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Trouble with breeding, no fry

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Dec 27, 2013. 8 Replies

I need some ideas to check because for some reason our tilapia are just not reproducing.  We never had problems before (started with 14 and had a max of 12,000 at one time and are down to about 8,000…Continue

Tags: fry, breeding

Adding in freshwater prawn (aka shrimp) in a raft system

Started this discussion. Last reply by estevan chaparro Mar 17, 2013. 3 Replies

My 84-year-old father (who currently is raising about 9000 tilapia) asked me the other day what I thought about raising freshwater prawn.  We've recently started to get into aquaponics, and we've had…Continue

Tags: prawn, raft

Weight calculations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam McMillin Jun 3, 2015. 6 Replies

I'd like to know if my weight calculations are sound (based on US units).  I'm trying to determine how much weight my system will be so I can make sure I have sufficient support for that weight where…Continue


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flood and drain media
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Just started
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50 gallons
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It's actually my 84-year old father who is the fish farmer, and who is just starting to get into aquaponics (although he's raised fish since he retired in his early 70s, mostly striped bass but now tilapia). He set up his first (test) grow bed in July 2012 off of a 50-gallon tank, and he'll help me set mine (also 50-gallons) up on my back porch very soon. Once we get the hang of the gardening aspect, he wants to put in grow beds to help filter the water for his 4000 or so fish.

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At 3:47pm on September 7, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

I'm glad you enjoyed my book...thanks for that!

At 8:27am on September 4, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Chalkbrd!


Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members--no question is too basic. 


A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.


Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.


Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.




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