Aquaponic Gardening

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Arizona Aquaponics

Helping each other to learn and grow big nutritious plants and fish to help feed the world.

Location: Phoenix
Members: 230
Latest Activity: Oct 7, 2019


Thank you all for joining my group, I hope to do a lot with all anyone interested. Please
tell me any event suggestions you would like us to do.

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Comment by Chris George on November 28, 2011 at 1:04pm

Are you referring to expanded shale??

Comment by David Kirkland on November 28, 2011 at 12:52pm

Dave Story: Grow media.  Where can I get aquaponics stones?  And where can I learn more about them?

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on November 28, 2011 at 12:43pm

the University of Arizona did some R&D on grow media. It is lighter, larger and more porous than the hydroton. I am having a big batch made. the hydroton costs a lot and it gets into my plumbing. are you going to raft your plants or put them into grow media?

Comment by David Kirkland on November 28, 2011 at 12:21pm

To Dave Story: "aquaponics stones" ... what do you mean? smooth river stones? pea gravel?


P.S.  I'm new to aquaponics and still building my first IBC tote system. I haven't added a medium yet, so any insight would be appreciated.


Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on November 28, 2011 at 12:02pm

I really would like to see this group grow. I am learning from other groups. So, I will show you mine, I hope you will show me your system or add to the discussion here. Oh, I am changing my hydroton to aquaponics stones. You can see them behind my tomatoes.

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on November 26, 2011 at 5:48am

howdy from Tucson

I started about 6 mos ago with 50 pure white niles (ha ha), they were smaller than a dime and all white at the time, I put them all in a 100 gallon rubbermaid tank and a 50 gallon on top with hydroton and an experiment of plants. after 4 mos I seperated my 7 gray fish into another 100 gal tank with a 100 gallon tank on top experimenting with growing trees. a month later I sexed my fish to find 14 females,, I have added a 300 gallon rubbermaid in a greenhouse..

13 females with 2 males in a 100 gallon tank. I have 4 tanks with fish  

Comment by Local Roots Aquaponics on November 25, 2011 at 11:41pm

Aquaponics is definitely possible in AZ!  We are in Tucson.  Great idea starting this group David.

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on November 23, 2011 at 9:08pm

Hi! Thanks for starting a group for AZ, David.

Comment by Bob Schmeckpeper on November 23, 2011 at 9:05pm

We are in Gilbert, Were are the rest of you located?


Comment by David Kirkland on November 23, 2011 at 7:28pm

So I took the jump and purchased an IBC tote.  It's not completely assembled yet, but I'll take some pictures tonight and post them if I can find my camera.


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