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Michelle Silva
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interesting observation re:air blower

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Hart Jun 28, 2011. 11 Replies

I finally bought an air blower (WW-39 from AES) ..those who know me here, know how much I resisted this..I had good growth rates in the winter with just splashing, but with the high temps and much…Continue

freshwater shrimp to clean detritus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ellen Roelofs Jul 7, 2011. 23 Replies

Gina (Green Acres Organics) and I were talking this morning and she mentioned Friendly Aquaponics using Gammarus as a great addition to raft tanks.. I was just researching suppliers and found out our…Continue

solar pool heaters

Started Feb 6, 2011 0 Replies

Anyone have experience with these?The discussion was closed for further posting,  but I just noticed a thread where someone posted about the idea of using the panel to run water through the panel at…Continue

Vermiponics anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by B. Pearcy Feb 13, 2011. 32 Replies

Does anyone have any experience or info on having a worm only operation? I'm entertaining the idea of keeping my fish density very low, but having a lot more worms in the flood and drain that we are…Continue


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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, vertical
How old is your system?
Less than 6 months, 6 mos - 1 yr
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Tilapia
How big is your fish tank?
approx 4500 total volume
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I organize a weekly organic produce buying club and would like to grow some more food to supply it.

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Vermiponics anyone?

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 4:26pm 2 Comments

Does anyone have any experience or info on having a worm only operation? Since this is an aquaponic forum, wasn't sure if this was ok to blog here. I'm entertaining the idea of keeping my fish density very low, but having a lot more worms in the flood and drain that we are incorporating. Another place I could add the worms are in the large bottom pots of the vertical towers. I've noticed the strawberries and some other plants on the bottom didn't produce as well.

Gravel washing

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 11:33am 8 Comments

Well, after I filled the second half of pots with the expanded shale and coco ocir (the other half is with chunky perlite and coco coir) I just read a post that reminded me that I didn't wash any of it!! How important is this??

DWC net pots

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 11:42am 2 Comments

I need advise ASAP with net pots.

I have 2,000 2"poppleman and made sure to tell the supplier I wanted the one with the lip so it doesn't fall thru. It took a while to receive them and yesterday when we started drilling holes, found that they slipped thru when using the 2" holesaw. The supplier sent me a photo of the only other one poppleman sells, but it's called a slit pot. The openings are larger. It's hard to tell but that looks like it could possibly have a larger "lip" to prevent it… Continue

rafts for DWC

Posted on August 7, 2010 at 8:00pm 5 Comments

Can anyone advise what the difference is between using Dow blue boards and the white 2" styrofoam at Home Depot. Do the dow blue boards need to be painted? I don't know if I would ever try to be "Certified Organic" but I would want to do what is safest.. Does it make a difference? Thanks.

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At 3:31pm on July 9, 2018, abiola bawuah said…

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At 6:59pm on March 17, 2011, Paul Ellinghuysen said…
Michelle,sorry this came so late.I  forget sometimes to come to my own page.Im going to take some pics this weekend. One trough is going strong with new growth and another will be filled with new plants this weekend. I dont have the verticals recirculateing back. The water comes from the water garden,to grow troughs,to 55 gal barrel where a injecter pumps it to the stackers than by gravity feed it flows back to the water garden completing the loop.Thers also a 250 gal solid settling tank that as a turn off valve that I bleed off to feed other plants.I m doing coco fiber for the seedlings.So far looking good.
At 8:18pm on February 20, 2011, Joseph Orlando said…
Great to have you as a friend.  Does this work both ways or should I figure out how to invite you to be my friend too?
At 2:15pm on February 14, 2011, Jesse Charles Thomas said…
Thanks for being a friend!  My brother lived in Sarasota seems like 15+ years ago.  How's you set up operating? -Jesse
At 8:37pm on January 19, 2011, Green Acre Aquaponics said…
Hey Michelle!  Did you ever get a chance to read thelast marathon message I sent?  I went on forever.  Lol.  Still would like to see your place and would love it if you can make it up to ours sometime.  Hope to get together soon. 
At 8:35am on January 19, 2011, Paul Ellinghuysen said…

Michelle, I live up here in Hudson Fl. I grow with the hydro staker units and also im nearing completion of may trough/raft system.Question, what grow medium did you use for your net pots. I need to start ASAP.Thanks Paul

At 12:47pm on January 6, 2011, Molly Stanek said…
Thank you for joining the Sweet Water group.  It looks like you have quite the backyard - your setup looks amazing so far!
At 9:50pm on August 27, 2010, FriendlyAquaponics said…
Thank you! I had no idea this group existed! YAYAYAY!
At 5:44am on May 11, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Michelle,

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 by checking out the forums, blogs and groups - I see you have already found the vertical growers. If you are interested in a forum or blog topic, but don’t want to join in right away, just check the “follow” box to be notified whenever there is activity on that subject.

We have just one rule: keep it cordial (no flaming!).

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you. Also, you might want to look up Nate Storey who got his masters in vertical growing and has a cool product he is about to start selling for vertical gardening.


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