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Continuing refinement of my micro-system.

I got lucky today, gfi an extension protected the outlet gfi (which powers the back-up aerator), so that layout on a single outlet does work.  I'm guessing from the flashing clocks that the power went out, and then came back on with lamps and growbed pumps both powered up at once, blowing the first breaker, but leaving the air pump running, working as a built in safety trip.  The fish all seem to be fine.  I drew out a line diagram of how it's laid out, and I've attached a photo, after…

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Added by Dan Brown on January 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

The roller coaster called today - hopefully I learned my lesson

This morning I headed to Boulder, excited to see Sylvia's Bernstein's greenhouse, aquaponic arrangements, and most importantly, to pick up my white tilapia stock. Sylvia's house is a beautifully peaceful home, and the greenhouse provided me with the level of sensory overload I've not experienced in quite a while. She graciously explained the state of the systems she is running, and we went on as aquaponists tend to do about all things related to all of it. The conversations are often difficult… Continue

Added by Dan Brown on October 31, 2010 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

New Closet system

Here's a link to a detailed cost analysis of my new system. I'm pretty excited about this one, more details forthcoming as they develop.


Added by Dan Brown on October 15, 2010 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

Restaurant buyers - do you have basil to sell?

I've decided to follow the conclusions that I drew in a paper I wrote about aquaponic business.


I am actively pursuing (and now have two clients set up) for restaurants that are interested in getting micro-herbs and basil. I will begin selling in another few weeks, once I can pull a harvest on the micro basils I have going (cinnamon, thai, and purple). I can find more chefs, but with only 2 sq ft of grow area, I'm going to be limited on production, and I'd like…
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Added by Dan Brown on October 14, 2010 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Garage system

55 gallon garage aquaponic system is now cycling water. 600W bulb on 4 ft sq of future tomato paradise. Still a few weeks from stocking, but the heavy lifting is finished. I'm using a flood and drain running off a powerhead feeding… Continue

Added by Dan Brown on September 1, 2010 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

Argument for Aquaponics

I've written a paper for school which I've published below. I think my arguments are solid, but I'd welcome any feedback (either here or at associated content). Thank you for your time. Long live integrated systems!

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5454414/sea_change_an_argument_for_aquaponics.html?cat=57


Added by Dan Brown on June 15, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Salt water aquaculture on a massive scale

Interesting link that a friend of mine sent me.


It's not aquaponic, but salt water aquaculture is obviously an associated idea, and the commercial success of this venture is a great guidepost.

Added by Dan Brown on April 1, 2010 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

Retrofitting an aerogarden

I am working on my first aquaponic system, and retrofitting an Aerogarden for an inlet, an overflow, and a normal return for an ebb and drain system. I drilled three holes in the Aerogarden shell with a 1 1/8" paddle bit, and then made them slightly larger with a rotary grinding tool. I then fit all the holes with threaded drain fittings, and sealed them in place. The holes are positioned so that the overflow starts to drain when the "fill to here" mark in the aerogarden is hit (3.5 Quarts from… Continue

Added by Dan Brown on March 16, 2010 at 10:41am — 10 Comments

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