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

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[…] 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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Ongoing Adventures In Aquaponics – June 2014 Edition, Part 5

Ongoing Adventures In Aquaponics – June 2014 Edition, Part 5 | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Not Quite Free One of those great words I hear often associated with backyard aquaponics gardening is "free". Most of the time, they mean "free as in beer" (1, see Linkliography below). In practice, it's more like "free as in speech" (1). Let's take a look at a simple "Mark II" conceptualization of my basement aquaponics, including the lessons I've learned so far. 208 L / 50 US Gal Food-safe ABS "blue" barrels - $50 each. Need 2; total $100. ... cut one in half lengthwise. These are your growbeds. ... cut one 1/3 / 2/3 across it's diameter. The 1/3 is your sump, the 2/3 is your fish tank. ... Working water volume = 139L / 34 US Gal. Lumber: 22 m / 75 ft of 50mm x 150mm / 2" x 6" framing lumber. Use to build shelving / supports. Use "glue and screw" for construction. Total $70. ... sump on … Continue reading →
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Just to dispel any misconceptions that backyard aquaponics gardening is very cheap "free" organic vegetables and fish this article gives a realistic breakdown of establishment costs. Break even on your first year and better returns the second for a family of four..Not free but not expensive either ~

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Preventing Fish Disease in Aquaponics

Preventing Fish Disease in Aquaponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Find out how to keep disease from reaching the fish in your aquaculture farm. We’ve listed ways to make sure your fish remain healthy.

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Always a good idea to have an extra aerated fish tank or aquarium to salt bath ~ Fish dips and baths will remove external bacteria, parasites, and other disease causing organisms before introducing them into the main tank. Dips and baths are the next best thing to prophylactic quarantine. The main difference between the two is that the dip/bath is an external treatment, while a hospital tank allows the fish to be observed and treated for internal diseases and parasites as well.

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FarmTek - Hydroponic Fodder Systems, Farming & Growing Supplies, Hoop Barns, Poultry & Livestock Equipment, High Tunnels, Greenhouses & More

FarmTek offers the best customer service and most economical prices on products for the agricultural industry. Product offerings include farm supplies, aquaponic, poultry supplies, agriculture products, animal housing, home improvement, commercial high tunnels and hoop houses, fodder growing kits, livestock care and greenhouse equipment, including garden carts and poly film.
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"Our mission at FarmTek is to provide the highest quality products at affordable prices and excellent customer service. Now we are taking our goal of serving you one step further by offering you the chance to attend our Controlled Environment Agriculture School (CEA). This is a great opportunity for you to learn about some of the latest trends in growing."~

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How To Build Hydroponic Growing Systems For Top Yields | Hydroponics Farming Equipment & Supplies

How To Build Hydroponic Growing Systems For Top Yields | Hydroponics Farming Equipment & Supplies | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
How to set up a Hydroponic Growing Systems for farmers seeking to get high yields.
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A good article and basic good video introduction to basic home or farm growing systems ~ Certainly not as demanding to understand as automated systems~ Large systems run by current hydroponics professionals as a friends and contacts on Professional Aquaponics LinkedIn group drive. Joe Swartz and Graham Dunling there, commercial growers have been an inspiration and help sharing their knowledge to that group, that takes years of study and practical experience to gain~ An understanding of the different nutritional requirements of different crops and efficiency in production, automation in planting and harvest systems, software recording to keep track..,. The fast delivery of product and organizing of staffs duties ~ This read will illustrate how you can start small and grow such an enterprise if you love results ~ Again I`m not endorsing advertised products or gurus but the video is a cool little mono-crop system (Capsicums quite expensive out of season, green yellow red and chillies pepper cultivars.>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsicum )~ It would have been good to see the plants growth stages through to cropping my only critique and whether he had a water exchange with fresh lot of nutrients added to replace those taken up by plants but probably not necessary for this small crop.Also a comparison of power usage costs to value of production also comes to mind~

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Aquaponics How To

Aquaponics How To | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
transcription Video.. Welcome to our phase one greenhouse aquaponics system, set up to grow 1,000 fish.
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Not a bad video for 1000 fish. how do you build your system to host the most bacteria? & where do you get that bacteria in the first place? The amount of bacteria that your system can host is directly proportionate to the amount of surface area your system has. This particular bacteria needs surface area to colonize. That’s what the rocks are good for..Besides stabilizing the plants, they create a huge amount of surface area. & you can increase this in several other ways–you can build a trickle filter, a sand filter, we built a bead filter with 100 pounds of beads tumbling around, creating a massive amount of surface area.They have a forum . A data site on their web site~

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Spirulina Algae Microfarm near Olympia Washington

The first Pacific Northwest spirulina microfarm is located near Olympia Washington. As one of the northern most spirulina farms today, this farm will demonst...

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Does Hydroponic Forage Production Make Sense?

Does Hydroponic Forage Production Make Sense? | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
News and information from UC Cooperative Extension about alfalfa and forage production.
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" The hydroponic concept may be appealing at first look, but it generally doesn’t hold up to scrutiny after careful thought.All animal rations consider feeds primarily as dry matter(DM) Its main problem is that it exhibits a net loss in terms of DM yield of 24 to 30% after 6 to 7 days of growth. The DM yields of hydroponic systems are actually negative, compared with the initial seed input.  Additionally, there is likely to be a loss in feeding value of sprouted grain compared with raw grain, on a dry weight basis.  This result makes sense when considering that the seed must utilize stored carbohydrates in order to drive growth of the seedling. The costs per pound or ton produced are likely to be significantly higher per unit hay equivalent (or feed grain equivalent). Although hydroponic forage has great appeal to those who wish to be more self-sufficient in feed supply, the yield, quality, and costs of this system appear not to be favorable." Productivity and Nutritive Value of Barley Green Fodder Yield in Hydroponic System.  World Applied Sciences Journal 16(4): 531-539.

