Aquaponics

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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What is a Food Conversion Rate?

In animal biology, there are a number of terms and phrases that are thrown around wildly. For the average individual though, some of these are never really clearly explained or defined. In our Aquaponics classes, we have found that one of the most confusing is the importance of a Feed Conversion Rate for efficient animal production. The simplest explanation is that a food-conversion rate is really a ratio that helps to determine the efficiency at which an animal converts food into body mass.   For…

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The Current Tilapia Situation in Texas…

OK, so you have done the research,you know that you want to build an Aquaponic system and be able to produce your own vegetables and maybe even some fish from your backyard, right? The biggest question on your mind currently is, “What type of fish would be BEST for me?” Well, here in Texas, I have to admit we do have a large number of species that we can choose from. No matter what we suggest though, it seems like…

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Aquaponic Training Workshops Available

So did you know that we are now offering Aquaponic Trainings at our new workshop in Garland, TX? So far we have had 60+ people attend our trainings and the best part — we are indoors, with heat and a/c, catered lunches, hard-copy manuals for every class and best of all a 100% Money Back Guarantee! If you think that our training was not worth the money you paid, we will refund it in full. Why don’t you check out…

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Siphons 101

  REGISTRATION LINK Siphon 101: Everything that you want to know and more!   This is a 3-hour HANDS-ON CLASS / WORKSHOP on SATURDAY MAY 18th. This HALF DAY class (Lunch NOT Provided), will explain the theory and practice that controls how Siphons work. We will discuss several different types of siphons by looking at their individual operation and construction. Each of these methods could be used to drain water out of your grow bed, or other similar structure. There will be a…

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Building a FOUR-TOTE Backyard System in Irving, TX

REGISTRATION LINK Come join Green Phoenix Farms for an On-Site Workshop to build a good sized “backyard” aquaponic system at a residential home in Irving, TX. This system is a custom design using four IBC totes. One tote will be used as the Fish Tank and a second will be the Sump tank. The remaining two totes will be sectioned into Grow-Beds. One very unique feature of this system will be the drainage system for the Grow-Beds. The beds will…

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System Design Mechanics and Custom System Construction – March 23, 2013

REGISTRATION LINK Have you ever thought that Aquaponics might be something that you would like to try, but you thought that you would like to try to design your own system? Even if you already know a bit about Aquaponics, this workshop will give you a much more solid grasp on the specific mechanics of how to appropriately design systems and make them run as efficiently as possible. In this workshop, we will have over SEVEN HOURS of instruction where…

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Aquaponics 101 and IBC Tote System Construction – 1st Saturday EVERY MONTH

REGISTRATION LINK Now is the time to start thinking about all the great things that you can do in your garden this year! So, if you have ever thought that Aquaponics might be something that you would like to try, but didn’t know where to start this would be the perfect thing for you to begin with. Even if you know a little about Aquaponics, this workshop will give you a much greater grasp on the mechanics of the systems…

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“Sunrose” System Growth Update (April 30)

OK, so I guess that I need to significantly work on my follow through when it comes to pictures and system growth updates. I know that April is a busy month for everyone, but I have to say — this was VERY busy for us. We installed three systems in three weeks, participated in five different shows, and numerous other things. Anyway, enough prattling on about my issues. Just like last time, I am sure that y’all  want to to…

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Introduction to Aquaponics Class

Introduction to Aquaponics Training Class: When:     Saturday,  May 5th    9:00 – 11am Where:   “Concho” system in Mansfield, TX Cost:      $30 per person (Classes are limited to 10 people) Information Covered:  This 2-hour class is designed to give a general introduction to Aquaponics and will cover a number of topics. A partial list of subjects covered is: * The advantages of Aquaponics in the Urban Environment. * Different type of Aquaponic systems available. * Basic system operation. * The Nitrogen Cycle…

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Two Workshop Trainings on 4/22 at Sunrose in Farmers Branch!

Sorry for the late notice on here, but with the FOUR Earth Day-related green events we have done this week — we have been a little behind in our postings. If you are interested in seeing a medium-to-large scale backyard aquaponics system (our “Sunrose” system), and attending one or two short workshops — Tomorrow is the day for you! Please email us if you plan to attend — greenphoenix@ greenphoenixfarms (dot) com. Hope to see you all!   Converting a…

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New Aquaponic Systems To Be Offered

Green Phoenix Farms has been working hard in the past few months to design and refine the operation of a few “ready-made” aquaponic systems for those individuals who are daunted by the prospect of designing and building their own system. We have done everything that we could to make these systems easy to operate and also as inexpensive as possible. We are proud to announce our first three systems to the public: The Phoenix: 1-growbed and the Phoenix: 3-growbed systems…

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First salad of 2012!

