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Tetsuzan Benny Ron
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New Aquaponics Survey Launches in September 2013

Started this discussion. Last reply by David E Harnish Oct 23, 2013. 3 Replies

Researchers from three schools– Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and West Virginia University – are combining forces to conduct the largest survey of the aquaponics field. The survey…Continue

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Are You Using an Airlift Pump?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stuart Polkinghorne Feb 8, 2015. 7 Replies

Aloha,     Are You Using an Airlift Pump?     Glenn Martinez of Olomana Gardens and I had several problems to solve down at America Samoa during 2011 when we came from Hawaii to teach and build…Continue

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At 3:12pm on July 9, 2018, abiola bawuah said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on this email( ) for the full details,
Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.
Mrs Abiola.

At 11:51pm on January 13, 2016, miranda macrae said…

Hi Dr Benny, I would love to be invited to the AquacultureHub, my email is
I've got some plans drawn up, and many questions for you!! :-)
My basic design is a pond- 3.7m long, 3m wide, with a slope of .5m-2m deep. Next to the pond (along the 3.7m length) are my 4 grow beds, they are 7m long with a 75cm surface area (made with a rounded not regular rectangle).
I will start with 1 grow bed of lettuce, then add the remaining 3 beds as I get the funds, and as my fish grow.....I will be keeping koi.
Here come the questions!! Could you walk me through an appropriate airlift pump for this set up?
What would the flow rate be? how many koi would I need?, how could I include the tea maker, and if I want to grow a variety of vegetables with different nutrient requirements in the same system, can I control the nutrient levels in each separate bed, or would it be best to grow vegetables that have the same requirements?
Also, could you walk me through an airlift pump for a little spring we have in the back paddock. It is 1m deep, I would want to pump 9m high and up to 100m distance away ( last 50m down slight slopping hill)
Thanks for listening Dr Benny, I will eagerly await your reply, and any questions you may have if I've left something out. Regards Miranda. :-)

At 8:40pm on January 2, 2016, miranda macrae said…

Thanks Dr Benny, I really enjoyed both webinars, especially Glenn's tea maker, which I hope to include in my design.
I am in the process of drawing up some plans and would love to share them with you and hopefully gain your help and expertise with the more technical side of things, like pump design, flow rates, fish ratios etc.
Is there a more direct way of contacting you? via email, perhaps?
Thankyou for your time so far, and all the work you have done for the aquaponics community.

At 11:30pm on October 28, 2015, miranda macrae said…

Hi Dr Benny
Thankyou so much for replying.
I can't seem to access the links you sent, when setting up my profile to join, it wont accept any profile photos and wont let me proceed without one.
Would love to keep in touch despite my computer illiteracy!!! :-)

At 3:01am on October 5, 2015, miranda macrae said…

 Hi there Dr Benny, I'm studying aquaponics in the hopes of starting a small business next year, and am interested in using the air lift pump to transport the water from my pond to the grow bed (1-2m) and was wondering if you could send me the details of how it works.
Thanks for listening :-)

At 10:29am on April 18, 2014, Steven Ray hill said…
Thanks Dr. Benny that is very exciting! Let me know how that turns out. I saw the workshop pdf's about the air pump designs that is defiantly a paradigm shift. Are you guys going to incorporate that into this system? I am pumped about it ( pun intended ). :D
At 7:17am on August 15, 2013, Vlad Jovanovic said…

Hi there :) I'm not sure what peculiarities the Hawaiian highlands may present, but yes, growing carp in AP is a fine idea. 

At 2:35am on August 8, 2013, Tetsuzan Benny Ron said…
@aquaculturehub: @aquaculturehub: #Webinar " #Aquaponics: #Paradigm Shift for #Airlift Part 2 Aug.12 at 4PM EST" on…
At 5:57pm on April 11, 2012, Max In Missouri said…

Aw braddah, I was just ovah in Oahu two weeks ago to visit my dad and brother.. I wish I had met you before so we could hook up... ah no biggie, its a good excuse for me to take another vacay! Yeah, the Tat was my gift to my daughter, she loved meeting all her cousins.. Okay Shaka and hang loose! Chee Hooo, Samoan AP!

At 6:27am on April 28, 2010, William Sherman said…
Benny, welcome to our group. I went to your website and sounds like you and your group are really in to it. Keep up the good work.

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