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John Fruncek
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  • Milwaukee, WI
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How did you find us?
referral from another website
If you found us through a referral or a newsletter, which was it?
Sweetwater's website (the one in Bay View, WI)
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?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
150 gal. with 100 gal sump
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Mark II system has 2 60 gal grow beds, each with bell syphons and SLO drain in 150 gal. fish tank; 100 gal. sump is the central mixing point; two pumps in the sump: one feeds grow beds, one the fish tank. Currently raising 22 red (spotted) tilapia.

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Mark 2 Basement System

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 7:59am 0 Comments

Jalapeno Gigante peppers under T5 lights

Basil planted July 30 in this bed; tiny seeds broadcast directly into media.



Lessons Learned - Start up

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 10:00am 1 Comment

After a short delay in the project to get some properly grounded outlets installed in the basement workshop, yesterday filled my new aquaponics system with water and turned on the pump!

The good news is the siphon action set up on the first try! However later I realized that the grow bed needed to be elevated slightly, otherwise the water level in the fish tank covered the siphon outlet pipe. oops.

Within minutes several more issues were identified and opportunities to…


Bill of Materials

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 3:39pm 1 Comment

Flood and Drain Aquaponics System

I set out to design a small basement aquaponics system following the

recommendations in Sylvia's book, as well as some of my own ideas and

advice from friends.

First I jotted down a bill of materials for the larger parts and things

I think are needed. I've included links to the sources from which I

purchased each item. Once I have these in hand and begin assembly I

will post additional items, alterations, and… Continue

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At 8:19am on November 15, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome John,

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'm glad you are enjoying my book!



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