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Connie Christians
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  • Sullivan, MO
  • United States
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How did you find us?
referral from another website
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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?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
100 gal.
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I'm a lifetime professional horticulturist with 30 years of experience in traditional gardening, greenhouse growing and public speaking. I've been circling around the idea of aquaponics for years with organic veggie beds, container growing, aquatic gardening, gravel beds and aquaculture. As a true DIYer, I'm really into the science, engineering and research. How cool is it that systems that can be scaled down to a backyard and used easily by anyone? I'm in!

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2013 Rally

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 10:12am 4 Comments

Hi everyone, What a busy year 2012 has been! Organic veggie growing, building a greenhouse, learning aquaponics and fish culture, developing a market for our food, raising and breeding laying chickens, planning for bees, goats, calves, earthworms, fly larvae, duckweed, flowers and berries. And 2013 is getting started with a rally- in January, we're traveling to California to help develop an aquaponics system, based on our model, that will go to Nigeria to help flood victims.

We have…


Spike in Growth

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:12am 0 Comments

Wow- the Grow Bed is literally jumping into gear! About a week after adding fish.

Just had a spike in Ammonia- the extra Nitrogen inspired an overnight burst of plant growth!

Happy to report no deaths of fish or plants.

Hungry blue tilapia fingerlings

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:36pm 1 Comment

Nearly 2-inch fingerlings arrived on the 24th and they were hungry! They kept striking at my hand on the outside of the bag- not stressed at all- I really didn't expect them to be so active. I fed them a little and waited a couple of hours to acclimate them before freeing them to the tank. My system is complete now- very cool.

Plants+fish- I'm up and running

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 10:48am 1 Comment

My plants look good after nearly 2 weeks. Tilapia go in tomorrow. Very exciting.

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At 12:17pm on August 29, 2012, Danny Lopez said…

Thank you for being my friend.

At 6:15pm on May 6, 2012, Tom Barnhardt said…

Connie was wondering how long your system took before it got cycled in using the pond water? Also how much did you use? I have a friend who wants to pump from his pond direct to a grow bed then have it flush back to the pond. I do not see why this would not work but let me know what you think. Thanks again for the post.


At 9:54pm on January 23, 2012, Derald Howell said…

Hi Connie,

I am glad to have someone in the business close by. I am actually starting my greenhouse late Feb in Golden Gate. Would have started earlier, but still have not sold my condo in the last year and the condo commando"s don't like the idea of a greenhouse on the lake. Go figure ! Anyway, I grew in a farming family in Naples, Immokalee and Indiantown, so have done my fair share of farming and gardening coventional style. So this is something I can really sink my teeth into. Looking forward to meeting you and hope to learn something new from you.


At 7:27pm on January 19, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Connie,

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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