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Commercial aquaponics business plan

Started this discussion. Last reply by John White Sep 16, 2012. 7 Replies

I am trying to create my own business plan for aquaponics. The numbers I come up with in my business, I just don't feel too comfortable with. Numbers don't lie, but I can't see how I can make this…Continue

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John White replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"If you calculate your costs and income based on current market prices you will have a tough time getting rich selling lettuce.  Even living in CA are there not fish that you can grow for food?  I seems that the 1st goal would be to replace…"
Sep 16, 2012
Suzi Gibson replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"Question.... The insurance cost in your spreadsheets. Is that crop insurance or just the insurance premiums for the land/structure?"
Sep 14, 2012
Craig Mullins replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"nice"
Sep 11, 2012
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The Backyard Farmer video update. Making modifications and bottling some beer.

http://www.thebackyardfarmer.net/ In this video update I will show you how I make a small containment area for some of my smaller fish in the big fish tank a...
Sep 9, 2012
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"The Worm Refuge is for sale at http://www.thebackyardfarmer.net/the-worm-refuge/."
Sep 5, 2012
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Sep 3, 2012
Michael A. White replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"I definitely agree with Nate. I would conduct a local survey and take a statistical approach for accurate pricing and future income projections. I would also consider reading this (Evaluation and Development of Aquaponics…"
Aug 22, 2012
Nate Storey replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"Your financials are reasonable- I would actually add some additional operational/variable costs. . .  You need to diversify your crops as well, and discount your numbers from fish production if your local laws don't allow live or live on…"
Aug 21, 2012
Marc Casseres replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"I'm not a commercial AP farmer (yet) and I don't even live in the United States, but doing the math for my business plan is similar to yours. However, I do believe that the fish are an important part of your income. Sure, your main income…"
Aug 21, 2012
Brian144 commented on Russell Hopper's video
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The Backyard Farmer Video Update- Grasshopper take over!

"I was wondering if your koi might enjoy eating grasshoppers.   Good luck"
Aug 17, 2012
Russell Hopper replied to Dennis Jay's discussion Plants not doing well at all
"It also looks like you need to supplement with some iron."
Aug 9, 2012
Russell Hopper replied to Dennis Jay's discussion Plants not doing well at all
"You might also try adding more oxygen. Fish will use up most the oxygen in a system. for a better desription see my video on youtube on this subject. Plants don't need oxygen as much as fish, but they do still require some.…"
Aug 9, 2012
Russell Hopper replied to Squall Leonheart's discussion Can anyone help to lower the water pump wattage ?
"75% of pumps, unless they are considered crossflow, use more amps with the more flow you have. It is better to have a pump that is oversized. Example, you have a 2000 gal/min pump and you have the discharge valve all the way open. The pump will draw…"
Aug 9, 2012
Chris Lukenbill replied to Russell Hopper's discussion Commercial aquaponics business plan
"I didn't have a chance to look too far into your numbers, but at first glance reviewing what you have out there so far it looks pretty good. The only possible correction that I'm seeing is the price your selling the lettuce at is…"
Aug 7, 2012
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Commercial aquaponics business plan

I am trying to create my own business plan for aquaponics. The numbers I come up with in my business, I just don't feel too comfortable with. Numbers don't lie, but I can't see how I can make this profitable. Take a look at my different spreadsheets below and help if you can. Note- I live in California so I cannot raise Tilapia or Hybrid bass- so I have decided to only concentrate on produce and use fish as just a fuel source. One spreadsheet is below, the others I attached in an attachment. I…See More
Aug 7, 2012
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The Backyard Farmer video update. Aquaponics in a greenhouse.

"Where do you get the net for the plants to climb up?"
Jul 16, 2012

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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, NFT, vertical, none of the above, combination
How old is your system?
Less than 6 months
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Tilapia
How big is your fish tank?
350 gallons
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am called The Backyard Farmer and can be seen more at http://www.thebackyardfarmer.net

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