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Richard commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I started a Small Barrel system and I am on the hunt for a few Tilapia. I am in the middle of building a larger system. I will also need Tilapia for that system. Does anyone have any available? "
Apr 30
Don Minchella commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Rob, your the man!"
Apr 18
Rob Simpson commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I'll set aside 30 for you, most should be 3+ inches long by then"
Apr 18
Don Minchella commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Rob,   Thank you for the info and yes I do have an external swirl tank and sump tank as part of the system. 30 lbs of Talapia sounds like a good number. Is it possible that you may have that amount of Talapia by mid May?"
Apr 18
Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I forgot all about this forum.  Hello fellow Aquapons! "
Apr 17
Rob Simpson commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Its more a function of your media bed volume than the tank size. I've got a 350 gal tank as well with 4 x 50 gal media beds and i can support 30lbs of tilapia quite easily. So I would start with 30 and you'll see at the end of the year how…"
Apr 17
Don Minchella commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Rob, I will ping you prior to the 15th of May. Thank you! Since this is new system with a tank size of 350 gal, how many Talapia fingerlings would you recommend would you recommend."
Apr 17
Rob Simpson commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I've got a bunch. Located in the Peoria area. You can ping me at"
Apr 17
Don Minchella commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I am the old gent celebrating his 89th year of life and getting engrossed in Aquaponics. My system will be complete by 4-30. I will begin the water cycles then and should be ready for some Talapia by 5-15. My fish tank is 350gal and I have 3 grow…"
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Im a designer by trade, in architecture and landscaping. I started traditional gardening about one year ago and am always looking to improve upon my harvests. Im currently building my first aquaponics system, you can read about it at and would love any feedback I can get.

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At 7:52am on February 21, 2016, Clint Martineau said…

Hi Dave, how many IBC totes do you have and how much are you wanting for them?  are they the 3 in your pics here?

At 5:43pm on June 30, 2013, Chad Olberding said…
You sent me a message a few weeks ago and said you make it to the I-17 and thunderbird area sometimes. Was hoping maybe we could touch base and try and set up a time for you to check out my system give me a tip or three. Please call or text me at 602-909-6858. I'm sorry I lost the message that had your phone number.
At 8:09am on June 7, 2013, Russell Weight said…


Yes I still have blocks.  How many are you looking for? I just went to check to see how many I actually had left.  Turns out I only have 28.

They are 8"x16", and have been stored inside since I bought them a few months ago.

Give me a call or text if you are interested.


At 7:14pm on April 25, 2013, Charles Scholl said…

David, Thanks again for your offer to come by while in Columbia. I regret that I won't be available. Please congratulate your son and thank him for his sacrifice and commitment to our country. Steve


At 8:28pm on April 22, 2013, Wendell Ford said…
David give me a shout when you get to Colombia. It's not that far to Goose Creek from there.
At 5:43am on November 8, 2012, TCLynx said…

Well if you are getting a heavy accumulation of fish poop in your raft beds, then you probably need better filtration before your raft beds or less fish.

I'm not sure if there are any detritivores that would eat huge enough ammounts of fish poop from a raft bed.

However, gammarus might be able to help you some

At 7:35am on November 6, 2012, Kirsten Udd said…
Thanks, David! I would like to visit with a few friends on Monday, Nov 12th. Will get a head count if this date works for you.
At 2:47pm on September 16, 2012, Dawn Jamison said…

Hey David, I just have two aquariums ornamental fish: Angels, Zebras, Cats and fin tails (algae eaters).  One tank is 10 gal and the other is 30.  I've had organic gardens my entire life until this year.  I recently had to sell my house and move to an apartment.  No outside room to experiment.  Not many jobs for administrative assistance these days.  I'm still diligently looking for temporary so I can stash away $$ for the move.  I too want to get totally involved in setting up aquaponics at schools and helping to educate students about it.  Show Low will be within 30-60 minute drive of where we probably will be so I think it would be cool to work help each other launch.  If everything happens how I want, May will be when we can start building and installing everything.  Keep me posted and I'll do the same.

At 7:29am on September 16, 2012, Dawn Jamison said…

David,  I will need a lot of assistance.  I will be attending two SCORE workshops, one related to all aspects of putting together a business plan and the other for managing your cash flow.  I will get Will's book today. Glad to hear first hand that it was helpful.  I'm going to try to plan a drive out to Arizona hopefully before winter, say late October and I would love to include a tour of your aquaponics set up and of anyone else's if possible.  I would eventually like to do this on a large scale so I will contact Dr. Brooks. Thanks again.

At 7:48pm on August 30, 2012, Nathanael said…

Hey David, Thanks for the add. Glad to connect with someone local to AZ. You mentioned you have a connection with someone for all size Tilapia. What breed and do you know what their asking price is?

What are your thoughts regarding the different species of Tilapia?

Thanks again

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Living Water Organics Aquaponic Journal

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March 16 visit 10 am

Wenhang Lin came over to see myself and my aquaponic system. He is a photographer wanting to capture the people behind growing their own food. Him and his wife are into permaculture. He wants to write an ebook and eventually get his pics published.


Outdoor aquaponic garden shade structure completion

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:30pm 16 Comments

March 15th was the completion of my new outdoor aquaponic garden consisting of a 10' long dual metal rain gutter system that flows into an existing filter box then onto a nft tube then back into the fish tank. I covered it with 40% shade cloth I got at Amazon for a steal.…


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