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Commercial aquaculture has now integrated with hydroponics to create a budding new commercial industry.I,m seeking to curate fish species suitable that get along well with this vegetable/fruit growing systems.Aeroponics is yet another branch of this new farming technology.Clean green obviously ramifications for future feeding of the planets communities~
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▶ PROJECT AZOLLA : From floating fern to renewable resource - YouTube

NnThis video presents the potential of aquatic farming with a special plant: the fresh-water fern Azolla. Through its unique capabilities, Azolla can provide n...

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Nitrogen fixing floating fern Azolla ~Used for chicken and fish feed in the Philippines ~ This is a plant with tremendous potential~Many useful compounds sugars lipids and amino acids ~ Stock feeds bio fuel researcher ~

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Entrepreneurs Transform Urban Farming with High Tech Solutions

Entrepreneurs Transform Urban Farming with High Tech Solutions | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Tech entrepreneurs are trading in their Google glasses to try their hand at urban farming in the most unlikely of places.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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Quote from article ~“It’s on a pretty sophisticated computer control system that has sensors all over the place,” cofounder and CEO Viraj Puri shared with Fast Company, “and will deploy lights and fans and shades curtains and heat blankets and irrigation pumps automatically.”This is such an interesting concept and has so many great ramifications. Link the work with renewable energy and we have Win, Win and such great use of building rooftop space.....how can we engage multi layer projects to create entire city scales of food production ? United nations says in story that earth will have a population of 9 billion people by 2050 and food security is of great concern ~

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Fusion Marine participates in exciting new lobster farming initiative | Aquaculture Directory

Fusion Marine participates in exciting new lobster farming initiative | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

Aquaculture equipment specialist Fusion Marine is participating in a multi-partnership project to develop a sea based lobster rearing system that could ultimately benefit coastal communities.

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"A far sighted project ...Increasingly the charity The National Lobster Hatchery sees its role as a scientific one "

The National Lobster Hatchery

The NLH is a far sighted project established in 2000 by the Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee.  It became a charity in 2004 and operates as a Social Enterprise.  It was set up to operate a stock enhancement and public engagement programme, encouraging scientists and fishermen to collaborate whilst seeding lobsters on their fishing grounds.  Increasingly the charity sees its role as a scientific centre, that seeks to understand better how to restock a fishery (should stocks collapse) or how to make an existing fishery more productive (in the light of soaring global seafood demand).

- See more at: http://aquaculturedirectory.co.uk/fusion-marine-participates-exciting-new-lobster-farming-initiative/#sthash.2e8ZYo4j.dpuf

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Cut Flowers: Tilapia Aquaponics Study

Cut Flowers: Tilapia Aquaponics Study | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Content Management System (Aquaponics and Cut Flowers?

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There is a lot of money in cut flowers especially at Mothers  Day like planning fish production harvests for just prior to Easter ~

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The building of a $1,200 spiral aquaponics system. | Over Grow The System

The building of a $1,200 spiral aquaponics system. | Over Grow The System | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
My Good friend Max Meyers of Norcal Aquaponics recently built this stunning "Spiral-ponics" aquaponics system.   "Some photos of my Aquaponics designs and systems at our home, mini-farm and research center!
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In the Aquaponics field there are constant developments by innovative and creative people~ New species trialled,you can grow ornamental fish such as Koi and make a decent profit from them and others like trout as in this very good "Spiral-ponics".Others like Martin Fisk in South Africa build on existing systems like his "CHOP3"( Constant Height One Pump2 ) a Murray Hallum design.. Grow beds for fruiting crops and floating rafts(salads) as sump, cheap one pump power system~ There are also an increasing variety of innovations like Matins to take the more nutrient rich water from base of a swirl filter adding extra small quantities of minerals to get better fruiting crops like tomatoes and capsicums, peppers.In addition to these niche marketable health herbs like Brahmi exotic ones spicy Bock Choi, like I grow Vietnamese mint and hot peppers to be ground up and combined with garlic to make a bug spray ~ Duck weed for fish food and so forth.I lost my yabbies( crustaceans) last winter due to frosty nights and now intend the addition of a solar heating loop ~
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Growing Duckweed

