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Sustainable and Progressive living, Permaculture and Ideas.

Started this discussion. Last reply by markaponics Feb 18, 2012. 7 Replies

Wanted to start a discussion about other ways to become sustainable. Ways to improve our…Continue

High PH problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by randy proctor Mar 8, 2012. 52 Replies

My 8.5 PH has not dropped for 7 weeks of fishless cycling. Have hoped it would drop as have heard many times will be high for cycle up. Yesterday added fish. Have been running with low ammonia and…Continue

Banana diseases Black Sigatoka, Panama disease

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Aug 22, 2011. 5 Replies

More important than ever to find ways to produce more food. I have discovered this disease on my Bananas and have learned the future for bananas could be grim. Especially sad for people in…Continue

Filter design for solids removal Help

Started this discussion. Last reply by steve Jul 12, 2011. 8 Replies

I could really use some help and input on filter design. Would like to filter some solids. I will have the capability to biofilter gravel beds of about 60%. Lots of info here and there. Just can't…Continue


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How did you find us?
referral from another website
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, NFT
How old is your system?
Less than 6 months
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia, Other
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9000 gal
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Think I'm crazy for doing all this, sure am glad I'm not alone.

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At 7:51am on April 16, 2012, Gil Romero said…

Thank you for your friendship Steve! I will look forward to working with you and the other dedicated and obviously very talented folks on the site.


Couple quick comments RE Feed? Watch out for corn. It is probably the major reason Tilapia gest knocked for having imbalances in their Omega 6:3 ratios. Ted Slanker has done a lot of good work on this and other feed issues and I would look up a URL for you but I just managed to...erase...the first note to you I was about to send so I will leave it up to you and Google at this point. Duckweed seems great but growing it in tanks stocked w/fish has for us been impossible and most people will not have space or resources to dedicate a DW growing area.


Make sure to add Moringa to your list of feed ingredients and also to have on your property in CR if you do not have it already. Life changing and supportive plant which can provide 10-15% of a very balanced fish diet and even more so for other animals...and humans. A leaf spray fertilizer made from its leaves is reported to increase crop production by 25-30% when applied every 2 weeks. I will let you know in a couple of months. They are doing a lot of great groundbreaking work with the Moringa in Nicaragua for the past 10 years. The BSF is also great although for now we are limited to about 7.5% of total diet because of the chitin in the larvae´s "skin". Earthworms are worth the effort and good for at least 20% of your diet goal if you have the space to grow them. Like with the Moringa and BSF, the side benefits with the earthworms are so remarkable they make growing them for your fish a no brainer.

Amazing photos Steve! I want to come back ASAP to study them in detail as soon as I get a break today. Right now though I am on Nematode patrol for the hectare of Chile Habanero we are getting ready to plant. FYI, we will be doing all organic on our crops using mainly Neem and Karanja-based oils for pesticdes and the solids from our Tilapia tanks for fertilizer on the ground until our earthworm operation is producing sufficent humus and worm tea to add in. I have high hopes for the Moringa leaf spray as a fertilizer as well which since it is organic and non-oily may have some tremendous potential in Aquaponic environments as well!

Thanks again and best of success in all of your endeavors Steve

Saludos Cordiales to one and all

Gil Romero

Panaba, Yucatán, Mexico

At 5:37pm on February 1, 2012, Don Rund said…

Steve I live in the Guanacaste area of Costa, Rica Playas Panama.Your Aquaponic set up looks like would fit my situation well. Is there some info what you have that would assist me? Or maybe come and look at your system.

At 6:07am on July 23, 2011, Conrad Chin-Yee said…
Steve that is one "sweet" elaborate looking system.
At 10:33am on June 25, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Thanks for the ad. Keep up the good work and feel free to ask any questions. I'll try to post something in a reasonable manner.



At 8:10am on May 21, 2011, Kobus Jooste said…

Always willing to help.  Getting jelous of all the people with summer on their doorstep now.  My system is cooling off fast and everything has dropped a few gears.

At 9:36pm on April 20, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Thanks, Steve.  It truly is a community in every sense of the word.  glad to have you here!
At 7:50pm on April 19, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Steve,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!   You are definitely not alone... 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 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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