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Danny Lopez
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I've been married to my beautiful wife for Nine years now,we are still doing research later this yr we will start our project. We are retired from Las Vegas Nevada. We are Christians and we wanted to find a good way to fund our mission and we think this is a fun and practical way to do just that.

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At 1:33pm on September 4, 2012, Sheri Schmeckpeper said…

Hi, Danny & Dawn! Welcome to AP in AZ! It should be fun to vicariously experience AP in Show Low. We're down in Gilbert. What mission/missions are you working toward? We may be going to Thailand next year...

Commercial AP can be challenging, but there are many resources on these forums. Are you going to start with a home system to learn the ropes?

At 5:14pm on August 31, 2012, Phil Slaton said…

Hi Danny - Glad that you like the business plan.

If you are going to raise fish you need to raise many in a large tank.  I'm talking 1300 gallon rotomolded tanks with pump/filter/aeration systems that exchange 2600 or more gallons an hour.  Here is a guy with a huge pump/filter/aeration system raising 3000 Tilapia in 1000 gallons of water -

Don't believe this houy about light tank loading.  Look at how a hatchery loads tanks and raceways.  The secret is a big tank and big pump/filter/aeration and feed 'em.  A Tilapia can come to market size in 5 months (1 pound).

Now if you are just raising them in small square boxes, all bets are off.  That is why I tore out all of my IBCs and went to 1300 gallon tanks.  The cash is in the fish, not the veggies.

I went to sets of 2 - 1300 gallon tanks each on a single 7500 gallon per hour pump/filter/aeration set-up.  I am going to raise only 600 to a tank to start with, but at those numbers I will make some money.  If you what to know where to get the big tanks and pump/filter/aeration set-ups email me phil at

At 2:37pm on July 10, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome back, Danny!


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