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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Just a Quickie

Just a Quickie

Seems I have neglected water PH and understanding water So I will start including this in the Blog as I find anything on my spider..... Like now......

These Guys have to have a pretty good understanding of fish needs regarding WATER 

Many of the elements most used by plants in their growth are less available when the pH is in the acid range, below 6, and many of......http://www.rainharvest.co.za/2010/06/28/effects-of-rainwater-and-water-ph-on-plant-growth/ 

Likke I said, This subject will continue to be addressed in the future... But for now
Take care.........

Monday, June 28, 2010

More Sites to Investigate and Invest Your Thoughts in

One of the absolute attractions of the internet is it's ability to encourage our hunger for knowledge. It is the ultimate source. When Bill Gates was asked what the internet was for, He described its content as "STUFF". Really that pretty much sums it up. All sorts of stuff about everything.

Well here's some more STUFF.....

Starting with some commercial Aquaponics sites



Congrats to the Tyner Acadamy

And some DIY  Which I love to see.....


If you'd like to be able to show someone new to AP a thorough rundown of what A is, try this...


Now, if this lot has not challenged you in some way, let me know. Or if you would like to see some other aspect of AP, again - Let Me Know - I would love to hear from you...


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Our Aqua Cycle of Life

So much has been written about AP and the cycling of systems and understandably so. This is the one thing we must get right. Every person having a go at AP has to come to terms with the cycle, the size of the pond, the amount (and size) of the fish, the quality, type and amount of the fish food provided, the water quality and quantity and the cubic area being used in grow bed production and how all of this fits together.

Of course if we read a lot of what's on the www, you are sort of led to believe that just about any combination will be OK provided the water quality is OK. Well this not true. There is a vast difference between what is acceptable and what will bring really great results over an ongoing system life, which after all is what each of us should be aiming for.

So I thought I should get some sites that give a better indication of what is the safe path to follow.

We need to be aware that despite what some people claim and there are many great stories around with claims of success after success but not too many people are prepared to include figures showing fish losses,  or other problems that have arisen that would help others to get through the tough times as they learn the craft.

So we are going to dedicate some effort into searching for figures that could be of help.

However while we are doing this, we shall continue to provide as much associated info as possible with each issue. Like Now......


...and here's Afnan again with an Update

An A/P Blog coming from Vancouver

Can't forget Christie from this Site

Or this DIY special on greenhouses

Another Greenhouse design - well why not....

There are several places on FaceBook as well

Finally, a video on a home A/P system

OK Have fun with these and we'll be back real soon.

Oh by the way you can contact me at aquaponics@gardener.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


The figures speak for themselves.

Compare them with any other form of vegetable gardening technique.

Here's part of a writeup from the first site I'd like you to visit.....
Enter aquaponics, a system of food gardening that has a small but growing fan base, not least because its advantages seem almost too good to be true. An aquaponics installation requires no soil, scant water (2 to 10 percent of what is used in the average vegetable garden), a modest financial outlay and minimal maintenance. There's no dealing with pesticides, and the system is sustainable and easy to set up. For gardeners conscious of the need to slash their water use during California's drought, or those with little or no land, this method has a lot to offer.

Some folk may find they or at least their plants need extra lighting because of their location so....
The use of metal halides in aquaponics is highly recommended. This is becaus....

...And still more....
A journal of modern day pioneers forging a new frontier in the city through intensive agriculture and extreme sustainability in urban homesteading....

Now there's some juisy bits for you to devour until I return...
Bye for now
One more thing.....
You've heard about auto-siphons..... Well do you want one almost for free.... 
I'm sure you can work out the details from the picture below.
And this is the guy who designed it...

Bye again

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Linking all that is Aquaponics - and that which is Not

This may seem to be a strange title, but hopefully you will see the connections. Every AP System has at its core a fish tank, some form of growing area, plants, fish or other aquatic creatures and a flow system that provides the connection between all of them.The other additive is some form of propulsion (usually in the form of an electric pump) so that water and the products of the system (nutrients etc.) can be distributed throughout the system. Then we can add the bacteria that makes itself available to convert by-products of the system so that life is breathed into it.

Oh yes, I had better include the other bacteria. The bad bacteria that can settle in any corners and cause what can be, major problems within your system. We need to be aware that just as we have aerobic bacteria, we also have anaerobic bacteria in our AP system. However just as you and I have both good and bad bacteria in our bodies, it's the proportion of bad bacteria that is allowed to develop that can cause problems.

Fortunately, provided we are aware of good housekeeping procedures in and around our AP system we are pretty certain of keeping it in a safe condition.

There are other thing that can be added to the list that can be byproducts or by-producers in your AP system for example Soldier Fly Larvae, Worms, Duck Weed, Lupin and probably many other available items and products that will gradually be recognized as beneficial to a system.

My hope is that each one of us can and will benefit by what is and will be available through the internet and of course through this Blog.

So to any new visitors, welcome pull up a log and sit a while.....

So now, back to my notes....
First up is a site that goes something like this...
Aquaponics is the marriage of organic hydroponics and aquaculture. Fish waste becomes

Here's a twist, this is a site introducing another site. So seeing as how I've already provided a link to that other site, I thought I might as well do the same for this one...
The worldwide demand for seafood is huge and ascending. The global seafood industry is...

 The Final Offering for Today.

Garden brings hope to Schaumburg campus

See You Soon


Thursday, June 3, 2010

A plethora of AP Plans

A plethora of AP Plans are around and probably I would fill this blog for the next 12 months with sites and blogs showing and describing them. I guess that would be boring after a while so Garth and I will just try to list a mix of everything so that we don't get bogged down in one or more areas. So let's get on with it.....

 Here is part of a site where the question was asked
what is an easy way to creat a aquaponics system? | The Twiggers
and it deals with a couple of important issues.

Time lapse of the construction of Michael Shames’ new aquaponics system in his garage

Hydroponic Aquaponic Indoor Grow System | Strain Guide
  Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl's and her indoor growing system. Very simple...

Would an Alligator wrestler be interested in AP? You better believe it....
A guy called Alligator Joe demonstrates ...

That's about it for now. See you soon...