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January 2012 Blog Posts (20)

Finally back to my greenhouse.

We are finally getting back to my greenhouse.  We are putting the heating system in.  This is the modified pellet stove/water heater.  We are working on a design to manufacture our own, but this was a great deal faster to test the idea.  The pellet stove will heat the air and through a hydronic raidiant heating system will heat the fish tanks as well.  No water that…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on January 31, 2012 at 4:44pm — 3 Comments


The first thing I want to say is You people who grow in the winter are fabulous.  I couldn't pull it off.  I think about you (seriously) when I am out complaining about the hot sun and the lack of rain.  We got our first rain in 10 months the other night. Hallelujah It was about an inch.  I live on the dry side of Oahu.  I am so impressed when I read what all of you are doing.  It makes me believe that this movement is here to stay.  Keep it up we need everyone of you. 

Things here on…


Added by Raychel A Watkins on January 29, 2012 at 1:43pm — 5 Comments

Aquapones in Saudi Arabia is slowly growing

Thank God!


A year after my amazing discovery of this God-sent method of gardening/farming, we are slowly growing.  A week ago I met Khalid, who also lives in Jeddah and who had been doing, or at least attempting to do Aquaponics.   We discussed his challenges and to help him kick-start again the halted project, I gave him a siphon using the Affnan technique. Inshallah, God willing, he will restart again soon, I was also blessed to be given some worms, duckweeds and a grape…


Added by Yusuf Mario Germino on January 26, 2012 at 11:29pm — 3 Comments

Hungry blue tilapia fingerlings

Nearly 2-inch fingerlings arrived on the 24th and they were hungry! They kept striking at my hand on the outside of the bag- not stressed at all- I really didn't expect them to be so active. I fed them a little and waited a couple of hours to acclimate them before freeing them to the tank. My system is complete now- very cool.

Added by Connie Christians on January 26, 2012 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Plants+fish- I'm up and running

My plants look good after nearly 2 weeks. Tilapia go in tomorrow. Very exciting.

Added by Connie Christians on January 23, 2012 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Carey's multi trophic aquaponics system

Beijing Greenlink Institute LLC

Multi-Integrated Agriculture & Aquaculture Systems (BIMIAAS) 


The experimental farm of Mr. Carey Ma is part of an interdisciplinary team of volunteers, working on the development of integrated multi-trophic agriculture & aquaculture (IMTAA) systems AKA (multi trophic aquaponics).


The goal of IMTAA or MTAp approach is to create a balanced…


Added by Carey Ma on January 23, 2012 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

Building a simple Raft System

Build a simple raft system in just a few minutes

Hydroponics is an easy way to grow your own food. It can be made very small and put anywhere you want. It reduces work, and you don’t have to water your plants, since that happens automatically. That means that you save more time with watering plants, and you save more water because you keep using the same water over and over.



Added by Hydroponics Curacao on January 21, 2012 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Buying a House!

I am very excited to say that Molly, the fish, the cats and I are all moving to a bigger space (with a full basement and half an acre)!  This is exciting news for the tilapia, who are now 6 months old and are threatening to breed.

This means that I get to plan new systems for the new house!  Livestock wise, I want to do perch outdoors on the screen porch (in Michigan), and tilapia and red claw crayfish indoors.  The tilapia will need to be tackled first.

I am…


Added by Ellen Roelofs on January 20, 2012 at 11:57am — 4 Comments


Today I came home to find 75 % of my 275 gal tote had overflowed .

This is not the fisrt time this has happened- this would be the third time .

Overview of system: I have a flood and drain system 275 gal tote 600 gph pump to beds with about 100 sf of grow space .

My return tank is a 40 gal brute trash can with a 1000 gph sump pump I purchased at a garden warehouse .

The pump has stopped working three times leading to overflowing .




