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What's Hiding in Our Food?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris McMahon Apr 25, 2011. 3 Replies

I couldn't find a direct link to it online, but page 22 of the June 2011 issue of I.D. Magazine has an interesting story about some of…Continue

Aquaponics Article Worth Reading

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harold Sukhbir Apr 25, 2011. 2 Replies

I found a link to this article posted on …Continue

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Tilapia Articles

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I ran across this link recently and wanted to pass it along for those that haven't seen it.  The possibilities for aquaculture…Continue

ROI for aquaponics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kobus Jooste Mar 23, 2011. 18 Replies

What type of aquaponics methods offer the highest and quickest ROI for backyard sized systems? Many interested in growing food will be surprised at the cost of media systems. I know I am. It is nice…Continue


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Egg Plant

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 6:39pm 5 Comments

I transplanted an eggplant today into my gravel bed. It immediately collapsed, folded in half and wilted so that it looked absolutely pitiful.  I chalked that up to an "experiment" and went on about my day.

Within 45 minutes, I went back out into the backyard and to my surprise the eggplant the was completely upright with no signs of wilting. I'm still skeptical, but for now at least the eggplant has come back from the brink.

Tenative Aquaponic System Plan

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

My plan has changed a few times, but this is my current plan for building my backyard aquaponics system.  My drawing is pretty crude and not to scale, I know, but it's the best software I have available to make the drawing.  The grow beds will be two 100 gallon Rubbermaid stock tanks and the fish tank is a 30 inch tall x 4 feet wide 200 gallon HDPE fish tank. I've searched…


Florida Sources for Freshwater Fish Stock

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 9:09pm 10 Comments

The Florida Wildlife Commission recently provided me a list of commercial fish hatcheries. I thought I'd share the link below for any of my fellow Florida aquaponic enthusiasts that are interested:


Unfortunately, most of them do not have websites for additional research. I guess we'll have to resort to the old stand-by --…


Bluegill for Aquaponics

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 8:30pm 16 Comments

I've discovered that instead of the 300 gallon fish tank I was planning for my aquaponics system (stocked with catfish), my wife is more comfortable with a 150-170 gallon tank due to the large footprint required for the larger tank. So I've been researching fish for my smaller tank. I want to maximize fish for the space.  I've received many suggestions for bluegill, so I did a little research via Google. Surprise, surprise....bluegill are being researched as a lower cost alternative to…


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At 11:30pm on December 27, 2011, George said…

Interesting article, thank you.  I hadn't heard before of the bluegill/redear cross.  The redear is known locally as a shellcracker.  I believe they reach a larger size than bluegill but I may be wrong about that.  The bluegill hybrids around here result from a green sunfish cross.  The lower cost projected for these fish is probably due to the reduced need to heat water.  Good luck with your plans - hope they are progressing.

At 9:27pm on March 18, 2011, Burton said…

The tank is rounded on the bottom, like most feed bunks so it is about 200 gallons ... What I like about it though is the shape. Kinda wish the price was smaller however, and that it wasn't rounded on the bottom. (better picture of rounded bottom here basically its 10" straight down then half a 10" circle x 10 ft. :)


It would be about 350 if it was square :) ... the same company has "liners" to but these have "weep" holes in them ... wonder if you can get it without the holes ... only 10" deep but 129 gallons max (at rim) ... they seem really thin though based on reviews.


The top on has a drain plug :)

At 3:38pm on March 2, 2011, Alfred Luckerbauer said…
Did you ever consider to visit Morningstar Fishermen ? Interesting place
At 5:57pm on March 1, 2011, TCLynx said…
Yep, for personal private use, don't mess with the permit but if it is a business, then yes get a permit.
At 10:49pm on February 27, 2011, TCLynx said…

If you want to grow or transport certain species you will need the permit or if you intend to sell fish you will likely need the permit.

For personal use as long as you only grow allowed species I don't believe a permit is required.

At 3:03pm on February 27, 2011, Paul Ellinghuysen said…

Mr. B, for my hydro stackers I use in a 1 gal container   one-eighth cup Neptunes Harvest, one-eighth cup Total from Greenworld Path Brooksville Fl. One tablespoon 10-2-1 Bat Guano , 1 drop Superthrive, 2 cups of my own blend of compost tea.Mix in a blender, strain thur a shade cloth and an old nylon stocking.Feed twice or 3 times a week,Stand back and watch them grow! Paul

At 11:55am on February 13, 2011, Sahib Punjabi said…
Welcome to the Aquaponic Community. So glad to read that you are a backyard gardner. We have so much to learn from each other and share :-)
At 9:13am on February 13, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Hey B.  Wonderful to have you here.  Thanks so much for the links and endorsement on your terrific website!  I used it as my Facebook update for our company today - hope you don't mind .  I'm also looking for a new quote for our new shopping cart (going live on Thursday).  Mind if I quote you with a link back there?


I was just telling TCLynx that I'm jealous of the population density of APers in Florida.  I'd love to be there for the tour!

At 7:52am on February 13, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome B,


I was intrigued by your email address, but couldn't see all of it.  Do you work for (run?) a backyard gardening organization?

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.  

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Main page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.



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