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Starting seeds indoors for my aquaponics system... In soil...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johann Apr 3, 2011. 6 Replies

Hello everyone, Just wanted to post a little something about starting seeds for my aquaponics system. I've seen the soilcube maker things around but they're a little pricey for me right now so I…Continue

Fighting food prices and inflation, with my new aquaponics systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susie Gehri Mar 23, 2011. 10 Replies

Hey all, hope you had a peaceful weekend. I'm new to the forum but I wanted to give you an update to what I've been doing to try to fight this inflation and rising food costs. I've been interested in…Continue


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aquaponics forums
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, combination
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Less than 6 months
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Goldfish, Tilapia
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1) 55gal 2) 200+gal 3) 500+gal (building it)
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I'm really into self reliance and the freedom that comes with leaving the cave.

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At 8:07pm on June 4, 2011, David Waite said…
Edward I have been doing it for about 13 weeks.
At 10:55pm on March 21, 2011, AJ Grottke said…
Hey, i saw your video and i was wondering where you get your feed from?
At 10:13am on March 21, 2011, Burton said…

Hey Edward interesting indoor system ... just realized it was in your garage, something I am not sure I am allowed to use my garage for.


I was going to ask you how you got the IBC 300gal through your door, I know the container would probably squeeze through but the metal frame would not. But now that you have walled your system in I am assuming you also walled in the metal frame >.br/>
Some questions for you and some suggestions
How much did your system run you, with lights ...


I suspect you will get root growth in your bed drains, but I don't have anything to offer on how you could deal with it outside the obvious. You could try popping off the bottom drain pipe and rotating the grates 360 degrees every one in a while with a two prong fork device, being careful not to snap the plastic grate.


Has your Ph dropped yet in your garage system, if it still hasn't dropped it could be something in your media buffering it. It seems you are using the same media as you did in your barrelponics though so could just be the water, maybe gathering some rainwater would help like it did for your Bponics.


The external bells are really neat, you might be able to extend the outside pipe down with say a T fitting and the bottom could serve as a swirl filter of sorts for your outside system. This way when the bed is not being flooded you can pop off the bottom, remove the solids, and pop it back on.


Since the system is in your garage how do you plan on cooling / heating the grow area. You mentioned it was cold and you had to use a space heater, but what happens when summer comes do you expect to keep the door open so it can receive AC from your central system? We get down to about 22 in the winter and up to 110 in the summer ...


Welcome to the community look forward to updates :D

At 5:13am on March 19, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Edward,

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.



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