Added by Raymond Nunez on January 18, 2012 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

First stage

This is what I have so far-

type: CHOP

Tanks: Stock tank=100gal Rubbermaid stock tank, sump=100gal Rubbermaid stock tank,

Growbeds: 4'x3'x1' 60g Aquaponics Sorce growbed w/ bell siphon, media=3/4" gravel.

Plumbing: Rio Pro+ 1100 pump (in sump)

Livestock: one lonely crayfish

The system has been running since September, the plan being to let it run over the fall and winter to give it plenty of time to cycle. There where about a dozen crayfish but I grossly…


Added by Deep Lurker on January 17, 2012 at 7:24pm — 3 Comments

Ok Fellow Aquaponic-er's

 I am officially in "cycling" phase. Sadly I must admit in following my own path of least resistance I am using the sacrificial "gold fish" to get things going. Surprisingly enough they are pretty effective at their job. (Amonia NO problem!) Am getting seedlings in today in raft system in hopes that I get them in in time enough to possibly save a few of these little gold buddies. :-)- ok, so I know  should have gotten the plants in first but. my overzealousness got the best of me. Is my…


Added by Clair on January 17, 2012 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

  • Racism and unfounded…


Added by Jesse Hull on January 16, 2012 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Day one of a new Aquaponic Gardener

Well I can say this is my first day as part of the Aquaponic Gardening Community.

I have been doing research in preparing for spring and setting myself up.

I hope to gain a lot of good information and share everything I can to help others.

Thanks in advance for everything.

Added by Sherman Hand on January 14, 2012 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

Salmon Sperm in the DVD Player?

I spotted this today and could not resist posting... now we have yet another reason to try salmon in aquaponics!  

Salmon Sperm Is Your Next Generation Optical Storage Device…


Added by Japan Aquaponics - アクアポニックス 日本 on January 11, 2012 at 8:37pm — 9 Comments

The New System.

I have a system that is up and running!!

Here are some photos

This is the system as a full.

This is a photo of the filter. The pump from the fish tank filter into the back of the filter, i have some screening tied in loose knots for…


Added by Jacob Toetz on January 11, 2012 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

Greenhouse Heating using Lights Update

Ok, so basically what I’ve found is that using the set-up described in the previous blog, is that I was able to obtain a 9-12 degC difference in air temps, in a 2.4 m3 space using just the heat off of the T-8’s, which were left running 24/7. This increased to 20+ degC when the 250MH kicked in (from 12 midnight till 7:30am). I was able to sprout over 100 plants split between 3 different cultivars. COS Romaine, Spinach, and a local variety of red/green lettuce. After sprouting, which took…


Added by Vlad Jovanovic on January 10, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Determining Homemade KOH (LYE) Concentrations

Ok, so everyone has to buffer their pH back up with something, right? Slaked/hydrated lime (CaOH), Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) (usually reserved for the big leagues, UVI, Neslon Pade type systems, and rightly so. KOH can be dangerous to work with as it is highly caustic and a very powerful buffer). With most folks by now settling on alternating between CaOH and KHCO3 (known to most folks as Potassium Bi-Carbonate, here, in this country, it is referred to as Potassium Acid Carbonate as…


Added by Vlad Jovanovic on January 9, 2012 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Broke ground

So Waianae Valley Farm Aquaponic Produce, offical started yesterday, 

we have broke ground on our DWC system and will hopefully have it operational with a viable product by the end of May,

The system will be built on about 1/2 acre of agricultural land on the west side of Oahu,

our system is a DWC system useing 4'x24' troughs of which we have 4 being built,

our tanks are made up of IBC's we have 6 at this time  and more are coming in so…


Added by andrew namiki robert on January 3, 2012 at 1:12pm — 4 Comments

Good things happen to those who grow.

While pulling the holiday decor off our windows, we caught a strong smell of gas in our front yard.  So we called the gas company and they sent a woman to check it out.  She ends up needing to look at our furnace, and on the way down the stairs she hears the water running and sees the light blasting out of our R&D garden room.  She pauses and looks at me out of the…

Added by Jesse Hull on January 2, 2012 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

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