Growing Duckweed | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
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There a few different varietes of Duckweed ~Duckweed is easy to grow and is a nutritious snack for water fowl, poultry, and fish

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▶ How to hold heat in your Aquaponics greenhouse during the winter - YouTube

How to hold heat an Aquaponics greenhouse during those cold winter nights. This is a video about ways to hold heat in a greenhouse with IBC totes, water barr...
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This video is for entertainment purposes only but he has some useful information to impart ~ the Straw hat farmer ~

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New Tech Sheds Light on the Future of Food​ - LiveScience.com

New Tech Sheds Light on the Future of Food​ - LiveScience.com | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
LiveScience.com
New Tech Sheds Light on the Future of Food
LiveScience.com
Vertical farming's biggest limitation is energy consumption.
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Cost of electricity will always hold back indoor Aquaponics and insect infestation ~

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New Wave Aquaponics Modified Swirl Filter - Green Energy Approach

New Wave Aquaponics Modified Swirl Filter - Green Energy Approach | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
New Wave Aquaponics Modified Swirl Filter Aquaponics is an integrated aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponic (growing soilless plants) system that mutuall… Related posts:Basic Aquaponics SystemOrganic Garden Set Up Aquaponics 1 2014Garage...
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Another simple modified swirl filter recommended for your aquaponics garden to stop clogging up your grow beds ~

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Comment on Red Worms and Vertical Farming by Matrix Media - Safety First, Then Productive Power

Comment on Red Worms and Vertical Farming by Matrix Media - Safety First, Then Productive Power | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
[…] assists with good nitrification and other nutrient processing, it also creates a nice home for red worms, which are a great helper in breaking down solids and making nutrients more bioavailable in […]...
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"assists with good nitrification and other nutrient processing, it also creates a nice home for red worms, which are a great …"

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▶ How To Select Your Fish Tank For Aquaponics - YouTube

Enjoy this free lesson on how to select your aquaponic fish tank from The Aquaponic Gardening Online Course taught by Sylvia Bernstein of The Aquaponic Sourc...
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Sylvia covers a few points about using a plastic tank material that wont leach chemicals in to your food grade round fish tank like polyethylene/ the better stability of your system using using a bigger than 200gal tank/other points circulating water and fish with no corners for fish feces to accumulate ,a wider top also benefits for better oxygen exchange.Fish like a cover to reduce stress and stop them jumping out~ Uniseals and bulkheads preferred for flat surfaces  for outlets~ 1;1 ratio of fish tanks volume to grow bed volume, 6 gallons of water per sq-ft of growing space, could be bigger if your sump is ~

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Comment on Food Safety and Hydroponics: Conventional vs. Organic Fertilizers by Food Safety & Hydroponics Conventional vs. Organic | Organic Social Media

Comment on Food Safety and Hydroponics: Conventional vs. Organic Fertilizers by Food Safety & Hydroponics Conventional vs. Organic | Organic Social Media | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
[…] Source: verticalfoodblog.com […]
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Here again Dr Nate Storey dispels some myths about the word "chemicals" that many who will only eat organic for fear of that word... and I like what he has to say~

["Aim for Transparency, not “Organic”

And transparency is really what we’re looking for, isn’t it? We want to know how our food got to be what it is and where it is. We want to know whose hands have touched our food and how long ago it was harvested. Transparency is the key to finding the food you want- safe, sustainable, and healthy." ]

 Now aint that the simple truth folks , I recommend a good read and listen to his You Tube along with others I,ve posted here on Scoop,it!

