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Steve Bradbury
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  • Gainesville, FL
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How did you find us?
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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
How old is your system?
1 - 2 yrs
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Koi, Catfish
How big is your fish tank?
1400 gallons
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am a professional Jeweler and Sculptor living outside Fairbanks Fl (near Gainesville)
I've been messing with aquaponics for about 7 years, and have had multiple systems, the current one is in a 12x20 greenhouse. Combination of gravel beds,and NFT. fishtank is half in, half above ground.

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back from being AWOL

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 7:45am 0 Comments

Back after being AWOL for a while.......been doing lots of studio work, filling orders and whatnot in our jewelry business thru the hot months.

Aquaponicville has run amok....sweet potato's have taken over my 16' long gravel bed forming a pretty huge green canopy on the back (north ) wall and roof...

Malabar spinach has also gone rogue in the flow thru bed, as well as some really good growth on volunteer papaya trees I rescued from the compost tumbler..

Got the NFT node set…


Almost back to normal-new pump plumbed in

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 4:12pm 0 Comments

Just plumbed in the 1 HP pool pump , and after diddling with it for a couple of days, things are back to semi normal. I'm way overpumped for the system I have right now, but will be adding at least one more node of 4" PVC tubes ( 3 , stacked and gravity dropping) set along the outside wall of the greenhouse. These will dump into a 10' long 1' wide gravel bed, then back into the fish tank on the west outside of the greenhouse.

Only lost a few plants that I can replace with rooted…


Soggy North Central Fl

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:32am 0 Comments

All I can say about the last several days here in not so sunny North Central FL is ..............WOW. We left an upturned empty 7 gallon feed bucket out Sunday morning to get a handle on how much rain was going to come down.......its brimmed over the top.

Lost phone on monday afternoon, both land line and cell,different providers for each, but the DSL stayed on, albeit spottily. Got a little studio (jewelry making work done)  between checking stuff, and pumping water OUT of the fish…


Adventures in Aquaponics..OR ( evil tree roots made my fish tank leak)

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:14am 2 Comments

Good Morning Folks!!

Finally got everything running well, plants and fish doing fine...about to add a 3rd node of NFT pipes on the outside wall of the greenhouse....

Then, I walked into the greenhouse, #1 cup of coffee in hand to feed the Koi...I glance down into the fish tank after shutting off the pump........and theres about 1' of water in the tank ( its 4' deep-2" inground, 2' up) Well, it took a couple of minutes...(remember I was on coffee #1) to actually make sense of…


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At 9:06pm on June 11, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Steve,

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 Home page.

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 look forward to getting to know you.



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