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Frank De Block-Burij (hygicell)
  • 72, Male
  • Drongen+De Pinte
  • Belgium
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How did you find us?
aquaponics group
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
7 x 24 m greenhouse, alas neglected
How old is your system?
1 - 2 yrs
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
4 x 1000 l + 1 x 300 l
Please tell us something else about yourself.
After four years of study (nickname hygicell) and a small experiment I have made up a business plan, found a bank to finance me, designed a greenhouse that I wanted to build in De Pinte, where our family owned a farm with, adjacent to it, a 7 ha lake on which waterski was performed.
Beatiful surroundings, and excellent location for a commercial setup.
Family problems (inheritance fight lasted 7 years) forced me to erect it, smaller, in Drongen instead.
See pictures on my website
Last year I finally bought the farm and wanted to immediately start a new project.
Then started an unexpected fight with the municipalities: in their deployment plan stood that they wanted to prohibit waterski (my basis income), wanted me to tear down the clubhouse, and planned to ban greenhouses.
With all the money invested in the farm I had to concentrate fully on trying to avoid this disaster. I had to neglect the first greenhouse.
I studied for days, weeks, months all the fine print and the laws, drew up argumentations , contacted high schools, universities, sports federations, politicians, experts, lawyers... , I had to completely rethink and redesign my greenhouse to make it acceptable.
I seeked support everywhere I could and found it . I gathered over 160 protests.
I lost some battles, but continued fighting and won the final war.
Februari 1st the township publicised new texts, that allow continuation of waterski, the clubhouse can stay where it is, and the greenhouse ban is lifted.
But now I'm left without money. It will take me months again to get a building permit, chances are that I will lose this season too.
But I will not give up.
The forced rethinking of my greenhouse and the experience with the first one has allowed me to reach a better design: it will be as good as passive.
I will post the drawings.

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At 10:53am on August 12, 2011, the mad german said…

Thanks for the compliment Frank.

and the tip on the root chimney.

I built the system to show friends and people into square foot gardening to show that you don't need a lot of space to build or maintain a selfcontained system or an AP system.

Where I live there really hasn't been much attention paid to or given to AP. Millions of acres of flat tillable farmland with so much more potential it truly does make 1 sad.

Well that and I got tired of pulling weeds for hours on end in my regular garden, I won't spray because I believe we have enough pesticides and herbicides in our foods and bodies.

Plus I wanted this thing to be able to be moved anywhere and power free. Its not what I had in mind, but appeases me enough before starting my next one which I believe will incorporate a pond.

Your greenhouse thats what I'm talking about! Ive always wanted to build my own selfsufficient, selfcontained greenhouse for cold weather climate for year round production.

At 11:59am on July 31, 2011, Ellen Roelofs said…
Hoi Frank, ik ben Aquapon uit de VS. Ik zat lekker een jaar op school in Groningen, NL, daroom moet ik mijn slechts nederlands oefenen. :) Ik ben geinerteseerd om meer te zien van uw nieuwe plan!
At 11:05am on July 30, 2011, Harold Sukhbir said…

Hi Frank,

i was wondering if you'd like to join the discussion here

I saw your website and know you have a valuable knowledge base which can benefit us all

At 7:18am on December 10, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Back Frank!


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 join in.  Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system!


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.


Please add a photo of yourself and participate!


Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.






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