 They are a handful the experienced  exponents I personally like the most ~ This guy is from Canada others from Australia ~ USA has the only qualified engineer that travels the world educating on his related field Recirculating Aquaponics Systems Dr Tom Losordo now talking with him integrated Aquaponics expert Dr Wilson Lennard~ The later has with him in Aquaponic Solutions a pioneer in the field, the illustrious Dr James Rakocy , together another must have book anticipated *༺♥༻*

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Unique Led Grow Light for Vertical Growing System

This 700W led grow light specially designed for vertical hydroponics growing and marijuana cultivation.
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It`s a sad day when you don`t learn something new I guess , a cool bit of design ~ The illustrated grown product here hasn't been dealt with by me, mainly food as opposed to medicinals due to wrong assumptions that can be drawn by narrow minded bullshit rubbish people that lock up and ruin young lives futures, experimenting as right of passage~You know Clinton and Obama~ So as with other commercial products and educators systems I don`t endorse one over another but appreciate any innovations in design that can advance aquaponics or hydroponics ~

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Nitrifying Bacteria Facts

Nitrifying Bacteria Facts | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
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To have healthy plants and fish you need a balanced system a critical part of this is to keep nitrifying bacteria in biological Filtration at the optimum temperature so they do their job of converting harmful to acceptable in the nitrogen cycle~ OK in the case of a new tank these colonies need to get established for a couple of weeks first~http://bioconlabs.com/nitribactfacts.html

 

 

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50 Insane Facts About Plants - Infographic

50 Insane Facts About Plants - Infographic | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

"Plants are all around us - and as well as being pretty to look at, they can also be useful and deadly. We've put together 50 insane facts."


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An interesting piece on background of earths unique and useful plants to mankind in the past ~ 68% of worlds plants endangered ! Caffeine an insect repellent, lots of interesting plant facts with one or two possibilities for growers like mushrooms and dye makers for a possible niche market ~

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Check out this great infographic that provides "50 insane facts about plants." The image above shows some (but by no means all) of the facts related to record breakers. Other categories on the infographic include:

* Food and Drink

* Plants in History

* Plants Around the World

* Carrion Flowers

* Amazing Plants and Useful Plants

There is also a 2nd infographic that shares the sources used in this one which is located at this link.

This would be a fun infographic to share with students. You might have them try to find facts about plants or other subjects that they could use to create a classroom infographic.

Anne-Maree Johnson's curator insight, July 29, 3:39 PM

fun infographic outlining some facts about plants.

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Non-Chemical Control of Plant Pests: Aphids

Non-Chemical Control of Plant Pests: Aphids | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Aphids can be damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means
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"The aphid's natural enemies are the green lacewing, the fall midge and some species of ladybugs"They can be sprayed also with soapy water and there is good discussion on them here.Some I mentioned before like screens and the dawback of not allowing bees in.There are many sites that mention control of pests with out Chemicals that can harm fish and ourselves~ Please take a look:
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tomato/msg0518184110959.htmlhttp://www.healthyliving-herbs.co.za/index.php/herb-articles/141-natural-herbal-insect-sprayshttp://daybydayhomestead.blogspot.com/2013/04/tomatoes-and-cutwormaphidsspider-mites.htmlhttp://pestcontrol.about.com/od/controllinghomepests/a/Non-Chemical-Control-Of-Plant-Pests-Aphids.htmhttp://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/homemade-aphid-control-a-natural-way-to-kill-aphids.htmhttp://www.pinterest.com/explore/spider-mites/http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/fruit_trees_and_homemade_pest.html
Or use Plant essential oils for pest and disease management. I,ve mentioned Neem oil earlier

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Donation of $40000 to fund innovative aquaponics program - Columbia Daily Herald

Donation of $40000 to fund innovative aquaponics program - Columbia Daily Herald | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Donation of $40000 to fund innovative aquaponics program Columbia Daily Herald Some day in the near future, students at Whitthorne Middle School and at the Hampshire Unit School may have the opportunity to experience the life cycle of food...
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More of the same old same old , looks like your typical hydroponics set up~ No ideas about concentrating nutrients for fruiting crop production..bet they will race to the bottom and grow rubbish fish too, instead of monitoring automatically water quality and growing something decent to eat along with all that lettuce ! I maybe wrong it might mean innovative as in innovative as in something new to progress aquaponics !

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How to Create the Perfect Pinterest Brand Page

How to Create the Perfect Pinterest Brand Page | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

Do you know how to create the perfect Pinterest brand page?


Before someone follows you on Pinterest the first thing they will do is to briefly observe your Pinterest brand page. They will glance at your bio, your profile image, your boards and various other components. If your Pinterest brand page is well set up, you will gather board followers or even better, complete page followers and all the time you spent pinning, optimizing your website for Pinterest and running time consuming campaigns will be worthwhile.


