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Started this discussion. Last reply by matthew ferrell Jun 7, 2012. 10 Replies

Found the little buggers all over my strawberries this morning,  Since I run those in a NFT I thought I pull them out and put them under the water for 1/2  a day.  Anyone have any luck with this…Continue

Disasters, everyone has one.

Started this discussion. Last reply by matthew ferrell Jun 28, 2011. 5 Replies

Since I was responsible for a sizable kill here at work last Friday I figure I'd let others know where I went wrong.  Realize that I am in a much different system(flow through) than most of you folks…Continue


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I work for West Virginia University's Extension Service. Currently we are working on developing a flow through system culturing trout, that also functions aquaponically. The long term goal of the project is to not only find additional profits for West Virginia trout farmers, but also to improve our waste water's quality. We aim to have a net zero effect on use of spring water.

Disclaimer: While I work for WVU Extension, all views, comments, and suggestion are my own, and not that of West Virginia University or the Extension Program.

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At 7:59pm on October 22, 2013, Catherine Light said…

Hi Matthew, 

Do you have any of the free IBC containers left?(dye)  I am looking up your town on mapquest to see how far it is. Contact me @   Thanks!

At 1:08pm on January 23, 2013, Doug Grinnell said…

Matthew,  I am currently only using a 55 gal drum split sideways.  (My first attempt at aquaponics)  Where are you located ?  Thanks,  Doug in Elizabethtown KY

At 1:00pm on September 26, 2011, Franz Schreier said…

Hi Matthew,

the greenhouse film is an ETFE-film, available under the trade name F-Clean from Asahi Glass Greentech in Japan. I have a good friendship to the F-Clean product manager of Asahi Glass. If you are interested, I can organize a collective order - other Aquapons are interested too.



At 6:05pm on September 20, 2011, bleu and em (New Urban Farmers) said…
nice idea, matt, will do!
At 10:33am on September 20, 2011, Michael Welber said…

Greetings from the penthouse. I'm ready to rock and roll here in the tropics.



At 1:40am on August 2, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Hi Matt,

Nice to meet you here in AP. I could only wish for the convince and support of an extension program. Oh how I wish I could again work in a civilized environment but that's what happens when one decides to do research at the source of 3rd world problems.

PS where did you get you flats/ rafts?

At 1:41pm on July 28, 2011, Robert C Beck said…
Hey Matthew, Nice looking set-up. We hope our system will look as lush soon. I just keep on feeding. rb
At 8:49am on June 21, 2011, Nate Storey said…


I'm a researcher at University of Wyoming in addition to owning Bright Agrotech.  I just ran across you.  I'd like to set you up with some towers at some point- both my business partner and I are country kids- and our goal is to make farming more profitable and accessible for young people.  I love that you're working with FFA and if there's anything we can do to help, let me know.  My specialties are agroecology, agronomy, niche markets/marketing and equipment design.

At 8:00am on June 16, 2011, Elyse Schmitt said…
Thanks Matthew I appreciate your help - how large is your system and what are your plans for selling your products? Where are you located?!
At 7:52pm on February 8, 2011, Adam Shivers said…
Thanks, Matthew! lots of helpful info. I certainly don't have as much grow bed as tank and not the seedlings are not going to use up much or enough so I do have to start slow I'm sure. I will soon have my test kit and try to be on my way.

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