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Some grow beds fine others not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx May 2, 2012. 1 Reply

System has been running for over a year with very few problems. We had a mild winter here, so some plants survived outside. Nitrates did fall off a bit during the coolest months while the fish were…Continue

WI: No Right to Produce or Eat Food

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Warwick Oct 9, 2011. 17 Replies

They are at it again."In scary legal news a Wisconsin judge had gone completely loopy declaring that citizens have no right to produce or eat the foods of their own choice."Full article.…Continue

Fish Behavior

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Jun 18, 2011. 4 Replies

My catfish are still in hiding but the Bluegill seem to be active all hours of the day.Today I noticed they were bumping into one of the tubes leading to an air stone. At first I…Continue

Can we grow portabella mushrooms in AP

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayne May 31, 2011. 3 Replies

I know its not a plant, just wondering if they would grow and if they might have an adverse effect on the rest of the system. I have a dark corner in the fish shed that I am trying to figure what to…Continue


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Fish were added yesterday.

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 8:45am 2 Comments

I finally got my fish. 30 Bluegill and 10 channel cats. They have been in the tank for 24 hours now with no apparent issues. The catfish started eating immediately after release and the Bluegill were eating after a few minutes. Both groups were very busy swimming and didn't seem to have a preference of water depth. 


Today the BG are still eating very well but the catfish have become reclusive. Did some water checks to make sure everything is in spec.


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New Visitor To The Fish Barn.

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 2:35pm 3 Comments

Normally I love getting new visits but today I was just leaving the fish barn when suddenly I was startled by a guest. Actually I was a bit more than startled. A 3 foot long rat snake slithered through the door way as I was going out.


Perhaps I'm not as eco-friendly as I should be, but either him or me had to go!

Because I spent so much time building the place I felt it should be him. I tried to run him off but he wanted in. So after a few seconds of foot stomping,…


I tried Tilapia for the first time.

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 1:22pm 7 Comments

Not impressed by the taste or texture. Rather bland I thought and the texture was not what I am accustomed to. The dish was prepared in a steakhouse and was supposed to be blackened. The flaw may have been with the cook so I will try it again, maybe cooked at home this time.


If it is not a drastic improvement I will change my mind about which fish to grow. 

Ammonia just keeps climbing!

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 7:50pm 7 Comments

Tank has been cycling for a couple weeks now and still no nitrate reading. I had 4ppm of Ammonia last week which lowered to 2ppm two days later. No ammonia has been added since then but the reading started to climb first yesterday it rose to 4ppm again and today it is off the chart. Found nothing dead in the tank and the only thing added was a product recommended by the local pet store owner.

He suggested adding StressZyme. The water had been clear until this was added. A few days…


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At 6:45pm on June 23, 2011, Steve Stark said…


The Bluegill are doing great, the water levels are good and my plants are starting to get some darker green on the leaves. What are you growing this time of the year? I am trying to figure out what else to plant.



At 5:17pm on June 15, 2011, Steve Stark said…


Glad you have not lost any more fish, I know how it is worrying about them when you first get them. I also wanted to thank you again for the info on Southeast Pond Stocking. I called Kevin today and ended up going for a ride down there. I brought back 25 Hybrid Bluegill. So far the are looking good. They have a nice setup and were very helpful. I will keep you posted and hope to have a video up by morning.



At 4:33pm on June 14, 2011, Steve Stark said…


Thanks for the info. After hearing how your fish are doing I think I might go with Bluegill this time. I think they may be more forgiving than catfish. South East Ponds sounds like a great place but about 45 mins further than Carolina Fish Farms so I might stick with them this time.



At 6:26pm on June 13, 2011, Steve Stark said…


I was just wondering where you got your fish? I still have not purchased any fish to replace the catfish I lost. I wonder if bluegill might be a good choice as well.I may take a trip to Carolina Fish Farms this week.



At 1:16pm on April 19, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Wayne,

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 Main 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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