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Jay Swenberger
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  • Newberg, OR
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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

This is a place to both share good experiences we have with aquaponics vendors, and the bad and downright ugly experiences we have had.
Oct 18, 2014
Anne Phillip replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion Planning first AP system - long intro with q's in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hi Jay- I am also in Portland and have made three simple systems using the 55 gallon barrels you show in your sketch. Including a sump pump is good, but I would have the water pump out of the sump into a fish tank that has a water level that is…"
Apr 2, 2013
Jay Swenberger replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion Planning first AP system - long intro with q's in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Thanks for the suggestions. Since this system will only be active until May 2014 at the most, I'm going to keep it simple. I think I'll use 3 blue barrels, fish tank, sump tank and 2 grow beds, and use some hardy, not necessarily eating…"
Mar 31, 2013
Jay Swenberger replied to Leo White Bear's discussion API test kit
"Based on my experience with chemical test kits from other areas of life, these expiration dates are often based on unopened containers. They typically have a much shorter effective expiration once opened. I've worked with some that are only…"
Mar 16, 2013
Lloyd Booth replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion PDX IBC totes advertised in the group Northwest Aquaponics
"If any are left, this would be a good deal. My slightly larger IBCs were $35 more, and required probably more cleansing."
Mar 13, 2013
Jay Swenberger added a discussion to the group Northwest Aquaponics
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PDX IBC totes advertised

In case anyone is looking. I hope it's ok to post something like this. I'm not the seller and don't know anything except the info in the ad.JayCopied from CL, posted 3/11/13...IBC totes9 IBC/totes, lightly used - $100 (NE 2nd and Broadway)I have 9 lightly used Mauser brand IBC/totes, 275 gallons each. An IBC is the white plastic cube with a steel cage around it. Comes with lids and dispense fittings. I bought…See More
Mar 13, 2013
Linda Logan replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion Planning first AP system - long intro with q's in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I have a wiseway pellet stove which heats a small amount of water in an insulated tank and then runs through PVC in my fish tank.  I am changing it out for a fish sweater which is more efficient and a lot less expensive.  So I don't…"
Mar 12, 2013
Converse replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion Planning first AP system - long intro with q's in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
" Living in the Willamette Valley you have access to all sorts of ways to heat a greenhouse and fish tanks to raise tilapia.  Get some manure from the dairies and cattle ranches and /or spent grain from the many breweries and get a…"
Mar 12, 2013
Leo White Bear replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion Planning first AP system - long intro with q's in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Jay- I personally would start small as with barrels.  Travis Hughley has a fantastic barrel ponic system that he designed and is offering the instruction manuel for free.  Here is the link for you to download the PDF. …"
Mar 12, 2013
TCLynx replied to Jay Swenberger's discussion Planning first AP system - long intro with q's in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"While the Willamette has a great climate for gardening, It is probably not a good climate for tilapia.  Even here in Central Florida, Keeping tilapia outdoors requires heating at least part of the year. Doing an indoor system negates any of…"
Mar 12, 2013
Jay Swenberger added a discussion to the group Aquaponics For Beginners
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Planning first AP system - long intro with q's

Hello Everyone,I was first exposed to aquaponics a couple of years ago while scouting sites to teach a class. We were staying at The Island School on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera. At their Cape Eleuthera Institute, they have a cobia-based aquaculture program and a tilapia-based aquaponics system to provide food for the school meals as well as…See More
Mar 12, 2013
Jay Swenberger joined Chi Ma's group
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Aquaponics For Beginners

This is a place where Beginners can post questions and find answers.Advanced Users are welcome to help the Beginners out.Please KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) .See More
Mar 12, 2013
Jay Swenberger joined Rick Stillwagon's group
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Northwest Aquaponics

To discuss regional issues with those in the Northwest
Mar 12, 2013
Jay Swenberger is now a member of Aquaponic Gardening
Mar 11, 2013

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