Aquaponics

Aquaponics in the classroom and on the farm — an update

When Green Phoenix Farms was founded more than five years ago, it was with the dual goals of education and production. Its founder was an educator who used Aquaponics as a means to engage his high school math and science students. Along the way, he became an enthusiastic “urban farmer,” so much so that he left the classroom to teach other adults about this sustainable method of growing food and fish in a sustainable, symbiotic environment. Today, the firm is…

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Goodbye my friend…

There are moments in your life that you will always remember. Sometimes these are momentous and wonderful times of success and joy. Sometimes these are not. Today is Monday February 1, 2016. One week ago, on January 25th, one of my closest friends, and greatest inspirations left this world…. Jesse Hull will be missed by an amazing number of people for so many things that he has done, and I will miss him for these certainly. But mostly, I will…

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There’s much more than corn in the Heartland!

By Adrienne Cohen First stop: Anton’s in Kansas City A destination visit to an unusual eatery was the primary reason for an overnight stop in Kansas City the beginning of October in conjunction with a trip to Iowa for the Eating Words Conference. Sponsored by the Edible Institute, the workshop for food writers was planned by the same group that publishes “Edible” Magazines in nearly 100 cities, including Dallas-Worth. Their editorial focus is on sustainability and healthy food, and the…

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Green Phoenix Farms Announces Changes

    Adam Cohen to Assume Reins of Program at Santa Fe Community College David Cohen Named Chief Executive Officer of Green Phoenix Farms   Green Phoenix Farms Owner and President Adam Cohen will begin an exciting new venture in Santa Fe, N.M. on August 1. He has been tapped by the Community College there to manage and expand the two-year-old program in greenhouse management with an emphasis on hydroponic and aquaponics farming. He succeeds Eric Highfield as director and professor…

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Interview with Visionary Aquaponics

Earlier this month I got to sit down for an afternoon and have a great chat over the phone with Maribou Latour the creative mind and driving force behind the new VisionaryAquaponics.com podcast. Since her initial episode launched on Earth Day this year, she has managed to speak with the finest people in the field of Aquaponics, and ask them about why they do what they do and what they would like to share with the rest of us trying to…

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School Bell Rings for Aquaponics!

Our always popular Introduction to Aquaponics – AP101 – class is scheduled Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at our new office location in Mansfield: 1285 No. Main Street (Highway 287 Business, just south of FM 1187), with the hands-on system build scheduled at our mini-warehouse at the same address. Due to space constraints, session enrollment is limited to 15 people. Reserve your space by completing the registration form HERE; after this form has…

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Vote For Us: Mission Main Street Grants

June has begun in an exciting way for Green Phoenix Farms. We are in the running for a $100,000 Mission Main Street Grant sponsored by Chase with major support from LinkedIn. You’ll likely be seeing some of their promotions around the web. This is so exciting for us because, in addition to the possibility of being chosen as one of 20 grant recipients in the nation, just participating in the program allows us a wider opportunity to tell the story…

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TWO DAY Intensive Aquaponics Seminar – May 23-24, 2015

Hello there, and Welcome to Green Phoenix Farms!   We wanted to let everyone know that we have a great class planned for this weekend (May 23-24, 2015) that is absolutely chock-full of amazing information! In this Two-Day Seminar – we have planned activities and sessions that range from simple system design/construction to fish selection and care. From selecting the right plant varietal for your season/location and how to care for them efficiently to get the greatest production, to Tips and…

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Green Phoenix Farms CSA Registration is now LIVE

We are so excited to announce the launch of the Green Phoenix Farms Aquaponic CSA, and we want you to be a part of it! This will be a weekly Share from produce harvested in our new 2,000 sq.ft. Aquaponic System located at our farm (Burleson/Mansfield area).  This share will provide you with fresh Aquaponic produce every week during the Harvest Season (12-weeks), and we will have 4 seasons per year. A share will consist of 6 – 10 different varieties of…

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Looking for a job in Aquaponics?

