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Kate Mink
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high head, low flow pumps

Started this discussion. Last reply by halemart Dec 1, 2010. 4 Replies

Any recommendations for pumps that will lift 6 - 8 feet at very moderate flow rates (even 30 gal/hour would be fine)? I'm looking for something for a vertical setup. The little fountain pumps at Home…Continue


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I'm a science teacher running an experimental/educational system at a small private high school in Hawaii. I've been doing it for 2 years, constantly improving. Currently System 1 has a 1000 gallon fish tank feeding 9 4 x 8 styrofoam floats and some taro in milk crates, System 2 a 100-gallon stock tank feeding 2 4 x 8 floats. Our fish are tilapia, black or red, kept much more for fertilizer than for eating. Numbers have varied a lot; in our big system we had a fish disease last year and went to very low nutrient levels, which prompted a complete re-start. Small system has been stable with as few as 15 fish (only one float planted) and as many as 30. We've had good results with lettuce, basil, tomatoes, Thai winged beans, onions and taro; so-so with eggplant and peppers.
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I'm an engineer by temperment, a builder and biologist by inclination, a manager by history. I moved to Hawaii for a more relaxed lifestyle - ended up working harder than ever, poor in money, but loving most of what I do. I teach biology, marine science, green technology, math, and coach robotics; ever chance I get I snorkel or dive.

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At 11:39pm on October 2, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Kate,

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 join in. Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system!

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 Main page.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.


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