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James Stratton
  • Daleville, AL
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Substrate in tilapia tank?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Joy Aug 9, 2014. 4 Replies

I have a simple ebb and flow system with a 200 gallon fish tank and two grow beds totaling approximately 27 square feet of media grow space.Problem is that, although I've been told by everyone how…Continue

Tilapia skin condition?

Started this discussion. Last reply by drumurphy Aug 17, 2014. 4 Replies


Goji Berries in Aquaponics?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Stratton Mar 15, 2014. 2 Replies

I just received four little Goji berrie starts and am wondering-can these be grown in a foot-deep media-based aquaponic grow bed? Anyone tried this? If so, was it successful?Not sure I want to…Continue

Help! little white bugs/flies

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Stratton Dec 23, 2013. 6 Replies

I've got these little white flies/bugs on my plants. How do I safely get rid of them in an aquaponics garden? So far I've tried spraying water on them, brushing them away, and spraying a mild…Continue


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flood and drain media
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1 - 2 yrs
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275 Gallon IBC tote
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Started aquaponic gardening as a means to better the enjoyment of gardening for grandkids. It got away from me, and now it is turning into a full-fledged hobby. I take pride in doing everything on the cheap, although, sometimes it backfires on me. For instance, bought a cheap heater off ebay for ten bucks. It lasted about ten days. I now have two quality heaters for the winter and a control unit that monitors temperature all the time. My tilapia just had their first batch of babies (that I know of) and my system has officially become more sustainable, fish-wish, anyway.

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At 8:00am on March 12, 2014, Brent Smothers said…


I started with a small aquaponics setup which has been working for over 6 months and it's producing quite well. I'm in the process of using it just to plant seeds until they are about three inches and then will be transplanting them into my rail and dutch bucket system which I am constructing right now. I have about a dozen goldfish and two growbeds with bell siphons.


The unusual cold weather we had, where it dropped into the single digits, killed all my aquaponic tomato plants which were approx 8-10 in tall and super healthy. The goldfish did fine which I am glad because, even with a heater, the water temperature dropped so low tilapia would have died. I read that goldfish will survivie as long as the water doesn't freeze. I have my aquaponics in a small greenhouse but no heater (lessoned learned). I haven't found any local vendors so most of my supplies for constructing came from Walmart (totes), Home Depot/Lowes (PVC), Amazon for pumps and airstones, Ebay, etc. I could go on and on but if you have any specific questions let me know.


At 9:33pm on July 25, 2013, Tray Rasco said…

Hi I am from Alabama and am very interested in starting my 1st system. I need all the info I can get. What problems you have ran into with our weather. Which fish you have found work the best. What local vendors you have found. Just all kinds on questions!

At 6:57am on April 27, 2013, Sylvia Bernstein said…

LOL - better late than never, James.  Thanks for buying my book. ;-)


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