So today you will learn how to create the perfect Pinterest brand page, the requisite for Pinterest success. I will first run you through the registration steps and you can then view the infographic which contains the ingredients for a perfect Pinterest brand page. If you have already got a brand page and don’t require registering you can scroll down and skip right ahead to the infographic….


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Here's a basic, practical guide for setting up your business page on Pinterest.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 26, 7:42 AM

Your brand on Pinterest? You betcha.

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▶ DIY Solar water heater for aquaponics - YouTube

DIY solar water heater for aquaponics. This panel helps get a few more weeks growth in the spring and fall in our outdoor Tilapia ponds. A few weeks in the s...
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The straw hat farmer from Grow Dinner Aquaponics demonstrates a simple but good cheap water heater for the home aquaponics grower ~

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▶ The Downside of Aquaponics (if there must be one) - YouTube

Most of my videos on aquaponics focus on how much I am learning about it and how excited I am. A few people have wondered what the down side of this aquaponi...
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A quick list from JT Bear and other comments to be considered " Aquaponics (for most people) relies on having electricity to operate the pumps.   If the electricity goes out, your garden comes to a standstill.   You have no way of filtering the water, nor providing adequate oxygen for the fish automatically.   The alternative is to have a battery backup, or a solar .."

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Nutrient reservoir heaters - Progrow Hydroponics

Nutrient reservoir heaters - Progrow Hydroponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Did you know nutrient temperature can alter the pH value in #hydroponics?
Keep it stable with a thermostatic heater
http://t.co/IWNbPmeJ8q
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Useful to maintain your system at optimum temperature for growth~

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Indoor Home Aquaponics Automation

Indoor Home Aquaponics Automation | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Built a custom PLC-based control box for my home system. User interface provided by open-source EPICS control system software. Incoming search terms:aquaponics automationRelated posts:Backyard Aquaponics Intall video Part 2 of 3VAWT eletrownia wiatrowa, profesional test, Home Made Wind Turbine , alternator carAquaponics 4 You WOW Aquaponics 4 You
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A basic aquaponics automation side  project this guy has set up to his home aquaponics system logged on his laptop for automation and control... the way to go ~ Plenty of other useful other information at this site~

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The History of Aquaponics - Aquaponics Academy

The History of Aquaponics - Aquaponics Academy | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
In this episode of Aquaponics Academy, Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech dives into the history of aquaponics and how aquaponics has evolved.

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Podcast`s desighned to overcome common Aquaponics problems~

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This former semiconductor factory is now the world's largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day

This former semiconductor factory is now the world's largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
This indoor Japanese farm uses LED lights and hydroponics to produce lettuce 2.5 times faster, with just 1% of the water, when compared to an outdoor farm.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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There is a PDF download here that may be of particular interest to to the LinkedIn Professional Aquaponics Group I delighted to be a member of with many cutting edge informative members that share information about automation and aspirations to contribute to future global food security ~ It takes money to make money~ I,m biased towards Family farms but are not oblivious to the fact that factory corporate farming has and is part of every day food production on a scale beyond the reach of the family farm~ It may offer opportunities to those who maybe dealt a bad hand by fate in this new innovative food production method by capitalizing on the knowledge they have after going bust on their own as many ventures have to-date ~

[ http://www.fieldrobotics.org/~ssingh/VF/Challenges_in_Vertical_Farming/Schedule_files/SHIMAMURA.pdf  ]

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Comment on The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System by The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System |...

Comment on The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System by The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System |... | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
[…] There are 2 kinds of fertilizer: liquid & powdered. When looking for the best hydroponic nutrients for your system there are several things to keep in mind.  […]
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These boys are good ~ Nice one Nate he advises.. "How often should you check your system? If you are hand dosing your system (testing the water yourself), you will want to check it once or twice a day. The more convenient option is to buy a dosing system- a computer with sensors and pumps hooked up to solution which tests the water in your sump tank for you (every 5 or 10 seconds) and corrects it automatically. One such dosing system is Autogrow’s IntelliDose."

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