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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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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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5 Products You Didn’t Know Were GMO…

So, I am sure by now that you have heard about the announcement yesterday (November 19, 2015). Specifically the one about the final approval being granted for the GMO Salmon that has been developed by the biotech company Aquabounty. Well, with this announcement, it now means that this type of Atlantic Salmon, with a gene from the Pacific Chinook Salmon as well as another from the Pacific Pout, has been approved as safe for human consumption. So, depending on where…

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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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Good Reads, Success Stories and Special Foods

By Lia Jonsson Although there is never a shortage (at least in my world) of interesting things to read, it seems that the last few weeks have brought even more than the usual number of “good reads” to my inbox; I also have a stack of “real” books awaiting my attention. This week, I’d like to pass on a few of the best: On Schools, Students and Teachers – and the Possibilities Many of us believe the old adage: “If…

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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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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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Some thoughts on eating well, good food, and the future of farming

By Adrienne Cohen Lia will be back on Friday, with some new fall recipes, but today, I’ll offer you a little nourishment for the mind, at least as important as the other kind. Food Forward “Across the country, a vanguard of food rebels–farmers, chefs, fishermen, teachers, scientists, and entrepreneurs–are creating inspired, but practical solutions that are nourishing us and the planet. These are stories America needs to hear.” That’s from a promotional announcement of a PBS Show called Food Forward. If…

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Want to grow something NEW??????

Here is another great set of links from Urban Farmer online. They have put together a great series of Crop Profiles of all sorts of vegetables and herbs that can be grown in the home garden to make it easy for a farmer of any skill level to be successful! Take a look HERE to look at the huge compilation of information that they have put together. Or take the quicklinks below to the specific information your are interested in:…

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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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Dan Barber – How I Fell In Love With A Fish

So yesterday there was a bit of a lag time between the two workshops. During that time, those in attendance and I struck up a conversation about how Aquaponics is going to be able to alleviate some of the issues that currently exist relating to traditionally farmed fish. In the course of that conversation, I touched on a number of issues from the waste water release problems and the unsustainable nature of the feeds used, to technological issues and even…

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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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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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Repurposed Materials for Urban Growing

There are so many great resources out there for individuals who want to start growing things these days. A tour through the gardening section at any major bookstore will yield a large number of books devoted entirely to this practice. You can find traditional gardening, and lately, you can find container gardens and permaculture books galore. In the Urban environment, it is often very hard to find the SPACE to actually grow things… In my experience, most people would like…

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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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New System Components Available

Well as Spring is visibly on its way into North Texas, I thought that I would give everyone an update on how things are developing with Green Phoenix Farms. We have been working hard in the background trying to line up suppliers and sources for all of the important components and such that make aquaponic systems work. We are going to be expanding our product lines significantly in the next few months, but right now we wanted to let everyone…

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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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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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