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Michael Quinones
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  • Newberry, FL
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Carnivorous Plants for Insect Control?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Berg Jul 26, 2013. 5 Replies

We have had a problem with white flies and I do believe we got them under control with soap water spray but a Carnivorous Plants eat bugs.  If the white flies are attracted to what ever the plant…Continue

Testosterone Laced Feed so that Fry will develop into males

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Parr Oct 8, 2012. 19 Replies

Since male tilapia grow bigger and faster ........ I understand that by feeding Testosterone Laced Feed as soon as the feed sack is absorbed within three weeks the fry will develop into males.  Where…Continue

Should I cycle water that has collected in my Stock tank pree cycling

Started Sep 18, 2012 0 Replies

Whyle we have been building our green house allot of water collected in our 2 / 700 gal stock tanks and there was allot of mosquito larva.  We introduced ten gold fish in each tank and they got the…Continue

Should I paint the outside of our grow bed totes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vlad Jovanovic Sep 19, 2012. 9 Replies

I had noticed some aquapons painted the outside of the growbed totes and thought why do they do that. Then I had an "A HA" experience because I can't spell epiphamy.  The paint is to prevent Algea…Continue


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How did you find us?
If you found us through a referral or a newsletter, which was it?
A customer
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft
How old is your system?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
275 & 2 - 700 gallon stock tanks
Please tell us something else about yourself.
We have a Real Estate Office, Classic Properties Realty Services, and an Insurance Office, Spring Hill Insurance Group, both in Gainesville, Florida, that's our day job's. We are Hobby farmers we keep about 100 goats, 6 Herd Guard Dogs, also Bee Keepers, 7 Bee Hives, 4 Horses. We make our own wine, about 30 gallons a year with our own Grown Muskedine Grapes and Mead using our own harvested Honey. We have a Hoop house / Green House for our grow out tanks one 275 and two 700 gallon stock tanks to grow out Tilapia. We have 25 half totes and 11 half barrel's as grow beds. I'm using expanded shale in the grow beds fortunately I located some here in Gainesville.
We have a Real Estate Office and an Insurance office our day job.  As Hobby Farmers we keep about 100 Goats 6 Her Guard Dogs 7 Bee Hives and 4 Horses. We also make our own Wine, Muskedine, Mulberry and Mead, about 20 gallons a year.
We have a Hoop house for the Green House to house 275, 700, 700 gallon tanks to grow out Tilapia.  In the 275 and the sump tanks I want to grow Cray Fish.   We have 11 half Barrel's & 25 Tote Grow Beds.  We have Expanded Shale Media in the grow beds fortunately I have located it here in Gainesville.
I have gotten a huge amount of help from people on this web site.  Thank you so much ..... to all. 
           Owner / Broker
Spring Hill Insurance Group Inc.  
     &  a  Separate Company
3921 NW 97 Blvd. Suite 101
Gainesville, Fl. 32606
Office ........ 352-331-2100
E-Mail ...... Mackq50@Aol.Com


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At 8:28pm on September 27, 2012, Teresa N Florida said…

Hi Michael.  Glad to see you're doing good with moving your system along.

Need to get some pictures up!

At 5:56am on March 6, 2012, M D Fowler said…

i live in gainesville also.  i would like to see more of you system, do you have pix?

At 10:30am on December 1, 2011, Teresa N Florida said…

Hey Michal.  Saw you're looking to use 1/2 barrels for grow beds.  I travel US Hwy 19 alot.  Several odd places have them, (Feed stores, hunting, and archery shops).  Average price from Tallahassee to Inglis is about $18 a barrel.

Cheapest place I've found is in Perry, found him on Craigslist.

Has Blue & White food grade $12
Orange and black screw tops $14
The number listed was 850-223-2115
Hope that helps ya out!
At 11:31am on November 28, 2011, Pamela Nixon said…

I went by Urban Organic Jax

5325 Fairmont St.

Jax., FL. 32207

one block off Beach Blvd.   904-398-8012, the website isn't up yet. is their distributor. Look there and call Urban and he will order what you want and ship to you or you can pick it up. If you come to town and have kids-I have monkeys and am close by the store.


At 5:29pm on November 26, 2011, TCLynx said…

Michael,   What kind of grow beds are you interested in?

I'm testing out several ideas so if you are ever down in the Mount Dora Area let me know and I can show you some of the ideas I'm using.  I can also show you some of what I found that is not such a good idea.

At 5:23pm on November 18, 2011, Sahib Punjabi said…

Welcome Michael,


Love to see some photos of your systems :-)


God bless,

At 10:42am on October 21, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Thanks for your comments, Michael!  With 100 goats I would say that without a doubt you are a "doer"!  LOL.  You sound like a very interesting guy and I'm looking forward to your participation in this community.
At 11:08am on October 20, 2011, TCLynx said…

Lava rock and river rock both work as grow bed media.  Just make sure to check out the media carefully before you buy a whole truck load.


20 half barrels is probably only enough to filter for a very light stocking load of tilapia in only one of those fish tanks. 

At 9:33am on October 20, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Michael,

I think you just called us...

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 add a profile image, 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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