Aquaponic Gardening

A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners

You Know You’re Addicted to Aquaponic Gardening When...

  • Your fish recognize you
  • You buy a special home for the BSF maggots you are growing to feed your fish.
  • You are known throughout the neighborhood as the house that grows the fish.
  • You know the temperature of your fish tank every day.
  • You talk about bacteria aging like it was a fine wine
  • You banish your car to the driveway so you can have more room to grow in the garage
  • You stress out over a .1 move in pH or ammonia.
  • You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more gravel.
  • Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in aquaponic terms
  • You look forward to a Saturday afternoon spent at the dump looking for old bathtubs and barrels
  • You plan vacation trips around visiting other aquaponic gardeners.
  • You travel 150 miles to pick up 20 tilapia
  • When considering your budget, plants and fish are more important than groceries
  • You could swear your fish are on the verge of speaking to you
  • The terms "bacteria", "poop" and "waste" have taken on entirely new meanings
  • You’d rather go to an aquarium store to shop than a clothes store.
  • You take every single person who enters your house on a “garden tour”
  • You look at cattle trough and think "grow bed"
  • You ask for tools for Christmas, Mother/Father’s day, your Birthday and any other occasion you can think of.
  • Invasive pond life like algae and duckweed are now fish food.
  • You know how many bags of Hydroton your car will hold.
  • Your preferred reading matter is forum threads

And last but not least:

You know that the four seasons are:
Planning your System
Cycling your System
Maturing your System
Expanding your System


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Comment by Craig Kelso on July 22, 2015 at 6:57pm

OOOO, when you are an hour longer in Home Depot because you HAVE to correctly reorganize the PVC section. Place is worse than a United Colors of Benetton store.  It kills the wife because I have a terrible track record of folding clothes at home.

Comment by Craig Kelso on July 22, 2015 at 4:52pm

I realized I was watching a fluid dynamics class lecture from Yale to better understand the Venturi effect.  AND ENJOYING IT!

Comment by Pam DeLong on January 14, 2015 at 12:23pm
  • When you daily scour CraigsList for any freebies you can use in your system! And when you explain to the freebie-offerer what you intend to do with that item, you can see the wheels starting to turn and wonder if they are going to back out of giving it to you!    (Load the item into your vehicle before an in-depth conversation!)
  • When you spend your entire lunch time reading this AP Forum and/or cruising YouTube for new ideas and how-tos.
Comment by Chris " Wild Dog " S. on January 13, 2015 at 2:09pm

You evict the furniture for more GB's in living room !

Comment by Chris " Wild Dog " S. on November 3, 2014 at 2:48pm

Your living room has turned into a science lab !

Comment by Yron M. Retuta on October 7, 2014 at 1:16am

When you sleep late at night, and wake-up early the next morning to work on your project before the wife and kids gets up!

Comment by ELEANOR "JEAN" TURNER on May 9, 2014 at 5:50pm

I am 75.  I DO NOT belong to any "social media", and I DO NOT "TEXT",  nor will I ever either!!  Does that mean I am unable to communicate?  Social media will RUIN your P.C., with all the crap they feed you (from south east Asis, etc.).  My Security Company will not have anything to do with them!!!   Jean Turner

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 19, 2014 at 8:55am

Love this thread. In my case "when you break ground to build your 24'x24' GH in the middle of January right between temps of 0F because we had a freak 60F couple of days." Addicted!!!

@TC, here in the mountains at 20F and it is 90F in the GH: that is my definition of "THERAPY"

Comment by TCLynx on April 10, 2014 at 6:43am

You consider aquaponics to be THERAPY.

Comment by Randy Mann on April 9, 2014 at 10:22am

You need therapy!

Comment by Jeannette V. on April 9, 2014 at 10:00am

When you start looking at the 1966 Mustang that you coveted forever, finaly found and bought and is currently sitting in your garage and start thinking if I sell it....I could have more space in the garage to expand...oooh, maybe finance the green house more grow beds to put in that new empty (instead of your husbands truck that sits outside year round becuase of your classic car.....

Comment by Jeannette V. on April 9, 2014 at 9:55am

When you start thinking about what you have around the house you can sell to raise money for that attached greenhouse that you have always wanted and is becoming a necessity!

Comment by Alex Veidel on April 16, 2013 at 5:12pm

When a "can of worms" becomes something you actually would like to open.

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on December 19, 2012 at 6:47am

From Joanne Bell (employee at The Aquaponic Source) 

"As it turns out everything I need to know about creating a giant, PVC, tinker toy set for my kids I learned through Aquaponics!

I was just at Home Depot and I figured out how to convert the 1/2 mpt part of a tee to a 1" pipe faster than the Home Depot staff. In case you are interested: adapter (1/2" mpt x 3/4" slip) to 2" piece of 3/4" pipe to bushing (3/4" slip x 1" slip)...HAH! I rock!!!"

Comment by bcp on November 27, 2012 at 6:50pm

When your 3-yr-old draws you a picture with a fish tank with water pumps

Comment by Eric Warwick on June 9, 2012 at 10:35pm

@Sean, I've also been known to doodle aquaponic systems in class. They're usually a sumpless mixed system--constant flow.

Comment by FormulaX on June 9, 2012 at 7:27am

When the sound of the water flowing in your aquaponic system drowns out the city noises.  

When you see a patch of unused land and think an aquaponic system would fit great there.

When you doodle aquaponic schematics in class...

Comment by TCLynx on June 9, 2012 at 7:20am

Your dog plays fetch with busted up pieces of PVC pipe and thinks the 5" round cut outs from installing uniseals or bulkhead fittings are his frisbies.

Comment by Tony Gilliam on June 9, 2012 at 5:13am

As for me, I spend my lunch money to buy PVC fittings.

Comment by Christina V on March 25, 2012 at 6:14am

Your dog's bed is a large fish pillow. :D

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