Aquaponic Gardening

A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners

Dustin Hardin
  • Male
  • Seattle, WA
  • United States
Share on Facebook MySpace

Dustin Hardin's Friends

  • Pam Allen
  • rnbowarrior
  • Daniel  david kauth
  • Louis Smith
  • Chris Smith
  • Green Acre Aquaponics
  • Ron Thompson
  • Nate Storey

Dustin Hardin's Discussions

Virtical Aquiponics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dustin Hardin Apr 5, 2011. 8 Replies

I'm some research into growing vertically to maxamize the space. Anyone have any experience?


Dustin Hardin's Page

Profile Information

How did you find us?
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
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?
10 gall
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Just starting out and I'm trying to gain info about aquaponics in Oregon/Washington over all production.

Dustin Hardin's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Comment Wall (8 comments)

You need to be a member of Aquaponic Gardening to add comments!

Join Aquaponic Gardening

At 7:33pm on December 13, 2013, Dan Vega said…

Hi Dustin, I'm located in Kirkland WA, I was wondering if you would be interested in working on an open source project to develop an aquaponic greenhouse for developing nations.

At 3:10am on January 20, 2012, Susanne Friend said…

Thanks for the friend request, but if you need to contact me, it's always better to do so through our website, Mainly, it's because of how busy we are, but also because Sylvia has proven herself to be extremely adversarial to us, sadly enough. Wish there were not so much ego involved in this tiny community, but there certainly seems to be. This is HER site, and I do not wish to tread upon her territory. Odd, since she and Murray attended our training in Florida (for no fee whatsoever), but whatever. 

Much respect,


At 5:35pm on November 5, 2011, Louis Smith said…


Email me direct, to  for directions to my home. Late afternoons best for me. I have found a certifiable source for Tilapia in Oregon and will be ordering in a couple of weeks.

Waiting for my propagation paperwork to be returned from state bureaucrats.

At 10:47am on November 4, 2011, Louis Smith said…


I would be glad to have you visit our home and hang in the greenhouse with the fish and plants. Have you secured an Oregon source for Tilapia. I have been round and round with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife dept in regards to receiving Tilapia from out of state. They require a disease free certification. So far I have not found a supplier in Oregon or elsewhere that can provide this documentation. Can anyone else on the list shed any light on this matter. Thanks, Louis

At 12:52pm on October 28, 2011, Louis Smith said…


I have indeed completed phase 1 of The Medford Aquaponic Project. I have had it running for three months. I have about 25 fat and happy goldfish and a couple of Shubunkins and fan tails to boot. Brussels sprouts, Italian Kale, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, various lettuces, Radicchio, and even an avocado tree volunteer all inhabit my 16 square feet of heaven. I have recently begun heating my 100 gallon stock tank in addition to various other insulation ideas to keep the green house warm. Come to Medford to view first hand if you like. 

At 8:46am on July 1, 2011, Louis Smith said…

Greetings Dustin,

At long last I have completed my greenhouse and have assembled my first aquaponics project. Yesterday I purchased 25 goldfish to start my project, got home with fish and discovered my grow bed had cracked with the weight of hydroton ,water, bell siphon, and my apparent futzing. As it turns out I had not adequately supported the center of the 4'x4 ' plastic grow bed. Duh! A lesson learned. So this weekend I will patch the crack and build a support structure for bed, fill with media, and move forward. I now know that I should have invested the time to just build my own grow bed. The next phase of my fish'ngreens project will be total fabrication. If you are in the Medford area in  the next couple of weeks after the Holiday give me an advance call and you can see my site first hand.



At 2:51pm on March 30, 2011, Nate Storey said…

Hi Dustin,

Nice to meet you.  The number of folks with interest in vertical AP is really increasing.  In answer to your question I saw posted in the forum: Yes, you can produce a lot more per square foot with vertical than horizontal.  I haven't released much of my data on my research yet, but I will soon.  I'll give you a preview and say that in northern latitudes, you can produce 3 to 4 times vertically what you can horizontally.  Especially with single face vertical production. . .

Have fun on the site, there are tons of experts here- especially TCLynx!

At 7:58pm on March 21, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Dustin,

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 Main 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.



© 2024   Created by Sylvia Bernstein.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service