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Brian Cheatham
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  • Denton, TX
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How did you find us?
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
6 mos - 1 yr
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
50 gallons
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am in love with aquaponics. My best friend and I are opening an aquaponic farm in North Texas. I am a recent graduate from the University of North Texas where I obtained a bachelor of arts in history. When I began studying the history of agriculture in the U.S. and our food system, I found aquaponics and my true calling. My two children are already reaping the benefits!

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At 10:06pm on January 5, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Thanks for your comment, Brian!  I appreciate that.

At 9:05pm on December 30, 2011, Pat Chesney said…

Hi Brian,

I think we are learning together. I have only been doing aquaponics for around 10 months. I harvested my first batch of tilapia a month ago. We managed to not kill 75 fish. They were not very big because we made a lot of mistakes as we learned how to do it. I didn't even know what "nitrogen cycling" was. But tilapia are the army tanks of the fish world and most of them survived.

I tried rafts and ebb and flow during that experiment. I have settled on ebb and flow for the 40 ft. hoop green house we are building now. My son is continuing the dirt work tomorrow. 

We have learned a lot of things. My passion is sustainability and big, honkin pumps and blowers are not sustainable. Sustainable means simple. I have been finding a lot of new things that will make a difference but they are not ready for prime-time yet. 

We have about 60 fish in an emergency hoop shelter just off my bedroom window. We are heating the individual tanks with submersible heaters right now and we have an electric heater taking the chill off the air. We have 100 gallons of water for temperature ballast that is not connected to the tanks. All in all we have 200 gallons of water that carries the temperature in the shelter over night.

I am part of a group of committed Christians that teach homesteading and sustainability. Go here if you are interested is seeing more about that.

Email me privately to continue the conversation if you wish at

At 8:45am on December 30, 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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