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Derald Howell
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Finally sold my condo in Naples and bought 31 acres in Ocklawaha FL. As soon as I can build my house, I will start my AP system. Can't wait ! I am an asst produce manager for Publix and grew up here on traditional farms in SW Florida.

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At 7:16am on March 19, 2012, kayteasouth said…

HI Derald, Am verry excited about this new venture, have always loved gardening and fish pondsand tanks and emm tasting..... Am looking forward to more friends in this area as I love to hear and see new ideas. Your place is only a couple of miles from us, I used to take my kids and grandkids swimming at Clear lake. Am gathering parts and peices to get started just put in some new water line and am wait inn for tanks for fish. Then hope tto have some video to share. Good luck with your move and keep us posted, KT.

At 9:47am on March 6, 2012, Wil Miles said…

Hey Derald glad to hear others in my area are trying this. the people im working with is like i give instructions in crayon or it isn't understood lol, but i do have a 1100 gallon system up and running at the moment rebuilding all growbeds.So i will be adding pics after its finished ,you are more than welcome to send me an email  at spdrcr2000@yahoo chat meet or  something you could even come by take a look if you like its pretty close to you on immokolee road were on moulder ave about 2 miles i think just let me know .At the moment on the hunt for two true blue breeding tilapia i only have about 50 fish at the moment {all tilapia }but they are atleast 6 inches to 4 inches so theyll do to start  lol. i have been producing veggies have quite a collection at the moment the thing i notice is these plants grow like they are on speed .which is nice i have grown and harvested 2 1/2 "tomatoes and id have to say it was one of the best flavored tomatoes ive ever had, the aroma while cutting it was unreal cant wait to get this system to a appropriate size and producing all my garden at the moment is tomatoes/peppers/broccoli/lettuce/strawberry/cabbage/zucchini/onion

At 6:05am on June 16, 2011, TCLynx said…
Luckily FL has the benefit of being able to do aquaponics right outdoors without the requirement for greenhouses or heating if you choose the right kind of fish.  I would say 300 gallons is the minimum size fish tank for a single fish tank stand alone system with flood and drain media beds to keep the temperatures from fluctuating too wildly in outdoor Florida weather.
At 5:31pm on June 15, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Derald,

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 add a profile image, 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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