9 Replies

Did some research and just wanted to share with this group.I have no experience ordering from these companies, but here are some possible fish sources in Texas:…Continue

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Comment by Rick Op on March 26, 2013 at 4:16pm

Welcome, Becky C to the herd! I was up near you this weekend. I usually stay down here in west Houston.

Andy, that is really something - you got N&P themselves to come do a seminar.

I don't think I will be able to come but I am not giving up yet.

Rick Op

Comment by Andy on March 18, 2013 at 6:46pm

Hello fellow Texans!

My name is Andy Cole. I am a 24 year old Senior at UTSA. My good friend and I have been able to organize an Aquaponics seminar to be given by Nelson & Pade Aquaponics (20 years of Aquaponics experience) in downtown San Antonio, TX next to the Riverwalk Saturday, 9am—11am March 30, 2013 at Comfort Suites Alamo/Riverwalk, 505 Live Oak Street, San Antonio, TX, US, 78202.

Please visit the Nelson Pade website to signup:

Tickets are $39, which includes the book Aquaponic Food Production, by industry veteran, Rebecca L. Nelson.

We're hoping for a great turnout to this event to help spread the word about Aquaponics!!!


Also, here is the Facebook event group:

Comment by Allan Horner on November 20, 2012 at 3:30pm

I am planning to retire next year and move to Spring, TX. I am really looking forward to fishing and setting up an aquaponics setup once I get there. I see people paying $2.00 each for catfish fingerlings and I wonder why folks don't just trap some in a local stream or lake?

Comment by John Michon on August 8, 2012 at 8:04am

How about some air cooling of the water while it is being pumped?  I'm thinking like a swamp cooler action without the blower or extra electricity.  Waterfall, spray bar...anything to get some water surface area in contact with the air.


Comment by Scott Barr on August 7, 2012 at 7:12pm
Sounds like alot of electricity are you doing it with solar?
Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on August 6, 2012 at 3:10pm

currently, I use 2 400 watt heater for each 100 gal of tank size

my 100 gal tanks has two aquarium heaters

my 150 gal tank has 3 heaters

But my 300 gal tank has 4 heaters

last winter, I did not have a problem, but they were all in a thermo lined greenhouse,, I pulled the thermo blanket in place anythime the temps were going below 40 degrees night time temp.


Comment by Scott Barr on August 6, 2012 at 12:42pm
Sry-) I lived in SA for years on the NE side of town Roosevelt '87 the only deep hole U gave dug was down several feet of top soil.
I now have 2 feet of sand on top of a lot of clay on top of lignite coal just norteast of Bastrop TX and south of Elgin.
If your neighbors dont mind I would suggest Huge amounts of explosives to mediate the limestone.

Good luck and try not to blow yourself or anyone UP.
Comment by Rick kolb on August 6, 2012 at 11:43am


how do you dig 8 ft ?  In San Antonio we would be lucky to get 10" deep before we hit rock.  I like the idea and have seen it work in soft soil but, I might have to get some heavy equipment to get that deep here in San Antonio  lol ..:)

Comment by Scott Barr on August 6, 2012 at 11:36am
Thanks Bryan for the info.
Comment by Scott Barr on August 6, 2012 at 11:35am
Rember that 68-72 is approximate stable year round ground temperature at aprox 8 feet deep. You can use that temp to adjust your tank temp and the thermal mass of the ground will help maintain your set temp year round. The location and ambient tank temp will determine the requirements of a "geothermal bed build" to manage temp in any fish holding area(water).

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