Aquaponic Gardening

A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners

Steve Stark
  • Male
  • Clayton, NC
  • United States
Share on Facebook MySpace

Steve Stark's Friends

  • Robert McClellan
  • Wayne
  • Steve Chin-Yee
  • Jonathan Farrand
  • chris taylor Swamp Creek Farms
  • Greg Hershner
  • Sylvia Bernstein

Steve Stark's Discussions

Food for Channel Catfish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayne Sumrall Aug 25, 2011. 3 Replies

I have started a system with goldfish and plan to add catfish fingerlings. I was wondering what people are feeding their catfish and where to get it. I was hoping for an organic source but that seems…Continue

Tags: organic, food, catfish


Steve Stark's Page

Profile Information

How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, NFT, combination
How old is your system?
Less than 6 months
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?

Steve Stark's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Steve Stark's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Steve Stark's Blog

Time for some more fish.

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 10:04am 0 Comments

It has been a while since my catfish died and I think it is time for another try. I think this time I am going to try Bluegill. After gathering information from others I think they may be more fitted to my system. I hope to have some in the next day or so.

I took a look at my biofilter today and noticed there are many little snails zipping around eating stuff from the side of the barrel. I guess this is a good thing.

I ordered a new air pump and some air stones in hope to…


Lost almost half of my catfish.

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 6:11pm 10 Comments

I found 1 catfish floating yesterday. I was hoping that would be the only one and my levels would start coming down. Today I found 2 more dead so I tested the water and levels were no better. I started a water change and found several more dead at the water intake and under rocks for a total of about 9 catfish and 1 goldfish. Hopefully the aggressive water change will help things bounce back. Very disappointing but hope the others will survive.



Comment Wall (7 comments)

You need to be a member of Aquaponic Gardening to add comments!

Join Aquaponic Gardening

At 8:07am on June 24, 2011, Wayne said…

I have summer crookneck squash, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, onions, cabbage, mustard, green peas, broccoli, spinach and a couple rose bushes my wife wanted to try to root.

Mustard is almost done for this planting and the spinach is growing slow. Everything else is doing great. Time to move the rose bushes to make room for something else.


I almost forgot, I planted some garlic but it didn't come up. I am going to give it another try. 

At 9:12pm on June 22, 2011, Wayne said…

Hi Steve.


How are your Bluegill doing? I lost more catfish but the Bluegill are doing fine still.

At 6:30pm on June 14, 2011, Wayne said…

The good news is I haven't lost any more fish today. Knock on wood.


At 7:24pm on June 13, 2011, Wayne said…

I got them from Southeast Pond stocking.

Really nice guy. He gave me some good looking fish (way bigger than I expected)

The bluegill have been doing great. Lost one small one.

The catfish not so good. They ate a little the first day but have been in hiding ever since.

Found 2 dead this morning and only saw one other briefly. They hide in the folds of the liner. I had built a grow bed on top of the tank to give them a dark place to hangout but it must not be to their liking.


Kevin Patterson is the owner. Office Phone# 910-253-7880 Farm# 910-283-1428

He is a marine biologist and kindly answered all my questions. He sells tilapia also if you are interested. 

At 9:19am on May 27, 2011, Bill Archer said…

Hey Steve:

Thanks for asking about my set up, but it's still a work in progress... I've been out of town lately, so haven't been able to do much, and the guy I'm getting my system from, had a few problems with his suppliers. 

I did get the gravel washed and installed in the grow beds, and we filled the fish tank, and have it set up in our greenhouse, but don't have the pump and timer yet.  I did put in a air-stone to aerate the fish tub, but don't have the fish yet.


I noticed something that you had mentioned about painting your fish tank to keep the algae down.  My guy suggested covering the tank with some of that styrofoam insulation, to keep sunlight out of the tank.  Though from the pictures I've seen of your system, you had a light walled tank, where mine is black. See picture below

Hope things are going better for you and the fish....I just read the blog, about all the fish deaths.  We are thinking of going with Koi for fish.  We don't eat fish, so wanted something that we might be able to sell later on, and raising Koi seemed to be a good idea, since they have a pretty good resale when they are large.  Of course, this is just stuff that we've heard, so don't know if it's true.



At 4:11pm on April 11, 2011, Steve Chin-Yee said…


I'm hoping I can do it all year around,  it might get cold in the winter enough so the fish will not eat.  I'm sure i will have to make some heating modifications for year round production, But this is all new and time will tell.

Yes i have a 35 watt air pump so if power goes out fish will have a chance. 

The pump I am running is rated at about 4/5 GPM at about 5' high (Mag-Drive #3 pump).  I measure it and it is putting out 3GPM. My system is by Friendly Aquaponic and they say for my system 2 gph should work, so i am safe.

I like your gravel set In your system, look great, which do you like better?  I hope to add one later

I enjoyed your video, is that a mini solar panel on top of the pole what are you using it for?




At 9:28pm on April 2, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Steve,

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.

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.



© 2024   Created by Sylvia Bernstein.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service