So after the torrential rains and the 23 tornadoes (yes Virginie, TWENTY-THREE tornadoes – see article below) that hit the DFW metroplex on April 3rd — we went out to our aquaponic system to find…. That all the plants were actually still there and doing fine. Yeah sure the beets had fallen over a bit and one of the cucumbers had been blown off the trellis, but all in all – there was no real damage. In light of this…

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Introduction to Aquaponics Training Class

Introduction to Aquaponics Training Class: When:     Saturday,  April 7th    10am – 12pm Monday,     April 9th    6pm – 8pm Where:   “Sunrose” system in Farmers Branch Cost:      $30 per person (Classes are limited to 8 people) To register — please send an RSVP email to greenphoenix (@) greenphoenixfarms.com to confirm your space. The location address will be emailed with your confirmation. Information Covered:  This 2-hour class is designed to give a general introduction to Aquaponics and will cover a number of topics.…

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“Sunrose” System Growth Update (March 30th)

OK, so once again I am a few days late in uploading the pictures of this system… I don’t know why it takes me so long to get around to uploading them from my camera… Fine – new resolution. I WILL download my pictures from the camera every day I take them…. Anyway, enough bemoaning of my techno-problems. Y’all  want to to see how things are progressing in the system, right? Well here you go. [portfolio_slideshow id=572] As you can…

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Green Phoenix on BlogTalkRadio Today!

Many things have been happening lately, and today is just one example of that. Adam Cohen from Green Phoenix Farms has been invited as a featured guest of the Aquaponics Survival Community on BlogTalkRadio. This interview was originally aired on Saturday March 31st at 10:30am Central time. Audio File of Interview (30min): Interview with Adam from Green Phoenix Farms by Victoria Kelley Sat, March 31, 2012 10:30AM Adam’s background is marine biology and marine fisheries, which he studied at Texas…

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Short Notice for Food Grade 275 gallon IBC Totes!!!!

EDIT: September 1, 2013 — I now have a supplier for quality IBC Totes again! From now on we should be able to supply totes as needed. These are 275 gallon totes, they have already been cleaned and are exceptionally high quality. The price per tote is $125 for the 275gallon totes and $150 for the 330gallon totes. Pick up at the Green Phoenix Farms location in Mansfield, TX, or delivery can be negotiated.   So this is a quick…

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“Sunrose” System Growth Update (March 26th)

Time for another growth update to the current happenings in the “Sunrose” system! Our newly remodeled system is working like a champ and we have not had a single problem with the revised auto-siphons and the new drain line. Even though there is a surplus of nutrients in the system from the Tilapia we raised last year, we decided to add  some small feeder goldfish into the IBC tank about 4 days ago. Mainly we just wanted to have something…

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Green Phoenix Farms - Under Construction

Upcoming Class on How to Build a Vortex Filter (3/11/12)

Greeting all, on Sunday March 11th at 3pm (RSVP here!) we will be gathering at the Farmers Branch locale for Green Phoenix Farms. We will be gathering to go over the construction of a Vortex (or Swirl) filter from a common 5-gallon bucket from Home Depot or Lowe’s and a few other pieces.   Basically, we are going to take this, and using some PVC  pipe, a few fittings, a ball valve, and two Uniseals we will turn it into…

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Green Phoenix Farms - Under Construction

How a Bell Siphon actually works.

Here is a pretty good explanation of the theory behind how a Bell Siphon actually works. While his sizes are a bit hard to fully discern from his sketches, the theory is spot on and I especially like how he mentions the need to have the air space inside the Bell within a certain range (between 0.5 and 1″) in order to make everything work. It is little information like that, that you cannot get from reading most literature on…

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Green Phoenix Farms - Under Construction

Green Phoenix Farms featured in March/April Issue of Texas Gardener

Today I was able to pick up the new issue of Texas Gardener magazine (March/April) and I am very happy to announce that in this issue is a four page article about Aquaponics and specifically the things that I am doing in the DFW area through Green Phoenix Farms and DFWaquaponics. On the Texas Gardener website you can read an excerpt of the article, and have to say that I think it is a pretty good article. If you have…

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New Hatchery Program for Dallas-Fort Worth

The brand new hatchery system for Green Phoenix Farms has been installed and is now operating great! Within weeks, we plan to begin production of Tilapia fingerlings with the local DFW area market in mind. Our goal is to have fingerlings ready for stocking into local aquaponic systems by the middle of the summer. In addition to the commonly available Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis  mossambicus) that have the traditional dark coloration patterns, we are hoping to breed our own line of…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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