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YSI Advancements in Monitoring & Control Technology Webinar

Webinar covering product advancements that improve system performance, productivity and efficiency with M&C water quality technology. Topics include: • optica

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John Bostock's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:44 PM

A bit of sales talk but provides a good insight into commercial products for the very important function of environmental monitoring and control in aquaculture

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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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Induction Lighting: An Old Lighting Technology Made New Again

Induction Lighting: An Old Lighting Technology Made New Again | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Induction Lighting: An Old Lighting Technology Made New Again
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Two articals here worth reading for hydroponic quick growth turn over efficiency ~

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Online Course on Water Quality Assessment | UNESCO-IHE

Online Course on Water Quality Assessment | UNESCO-IHE | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in water quality monitoring and management. They may be working e.g. for environmental agencies, consultants, as environmental or water management officers in local, regional or national governments, as staff of NGOs, or as junior university lecturers, and may not have the time to undertake a course that lasts several weeks abroad.

 

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

understand and apply concepts of water quality and pollution processes in rivers and lakes;understand and apply the different steps of the monitoring cycle in rivers and lakes;understand the basic concepts of groundwater quality and monitoring;apply common statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation;design sound and sustainable freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes under specified conditions. Participants complete the course in a period of 4 months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 4 subjects and a written assignment. Within the course, each subject starts and ends on a specified day. Each subject takes 2-4 weeks. Within this period, the participant is free to study in his or her own time. Questions with regard to the subject can be posted on the discussion forum, eliciting responses from fellow participants. The teachers also regularly comment on the questions posted on this forum.
Start: 01 September 2015
End: 08 January 2016
Deadline IHE application: 01 September 2015 - 23.59 (CET)
Deadline NFP: 15 March 2015 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 725

 


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Another valuable course for those involved in growing fish as water quality is particularly important for growing species like Trout.Taste of fish also is a big factor between getting a decent price or ruining the reputation of a species for all those that taste/waste money on a off flavoured fish~ This happened at function at Sydney Fish Market giving away samples to visitors who deposited the free samples in the nearest bin, never to buy again.I not mention the species because more reputable growers purge their stock to rid the off flavour~

The most common off-flavour compounds found in cultivated fish are 2-Methylisoborneol (2-MIB) and geosmin (GSM), which are secondary a blue green algae~Rapidly taken up by gills of fish (hrs) but days of purging with a slight weight loss with out feed make them much more palatable.I,ve added salt to fresh water too as it acts as a prophylactic to help stressed fish from getting other fungal/disease problems~

"The course in a period of 4 months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 4 subjects and a written assignment."

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3 Creative Solutions Emerging in Urban Farming - EcoWatch

3 Creative Solutions Emerging in Urban Farming - EcoWatch | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
We need to replace conventional farming with sustainable food systems to stop climate change. Here are three creative solutions emerging in urban farming
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Urban farming of the future ~

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Global Aquaponics Inc. Commercial Aquaponics System

Global Aquaponics, Inc. is a global provider of commercial aquaponics systems and solutions. GAI provides turnkey solutions equipped with the latest and most ...
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A short flash of facts and figures ~ You tube then follows with usual associated videos that maybe of interest to watch~

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NEW! Join the Urban Organic Gardener’s Monthly Seed Club

NEW!  Join the Urban Organic Gardener’s Monthly Seed Club | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
The Urban Organic Gardener’s Monthly Seed Club is here and we’re ready to start shipping seeds.
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One of many , heritage seed suppliers are also on ebay but I,ve found USA sellers wont ship international which is a pain in ass ~
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Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar]

Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar] | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar]
If you’ve heard of some of the crazy success stories of crowdfunding, you might be considering trying it out on your farm.
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Interesting but too many, it might not work me thinks ~
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Aquaponics 101 | 5 Reasons Why Aquaponics is Being Called the Future of Food - Will Allen Farms

Aquaponics 101 | 5 Reasons Why Aquaponics is Being Called the Future of Food - Will Allen Farms | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
If you are familiar with fish farming or sustainable agriculture, the term “aquaponics” might not be new to you. But, for most people, aquaponics is not a part of everyday conversation…yet.
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Another one of dozens now promoting Aquaponics in Blogs designed to market fingerlings or other Aquaponics information and products ~
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Commercial Aquaponic System Build Part 1

Final Design update on the large aquaponic/hydroponic system. For more information on the in-line mineralization Aquaponics Asia can be contacted at: aquapon...
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A good series incorporating Aquaponics Asia`s Thailands proprietry information available from them ~

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Greenamic - Vertical Aquaponics | Facebook

Intelligent Solar Power System for supporting Hydroponics and Aquaponics systems of Greenamic

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"Facebook page Greenamic on a solar powered aquaponic system the system is outside so the lighting is not required, but the solar powered pump is shown"
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Stephen Pond's curator insight, March 1, 9:38 PM

A few pictures on the Facebook page Greenamic on a solar powered aquaponic system  the system is outside so the lighting is not required, but the solar powered pump is shown in on of the 8 pictures on the album.

