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Going live!

I finally have the kinks and leaks worked out and we are ready to grow our first plants. I focused on getting the system live and haven't added any of the controlling and monitoring electronics yet.

I designed my system around inexpensive industrial shelving. Its footprint is…


Added by Kevin Mahoney on November 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why my aquaponic tomatoes leaves dying?

I would love for any one help me on this? Why my tomatoes leaves Turing brown. Fish is healthy. Water is circulating fine

Added by Fawzi Fadil on November 18, 2015 at 5:47am — 2 Comments

My first system...and blog post

This is my first blog of hopefully many more to come. I'm in the process of designing a DIY system in my garage out of industrial shelves and 55-gallon plastic barrels. My initial goal was to create a sustainable garden that can feed my family year round, but, it has become much more than that. The more people I talk to the more I discover that Aquaponics may just become the next food revolution. 

I own my own Embedded Product Development business. As I look for solutions to monitor,…


Added by Kevin Mahoney on November 13, 2015 at 5:04pm — 6 Comments

Need Help with Deficiency



I am having trouble identifying a deficiency can anyone help? Please see the attached picture. Only the top leafs are effected. At first i thought it was a manganese deficiency but after reading i might be wrong. The system is 1 1/2 years old and has been doing great. I add iron, calcium carbonate, potassium carbonate and magnesium. If anyone…


Added by Richard Jones on November 3, 2015 at 12:58pm — 2 Comments

Production Lacking

I have had my system operating over a year.  I get a lot of growth and very little production out of my crops.  My fish are doing fine, I feed them once a day.  My PH is usually between 6.8 and 7.2.  My Nitrates are between 80 and 100.  Nitrites and Ammonia are nil.  I add aqua Essentials on a regular basis, usually once a month.  I have three grow beds that use the bell siphon.  My system is in my basement with adequate ventilation and I use a HPS light source on a traveling…


Added by Rich Koehler on October 13, 2015 at 7:46pm — 4 Comments

Added my fish to my system yesterday

Well I finally added my blue tilapia to my system, I ordered 30 to start with 29 made it through the shipping process and 1 died just after being added to the system.  It was one that I noticed wasn't doing so well during the acclamation process.  Water temp is a steady 88 degrees Fahrenheit and they seem to be doing well for now.  I did notice a bit more water evaporation then I was expecting.  I will have to deal with that later.  I will update this blog as time goes by.

Added by James on September 11, 2015 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Aquaponics without fish

I have an artificial pond/waterfall that does not currently have fish but does have algae.  I would like to install a red worm filtration bed to remove the organic buildup in the pond and, if possible run some of the water through strawberry towers and thereby reduce the nutrient content.  Is it possible, in this situation, to grow plants without introducing fish into the pond?  There is a lot of organic build-up from leaf loading so I could feed the red worms for quite some time.…


Added by Delbert Johnson on September 7, 2015 at 9:37am — 4 Comments

Bees in the greenhouse?

Is anyone keeping a beehive in their greenhouse?

Added by gigi morton on August 27, 2015 at 3:17pm — 5 Comments

that is my project.....

Added by gamal hamada on August 26, 2015 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Aquaponic farms, Arkansas

I am looking into starting an Aquaponic farm in Arkansas, anyone else out there doing so? And if so what area are you in?

Added by Charlotte Seibert on July 18, 2015 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Finally Getting Started...

I've been wanting to do this for years, but location, resources, time and simply not really knowing what I'm doing has prevented me from starting my aquaponics system.

No more.

I have the hoophouse frame and cover on, the IBC and filter barrels painted and the first grow bed framed up.

Learning as I go has to be the mode, as I'm sure it was with everyone when starting out.  I just have a hard time because I can't afford to mess things up really…


Added by Jeff Guykema on July 10, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

What plant species perfrom best with rainbow trout

Hello everybody. I have started rainbow trout farming. I would like to set up an aquapoincs system for trout effluent treatment. I will be grateful if you kindly let me know what kind of vegetables perfum well in cold water. Thanks in advance. 

Added by Samad Rahimnejad on July 8, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Hello aquapons!

I am new to your community and live in Vermont.  No system yet.  I will probably take one of the cool courses offered soon.  Are any of you New Englanders?  I would love to visit you and see what you are up to.

Added by Pamela Sterling on July 7, 2015 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Cucumbers wither and die

my indoor system is 2 months old. All test numbers are in range. Cucumber plants grew huge and strong, 3 varieties, trellised and lots of light. Lots of flowers, became little cucumbers. After reaching 1 inch in length, they each withered and died, from bottom of vine, all the way up to latest cukes. Removed all vines, and planted 12 more plants in other grow bed, other fish tank. And ideas why the huge loss? Thx.

Added by Eileen Herzog on June 25, 2015 at 10:14am — 7 Comments

cantilevered ph

Hello everyone, in the morning and down the external temperature of 6-7 degrees in a few days and the pH from 7 to 7.2 and went to 7,6- and 7,8 normal?

Added by gianni fasolo on June 22, 2015 at 2:26pm — No Comments

pH Levels

For those with outdoor systems, how do you combat drops in your pH from rain. Live in Alabama, the pH of rain here is about 4.6. Got several inches of rain in a few days time. Has been a real battle. Have put oyster shell in a stocking, but haven't noticed a difference.  

Added by Charles Kiplinger on June 7, 2015 at 5:06pm — 2 Comments


I'll be visiting Tucson in December and wanted to know if there were some Aquaponic systems to see while we are there. We'll be visiting with my brother-in-law who teaches engineering at UW in Seattle and I wanted to show him some Aquaponic setups in the area. Maybe one with float beds, and some with grow beds.

Added by Bob Semf on May 4, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

First Seeds Planted

4/29/2015 - I have planted my first seeds in the connstant flow bed today. Included are spinach, lettuce, calentro, savory, and a couple of other things. The beds are all plumbed and I am cycling the water. The fish tank is plumbed; however, I haven't gotten the swirl filter plumbed in yet. I am having trouble finding the right size bulkhead fittings for the holes in the top of the 30 gallon barrel.

Added by David Muttscheler on April 29, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Forward thinking

Well, deeper pockets opened up and I am allowed to get a solar system to operate the water and air pumps, as well as the potential heater needed to keep the water pleasant in the winter time. It means more research, but who minds that?

I've decided to leave out the swirl filter unless the GB isn't sufficient for filtering solids. I will still build it, just to prove I can, but I doubt it will even be an issue with worms in the medium.

ST has been rethought, and I will be using…


Added by Michael Garver Jr. on April 23, 2015 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments

Robert Rowe - AP Journal year 4

2015-04-04 I am changing the form of this blog to show the present state of my garden which is mostly Aquaponic.


2013-12-28 Changes to Water Temperature Monitoring, Controlling & Recording…


Added by Robert Rowe on April 4, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments

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