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Help! My new adventure in gardening.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Parsons Mar 2, 2012. 39 Replies

I have decided to convert my store into aquaponics.  It looked so easy.  The plants start to grow so fast.  Then they wilt.  LOL.  I would really be happy if i could get some good info.  We got the…Continue


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We are changing out business plan to be an organic aquaponics system.

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At 7:37pm on October 8, 2012, Bob Campbell said…

You are pioneering one of the most interesting greenhouses.  With Winter coming on I'm about ready to turn the lights on.  Jon Parr has suggested Ceramic Metal Halide.  From everything I've read this looks like the best.

But I'm curious about how much light you are using.  I get that you bring in as much as possible through the windows, and are supplementing 4000W per 6000 sq ft plus some florescent.

Your crops look amazing so surely we can learn a lot from you. 

I'm wondering what type of florescent and how much.  Even 1W/sq ft would seem very low even with all your Mylar.  My indoor grow room is smaller, but similar.  I placed a large Mylar mirror in front of the window to reflect more light in.  At night I fold it up to the window for extra insulation.

At 6:50pm on March 4, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Tom, you have a wonderful building. I'm guessing you want to run your operation year long so have everything indoors. Instead of lights, I'd be adding more skylights. I'd also plumb all my lines outdoors into a lean-to greenhouse to take advantage of natural, free sunlight and save the insulated interior for fish production only. But that's only my opinion.

Keep at it and break a leg!

At 7:24pm on February 17, 2012, 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 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 Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

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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