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John Carlton
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John Carlton commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I live in Green Valley and have a system I am getting rid of (selling home and moving out of town) It is yours if you come pick it up. 1-320 gal IBC for fish, 4-1/2 280 gal grow beds, 75 gal sump tank, pump, pvc tubing, etc Please call John at…"
Dec 12, 2017
John Carlton added a discussion to the group Arizona Aquaponics
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Aquaponic system for sale

I lost my tilopia last January to the cold and did a lot of traveling this year and now plan to sell the house and downsize. so... I would like to pass the system on to an interested party for $500 cash and carry. If interested please contact me at jcarlton7@gmail.com or text or call 520-471-5622.picture of system on my AZ member page. 1 330 gal. IBC.  4-48"X24" IBC grow beds 75 gal sump tank pump and pipes, …See More
Nov 26, 2017
Pam DeLong left a comment for John Carlton
"Hey John! Great to hear from you, and that your system is doing well! Yes, I'm still working some form or other of Aquaponics. Sounds like you've got a steady supply for the fish tank! Be warned that taking care of bunches of little…"
Oct 1, 2015
John Carlton commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I have 2 GB's on the east and 2 on the west side of my FT my 75 gal sump tank is 75% under one GB (GB's are sitting on blocks for easier access). I also have a float valve in the sump tank. For this winter, probably starting shortly,…"
Sep 30, 2015
John Carlton left a comment for Pam DeLong
"Hi Pam, Are you still doing the aquaponics thing? All of the tilapia that we got from you are still alive. Some are reaching harvest size 10" and about 1.2 lb. One or two of the females must have hatched fingerlings I see a few fry and a few…"
Sep 30, 2015
John Carlton commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Michael and Christine- Welcome to the community. I have an IBC system in Green Valley AZ (south of Tucson.) I am having problems with my computer downloading video from my phone. I will put a video of my system on my facebook page-john carlton-. It…"
Sep 30, 2015
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Mar 29, 2015
Pam DeLong left a comment for John Carlton
"Hi John (and Kathy!) Thank you again for the fish order...Don and I truly enjoyed our visit with you...love your set-up! Per our disussion about pooh collecting at the bottom of your IBC, I watched a YouTube vid that might help in that area:…"
Mar 23, 2015
John Carlton left a comment for Pam DeLong
"Hi Pam,  Back from Kauai, great trip but brought back a cold and sore throat. Cloudy, windy and cold (65-72). spent a lot of time in the water snorkeling. We would be interested in some of your tilopia, maybe 30 or so. I lost my Koi in the…"
Mar 11, 2015
ray commented on John Carlton's photo
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330 gal plus 4 grobeds

"good as it gets free food. even if half of the die, you have plenty of food. forgoeing the taiste. you are saving money fir other expenses. thats the wonderfull thing about A. you figure a feasable system is saving  you and yours 100 a month in…"
Mar 5, 2015
Pam DeLong left a comment for John Carlton
"Hi John, Welcome to Aquaponic Gardening! I see by your profile that you might be interested in Tilapia...if you can keep the totes warm enough. I have Blue Tilapia, and keep most of them in a 750g stock tank out back. I'd lined the inside so…"
Feb 25, 2015
John Carlton left a comment for Edward Coll
"Good morning, My wife and I will be visiting Kuai next week. We just started our Aquaponics system here in AZ. Would you be open to a visit to see your system. I am retired from the Army, active in the Nazarene Church, Wife is retired real estate…"
Feb 25, 2015
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Feb 24, 2015
John Carlton joined David Schwinghamer's group
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Helping each other to learn and grow big nutritious plants and fish to help feed the world.See More
Feb 24, 2015
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Feb 23, 2015

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inhouse-29 gal in yard 330 gal IBC
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Retired military looking for a productive hobby to augment wife's gardening Purchased system through EcoGrow in Tucson AZ. 330 Gal IBC fish tank 4-40" by 48" grow beds with lava rock, continuous flow,recycle through 75 gal sump tank Thinking about tilopia if I can find an economical way to heat fish tank in winter months.

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At 1:19pm on October 1, 2015, Pam DeLong said…

Hey John!

Great to hear from you, and that your system is doing well!

Yes, I'm still working some form or other of Aquaponics. Sounds like you've got a steady supply for the fish tank! Be warned that taking care of bunches of little ones in an aquarium is somewhat time-consuming...like other babies, they just poo and poo and poo! :) If you are still running the water through indoor grow beds, I'm sure that will cut down on the waste build up.

I'm looking at hammertoe/bunion surgery in November and decided to do some downsizing. It appears the population in the big tank is maintaining itself. I've moved the male and female I had in the house out to the tank and am letting matters take care of themselves. Another fish buyer is interested in buying the tanks I had them in, and he'll be picking those up on Monday. I really need less busy-ness for the weeks to come.

I recently acquired a sump pump (free - best price!) and am trying to determine how I want to set it up to help with the waste in the big tank...the system I currently have is way to small for the tank size...having some sludge issues. Yuck.

Gotta scoot...lunchtime is almost over. God bless your day, and give Kathy a 'Howdy!' for me, too!

At 1:16pm on March 23, 2015, Pam DeLong said…

Hi John (and Kathy!)

Thank you again for the fish order...Don and I truly enjoyed our visit with you...love your set-up!

Per our disussion about pooh collecting at the bottom of your IBC, I watched a YouTube vid that might help in that area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RULR_fHTG8s

God Bless!

At 1:07pm on February 25, 2015, Pam DeLong said…

Hi John,

Welcome to Aquaponic Gardening! I see by your profile that you might be interested in Tilapia...if you can keep the totes warm enough. I have Blue Tilapia, and keep most of them in a 750g stock tank out back. I'd lined the inside so there is no direct contact with the galvanized steel. Blues are the most cold tolerant of the Tilapia species, and, as my water temps have occasionally gone down to 45 for about a day, I can say that the loss factor has really been low. The average winter temps range from 55-65. Because I have a breeding pair (kept inside), I have an abundance of different sized fish in this big tank, and the very few fish I've lost may be due to a little overcrowding. One benefit of the cooler water is that they have very little appetite...and can easily go up to a week or better without regular feeding.

I 'heat' the tank using a little solar, a little 'candle-power', and a little with an aquarium heater (to 'zone warm'). Some suggestions for an IBC would be an insulation wrap with a plywood box built around it. Insulate a lid also...tilapia could care less if there is little to no light in there. If it doesn't draw too much electricity, place an electric heat blanket between the tank and the insulation - put it on a timer so it's only on at night. A covering on the IBCs would also slow the deterioration rate of the tote itself.

When you return from Kuai, if you are interested in Blues and are unable to find a source in your immediate area, I'd be happy to work something out with you.

Have a great vacation!!!

 
 
 

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