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Tom Helmers
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New system: Need design help

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Dec 11, 2012. 1 Reply

Hello all.  I am seeking a bit of help in designing an aquaponics  system to work with what I have already set up in my backyard.  I have a 1500 gallon fish pond that is established and all of its…Continue


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aquaponics tilapia
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If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, combination
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6 mos - 1 yr
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Catfish, Other
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2500 gal
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6-1-15 Received 30'x96' gothic high-tower to begin construction.
2-1-15 Moved into new 4 acre property to start our business.
I have finally completed my backyard aquaponics system. It is a combination of a F&D and raft. I built a 12'x28' hoophouse with a rocket thermal mass heater. I set up this small system as an experiment to grow from. It is my intention to relocate my residence from the subdivision that I live in and purchase a 10 acre farm. I want to build a total of about an acre 100'x100' of greenhouse and grow food an ornamental shrubbery. I plan on making this my livelihood for my retirement.

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New start up

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments

My wife and I are taking the commercial plunge. After running a successful backyard hybrid system for a year, we purchased 4 acres and moved. We have 3 quotes for high tunnels 30x100'. There is 2 steel barns on the property located in growing zone 6a. We plan to use half of one of the barns for a fish house and build a double skinned high tunnel behind the barn east to west.

I was reading that if I expand the size to 130' it will only cost me an extra $1500 initially, but with the…


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At 8:46am on December 30, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Tom,

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 join in.  Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system!

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.

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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