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September 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Arduino woes solved today...

Today I solved a major problem I've been having with the Arduino and temperature sensors. When I first set everything up it was working great... no issues. Then a few months ago I moved some sensors around and reconfigured a bunch of wiring, etc. and it started behaving poorly with erratic readings or error messages so I figured I must have a loose connection some where. Turns out that I needed to adjust the pull-up resistor in the circuit to a lower resistor. Whoa 'la... All sensors are…


Added by William Bombardier on September 30, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Aquaponics Conference

While in Denver for the Aquaponics conference, two of the great opportunities I had were meeting Dr. James Rakowcy and Murray Hallam.  The "Father" of aquaponics shared his 30 year experience developing the UVI system.  I felt very akin to him as he described his trials and tribulations in developing his system.  Blunders and intervention by Mother Nature making it a challenging…

Added by Rick Stillwagon on September 29, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments

Week 20 - The Trout Experiment Ends

I'm going to harvest the fish, clean the tanks and the grow beds, and get them ready for the winter growing season this weekend. This has been fun, and surprisingly successful for a first experiment, thanks largely to all the helpful experts here on this website. The fact that I kept several trout alive for 20 weeks exceeded my expectations. I was disappointed that I lost so many the first day, but pleasantly surprised that I only lost a few to other causes. The growth rates of the fish…


Added by Tom OBrien on September 27, 2012 at 8:42pm — No Comments

What is going on..

Not to sure about what is going on with my setup.  One fish died overnight and two more are on the way out.  pH is at 7.0 today but was at 9.0 last night.  Ammonia is still at 1.0 and still no sign of nitrites or nitrites.  Water temp hi is 74 low is 71.4.

Cuttings look great, made mini terrariums with old soda bottles to cover the plants, also added a neck to the siphon to raise water level to reach seeds and cuttings for the time being.  Smells a bit fishy in the tank, but then I…


Added by John Cubit on September 23, 2012 at 9:34am — 3 Comments

Food for Thought

Here's an exercise to try at home. You will need a working stopwatch, or another timepiece that measures seconds. Before you begin, seat yourself in a comfortable chair and loosen your clothing.

Watch the second hand as it passes around the face of the clock. Picture the moment of your death, perhaps many decades in the future, or perhaps only a few years or months (who can know?). Wait for the second hand to reach the starting point at the top of the…


Added by Vlad Jovanovic on September 22, 2012 at 5:18am — 4 Comments

Tilapia loose and armed

Has anyone got info. about an incident in Modoc county where some tilapia got loose into waterways and decimated the local native population?  I did not know Tilapia got so large.  No, really this is what I read and I am wanting to find out if the story is true or maybe made into something bigger than it really is, was or NOT at all. 

Added by Blair Rice on September 19, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New DWC Raft System is in design progress ...


It's been a while since I posted anything here, so it's about time ...

We have expanded our gardening area by adding a DWC Raft System. It is currently under construction and I have posted some pictures of our progress.…


Added by Bob Vento on September 17, 2012 at 4:51am — No Comments

My system details and plans

I'm still in the design/gathering parts/building phase of this project.

My fish tanks are housed in a 9'X17' insulated room of my barn. I have 5=275 gallon IBC's. They all have SLO that goes to a combined 2" outlet. One of the IBC's can be converted to a sump (incase the drain line to the greenhouse freezes).

My greenhouse is about 180' away from the fish room. It is 20'Wx40'L. I have not yet connected it to the fish room. I hope to get the trench done this fall. Inside, my…


Added by Tony Gilliam on September 13, 2012 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

Trout Harvest Time

The basement trout farm in 150 gallon stock tanks has been going for 17 weeks now and some of the fish are finally ready to harvest. I've had mixed success with this project, but I've learned a whole lot in the process. First thing, before you bring trout home, you need to have a secure cover ready to go. Our goldfish didn't do much exploring, but the trout apparently had a strong desire to see more of the basement. I lost six trout the first day because there were gaps in the cover around…


Added by Tom OBrien on September 11, 2012 at 10:17pm — No Comments

System is up and Running Well!


Greetings fellow aquaponic enthusiasts!

I’ve put together my aquaponic system and website to share information and my experience in development of sustainable, personal food production for better health as well as my passion for living things.  I’ve always enjoyed gardening, but have struggled with the extremely short growing season here in Minnesota.

So I decided I would do something about that (besides complain) and I built a “lean-to type”  of greenhouse alongside…


Added by William Bombardier on September 11, 2012 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Webcam support

Hey could you take a look at this for me?

Is anyone actively using live webcam support for our aquaponics community?

Being able to see the fish, plants, tests.   Seems a perfect application.

I think it is the next best thing to being there.




Added by John White on September 10, 2012 at 3:26pm — 9 Comments

Hawaii Farmers Union United

Glenn Martinez and Natalie Diaz Cash of the Hawaii Farmers Union United and Olomana Gardens, announce their upcoming trip to the Aquaponics Association Conference in Denver, during the August 2012 Maui meeting.

Added by Jim Hall on September 4, 2012 at 12:59am — 1 Comment

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