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J Shocklie
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Refrigerators for grow out tank??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremiah Robinson Oct 22, 2014. 6 Replies

Of course my mom would text me about the refrigerator aquarium they made on TV.  But it brought to my attention that I have a problem to solve.  I have two refrigerators in my garage and I would love…Continue

Sick Tilapia---and I'm a newbie

Started this discussion. Last reply by J Shocklie Mar 6, 2013. 11 Replies

First I should start off with the details of the setup.  I have an IBC tote with 24 blue nile tilapia and unfortunately 14 goldfish, they range anywhere from 2 g - 10 g in weight so they are still…Continue


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If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, combination
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Goldfish, Tilapia
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After running out of garlic on a weekly basis, despite how much we try to hold on to, and having to run to the store for lettuce and spices, we've decided to grow a vegetable garden.  We went online and looked up different ways to create grow beds when we ran across AP systems.  We love Tilapia and we want to give our plants the best opportunity, which is hard to do here in AZ. 

So now we grow plants and raise fish in an AP system with hopes of creating a cyclical system that will help sustain our family. 

It also makes fishing much easier. 

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At 5:31am on August 30, 2013, Craig Shevlin said…
At 10:49am on August 28, 2013, Craig Shevlin said…

Hi J,

Would like to give you a heads up on the freshwater Prawn. To raise more for continuous growth you need to have saltwater tanks.  A good alternative would be to raise "Red Claw Crayfish".  Each female lays 100 -300 eggs on an average, they taste great and you can eat and grow all year long.  Craig

At 9:45pm on October 4, 2012, Adam Hamilton said…
Well I've been farming worms awhile and I love to garden. I do research all the time on both and am just starting to learn about the vermiponics. Since I have plenty of worms, I was thinking about trying it out. From all of the pictures I've seen online, it's hard to tell exactly how the systems are built. I'm just trying to get an idea of everything needed to start a system and how to go about setting one up in detail. I'd love to try growing all different veggies and fruits. Anything you can share would be very helpful.

As for the worms, you are right. The average rate of reproduction is doubling every 90 days in a perfect environment.
At 1:29am on September 27, 2012, Adam Hamilton said…
By the way. I'd love to learn more about vermiponics/aquaponics from you. I know you are just getting into it as well, but I'm sure you are much more knowledgable in those areas already than I. Hamilton Organics, LLC is my worm farm. I'm still working on the website, but I can send pictures of my setup in an email if you're interested.
At 11:16am on September 25, 2012, Adam Hamilton said…
Hello and thanks for contacting me. I'm running the business out of my home at this time. I'm located off of 75 ave and Lower Buckeye. I can meet up with you somewhere that may be a little closer if that would be better for you. I was told not to have customers come to my residence by my attorney and believe the reason for that is to avoid too much traffic in an HOA area. You can email me at . My price is $27.32 per pound, including tax. It is worm weight, not combined weight with the bedding. I harvest them when ordered by hand so please give me a couple hours notice. Thanks for considering me.

Adam Hamilton
At 11:54pm on September 20, 2012, Adam Hamilton said…
Hello. I'm not yet too knowledgable about aquaponics or vermiponics, but I'm trying to learn. I noticed you had a post asking about a local source for red wigglers. I am that source in west Phoenix. I love to garden, which is why I started my company. Knowing the benefits of worm castings has me wanting to learn more about vermiponics and this forum seemed like an excellent place to learn.
At 9:39pm on March 21, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Jennifer,

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 Home 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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