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Commercial Aquaponics in Navada & Utah

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharonne Jaeger Nov 2, 2014. 1 Reply

Hello Friends,I will be in the US (for the first time) in December. My travels include a drive from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. I have a few days in both locations. I wouldReally love to visit a…Continue

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Plants for Floating Raft System

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Parr Feb 12, 2013. 7 Replies

Hi all,What plants, other than lettuce, will grow on a floating raft system?Thanks,EcoOwlContinue

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Ich & Salting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eco Owl Mar 24, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi All,My tank is about 1100 litres, and I have about 50 Talapia fingerlings and 10 odd Goldfish in the tank. The fish are all still small, about 5 or 6cm's. I lost 4 fish last weekend, they had what…Continue

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Talapia and Goldfish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eco Owl Mar 23, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi all,My new system is cycling and we are now ready to add the Talapia.I have about 10 6cm goldfish in the tank.I am adding 50 8cm I need to remove the goldfish or can they live together…Continue

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At 6:20am on November 19, 2011, Kobus Jooste said…

Eco - just check with the manufacturers of the bins that the material used is OK for food production -  a lot of the cheaper recycled plastics are great for everything else but as it cannot be verified that there are no potential problems with the source plastic (such as chemicals that it may contain or have been stored in it) you have to make up your own mind on whether you want to use it or not.


In terms of the Hydroton (expanded clay): I do not feel the benefits justify the price of a whole bed full of the stuff.  It is easy on the hands and do weigh less than gravel, but at most, I will consider a bed that is topped off with the stuff, but not filled completely.

At 2:30am on July 5, 2011, Kobus Jooste said…

I have started a group for South African AP members to share concepts, sources of materials etc.  Please have a look and join if you think it will help.

At 12:07am on April 25, 2011, Kobus Jooste said…
The dark fish tank is to try and limit algal growth as much as possible.  Your system will be creating a heap of nutrients and algal blooms will eat into these, mess with your pH and deplete your oxygen levels.  I do not keep my fish in complete darkness, but I have wrapped my fish tank and grow beds in a double layer of shade netting.  Algal growth is not rapid, and if you keep tilapia, you can stop feeding them for a few days every now and then and they will eat the sides of your tank clean for you.
At 9:01am on April 24, 2011, Kobus Jooste said…
Welcome to the friendliest aquaponic forum that exists.  Hope you find all the information that you are looking for.  Search function here is a little cryptic, but if you go to the forum, blogs or groups page, you can do key word searches.  Let me know if there is anything on the South African scene happening up there in Gauteng.  Down here in EC it is a bit lonely at times.
At 3:51pm on April 23, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Eco,

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 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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