Aquaponic Gardening

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Ken Pilarczyk
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  • Smithville, OH
  • United States
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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?
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, combination
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
1500 gal.
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am working to go full-time in aquaponics. Greenhouse is 20'x42'. I have a 1500 gal tank setting up a second. Right now I have about 1700 yellow perch. These are RAS with dump of into a barrel setup. Heating is with propane space heater and a rocket mass heater.
I have a second greenhouse coming, which will have a full aquaponic setup in it.

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At 1:34pm on January 16, 2012, Molly Stanek said…

Hi Ken - please contact me if you get this message.  We need your email for the Aquaponics Association.  Thanks!

At 12:02am on August 14, 2011, Adam Kimball Bevan said…

Thanks, Ken. Good to meet you! Those are actually largemouth bass in with my cats. I just read some of your conversation on here about raising perch. I was thinking of adding some to my system soon, so I really appreciate the info! WIsh you the best.

At 7:10pm on April 7, 2011, Tom Barnhardt said…
If you have some time in the next month or so I would like to visit you and see your set up. Thanks for all the info so far.
At 7:11pm on April 6, 2011, Tom Barnhardt said…
My goal is to raise produce and fish for our soup kitchen and food pantry. I have land that people are going to let me use to house the greenhouse. The greenhouse wil only be 10 x 16. This is my year to prove out all the theroies on how things should work. If all goes well then we move on to a bigger greenhouse.
At 7:49pm on April 5, 2011, Tom Barnhardt said…
I plan on using a 300 gallon rubbermaid stock tank for the fish. It is oval so it should work. Have you had your system going all year? How well do the fish grow and how fast? I used the guide on here and it says I should only have about 23 fish for the 300 gal tank. Does that seem to high or low? Sorry for all the questions and thanks for all your answers.
At 9:59pm on April 4, 2011, Tom Barnhardt said…
Ken I am hoping to raise yellow perch as well. Any information you can share would be great. My plans are to have my system up and running by mid summer. I want to hava greenhouse with a 300 gal stock tank and 1 grow bed to start off with. I am interested in how well the yellow perch grow.
At 7:16pm on April 3, 2011, Tom Barnhardt said…
Ken, I am located outside of Columbus. I am hoping to start my system this summer.
At 7:21am on April 3, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Ken(?),


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 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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