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A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World's First Vertical Farms

A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World's First Vertical Farms | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
A unique conveyer belt design allows the three-story greenhouse to be efficient and sustainable, providing jobs and fresh produce to Jackson.

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Farm in a box produces an acre's worth of crops in a shipping container

Farm in a box produces an acre's worth of crops in a shipping container | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Along with "exponentially higher" yields, the CropBox promises that their complete growing system also uses 90% less water and 80% less fertilizer than conventional agriculture does.

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Containers are being put to quite a few innovative uses now days as dwellings and others like this Cropbox ~

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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 6, 10:42 AM

Interesting idea.

Kristen E. Sukalac's curator insight, March 9, 4:09 AM

Love this clever example of repurposing. This seems much more realistic than some of the hugely oversized vertical farm projects I've seen conceptualized. 

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Pesticides for Aquaponics

Pesticides for Aquaponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Pesticides for aquaponics is a touchy subject. As commercial aquaponic growers, we use proven commercial products that we know will kill & control pests
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Another pesticide already mentioned in a bigger list in a previous post but easily purchased online~
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Catfish in Aquaponics - Bright Agrotech

Catfish in Aquaponics - Bright Agrotech | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Catfish expert Aleece Landis, owner of Aquaponics Lynx, gives us an overview of how to use catfish in aquaponics, including sourcing, handling, and more.
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A better choice for some than those lazy people who only think to grow Tilapia a very unhealthy eating fish~http://www.eatthis.com/tilapia-is-worse-than-bacon?src=twitter

Most growers want easiest care, low water quality survivors, rubbish fish that eat anything , while basking in the delusion that they are clean green producers.Trout and Silver Perch have the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids–the heart-healthy and essential fish oils touted by health and nutrition experts as the main reason to eat fish frequently~ The Trout family is ideal for cooler climates requiring good water quality and oxygenation on a high protein diet except for Brook Trout ~ The Silver Perch are a omnivorous and hardy warm fresh water fish along with a cousin Jade Perch a marketing name for Chinese buyers appeal more so than Barcoo Grunter[ Scortum barcoo is a species of fish in the family Terapontidae]~ Both will handle similar warm poor water quality to Tilapia with out the negative health aspects conveniently ignored by most American/Asian growers like it or not !

You can run 160kg/m3 raising Tilapia but you need a high level of skills and systems to do that.For 5 times the return or more for smoked trout grown at safer densities I ,d advise marketing the premium priced fish with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids ~

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2.9.14 - Aquaponics pioneer raising freshwater lobster, year-round vegetables | The Star Press | http://thestarpress.com - Indiana man looking to market commercial scale aquaponics greenhouse syste...

2.9.14 - Aquaponics pioneer raising freshwater lobster, year-round vegetables | The Star Press | http://thestarpress.com - Indiana man looking to market commercial scale aquaponics greenhouse syste... | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
2.9.14 – Aquaponics pioneer raising freshwater lobster, year-round vegetables | The Star Press | http://thestarpress.com – Indiana man looking to market commercial scale aquaponics greenhouse system developed in his garage.
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Yabbies in Australia a very tasty little fresh water critter.Many different varieties endemic to different regions

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Disease In Tropical Aquatic Animals Masterclass - JCU

Disease In Tropical Aquatic Animals Masterclass - JCU | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

This is a 12-day intensive course delivered by six leading researchers in aquaculture, biomedical sciences and marine and environmental sciences. It is being held at the James Cook University, Townsville, Australia from 11-23 January 2016. The course fee is AUS$ 3000 which includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, all tuition, materials and transfers.


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This looks a good opportunity for anyone able to participate

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This looks a good opportunity for anyone able to participate

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This looks a good opportunity for anyone able to participate

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This looks a good opportunity for anyone able to participate

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Six fish species for commercial aquaponics

Six fish species for commercial aquaponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
In conjunction with aquaponics industry consultant Sarah Taber, the Indoor Ag Conference is pleased to present this infographic on six fish species that work well for commercial aquaponics.Want.....
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Enlarge to read at site ~

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Commercial aquaponics production and profitability: Findings from an international survey

Commercial aquaponics production and profitability: Findings from an international survey | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Commercial aquaponics production and profitability: Findings from an international survey:
http://t.co/l3oNOi0UCo
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This is the first peer-reviewed, published survey of commercial aquaponics operations, a niche field of aquaculture.

