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Pat Chesney
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passive aeration of water from the growbeds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Mouncer Sep 12, 2012. 36 Replies

As some of you have noticed, I am designing a sustainable solar greenhouse. In my quest to limit the watt draw needed from the solar array and batteries (particularly at night) I have been searching…Continue

Tags: sustainable, passive, beds, grow, aeration


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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
If you found us through a search engine, what search words were you using?
non-GMO fish food
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, vertical
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Tilapia, Other
How big is your fish tank?
250 gal now-but someday a 1000 gal system in greenhouse
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am a sustainability consultant. I am a certified Rainwater Planner and a certified energy rater. I teach water management and aquaponics at The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.
Designing sustainable aquaponic system based on solar greenhouse, water walls, solar water heating and solar PV for power.

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At 5:09am on January 7, 2012, TCLynx said…


At 7:45pm on December 30, 2011, Brian Cheatham said…

Hey Pat, my name is Brian Cheatham. I'm new to aquaponics but it has become my obsession. I'm a student at UNT and noticed you live in Waco. I was hoping to start a discussion with you and learn from some of your experiences since I will be experiencing the same climate challenges. I'm graduating this May and attempting to start a commercial operation immediately after. For now, I have a 250 gallon backyard flood and drain system which I built this fall just before it got cold. During the winter, I have an indoor system set up to save my fish and to experiment indoors. I would love to hear from you and find out local places to find good medium, fish, duckweed, etc. Thanks, 


At 7:07pm on December 30, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Hi Pat, I'm glad to meet you here.

I am wondering if it is possible for you to post some of your plans/ designs on this site to better help us understand what different systems are composed of.


At 4:40pm on July 11, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Pat,

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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