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Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Jan 18, 2015. 7 Replies

I have looked around today for a U.S. supplier for the Affinity Pond (see link)  …Continue

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PodPonics in Atlanta

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Apr 18, 2012. 2 Replies

I ran across an article about PodPonics in Atlanta in this month's Urban…Continue

Solar Oven Ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Feb 28, 2012. 2 Replies

Hello,I have built a couple of DIY solar ovens from cardboard and aluminum foil like this one called the CooKit. They actually…Continue

Doomsday Preppers - Aquaponics

Started this discussion. Last reply by jerry allison Mar 30, 2012. 27 Replies

I watched a little NATGEOTV this afternoon.  I really enjoyed seeing the aquaponics system in this video episode: …Continue


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I recently moved to Michigan and need to figure out to do aquaponics indoors. I write about urban gardening, amateur hydroponics, and aquaponics at

Since it's winter in Michigan right now and I can't keep fish outdoors, I've been experimenting with hydroponic growing in my basement. I plan to use the same techniques to start a vermiponic experiment soon. I will be building an indoor aquaponic system using a 100 gallon fish tank and a 4 x 4 feet grow bed with hydroton.

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Willie Nelson's Editorial About the Food System

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 3:40pm 6 Comments

I originally posted this article on my personal food blog, but wanted to share it here for anyone that is interested.


I have enjoyed listening to country music since the days of eight track tapes, a.m. radio's, and first generation Sony Walkman.  Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and Tom T. Hall were regulars on Kansas City's 61 Country station that we listened to all day long whether in…


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At 7:38pm on February 4, 2012, Douglas Wozniak said…

The Bluegills or Sunfish come from Holloway Reservoir two miles away. I go down there and find the fishermen and ask them to catch me a dozen small ones and I just pay them $20.00 Since I'm not raising them to sell for food or at the market. it doesn't matter as to them being totally pure breed fish or not. I'm only looking for there poop right.

At 6:44pm on February 4, 2012, Douglas Wozniak said…

Your more than welcome here.

The whole operation is designed for the public. You can contact me through e-mail: Dougwoz at Charter.Net [Replace the (at With @).] call 810-429-3728 ask for Doug.

We will make you welcome and show you anything you want.

At 7:36pm on February 2, 2012, Douglas Wozniak said…


Hello me and the wife live north of Yipsi in Davison. Looking forward in dealing with you and maybe some of your associates.Check out my operation from my photos. and let me know what you like or want more information on.


At 10:24am on December 2, 2011, David Owens said…

Then I realized that the bacteria in my growbeds were probably not as active as they were freezing and the ammonia and nitrate levels were getting high so I moved a smaller FT into my garage and insulated it with closed cell polypropylene foam and painters plastic. I did this last week and everything seems to be working fine. The fish and plants are happy and there is snow on the ground this morning.Good Luck with the cold up here

At 10:20am on December 2, 2011, David Owens said…

Hello Brian, I am a new arrival to MI as well as I just got here last year from California...what were we thinking huh? It is cold but I have tried 2 approaches to surviving the cold. 1st, I piled free wood chips from the county up and around my IBC shipping container that I use for a Fish Tank about 4' high and wide all around. My sump was already buried below ground so I also covered it with wood chips and leaves from the yard about 2' high. Then I placed a 400watt aquarium heater in the Fish Tank and maintained a temp of about 65F to 70F even when the temps outside dipped to snowing levels. 

At 6:53pm on October 2, 2011, Two Jay said…

Hello Brian, I am in Michigan as well.  Welcome to the state and good luck with your AP system.  TwoJay


At 4:11pm on October 2, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Brian,

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 Home 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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