Learn how to Design an Aquaponics System

Learn how to Design an Aquaponics System

This is the first of a series on how to design an aquaponic system literally from the ground up. Now, the truth is that there is a wealth of information available on the internet that can help you in this process, I have endeavored to trim this massive amount down to the bare bones of what is needed to design (and later build) a small scale balanced system on your own. As a teaching tool for this class, I have…

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Tour of a large Aquaponics system in Red Oak, TX

Today we had a great tour of Clint’s system in Red Oak, TX with the membership of the DFW Aquaponics meetup group. We had almost 25 people show up for a two-hour tour of his system and then an informal Q&A session with Clint and Adam. Clint’s current system is the culmination of almost four years of tinkering and redesigning components to make everything work efficiently and effectively in the space that he has available… And boy does he have…

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Aquaponic System Components Available

Things are certainly moving forward in the DFW Aquaponics scene! After a few years of dealing with suppliers who have become unreliable for a variety of reasons… I am extremely happy to report that I have found a reliable supplier for IBC totes! And to make things even better…. I can offer both the traditional 275 gallon totes and the larger 330 gallon size. These are guaranteed to be food-grade and are available for purchase in the DFW metroplex. There…

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Aquaponics Drain Considerations

My simple aquaponics system has been relatively trouble-free for about 6 months now.  I haven’t had to do anything to it other than feed the fish.  (not counting my battle with pH)  Today, I noticed the drain wasn’t flowing water very well, so I took a look at it and noticed lots of roots had made their way into the holes.  I took a piece of all-thread and started hacking the roots away.  Then I noticed the grow-bed leaking, so…

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Monthly Gathering and Strawberry Tower Construction Workshop

This month we are going to have a short hands-on workshop to teach the techniques necessary to build a “strawberry tower” from common PVC pipe and a few other components. I will have instructions available ($5) that will detail the steps to build the tower, or we will provide the instructions along with the materials to build your own 4′ tower ($25) [Please make a comment in your RSVP if you would like materials to build your own tower.] These…

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DIY Aquaponics: How to build a Vortex Filter

This is a video from the Urban Farming Guys who are ready and willing to share their experiences—and here they walk us through how to build a vortex filter which, they say, would cost US$4000 in a store, yet can be made for $100 with a little ingenuity. Enjoy this video, and if you like it, check out the Wiki, forums, projects and resources on The Urban Farming Guys‘ website for more how to information on cleaner, greener and homegrown…

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Smart Gardener — free web-app

So I was doing a little surfing on the web the other day and I ran across this nifty little app. While it is built for traditional soil gardening (in-ground, raised and container beds), I do think that a creative person could use this to keep track of an aquaponic system. In their own words, “Smart Gardener combines your selected plants, garden layout, and household size with complex planting variables, to create a Smart Garden Plan just for you. With…

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Aquaponics Anyone?

Been thinking you would like to have an Aquaponic System in your backyard but have not yet taken the plunge? Do you want an Aquaponic System at your house? Fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits? Clean fish? Would you just like to know more about this amazing system where you can grow clean, organic food EASILY in your backyard? Now is the time to take advantage of the expertise that we here at GREEN PHOENIX FARMS can offer you. We will…

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Learning Aquaponics

This year brings my entrance into the world of aquaponics.   I’ve read about all the wonderful things about these systems, and I’m a DIY type of person, so I finally took the plunge and built a system for myself.  My goal was to get it done cheaply and quickly, so I went with the a fairly simple design.  110 gallon stock tank, flood/drain grow bed, aquarium pump controlled w/ 15-minute timer.  I built it all for under $400, which was pretty…

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We have a FACEBOOK page!!!

Hi to everyone interested in Aquaponics, we at Green Phoenix Farms would like to introduce our new Facebook page! This page will be used for several different purposes. We will make sure to post pictures from each of the community meetings, system tours and workshops so that everyone has the opportunity to see what is happening. We will also make sure to post announcements for all community events that related to aquaponics and our Good Food Revolution in DFW. But,…

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How we ruined the tomato…

From Salon Americans love tomatoes. As our second-most-popular produce item, we’re accustomed to the sight of them: plump and bright red, marble to soft-ball sized, and piled in abundance year-round in the refrigerated fruit and vegetable aisle of the grocery store. Many of us eat tomatoes every day: if not au natural, in ketchup, salsa, or marinara sauce. Yet our favorite fruit may not be quite as innocuous and delicious as it appears. In his new book “Tomatoland: How Modern…

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Up on the roof: Vegetables!