Here you go folks — just this morning I received an update from a connection in my Linkedin network, Kyle Barnett,  about a new website that he had built called PonicJobs. This is a new job board that has been built specifically to help individuals find jobs in the massively expanding industries of Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Urban Farming. The website has just launched, so admittedly there isn’t much there at the moment, but according to the release from Kyle,…

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We Have Updated the Class Schedule and Descriptions

Welcome back to Green Phoenix Farms! This year we have been thinking deeply about how many people we have worked with since we started this company and the amazing things that we have seen. Our schedule has certainly been crazy with projects, but we have still been working as hard as we can to make sure that we are able to provide you with the greatest quality information that we can. Now to shed a little light into some of the things we have been…

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New “Aquaponic Information Resources” page

Hey there! I wanted to just put this post out here to let you know about the new Aquaponic Information Resource page that I have put together that will serve as a place of reference for all individuals who want to learn more about Aquaponics. Yesterday (February 5th, 2014), I gave two presentations at the Missouri Organic Association conference about Aquaponics. The first presentation was about Aquaponic System Design, and the important questions that need to be addressed relating to…

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Catching Our Breath, But Not For Long!

Catching Our Breaths – But, Not for Long! By Adam Cohen   We are catching our breaths here at Green Phoenix Farms – and enjoying the days we have had to attend to office affairs and “housekeeping details” of the business. But, we know it won’t last for long! Our Major East Texas Project is Complete The major design/installation of a nearly 11,000 square foot, Aquaponic greenhouse system for a private customer in East Texas is now complete. This system…

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Eating Well, Feeling Better

by Lia Jonsson Unfortunately, World Food Day slipped by pretty much unnoticed this year. It was Thursday, October 16, and most of us went about our business pretty much as we normally do, without giving much thought to those who might be going to bed hungry. Perhaps, that is the way it normally is. But those of us who are somehow involved in the raising and growing of food – even if we can’t quite be classified as “farmers,” try…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson This week I’m going to stray just a bit from the normal format. I haven’t been cooking much the past two weeks – and the demonstration systems haven’t been producing much – maybe it’s the heat. The “dog days” of summer call for cool salads and quick dinners, lots of rest and catching up on reading. One night this week we “dined” very happily on a homemade pizza composed of a little leftover chunky marinara sauce, a…

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Eating Well – Feeling Better: August 1st

By Lia Jonsson   The Dog Days of Summer. Are they here? Are they about to end? Are they good, or evil? Should we care? Whether or not you know – or care – about the reasons that some 40 days in July and August have been called the “dog days” since ancient times (some say in honor of the dog star Sirius – others because it’s the hottest season with the least rainfall in the northern hemisphere), this is…

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Growth Update – Week 11 in our Demo Systems

Right now, we’re looking ahead to the new Green Phoenix 1000 system that is just about ready to go into service here at our headquarters in Mansfield. This is a demonstration version of a small production Aquaponic system. This system is specifically designed to maximize the production capable within a 20 X 50 foot hoop house. Please check back soon for more information about this system and the other systems in the Green Phoenix series (500, 2000, and 3000). We promise that…

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The Future of Aquaponics Education in Texas

This week marks the start of the 2014 annual Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association of Texas (VATAT) Professional Development conference, this year in beautiful Abilene, TX. The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) is a professional organization for agriculture science teachers and supporters of agriculture education. The VATAT is an organization dedicated to member services. The Association informs agriculture teachers about the latest agricultural education practices, encourages higher standards of teaching agriculture and provides agriculture education a unified voice in…

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Eating Well – Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Lots of Okra! Some folks love okra. Others of us like it in gumbo, but otherwise know little about it and really don’t know what to do with it. But when the okra in the Aquaponic system is thriving, it seems time to learn about it. As it turns out, there’s a lot to learn! This relative of hibiscus (that explains the pretty flowers), cotton and cocoa thrives in tropical settings, and is among “the most heat…

