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May 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Nutrient Cycle

Nutrient Cycle The BIG Picture


At some point, and sooner than later, we will have to face the fact that we are the biggest producers of nutrient dense waste.  We desire to eat nutritious food, often eating it to excess.  Our bodies only use what it can in that moment and the rest passes through.  So, with our rich diets comes an abundance of nutrient rich waste.

For centuries, and even today, human waste is used for agriculture.  You may…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on May 27, 2013 at 5:49pm — 5 Comments

Newbie looking for aquapod friends in Orlando Florida area

Hello . Nice to meet everyone. I am an avid square foot gardener for many years, and have recently fell in love with aquaponics. I don't think there is a video on YouTube or a website I have not visited yet. I am currently in the construction phase of my system. I am working on a CHOP 2 system. I have a 600 gallon tank, a 200 gallon sump, 2x 100gal, media beds, 4x 100 gal raft beds an I tied in 10 self watering wicking buckets. I definately have the bug. I am getting close to starting my first… Continue

Added by Jamie on May 24, 2013 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Oldest system crashing. Help

Ibc tote system. 4 years old or more channel cats. I added 100 cat fingerlings few months ago. They are dead now and are starting to get to my old fish. I haven't had many problems that I couldn't figure out. Changed the water out twice. All water levels seem to be fine. The fish kinda hang out together and seem to barrel roll when swimming. My friend added 100 from the same company the same day and his are all dead from ick. It sounded like ick but these fish don't have spots or any different… Continue

Added by chris taylor Swamp Creek Farms on May 20, 2013 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment

Aquaponics & Economics

Aquaponics is a fascinating method of growing.  Creating a micro-eco-system (can you double hyphenate?) is a challenging, interesting, and often expensive endeavor.  I enjoyed the research and the fruits of that labor.  But, in the Northwest, I found it to be a greater challenge to make it economically practical on a small scale. 


Perhaps if I were to use native species of fish and allowed the system to go dormant during the cold and dark season, it may have been more…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on May 20, 2013 at 3:59pm — 6 Comments

At Epcot Aquaponics, Aeroponics hydro and drip tour ..Sweet

Only one on tour should be very cool.and very indepth if im the only one on the tour for an hour

Added by Farcry305 on May 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Commercial Aquaponics and Profitability

The commercial viability of aquaponics is likely the hottest contested topic on most aquaponic forums today and is the million dollar question that everyone wants answered. While I'm still not willing to make my financial data public(you would be amazed how many people have asked), I will say that we are indeed a profitable farm based on revenue generated by the farm alone. Although our farm's revenue is derived in diverse ways, even after extracting any non farm related revenue from…


Added by Gina Cavaliero on May 9, 2013 at 10:27am — 7 Comments

The Journey Continues

Greetings again Aquapons!  I have been on an interesting journey the past couple of years.  It all started with a better filter for my koi.  Researching bog filters inspired the notion of growing edible plants in the bog, which through my research I stumbled upon aquaponics.


Through my research and desire to find an economical means of heating my system, I stumbled upon the Wiseway pellet stove, which I became a statewide distributor for their company and recently sold that…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on May 6, 2013 at 2:46pm — 3 Comments

Knowing When to Add Iron to Your Aquaponic System

Knowing When to Add Iron to Your Aquaponic System


Added by Gina Cavaliero on May 3, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments


hi again folks,first of all let me explain my crazy title  haha.DOGS R US is the name of one of our businesses,we are located in beautiful EASTERN TENNESSEE good old USA.feel free to follow us on facebook and leave comments.several years ago i was told i was crazy to spend an amount exceeding 100,000.00 to build a boarding,breeding,grooming facility in a rural community such as make a long story short i did not listen to all the naysayers and short sighted people and forged ahead in…


Added by charles alan crabtree on May 3, 2013 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

do photos lie?

less than 24 hrs. after posting my blog post titled smitten by the bug i recieved a comment saying how AP was a hoax.i'll admit you do see a lot of photos where people are growing LOTS of salad greens.but then you also see a lot of pictures of tomatoes,peppers ,okra,melons,beans and the list goes on.looks like to me if you provide a correct nutrient base,lighting,and enviromental coonditions any plant would prosper.comments anyone?

Added by charles alan crabtree on May 2, 2013 at 11:07pm — 5 Comments

smitten by the bug

hello fellow aquapons,since this is my first blog post i think an introduction is in order! my name is alan crabtree and i live in beautiful east tennessee good ole USA.i am a 53 year old combat wounded veteran who is in a wheelchair.i first stumbled upon aquaponics while searching for a viable way to help feed my family and grow more towards self sustainability.i had previously grown some suspect crops hydroponically LOL and as such i do possess a rather large number of grow lights,pumps…


Added by charles alan crabtree on May 2, 2013 at 12:08am — 11 Comments

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