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Ryan Chatterson
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Chatterson Farms is live!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Chatterson Apr 26, 2012. 2 Replies

Hello everybody! Ive been extremely busy as of late but I just got my website and Facebook page up earlier this week and will be updating them frequently. Here are the links if you are interested in…Continue

Starter Media

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Apr 24, 2011. 10 Replies

I just wanted to get a better idea of what kind of starter media everyone uses to sprout seed... Rockwool? Coco fiber? Filter material? Perlite? Direct Sow?I personally prefer rockwool cubes but have…Continue

Commercial Tilapia feed sources

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Driscoll Oct 13, 2011. 2 Replies

When it comes down to it, fish feed is one of the biggest on going costs we will all face. I wanted to know what price per pound you are currently able to purchase fish food at and where you are…Continue


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Florida aquaponics
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, NFT, combination
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Koi, Tilapia, Other
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Several 1000+ gal tanks
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Hello, my name is Ryan. Some may know me from my previous career with Aquatic Eco Systems where I managed Greensky growers, a state of the art rooftop aquaponic facility, their outdoor Aquaponic demo system and taught semi annual courses with Dr Rakocy, Dr Lennard and the AES team.

I currently run my own aquaponic farm on 5 acres in beautiful Clermont, Fl. Check out my Facebook or website for more info.

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At 11:52am on May 10, 2012, Chris Carr said…

Thanks for the info!

At 10:38am on May 8, 2012, Chris Carr said…

Ah cool about the daikon. Thanks. Is the bed just permanently watered/drained? I guess the perlite takes care of the water distribution with its wicking action and holds what it needs and expels the rest. Sort of like a root veggie NFT?

At 7:38am on August 1, 2011, Adrena lee said…
Your vegetables sure are beautiful. Some of them look more like pix than real. And those lettuces are so vibrant.
At 8:54am on March 31, 2011, David Hart said…

Hi Ryan,  I ended up using EPS foam, not the blue dow board.  I have 3 pound virgin foam and 2 pound virgin. The 3 pd is VERY strong, stronger then the blue...(my opinion) It's hard to even push my fingernail into it.

The 2 pd is 'all right'...not sure about 'long term'. I want to order 2 1/2 pound virgin and give it a try.

The reason I didn't use the I had a salesman call Dow to see about ordering some 2 inch. We told the lady on the phone what I was going to do with it....she mentioned that the blue dow has a fire retatdant chemical in it...(?)


Anyway, this fellow should be able to get what you want.....if you would mention my buddies name (Eric Christenson) when you call. :-)


David Stringer @ whitecap supply (orlando) 407-298-7083

At 9:21pm on March 11, 2011, David Waite said…
Ryan love your system. Hope mine performs like yours once it is up and running. I see that you start your seedlings in a seeding tray but not in pots. Do you pull them and transplant into rafts and media beds using just media. Just curious. Thanks Dave.
At 11:49am on December 3, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Ryan. I'm not sure why you wouldn't be able to upload images from your phone, but I did hear of another person who I think had an issue with this - Ricky Flickenger. You may want to send him a comment and ask if he had this problem and how he was able to solve it, if he did. I know he was as enthusiastic as I was about the ability to interact with this site with our phones! I just haven't tried to upload any images that way yet.
At 9:49am on December 2, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Welcome Ryan,

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.

Please add a photo of yourself and participate!

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


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