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Debra Colvin
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  • Riverside, CA
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aquaculture... is that what I'm doing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Mar 16, 2016. 20 Replies

I ran into this when researching whether tilapia would be a good idea for me to raise. It seems that the state of California wants its share of my money, about 800 dollars of it, if they can say what…Continue

for those considering grow towers and the like...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Debra Colvin Mar 20, 2013. 6 Replies

This includes myself, since I've been looking into how to make one and integrate it well into my existing systems. Has anyone considered forgoing the tower entirely and simply expanding it out to its…Continue

other power sources...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Debra Colvin Dec 11, 2011. 7 Replies

This is going to sound bonkers, but what the hey.Anyone ever consider a whirligig for a source of power for, say, a water pump?I'm not speaking of the kind that generates electricity, then powers a…Continue


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Profile Information

How did you find us?
referral from another website
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
none of the above, combination
How old is your system?
6 mos - 1 yr
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Koi
How big is your fish tank?
nearly 400 gallons combined
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I've experimented with aquaponics for the past 4 years. The systems that I feature here are the most successful I have been with this marvelous way of farming. My projects usually involve cost effective methods as I search for the lowest cost way of getting a workable system together. I strive for more attractive presentations, but often fail in that regard as my hillbilly roots begin to show themselves. For instance, the current ponds are to be a celebration of duct tape!

I've been experimenting with aquaponics for 4 years. The newest system is under 6 months old, all because I moved back to Riverside back in April. I didn't document a thing with my earliest experiments, but I can say that I have lost my share of goldfish.


my blog dedicated to my garden when I lived with some friends.

indicator plants~ learned through experience

  • strawberry- sprawls when water nutients are high
  • hydrangea- becomes large and bushy when water is acidic
  • tomato - heavy feeder that needs dry roots to bloom & set fruit
  • garlic - heavy feeder that tolerates salt

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shopping at walmart is a bad idea

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 12:22am 2 Comments

At least as far as buying red wrigglers go. Walmart is on my bad side right now because they had previously mislabeled some squash plants I bought as cucumbers. I didn't figure that one out until the fruit was coming in, the bastards.

I bought worms today for my growbeds, and didn't think anything of the weird rubberized stuff they were packed in. Well, hours later, I checked in on how they were doing in their new home. Long story short: the ants are having a feast.

ick infection

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 1:02am 1 Comment

i think this is day four of my goldfish ick infection but I haven't exactly been keeping track. I lost one-- the little black moor--yesterday. He may have been the source, but as they're all infected, it's a moot point to be blaming any one fish. The white specks have either fallen off, or are smaller that they have been all week. I know my fish are far from being free of this thing, but this is the longest a batch has lived with it in any of my ponds.

Even though the new… Continue

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At 10:19am on August 20, 2013, Lester Caplan said…

Hello Debra,

My name is
Les Caplan and I live in Palm Desert.  I have just started investigating aquaponics and I am looking to meet some other people in my area who have a system that I can talk to.  My email is my phone cell # is (760) 574-5242.

At 8:41am on June 14, 2011, Andrea said…
Hi, Debra!  We're practically neighbors.  :-)
At 9:27am on May 18, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Debra,

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 add a profile image, 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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