Basically my interests in aquaponics comes from a single phrase and my own self interests. The quote comes from a book I read a long time age. but this is it. THAT WHICH IS NOT ECOLOGICALLY FEASIBLE WILL NOT BE ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE. That makes a man think.
I live and work on a small ranch with a pond. I like to fish on that pond using minnows and was basically trying to figure out a way to keep numerous minnows alive and happy. That pretty much led me here, because I'm also an avid gardener.
Here in Texas water is precious. Probably more than oil, but that's just a personal opinion. It is definitly the case for me.
I've investigated a few sites and this one seems promising. People seem to be frank as far as their successes and failures.
I'm looking for advice on how to get started. I have the space, that's not a problem. The fish of choice will be catfish , perch or tilapia. They survive here when the outside temp is 105 degrees. I would like to set up the system this winter and get things started. Winter in Texas is kind of a downtime for me, so I can persue my personal interests.
I have many questions on the ratio of fish to plants/surface area of the plants. In particular, how does one filter the fish water before it goes to the plants. It seems like it would clog the chosen media to grow the plants.