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Growth Update – Week 10 in our Demo Systems

Oh my goodness things have been busy for the last seven days! The phone seems to be ringing off the hook with people and projects… We got some great news about two different major projects that will be starting in September! Our large project in East Texas is moving right along and this week we are getting liner into the beds and next week we will set fish tanks and begin running plumbing. Stay tuned over the next few weeks…

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Growth Update – Week 9 on our Demo Systems

Well, things are just trucking along these days. We are almost so busy that we don’t have time to harvest our systems. This week has been jam-packed with a little bit of work out-of-town on our giant project in East Texas (more info on that to come soon), and then we have been talking to people left and right about both our upcoming Two-Day Small Scale Aquaponic Seminar and about custom designed aquaponic systems. We even had 15 people come…

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Intensive Aquaponic Workshop – Two Days of Hands-On Learning!

Small – Scale Aquaponics Workshop Two Days of Hands – On Learning Dates: August 9 and 10, from 9am to 4pm each day Location: Green Phoenix Farms (2214 FM 1187 #9-104, Mansfield, TX 76063)      So do you want to build your own aquaponic system, but you don’t think that you know where to start?     If so, then this two-day workshop is perfect for you! In this seminar, any person who wants to will be able to learn the key…

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Growth Update – Week 8 for the Demo Systems

Well, this is an exciting day! After a few days more than 8 weeks of growth, we have what I will consider our first “Real” harvest from the Crossover System that is operating as a demo in front of our shop in Mansfield, TX. We planted three demonstration systems back in May to show visitors what they could reasonably expect to get out of a home or “Backyard-scale” system. We have to say, the response to these “integrated gardening systems”…

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Free Tour Tuesdays!

   Good Morning to everyone! I wanted to write a quick little note here to let you know about something new that we are going to be starting here at Green Phoenix Farms in July. For the past six years we have been offering classes and workshops to those of you who are interested in Aquaponics. In that time, we have had nothing but positive responses to our efforts and we have enjoyed having each and every one of you…

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Small-Scale Aquaponics Workshop: Two full days of Hands-On Learning

Small-Scale Aquaponics Workshop Two days of Hands-on Learning Price:$250 per person Dates: August 9 – 10, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day. Location: Green Phoenix Farms (2214 FM 1187 #9-104, Mansfield, TX 76063)         Want to build your own aquaponic system, but don’t know where to start? This two-day workshop is perfect for any person who would like to understand what the key principles of aquaponics are, and also learn about the specific components needed to…

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FULL-DAY Workshop: Aquaponics 101 and IBC Tote System Construction

When:     Saturday,  April 19th    9:00am – 4:30pm Where:   Green Phoenix Farms Cost:      $90 per person  (Classes limited to 20 ppl.)       This FULL-DAY class is a basic primer to everything you would need to operate your own backyard aquaponic system. During the morning “Classroom” portion, we will present everything that is needed to begin running a small Aquaponic system. We will cover topics from components and basic biology to water chemistry and planting density. All topics will be…

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And the seedlings are planted on…

     About three weeks ago, we posted an update to show how things were proceeding in our new Aquaponic Discovery Center in Fort Worth, TX. In our post “Planting Day“, we showed a slideshow of pictures of us planting nearly 500 seedlings into the system. That was a great day! The sun was shining, the weather was  clear and crisp, and the water was flowing great.       Unfortunately about eight days later, we had ANOTHER cold snap blow in (I…

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Looking for Clean Food-Grade IBC Totes to use in Aquaponics or Rainwater Catchment?

Green Phoenix Farms has managed to find a reliable supplier for Food-Grade IBC Totes of exceptional quality. Our new supplier sells food-grade totes that are actually cleaned and certified KOSHER- grade. (He actually has a Rabbi come out each week to inspect the facility and make sure that everything is done properly.) From this point on, we will be able to supply as many totes as you may need or want. We are offering the following items: 275 gallon totes…

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Planting Day!

