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 Kobus Jooste on May 16, 2011 at 11:57pm
When you are sitting in a waiting room, about to go into the most important job interview of your career, and you look at the chemical make up of a bottle of mineral water and think...............................pH a bit low, sodium and chloride a bit high and we will definately have to buffer that alkalinity................
Comment by Kobus Jooste on May 15, 2011 at 10:13am

You stare at little things all the time.  Checking if the sand in your grow bed is compacting.  Looking at the day's growth in your seedlings.  Trying to see if the seeds in your sand bed is germinating.  Trying to find the route that those darn ants are following onto your NFT.  It must look really odd to observe this from a distance........


Also - when you find yourself in a hardware / plastics / irrigation shop and you are trying to explain to the salesperson what you REALLY intend doing with the thing in your hands.

Comment by Earl ward on May 15, 2011 at 7:13am


Every time you pass an abandon building or parking lot you imagine a garden.

There is no cure ,no matter how many steps you take, hopefully for our world  its contagious

Comment by TCLynx on May 14, 2011 at 7:36pm
until the children happily eat their veggies.  (actually letting them graze-the children that is-might not help though.)
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on May 14, 2011 at 11:28am
I actually think the world is a better place with addicts like us...although our spouses might not agree with that!
Comment by Raychel A Watkins on May 14, 2011 at 10:50am
So Sylvia are you going to write the 12 step program on how to stop.  Who is willing to contribute to this book?.
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on May 14, 2011 at 9:02am
You are SO right, Gina!  Brian, thanks for the LOL 
Comment by Green Acre Aquaponics on May 14, 2011 at 5:14am

I think we may need to start a new AA group.  Aquaponics Anonymous!


Comment by Chris Smith on May 14, 2011 at 12:40am
My wife became addicted the day our daughter ate her first vegetable directly out of the system.
Comment by Brian Hitchcock on May 14, 2011 at 12:02am

Our fish do recognize me, why just yesterday Fred was thanking me for

adding a solar panel so he could have aeration all night and Steve, well he's a real you know he was playing dead the other day...?


Comment by TCLynx on May 13, 2011 at 3:13pm
Admitting the addiction is the first step to getting your wife addicted to it also
Comment by Chris Smith on May 13, 2011 at 3:04pm
My wife just told me that admitting that I have a problem is the first step to recovery.....But I don't want to be cured!!
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on May 13, 2011 at 2:41pm

I don't know,'ve got some mighty tough competition for that prize in here!


Comment by Kobus Jooste on May 13, 2011 at 12:46pm
OK, so I'm heading out to a new media bed, after work, in the dark, with my torch and waterproof phone to use as stopwatch to see if the flooding cycle has improved with the extra inch of sand I added.  This morning I was standing near my research system when I thought it just did not sound right and rushed in expecting to find a blocked pipe or something overflowing.......Do I win a prize?
Comment by Sahib Punjabi on May 13, 2011 at 2:34am

Every time you see a new plant, you are constantly thinking "How can I grow this in my Aquaponics system"


You start to day dream at odd times "how this will work" or 'how I can improve this', being totally oblivious to the world around you...only to be woken up by a jab to your body with someone asking ...'so what do you think?"! about what? 

Comment by David Waite on May 12, 2011 at 11:16pm
When you have just completed your first system and you cant wait to start the next one. Its like aquaholism.
Comment by RW on May 12, 2011 at 9:00pm take beer out of your fridge to make room for fish food.
Comment by Chris Smith on May 12, 2011 at 2:15pm
You know your addicted when you cannot wait to read new posts in this discussion!
Comment by TCLynx on May 12, 2011 at 6:27am
ditto on the phone
Comment by Rainey Sastrowidjojo on May 12, 2011 at 2:46am

Very funny and so true indeed.

In my case: When walking through the city...i imagine the trajectory of the sun to find THE perfect sunny side of any building...


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