Aquaponic Gardening

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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 Gina Cavaliero on August 20, 2011 at 10:34pm

When everyone in town knows you as the fish and lettuce ladies.  

When almost every one of your horse's muck buckets and water troughs has either coir, fish or plants in it.  

When you move the fence and take away pasture from your horses to build more aquaponic troughs.

When the shed is no longer just a shed, its the seed shed.  

I could keep going on and on, as its all true!!!

Comment by Jake Schneider on August 17, 2011 at 3:19pm

When you turn your old fishing boat into a growbed.

When you don't have lie to your fishing buddies about how many fish you caught.

Comment by Jake Schneider on August 17, 2011 at 1:48pm

You try to settle your gambling debt by giving your booky fish.

You contemplate using a loan shark to finance your latest AP project.

You serve fresh veggies and fish at your own intervention. 

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on August 17, 2011 at 1:30pm
Hilarious, Jake!
Comment by Jake Schneider on August 17, 2011 at 1:27pm

You cry because your toddler pronounced "aquaponics" correctly.

Your wife threatens to divorce you if she finds you trying to grow fish in the bathtub...again.

You call in sick, again, because your fish are off their feed.

Your wife catches you watching AP videos at 3am on youtube...again.

Comment by Jake Schneider on August 17, 2011 at 12:55pm
Your addiction to this reading this site interfers with your internet porn addiction. 
Comment by Mohamed almehairbi on July 4, 2011 at 4:43am
aquaponics is just indescribable i just love it! the more you understand it the more spend your time with it especially when it comes to fish feeding part!!
Comment by TCLynx on June 16, 2011 at 12:54pm
Either that or Gravel Washing Party
Comment by Raychel A Watkins on June 16, 2011 at 12:27pm
Would an aquanonics intervention be like a picnic BYOF  Bring your own fork
Comment by Wayne Hall on May 20, 2011 at 4:47pm
This is so funny, I have been talking aquaponics to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen and I haven't even started yet, enjoying the more traditional gardening right now, and dreaming of the day when I can when I actually get it started. I will definitely need that 12 step program AA (Aquaponics Anonymous) here I come.
Comment by Chris Smith on May 20, 2011 at 10:07am

I must have it bad because I get variety #1 during daylight hours and variety #2 shortly after dark! The after dark hours are getting tough since my daughter that has started demanding computer time.


I have had the same experience with the well dressed people wondering the neighborhood looking to convert someone. They usually leave with new inspiration.

Comment by TCLynx on May 19, 2011 at 12:00pm

I must warn everyone that there are two varieties of aquaponics addictions and those who get both have a really hard time getting anything else in life done.

1-the actual aquaponics addiction that leaves you out constantly working on/upgrading your systems building new ones and so on. 


2- the internet aquaponics addiction, to which the withdrawl symptoms can be extreme if the local net goes down or if the Site goes down (the emotional trauma a couple years ago when the BYAP forum went down for a day or so was severe for many people.)

Comment by TCLynx on May 19, 2011 at 8:58am
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on May 19, 2011 at 8:53am
That is hilarious, TC!  Perhaps you should come up with a brochure that you can hand them when they leave...
Comment by TCLynx on May 19, 2011 at 8:47am
When all the religious people who stop by to try to save you instead get converted to "Aquaponics".  (I've given lots of Religious people tours of my Aquaponics gardens and they are usually so distracted that they wander away from here without putting any effort into converting me.)
Comment by Donna Landrum on May 19, 2011 at 3:22am

The guys that work for the power company come let you know when they are working on the lines in your neighborhood so you can switch to backup power.

We have to spell "Lowes" to keep the dog from freaking out. Lowes is pet friendly so we take our dog. lol  He always heads straight for plumbing. 

You know more about fish diseases than you thought you ever would. 

You contemplate buying a lab grade microscope.

You've met all your neighbors because they can't resist stopping & asking "What are ya'll building/doing?". 


Comment by TCLynx on May 18, 2011 at 7:05pm
When you watch the fish tank camera on your TV more than actual TV channels.
Comment by Alfio Contarino on May 18, 2011 at 6:07pm
you and your partner decide to travel from Melbourne to Honolulu 5513.52miles to attend a 3 month training course in aquaponics because you have been to all the local ones.  :)
Comment by David Waite on May 17, 2011 at 9:01pm
You realize that bowl of salad cost 10000.00 and you convince your self it is worth it.
Comment by David Hart on May 17, 2011 at 5:48am

You learn to like your food 'well done'.

While it's coooking, you say....I'll just read this one AP blog....or...I'll run out to the system just for a quick look.....

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