Marc Gunter Blog The bagged organic baby mixed greens on sale in my local Whole Foods Market in Bethesda, MD, are not very “green” at all. To grow the lettuce, vast amounts of water must be moved from the Colorado River to California, the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet. The lettuce is picked, packaged, washed and shipped in refrigerated trucks (because it’s perishable) roughly 2,800 miles across America. The cost? $3.99. If you believe, as I do, that…

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Seven Herbs you should raise this summer and beyond!

Seven Herbs you should raise this summer! I read this post over on the family blog Mommypotamus the other day and I have to admit that this is one of the most informative and interested posts I have read in a long time. In this post by Katja Swift,  (She is a clinical herbalist currently serving as the director of the Commonwealth School of Herbal Medicine and she has guest lectured at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Vermont…

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Welcome to the NEW DOMAIN!!!

TA DA!!!! (Imagine a great big drum roll in the background…) Welcome to the new official home for Green Phoenix Farms on the great world wide web. Please update and change your book marks to reflect the new address. The old domain will have a redirect on it to get you here for the next few months, but eventually it will go away and retire to that wonderful place where all old and unnecessary domains go… Anyway, things are certainly…

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Rooftop Farms for Supermarkets — from The Lempert Report

This is a great little article about how the big brands are now investing in the urban agriculture movement. My only sad feeling comes from the fact that The Lempert Report is sponsored in part by Monsanto…. But it is a great idea nonetheless! Read below for yourself, or go here for the official site. To capitalize on the local food craze, Wegmans, Schnucks and Walmart have invested in farms. Other ways to underscore local food appeal in supermarkets include…

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Why buy local?

So I was sent a link to this great graphic from eLocal, I think that it does a great job to show the important things that can be affected when we, as consumers, spend our money locally to buy all things – produce, clothing, books, etc. Click here for the very colorful and informative graphic. Visit the official site here.

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Earth Day Dallas

Well there is nothing like a late notice for a great event, huh? So I have to apologize for not getting this up earlier, but I have been really busy these days… I guess that is a good problem… I will be at the Slow Money booth (# 818 and 820) on Friday from 2:30-5pm  and all day Saturday. EARTH DAY DALLAS !!!!!!! Be Engaged. Be Entertained. Be Inspired. Food, Fun, Facts and More. At Earth Day Dallas there is…

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System Components Now Available!

After almost a full year of searching areas both local and not, I have finally found a reliable supplier for both blue barrels (55 gallon drums) and IBC totes! As such I am very excited to announce that I can now provide anyone who would like with certified food grade 55 gallon drums (specify closed or open top) and IBC totes. Prices will be as shown below, and for a flat fee of $35, I can have them delivered straight…

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Will Allen at Paul Quinn College on 4/14/11

Well I have to give my greatest apologies for not getting this up quicker than this… But as I mentioned a week ago, Paul Quinn College is hosting Will Allen of Growing Power this coming Thursday night. Below is the official event info: Paul Quinn College is thrilled to welcome urban farm expert Will Allen, a 2008 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” fellow who was listed as one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine in 2010. Allen, who…

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Charlie Price at TEDxWarwick

I ran across this video on one of my forums and thought that I had to share this with each of you! Charlie Price is one of the founders of AquaponicsUK – a group in England that is attempting to bring sustainable farming to urban England. By this video, I would have to say that I think he is well on his way to reaching that goal!  

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Upcoming Events of Note…

I am so excited about some of the things that are happening in Dallas during the month of April! Some great speakers and some other great events that will help to bring aquaponics and sustainable food production to the public awareness. April 10th – The first official meetup for the DFW Aquaponics meetup group. We will host this meetup at the same Saxby’s coffee on Midway Rd in Dallas as the previous event. This time I would like to focus…

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Aquaponic resources on the Web

Over the last year or so of lurking around the Web, I have found a number of resources for Aquaponics. Some are forum boards where the user communities are welcoming and inviting and hold a wealth of information. Others are the online locations for non-profit agencies who are working to shift the mindset of the general public to understand the importance of local food production — and the ease with which it can be had. What follows below is by…

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Barrelponics, an introduction…

I have to admit that I am relatively new to the whole idea of integrated organic gardening/farming. When I was a student at Texas A&M, I was able to take several classes in fish farming, and while I think that I have a reasonable background with that – I was not very practiced with the techniques of traditional gardening. However that all changed when I did some searching through the vastness of the internet to find the Barrelponics manual by…

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Hello world!!!

Welcome to the world of Green Phoenix Farms. We are a small farm located just outside of Dallas, Texas and we focus our production in the realm of organic aquaponics. This is to say that we raise fish and then use various natural biological processes to transform the fish waste into fertilizer that is then used to grow great varieties of organic crops. We are looking to expand into other areas of organic production, including permaculture, bio-composting and raising poultry.…

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