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October 2011 Blog Posts (23)

More health officals 'Gone Wild'

Here's another 'farm raid'....What would our founding Fathers do with these 'officals' ?



Added by David Hart on October 31, 2011 at 5:27am — 5 Comments

Micro-Aquaponics unit

I just about have the micro-unit complete. It still needs to be tested, add the light support and light, pumps etc. I have already found several things to change aesthitically and functionally.  There will be half-panels on the sides and an opaque or textured glass divider to hide the sump. Fish tank will be removable unit. I will add a base molding to widen the appearance…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on October 24, 2011 at 8:12pm — 7 Comments

Plan B Weekend Update

Whew!  What a weekend. Dismantled old steel storage shed in backyard that was old when we moved here in 1994.  Disposed of it and some other junk at fall clean-up days here in Papillion.  Cut shelf legs and painted first coat of Rustoleum on shelve that will position grow bed above sump tank. The one badly rusted shelf just happen to be where I need to cut out the metal for the siphon outlet to drain into the sump.. convenient!  

Added by Bill Moore on October 23, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Plan 'B' Commences

I bought my three Rubber Maid tanks Friday ($238) and began looking for plumbing parts. Also cleaned the tanks today and moved them into position in basement.  Have old steel storage rack that I am going to modify to put the grow bed above the sump tank. 

Added by Bill Moore on October 22, 2011 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Stimulating interest and awareness


I am not surprised at how many people have never heard about "Aquaponics."  Up until about a year ago, I was running on a nearly parallel path until I decided to look online and see if anyone else was doing something like this. As I mentioned before, many of you have done much of the leg work and I am now catching up to speed.  But I am surprised at the wariness and stigma that many have of hydroponics, therefore, aquaponics by association. So I am doing a little project to see if I…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on October 21, 2011 at 8:34am — 8 Comments

Thank you, Aquaponics Community...

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” 

― Aldo…


Added by Molly Stanek on October 18, 2011 at 9:05pm — 6 Comments

Aquaponic attract many

We build a deck to enjoy our aquaponic garden and treat the family someone else have the same idea, can i call this bird a beneficial, My wife is scare that one day she may find an alligator. Nature at it best!!!

Added by Claudio J Tracchia on October 18, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Edison Quote

“I’d put my money on solar energy…I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

~Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, March 1931

Added by Jesse Hull on October 18, 2011 at 4:07pm — 4 Comments

Plan B (as in basement) Now Moves to "$eriou$ $tage"

Now found local sources for most of the parts I need to start building the system, so it's starting to get serious now. Will start by buying the Rubbermaid Ag tanks: one 100 gal, two 50 gal... with option to add 2nd grow bed in future.  I'll keep you all posted.

Added by Bill Moore on October 17, 2011 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

The project continues....

It has been a very interesting week.  Meeting people, sharing ideas, and finding the scope of a successful business model.  Meeting and talking with Carey Ma generated many ideas in developing marketable products for this economy.  Talking with a potential client has developed new ideas for marketing and visibility that I hadn't explored.  Showing an engineer friend my steam engine has invigorated my plans for reproduction and acquired his professional help.  Not a great deal of progress on…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on October 16, 2011 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

Economic fish tank

A simple way to make a economic fish tank strong and large is to buy a round bale feeder "tractor supply" the dimentions are 8'D by 45"H price range from $99.00 to 300.00 cover it on the inside diameter with 1/4" plywood or pvc panels "Home depot or Lowe's" $14.00, 19.00 screw the panels with self taping screws on the inside of the bale and ad a pond liner.Fill with water 3' H and you have a fish tank of 1,130 gallons @ 7gallolns p/fish 189 fish +- It can be reinforced if desire.

Added by Claudio J Tracchia on October 14, 2011 at 9:25pm — 2 Comments

My pick for a commercial fruiting plant in aquaponics: The passion fruit

Most people interested in commercial aquaponics invariably start looking at potential yields of different crops and then, after a thorough literature search, will discover that there is very little available in terms of potential yields of larger crops.  Stuff like basil, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers etc. seem to be written about the most.


With the advent of what I consider to be the most likely design for my own use in a commercial environment, namely gravel beds and…


Added by Kobus Jooste on October 13, 2011 at 10:47am — 18 Comments

Green Acre Organics Breaking News!

This is a very exciting time for us at Green Acre Organics.  As is typical when students or apprentices make their own way and expand upon their body of learning and knowledge, Tonya and I at Green Acre have moved on from our affiliation with Friendly Aquaponics.   We appreciate the building block our teachers have provided us, however our separation proves to be a necessary next step in our aquaponic evolution.  This evolution…

Added by Gina Cavaliero on October 7, 2011 at 1:00pm — 39 Comments


Sorry my English is not good
But I will use google translator
I will do our best to give explanation to share my understanding

Added by jim on October 6, 2011 at 8:23pm — 2 Comments

Hello, I am new to this forum and to our future vermi- supported, dietary fish supply.

I am new to hydroponics and aquaponics. I've supervised drilling of six water wells and designed/ built various water storage and delivery systems in the 60psi/ 60gpm range. I have also built fountains of many kinds. The koi ponds I have built used about 2 yards of 3/4" crushed gravel as a biofilter, as well as a sand filter. The gravel is removed, washed, and replaced annually at considerable effort.(which I am no longer involved with!) I am very interested in the incorporation of…


Added by Joshua Vaughan on October 5, 2011 at 5:24pm — 1 Comment

The New Guy

Hello everyone my name is Jacob and I am a highschool student interested in aquaponics. Last year I wrote a grant to help start-up my aquaponics system. I am now going to start the system next week. I am liking the site here for it offers really great information from people whom have working aquapinic systems.



Jacob Toetz

Added by Jacob Toetz on October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm — 2 Comments

Aquatic Nitrogen Fixers for Aquaponics

Hello All,


I found Dinoflagellate & Coral work together to fix nitrogen in water for plants.  However, it live mostly in salt water conditions.  Cyanobacteria is one of the first bacteria to fix nitrogen, but it needs at least three things for it to grow, decay of organic material, bicarbonates in the water and light.  If we wanted to reduce the number of fish in our tanks, it is possible to have the fish eat some of the Cyanobacteria (its close relative…


Added by Paul Holowko on October 4, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

aquaponic in Taiwan10 years

These floating equipment of my own development, and manufacturing sales in Taiwan10 years


Added by jim on October 3, 2011 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Ender wins the Games.

Broccoli and cauliflower are starting to take off with this fall weather after languishing under a source of nutrients from goldfish only. I have a 2lb bass in the fish-tank now and I've moved the goldfish to a cushy indoor aquarium to thank them for their service. The smallmouth was ticked off for a while and wouldn't eat until I gave him his own 85 gallon tank. Now he…


Added by Michael Davidson on October 3, 2011 at 1:50pm — No Comments

My project part 2

The previous post explains in overview what I have been trying to accomplish.  I want an economical, sustainable, and self-contained system.  Not only food production but heating and powering my home and business as well.


The greenhouse/aquaponics unit is my experiment and will eventually tie into everything on my property.  The biomass boiler will provide steam that will be plumbed to all buildings (just like they did in the old days) for heat, and will be intermittantly…


Added by Rick Stillwagon on October 3, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

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