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Joel Berg
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Flooding and Draining a Grow Bed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair Jul 27, 2014. 1 Reply

I am looking for new ways to flood and drain a media grow bed. I am very familiar with the auto-siphon technique but I can find it very frustrating to get the components just right. What are some…Continue

Is styrofoam food-grade?

Started Jun 29, 2014 0 Replies

I am building an AP system for my Grandfather and was planning on installing a simple RAFT growbed. We are really concerned about food grade materials for this tank because we want the entire system…Continue

Aquaponics In Las Vegas, NV

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharonne Jaeger Nov 2, 2014. 2 Replies

My Grandfather and I are finally building an aquaponics system in his backyard. Living in Las Vegas in the heat of the day where temperatures can soar up to 110 degrees F proved to be a challenge.…Continue

Do you think I can convert a commercially bought Tower Garden into an aquaponics system?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Berg Apr 10, 2014. 7 Replies

Some years ago, a student at my school was working on a sustainability project and bought this expensive hydroponic growing kit. …Continue


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How did you find us?
Aquaponic Gardening Book
If you found us through a referral or a newsletter, which was it?
Rebecca L. Nelson's book Aquaponic Food Production
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Other
How big is your fish tank?
5.5 gallons
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
dorsal fin
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and I learned about aquaponics through my high school, The School of Environmental Studies. For two years I have been interested in aquaponics but only recently it has become a specialty of mine. I have been researching the topic through books, scientific journals, and online videos. I finally completed my first system with my 5.5 gallon tank. It's not much but I am limited to the amount of space I have. I also move on and off campus every year so I can't have anything permanent.

My ultimate intent is to bring aquaponics to Westminster College, to Salt Lake City communities, to give people an opportunity and interest in subsitance farming.
I know it may sound far-fetched but my dream is to be an aquaponics farmer, growing fresh high quality veggies for the public. I also wish to educate people on the potential aquaponics could have on their lives.

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The pH Story

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:11pm 4 Comments

My API aquarium water tester and my new air pump arrived in the mail today. I immediately began testing my water to see how it compared with the test strips I had been using. To my surprise my pH level was at 8.2! What the crap?! The test strips gave me a neutral level this whole time! No wonder my sprouts have been dying off. I immediately knew I had to decrease the pH somehow. I began to think back and formulated a problem in my head. Here we go, back to general chemistry.



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At 3:36pm on July 17, 2013, Randy Mann said…

Joel my indoor system is about 3 months old and it is running pretty good right now.  I had a bumpy start and have lost a few fish.  Glad I got cheap ones. My system seemed to turn around when I put some tank bacteria in that I bought from Walmart.  I have 5 fish that are growing and eating like crazy. I have 3 basil plants, 2 tomatoes, and 1 sage in my grow beds.  I think more plants the better. Right now working on my outdoor system. Will post pics when I finish.


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