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Shawn Cruze
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  • Denver, CO
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Geyser Pumps

Started this discussion. Last reply by aenna martin Jun 24. 15 Replies

For the last six months I have been trying to get a geyser pump working. After some trial and error I finnaly got what I was looking for. I got a pump which could move 200 gph without and moving…Continue

New tank!!!! .....and it's a big one

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harold Sukhbir Aug 13, 2011. 17 Replies

So my friend donated his standalone swimming pool to me because he knew I would be nuts enough to try and grow fish in it and he thinks it's hilarious. Dimensions are 15x30x4....... almost 5,000…Continue


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aenna martin replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion Geyser Pumps
"Hey this is something off topic but i need your help in regarding buying some power tools for my woodworking workshop, can anyone suggest me the best brands and tools for it as i am a beginner in this and doesn't have any knowledge about it so…"
Jun 24
Michael Osman replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion Geyser Pumps
"There are several designs on youtube. I'm just not sure what kind of air compressor to get... 270 gallon IBC system...I shouldn't need to big of one. But I'd like something that will last and be fairly energy efficient. Any…"
Jul 16, 2018
David replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion Geyser Pumps
"Have a look at this, there are 3 parts and it was helpful to me. I lift about 40" high using a 1/2 gallon pitcher, 1-1/2" PVC and a 4 watt air pump. It moves about 7 gph to my 4 strawberry…"
Sep 27, 2016
Giovanni Carlo P Bagayas replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion Geyser Pumps
"Hi, where can I find your video and design?"
Jan 29, 2016
James Rubasch replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion Geyser Pumps
"Hey Shawn et al, Olomana Gardens ( has a nice website, and Glenn is becoming quite the expert on water geyser pumps.  He has been able to move as much as 1000 gph of water with his air pumps. …"
Apr 24, 2014
Shawn Cruze commented on Randy Buckingham's photo


"I have two pumps exactly like this. What kind of systems and volume are you running?"
Jul 2, 2012
Shawn Cruze and Terri Mikkola are now friends
Jan 5, 2012
Shawn Cruze commented on AJ Grottke's group Artificial Lighting
"For starting seeds and early vegetative growth..... 400W metal halide or 4, 96W compact florescent bulbs? And how much of a factor is the quality of the bulbs? I have access to many metal halide bulbs that were used in an aquarium or should I…"
Sep 28, 2011
Shawn Cruze joined AJ Grottke's group

Artificial Lighting

Grow light discussions; HID, florescent, LED, and anything else that isn't the sun itself.
Sep 28, 2011
Shawn Cruze replied to Malinda Douglass's discussion Indirect lighting
"My system is on an east facing porch which is covered. My plants only see one hour of direct sunlight in the early morning then the rest of the day they are in the shade. The beans, lettuce, mint, and peppers are doing great. The tomatoes,…"
Sep 20, 2011
Shawn Cruze replied to Windy Elliott's discussion Mussels?
"How is he doing?  "
Sep 20, 2011
Harold Sukhbir replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion New tank!!!! .....and it's a big one
"Hi Shawn, You buy an oversize tank so now the Universe has to send you a farm for it? Congratulations. Well you need to design around your vision, the sky is the only limit. NFT. DWC, Media AP, select one or combine all or some, draw it on paper and…"
Aug 13, 2011
David Waite replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion New tank!!!! .....and it's a big one
"Shawn I would recommend you contact Friendlys or their affiliate Green acre organics and buy their commercial plans. They are tested. The construction costs are alot less than kit systems."
Aug 13, 2011
Shawn Cruze replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion New tank!!!! .....and it's a big one
"I found a place for my tank!! The Urban Farm in Denver is a nonprofit farm designed to educate inner city youth. I have been working with the farm manager Rick building backyard systems for two years. We have set aside a piece of land suitable for…"
Aug 13, 2011
ColoradoAquaFarms and Shawn Cruze are now friends
Jul 24, 2011
TCLynx replied to Shawn Cruze's discussion Geyser Pumps
"Ryan,     Do you know where one might find the info that would allow one to calculate how much air flow is needed and pipe size and all the different variables to lift a specific amount of water a given height per some time…"
Jun 11, 2011

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How did you find us?
a friend
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, combination
How old is your system?
Just started, Less than 6 months
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Well... I met Greg Cronin At UCD. he got me into a big aquaponics research project that started a little bit of an obsession. I am a biology major getting a minor in sustainability. Greg introduced me to JD. I went to his class then really got going. Since then I have met a variety of people (Al, Rick, and others) and participating in a lot of sustainable food activities. I just got a job as the life support technician at the Denver aquarium. I love natural food.

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At 7:04am on March 6, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Shawn,

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 Main page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.  Also, join the Colorado Aquapons group (see Groups tab above) so we can all stay in touch (I'm in Boulder!)

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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