aquaponics

Online Training Is About To Reach New Levels!

As we start the downhill slide toward the end of 2017, I have to look back at the things that I have accomplished over the last 8 years with Green Phoenix Farms. Overall, I think that the most wonderful times I have had are those where I was leading a Class or Training Workshop. I mean, teaching is just something that I LOVE to do! Now, in today’s world, we all know that free time has become something of a…

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Moving Forward to New Adventures in Aquaponics

As many of you have certainly noticed, Green Phoenix Farms has been relatively quiet in the Aquaponic industry for a while. This has been due to the fact that almost exactly two years ago (July 2015), Adam Cohen was invited to continue the development of the Controlled Environment Agriculture (formerly Greenhouse Management and Operations) program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was founded by Eric Highfield two years earlier in 2013. Over the past two…

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Looking for a great deal on Aquaponic Liner? Ultra-Scrim SR 12′ wide is here!

WHO WANTS A GREAT DEAL ON SOME 12′ WIDE AQUAPONIC LINER???? Our supplier has a large custom order of the 12′ wide Ultra-Scrim SR liner that they now want to get out of inventory… This means some savings of the normal retail price… And these savings increase significantly if you buy multiple rolls — shipping goes down! The price starts at $0.425 cents per square foot AND THIS INCLUDES SHIPPING! We have 80′, 90′, 100′ and 165′ long rolls. This opportunity…

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We’re Growing!

We listen! And what we have heard is that there is a growing interest in hydroponics. Last April, at Earth Day Texas, Green Phoenix Farms had a display booth located in a row that also featured several hydroponics displays. Also at Earth Day, Adam Cohen was a part of a panel discussion on sustainable growing methods. As is usual in such situations, aquaponics was described to the audience as a closed loop system that incorporates aquaculture and hydroponics in a…

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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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Eating Fish Boosts Brain Power, Lowers Heart and Stroke Risk

Hey y’all, Lia’s Back! She is going to be re-starting her regular Friday column with Food Features. Be sure to watch for upcoming recipes with ideas on how to use the fresh harvest from your Aquaponics systems. By Lia Jonsson If, like many health conscious Americans, you have adopted Meatless Mondays, you can lift your good habits to the next level by adding fish to your diet on a regular basis. Fish will help lower blood pressure naturally and protect against…

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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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Ultra-Scrim now available!

We are happy to announce that a quantum advance has now been made in materials available for Aquaponics. Until very recently, the choices available for water-proof liners used in Aquaponics has been limited pretty much to EPDM Pond Liners, Dura-Skrim, and re-purposed Billboard Tarps. All of these will work, that much is for sure, and some could even be used in a Certified Organic Facility…. But, they all had drawbacks as well — the Billboard Tarps often had micro-holes in…

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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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Build a 2000 sq.ft. Greenhouse Frame for LESS THAN $700!!!!!!

*** EDIT: Just an FYI — we used an old price sheet when we first totaled up the prices. The actual material cost is a little under $700, not $400. Even though the cost is more than we originally said — this is still a great price for a large greenhouse structure. We are very sorry for all of the confusion that this error on our part has caused.***   How would you like to learn how to build your own Greenhouse?What…

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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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New Class Schedule for 2015

Welcome to the New Year! Green Phoenix Farms have been thinking lately about how many people we have met over the last 5 years and the amazing things that we have seen with Aquaponics. Though our schedule has been crazy with projects, we have been working hard to make sure that we have planned some time to make sure that all of our community members out there have access to the information that they need. To that end, we have…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better: The Season for Comfort Food

By Lia Jonsson It doesn’t matter where in the world you live: When the winds blow and the temperature dips, it’s time to stay indoors, sip warm drinks and eat comfort food. From one region to another and one culture to the next, the only differences are what, exactly, constitutes comfort food. I think many would agree that simple preparation, familiar ingredients, one-dish meals, and recipes that are as good reheated the next day as they are when originally consumed are…

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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 The French actor-playwright Moliere is said to have said, “I live on good soup, not on fine words.” In that spirit I’m writing about soup – good soup – made with readily available, simple, hearty, nutritious components; great soups do not need fine ingredients. Soup can be made quickly of whatever is available; it is forgiving, and often the best results come from substitution and improvisation. Soup can be an entire meal, or it can start a…

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Eating Well — Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Part of the art of eating well, to my mind, is found in ease of preparation. If one doesn’t have to think much or work hard, eating well simply becomes habit. I’m the first to admit that when planning and preparing meals becomes a chore, I’d rather order take out or settle for cereal and milk or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Occasionally, that can be a treat! But, good food is always a treat, and…

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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

By Lia Jonsson Two items caught my attention recently – a whole feature full of delectable recipe ideas for shrimp in Coastal Living Magazine and a news story about a farmer in Wisconsin. There was really nothing terribly unusual about either – the magazine often has great recipes, particularly for seafood and fresh salads, and I try a lot of them. And, farmers in Wisconsin are nothing to raise your eyebrows about. But this Farmer Raises Shrimp! Can you imagine…

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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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Eating Well – Feeling Better

By Lia Jonsson Navigating the landscape of modern nutrition can feel like walking through a mine field. It’s almost impossible to make it through a day without encountering a nutrition study or food-related story. Hunger, obesity, contamination, crop damage, higher prices, processing and genetic modifications are all hot topics today. Food can cause allergies, disease and medical conditions – or cure them – depending upon which studies you read. Sometimes what was good advice a generation ago has been reversed…

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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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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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Aquaponic Learning Weekend for May

Things have been rather crazy around here over the last month. We have moved to a new facility with 10x the space now available, and we have be working on more projects than we thought possible. We know that we haven’t said much about our class schedule this month, but we wanted to let you know that we are definitely having our two-day class schedule this month. Specifically, we have a great set of four classes for our Aquaponic Learning…

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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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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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