The photo is from Paul Van Der Werf recent success in the middle east~Chards seem best grown by one of the best~ Now under new management one wonders if with out his scientific specialized knowledge can it go on with that success.I had an idea that they changed species of fish to a more valuable one, Mullaway.I bet they keep that outcome a secret as they are very carnivorous, eating each other and needing constant grading.Expensive high protein diet. My experience with them with out netting tank they jumped out of the tank overnight>Also besides after 12 months marketing size they are not nick named Soapys from the wild at this stage for nothing, the flesh needs to be firmer and 18 months is of better eating quality.Relative of Nile Perch/ Sea Bass in SE Asia an estuarine species much sought after big ones~

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Is Tesla's Home-Powering Battery a Game-Changer?

Is Tesla's Home-Powering Battery a Game-Changer? | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Recently, Elon Musk announced something called the Powerwall home battery.
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Back up power for aeration and pumps is necessary and the new battery is creating lots of interest ~
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Aquaponics System Designs

Aquaponics System Designs | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
There are numerous types of aquaponics systems design that are in existence right now. Once you understand the workings of aquaponics systems, you can...
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Hybrid systems using both media beds and floating polystyrene trays seem to do well ~
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Issue 83: Aquaponics Simplified | Hydroponics

Issue 83: Aquaponics Simplified | Hydroponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
July/August - 2005 Author: Wilson Lennard WILSON LENNARD outlines his research to develop a successful recirculating aquaponic system to produce Murray
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Wilson Lennards findings~"

Our constant flow gravel bed system grows lettuce about 20% better than a reciprocal flow. Gravel beds and floating rafts are about 15-20% more efficient than NFT. My experiments have proven, within an aquaponic context, that NFT is less efficient at plant growth and nutrient stripping.

The last key finding is that we need to use a potassium and calcium-based buffer system. Fish farmers use sodium bicarbonate and similar basic salts to make sure the pH doesn’t drop. Fish systems are the opposite to hydroponic systems – as fish eat and metabolise feed, the water pH drops.

To counteract this pH drop, we use buffers to keep the pH up around 7. If we use potassium and calcium-based buffers, we can add the potassium and calcium to the system that the plants require for good growth.

KEY RESEARCH FINDINGS
So I had better tell you of the key findings. Fish (we used Murray Cod) and plants (we used lettuce) can be grown in an integrated aquaponic system. If the correct balance is met between plants and fish, no nutrient build-up occurs in the system, and the plants get all the nutrients they need."

Go with the constant flow is the go !

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aquaponic- IOT device -- Balcony Garden

aquaponic- IOT device -- Balcony Garden | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
aquaponic-IOT device -- Balcony Garden BALCONY AQUAPONIC GARDEN - IOT READY- DIY  or purchase materials locally and build --  by rik kretzinger With all the interest around the world in aquaponics ...
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Quote from article~Not an indepth description but a useful guide ~

"Allows for expansion of sensor set and moving to solar back-up option in the futureUnit can be converted to off-grid applications easily – will require a different power configuration of components and equipment"
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Testing Hydroponics Nutrients - YouTube

In this video, Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech and Haydn Christensen of BayBerry Fresh talk about testing hydroponics nutrients for hobby or commercial hy...

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World Fishing & Aquaculture - Queensland groper breeding project

World Fishing & Aquaculture - Queensland groper breeding project | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
A scientist at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is developing new ways to breed Queensland gropers in captivity, in order to establish a lucrative aquaculture industry and protect vulnerable wild stocks in South-East Asia.

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There are many better species to grow than Tilapia and more like grouper soon to become available to growers~

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Growing fruit without branches - Good Fruit Grower

Growing fruit without branches - Good Fruit Grower | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
The branchless multileader system offers improved efficiency.
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Ask the Doc: Episode #1 - Frozen aquaponics, choosing media, dissolved oxygen...

Ask the Doc: Episode #1 - Frozen aquaponics, choosing media, dissolved oxygen... | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

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He got 50 questions answered some but every Monday morning will have answers to individuals questions..Often he refers to their earlier videos on each topic so a good idea~ These guys sell towers and gear like others but run a good online educational heap of videos ~
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