So today was a great day for us at Green Phoenix Farms. We were able to plant out our first 500+ seedlings into the system in Fort Worth, TX at the Aquaponic Discovery Center at Feed By Grace. The major construction was completed in January 2014, but an unforeseen delay in the power line installation delayed operation until the early part of this week. However, we are happy to say that we currently have a wide variety of leafy greens…

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Project Update: Aquaponic Discovery Center at Feed By Grace in Fort Worth, TX

     This project is the first in a unique level of partnership for community groups and urban farming programs. This project, which is a joint operation between the Fort Worth, TX ministry Feed By Grace and the Dallas-based Aquaponics education/design firm Green Phoenix Farms, is located at a garden site that sits almost under the freeways in a part of town that has not witnessed successful farming for a long time. Green Phoenix Farms has used an existing greenhouse as…

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Aquaponic Learning Weekends with Green Phoenix Farms

     Welcome to Aquaponics! No matter if you are just searching for a way to become a little more healthy or if you are a practiced hand at traditional soil gardening — you will find a great environment here to learn about this thing called Aquaponics. In brief, Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture (raising fish) and Gardening (raising plants), now there are some differences: We do not use Soil in our garden beds (called grow-beds) and we also…

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Urban Aquaponics in Fort Worth, TX

  This past Saturday, Green Phoenix Farms was happy to host a “Soft” Opening for a collaborative project with a local non-profit ministry, Feed By Grace. This project is a 2000 square foot Aquaponic Greenhouse that contains a 1500 gallon fish tank, 108 square feet of Media-based Grow Beds, 504 square feet of Deep-Water Culture (DWC or “Raft”) Troughs and 48 square feet of aquaponic Wicking Beds. The fish tank will ultimately house 200-300 pounds of Hybrid Striped Bass, the…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt6)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #6.    Pesticides and Herbicides. I think that a number of people dive into Aquaponics without realizing exactly how different this is from traditional gardening. I field questions in my classes all the time regarding the use of traditional herbicides and pesticides on plants…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt5)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #5.    Fish choice. In order for your system to operate correctly, you have to have a species of fish that works well in your climate. I am still amazed at the number of people who want to raise a tropical climate fish (like…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt4b)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #4b.    Adding Iron to the system. This is one that I had to add in here. I have heard for years, “if you have a lack of iron in your system, you can simply add a few rusty nails to your system.” The…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt4)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #4.    Nutrient Issues / Deficiencies. Many people seem to think that they can simply give their fish a cheap fish feed and that will be enough to keep the plants growing amazingly. The truth is that if you do this, (most often) everything…

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Optimizing a Backyard Aquaponic System report

The Baird’s Village Aquaponics project is one that I first heard about several years ago, and I was immediately intrigued by it. The project was the implementation of backyard scale aquaponic systems on the island of Barbados (in the Caribbean). As I remember the report, the goals were to produce food for local consumption and to use minimal energy and construction resources. Though it has been a while since I read the report, I do remember that the goals, design…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt3)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #3.    More design problems – understanding the biological load of the system. In every class I tell the story of one my early students who understood that the system would handle 25 pound of fish. This student managed to cycle the system properly,…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt2)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.   #2.      Poor design of system. When there is a lack of understanding regarding proper sizing of mechanical components (pumps, piping, aeration, tanks), the result is commonly improperly powered devices and/or dead zones in their tanks/grow beds. It is true that designing a system…

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Presentation on the operation and function of the UVI Aquaponic System

There are so many great resources available on the internet, I thought that I would begin to compile them together here on our website. To that end, here is a great presentation on the operation and production capabilities of the UVI Aquaponic system. This is the system that has spawned most of the commercial facilities here in the United States, and I don’t think that it would be much of a stretch to say that this particular system design has…

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Aqua-ponderings: January 2014 (pt1)

