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Gus Cabrera
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Forbes Morden Nov 23, 2010. 13 Replies

Has anyone used 55 gallon drum halves for Deep Water Culture?  I'm thinking of buying 3, cutting them in half, and using 1 inch foamboard.  6 halves would be about the equivalent of a 4 ft x 8 ft…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Gus Cabrera Sep 29, 2010. 4 Replies

I chekced with my local Ace Hardware store to see if they can get stock tanks and the answer is yes.  There are a couple of choices and Rubbermaid is not one of them.  Tuff Stuff makes a 180 gallon…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by George Jun 6, 2012. 23 Replies

I checked state of Louisiana regulations regarding raising tilapia and they are extensive and very stringent if you are to follow the law, which is what I will do. So I've decided not to raise…Continue


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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
I do not yet have one, but will in the next couple of months. I am researching different systems. I already have Friendly Aquaponics Micro System Manual and just ordered Murray Hallam's two videos.
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Believe it or not, I actually don't like gardening very much, but love growing plants and have always loved animals. Among other things, I am licensed falconer in the state of Louisiana, but not practicing at the moment. I am trying to retire and have a bunch of property for sale. I would like to be an Aquapon for hobby and to derive income. OK, so it's a pipe dream.

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Posted on September 23, 2010 at 3:30pm 11 Comments

I thought my aquaponics decision would be limited to which system to use, the ebb and flow, DWC, or a combination of both. If it were to be on a small scale, the decision would be fairly easy when I got to that point. But what happens when you have a costly asset already in place that could be used to grow koi? In this case it is a swimming pool on property I own that my wife and I want to move back to. It is approximately 27 feet x 14 feet, with the deepest part at 7 ft. and the shallowest…


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Posted on September 14, 2010 at 6:23pm 7 Comments

I checked state regulations regarding raising tilapia and they are extensive and very stringent if you are to follow the law, which is what I will do. So I've decided not to raise tilapia even though that is what I would have preferred. I wanted a food fish that is an omnivore, but am having a hard time finding species that are suitable. I'm nearly sure that I will raise Koi along with a food fish (as opposed to ornamental). Some candidates are: hybrid bluegill, black crappie, hybrid buffalo,… Continue

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At 7:00pm on September 6, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
thanks for your note, Gus. I'm glad you are enjoying the site. It's a great bunch of people who are really open to sharing ideas and experiences. I'll look forward to hearing more about how you decide to build your system soon.
At 4:33pm on September 6, 2010, ericjf7 said…
'Lo Gus, Actually I'm living in Canada, and bought a small piece near Rivas, Buenos Aires, a short time ago, where we have gotten involved in gardening, fruit trees, bananas, papaya, yucca, etc. etc, and the hole for the fish kind of developed when two of the fellows had some spare time - now there is a need to do something with it, and aquaponics seems a good way to go (the only way?) - as much for the plants as for the fish. One obvious problem will be (covering) during the rainy season to avoid flooding and damage to the plants (tomatoes etc.). The question of viability is a good one, particularly as there is a monger going past the property on his bicycle every morning, and vegetables can usually be bought fairly readily - guess I like the idea of organics more than anything, and growing my own!

What is your opinion as to being able to buy supplies in Nica ie. pumps, tarps, inverters etc., as I've been debating bringing most of it in from Canada, meaning of course importing some of it from the USA. With your connections to Rivas, does the family of ----- Guadelupe Caldera Pineda mean anything to you, or the Cabreras on Ometepe? My email
At 3:52pm on September 6, 2010, TCLynx said…
Just get a party of people together for the gravel washing to make quick easy work out of that and the rest is all reasonable. (tip for gravel or any other media washing, set up the work area so you don't have to bend as you wash the gravel. Bins of water up on boards across saw horses worked well for me.)
At 2:09pm on September 6, 2010, ericjf7 said…
Lo Gus, We're in this together, both starting out!
At 11:05am on September 6, 2010, TCLynx said…
Well once an Aquaponic system is set up, it is definitely easier than a "Garden" where you have to dig and weed and water and weed and get muddy shoes etc.

I actually rather like gardening but the aquaponics keeps me happy too though once things are running well there is little to do so I still have the garden to keep me busy so I don't mess around too much changing the aquaponic systems.
At 10:43am on September 6, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Gus,

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.

And your dream isn't a pipe dream at all. There are people really doing this.

Please participate!

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


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