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Fish n' e coli

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Oct 17, 2012. 22 Replies

I have been disecting Tanya sawyers amazing discussion on AP on a survival podcast (featured on this site). She mentioned that e coli aren't an issue in fish b/c fish don't harbor them in their…Continue

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Aquaponics the movie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chi Ma Mar 30, 2011. 7 Replies

The producer of "return to el Salvador" (& a good friend of mine) is interested in following my south jersey public high school's atempts at sustainability, green energy, and community. Naturally…Continue

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Quest for ultimate water test

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Mar 13, 2011. 4 Replies

Going to start AP system shortly and need to find out EVERYTHING in the Public water before fish/plants show up. Anybody have any history / knowledge on this subject?


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If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
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Tilapia, Catfish
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ok now i'm looking at 1 big rubbermaid 300 gal stocktank
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I'm a high school science teacher ready to create an aquaponic system for the brand new science wing greenhouse!

the new greenhouse with outside patio

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At 9:35am on August 16, 2011, Paul Westberg said…
Aaron: I am not a educator per se but have been asked to come help at an advanced students high school nearby. What type of system would you first set up? I personally have a flood and drain with bell siphons and have access to a CHOP1 system. thanks, Paul
At 12:20am on April 5, 2011, Brian Hitchcock said…

Hi Aaron,

We are Self-Sustaining Enterprises, Inc. and independent ministry doing community development in a rural area in Nigeria. We also run a water well drilling enterprise here; we drill in rural communities to bring clean water and sanitation and hygiene training. We have drilled about 80 community wells in the past 3 years. Our website is Thanks for asking and I hope you and your wife have a chance to reach out to those who need it the most.

At 4:52pm on April 3, 2011, Tawnya Sawyer said…

Hi Aaron-

You can check out the podcast, more pictures, videos and workshop links at

We are having an online introduction to aquaponics workshop tomorrow and wednesday april 4th and 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm MT if you are interested.

As for the growingpower style 2 tiered system. It is not sunk into the ground because of where is it located and it stands about 9' tall which is a little much for planting and harvesting the top bed. We have a few lights in the middle growbed and they would be necessary if you want production in that bed. We are currently growing a ton of watercress and about 20 trout in that system. The trout will need to come out in the next few weeks as water temps are getting warmer than they like. That system would be better with a single, deeper growbed as it lacks proper filtration that you would get from media beds that are 12" deep. We built it exactly as specified by GrowingPower, but would modify it if we ever built is again as I mentioned. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Tawnya Sawyer

Colorado Aquaponics

At 1:40pm on April 3, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
I finally had a chance to watch this...excellent!  Posted on the home page.  Thanks
At 6:52am on April 3, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Thanks for the order, Aaron.  You're going to like the video!
At 5:21pm on April 2, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Aaron.  Murray's new DIY DVD is a 2 hour DVD with 2 distinct sections - a 1 hour DIY section, and a First 12 Months section.  It was originally going to be two separate DVDs, but was ultimately combined into one, along with a downloadable PDF of plans for the IBC system he builds on the video.  Confusing, I know, but it is excellent.
At 5:50pm on March 24, 2011, Mike peck said…
Same here very little background, but certainly willing to learn. I have plans for a large home system which would be built in 2 phases to help learn as I go. I would also love to have an in class system to help teach as apart of my introductory unit. Until I buy my first house this is all on hold unfortunately.
At 12:00pm on March 23, 2011, Mike peck said…
Hey Aaron. I am a teacher in a small public school north of the lehigh valley. It great to see other advocates for ap getting the word out. Still working on getting a project in my classroom.
At 5:09pm on February 11, 2011, aaron steil said…
lol.  i hows the science project coming
At 2:31pm on February 2, 2011, Jimmi Jones said…
I did some training with Morning Star Fishermen in Florida and a lot on my own, I am hoping to go to the Virgin Islands in March to do some additional training. If you ever plan to be in Belize again please let me know, hopefully we can connect.

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