The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics. #1. Not enough patience to wait for the system to cycle properly. I personally think that this is the root cause of the vast majority of issues that people have with Aquaponics. Simply not having enough patience. The truth is that getting the system up…

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Ten Guidelines for Aquaponic Systems by Dr. Jim Rakocy

While this is admittedly an older article, it was originally published in the Aquaponics Journal (by Nelson and Pade) in the 3rd quarter of 2007, that by no means diminishes the importance of the information contained within. These ten guidelines are absolutely useful when designing and operating an Aquaponic system. Dr. Rakocy wrote this article to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the journal and though it is a “Top Ten” list, he does state specifically that his guidelines are…

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“Aqua-ponderings…” a Monthly Aquaponics Column

In October of 2013, I began writing a monthly column for the Aquaponics Survival Communities monthly magazine. The last four months of 2013, saw a series of articles discussing the importance of selecting the correct species of fish for your Aquaponic system. Beginning in 2014, I decided to shift the focus of the monthly article to more of a Q&A type of column where I plan to answer Aquaponics related questions that are sent in. I hope to provide some insight and…

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Aquaponics Education for 2014

    Welcome to the exciting world of Aquaponics. Our goal is to provide you with a series of seminars and workshops that will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter into this hobby with confidence and ease. Our workshops are perfect for individuals of any background or skill level. We work very hard to make sure that all questions are answered and that every person is 100% satisfied with their experience.     For 2014, we have…

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Educators for Aquaponics — Coming in 2014!

Much more will be posted about this in the coming weeks, but here is a short, tantalizing teaser…. A new location for Aquaponics Education will be launched in 2014. This will redefine how individuals can access information on a wide variety of subjects related to Aquaponics. For more information, refer to the upcoming December issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine. Adam Cohen currently writes for our magazine as the Aquaponics contributor and is now the NEW director of education for…

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Custom Aquaponic System Tour

Hello all, we have been working around the clock with a variety of different projects, but we just got this short video back from our friends at Karmakaze Productions and wanted to share it with you as quickly as we could. This video is a tour through a large residential system that Green Phoenix Farms recently designed and built in Austin, Texas. This system will hopefully prove to people that it is possible to have an aquaponic system that is…

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  IBC Totes and Blue Barrels can be used for  many purposes related to Aquaponics, Sustainability, Gardening, Water Catchment, and so many more that I could go on for quite a while. The truth is that you will be hard pressed to find any container that can be used for such a wide variety of tasks, and yet cost as little as these. BUT, there is one caveat that you need to keep in mind — MAKE SURE that any…

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My Seed Saving Adventure Has Begun.

So I am new at this whole concept. I will be honest, I have been a “lazy man’s gardener” for the past six years – meaning I have mostly bought pre-started seedlings from the local nurseries. Though, about three years ago, I started going to the Farmer’s Market to buy some special starts called “Heirlooms.” (I know, that is crazy, huh?) From there, the whole thing just snowballed. I got sent a catalog from Baker Creek Seeds, and in those wonderful…

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Growth Update for GPF: Concho System: 8/31/2013

This is our “Concho” system. This system is one of our early systems, actually it was cobbled together originally from pieces that we obtained from another Aquaponic enthusiast in the DFW area. We currently have 2 media beds that are each roughly 4’x8′ and they are fed through a constant overflow from a 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank. The plans are to soon add on a DWC (raft) bed as a sump (likely 4′ x 16′.) Hope you like the…

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Seven Characteristics For Selecting The Right (Aquatic Animal) Crop:

With Aquaponics, most beginners are often confused with the idea of “choosing” an aquatic animal crop for their systems. Personally, I think this is because, there are a number of people out there who make it sound like a system “Must” have Tilapia in order to work…. The truth is that absolutely any animal that live in (or near) an aquatic environment will produce waste that can be used in an Aquaponic system. That being said, I would never recommend…

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