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▶ Aquaponic Integrated Farming - YouTube

Aquaponic Integrated farming overview. A short 3min aquaponic ad on our courses then a video tour of the US Caribbean & Virgin Islands with some information ...
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Aquaponics training in Sth Australia ~ Aquaponic Integrated farming overview. A short 3min aquaponic ad on the courses then a video tour of the US Caribbean & Virgin Islands with some information about rabbits & horticulture included.

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CNG Aquaponics Certification: Now In Development

CNG Aquaponics Certification: Now In Development | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
The grassroots alternative to certified organic for farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities. (RT @CNGfarming: BIG news over here: CNG will be developing an #aquaponics certification program.
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To support the development of robust standards for aquaponic certification, CNG is seeking candidates to serve on our Aquaponics Advisory Council.~I can think of some experienced professionals in the owners of Friendly Aquaponics in Hawaii as Tim Mann and biologist partner Susanne have written expensively on this in LinkedIn groups on this very subject ~ Their freely available information and web site [ again not endorsing any "experts" over another . [http://www.friendlyaquaponics.com/ ] is very comprehensive as they are accredited and have proven the bottom line is worth it for profitability in a commercial enterprise ~

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Aquaponics Water Supply – Municipal or Town Water – Tech Tip ...

Aquaponics Water Supply – Municipal or Town Water – Tech Tip ... | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Town or Municipal water should not need testing. Chemical analysis of your local municipal water is usually obtainable from your municipal water supply authority. A phone call to your water authority will often be enough for ...
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"Fluoride use is becoming less popular but often municipal water will contain chlorine or chloramine. These are added to kill bacteria and other living organisms, including fish, that may be present in the water supply."~Murray says,

"Chloramines can be removed from your source water by,

Boiling and degassing. (not very practical for large quantities)Ultraviolet light. (Well established method of removal). (Adelstein, B 2013)Activated carbon filter. (pass the water through slowly)Commercially available de-chloramination products (some simply remove the chlorine, while others ‘lock up’ or detoxify remaining ammonia) (Skepticalaquarist.com 2014)"

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FreshFruitPortal.com » Singapore: Comcrop pioneers urban rooftop farming

FreshFruitPortal.com » Singapore: Comcrop pioneers urban rooftop farming | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
A group of young, socially-minded entrepreneurs in Singapore has spearheaded a unique aquaponic horticulture project.
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Farming wouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to the hustle and bustle of Singapore. In the city-state of more than 5 million people, local growers make up a small percentage, and imported produce dominates the market. However, a new urban rooftop farm initiative underscores a commitment to providing local produce and educating communities about eating fresh and healthy.

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

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[…] 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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Five-acre Aquaponic Farm in Florida Finds Market for High-end Greens

Five-acre Aquaponic Farm in Florida Finds Market for High-end Greens | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Ryan Chatterson has figured out that special combination of skills needed by today's aspiring aquaponic farmer: the ability to grow and the ability to market.
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Winners are grinner's ~ We need more good news stories like this as aquaponics is not the "darling" of investors and banks unfortunately~

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The Purpose of the ZipGrow Tower Design - YouTube

Why are the towers white? Why do you only grow on one side? In this video, Bright Agrotech's Co-Founder, Nate Storey, answers two common questions with verti...
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Nate Storey, answers two common questions with vertical farming:
1) Why are the towers white?
2) Why does Bright Agrotech only use one side of the tower?

Its about light and what works better ~

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▶ Internet of Farming: Arduino-based, backyard aquaponics - YouTube

Rik Kretzinger grew up on a Christmas tree farm and spent his college years studying horticulture, but he found it too difficult to make a living as a small ...
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Precise control ~ Internet of Farming: Arduino-based, backyard aquaponics.

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Introduction To Compliance Issues for Small Farmers Webinar

Introduction To Compliance Issues for Small Farmers Webinar | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Are a commercial farmer looking to begin selling to grocery stores but worried about compliance? This webinar is for you. Download the packet as well
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An introduction to compliance issues for small producers ~

 

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Comment on Biological Control by Alex Veidel

Comment on Biological Control by Alex Veidel | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
I highly recommend Green Methods for IPM products. I’ve used their predatory mites and predatory midge larva with great success.
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We call them Ladybirds, beetles down under(Australia) and there are a number of varieties and colours. I,m familiar with the red coated and yellow ones and don`t they just love Aphids.I,m sure we are not allowed to import bugs from over seas, as in the past we`ve had so many environmental disasters like the cane toads.

  This chart maybe handy for our north American friends in the battle to maintain a clean green solution to pests, that may get past your screened grow beds air vents. The bugs decimate and harm plants growth by devouring the leaves or sap ~Fungus and molds may be controlled by humidity control (ventilation) and non toxic sprays ~

    Bio -security is very important to a sustainable venture and many fish farms I,ve visited have a foot bath as well in case you bring pathogens on to the farm.Green houses often have a 2 doorway entrance as once bugs get established they multiply very rapidly ~ Prevention is always better than a cure if possible ~

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'Field to Vase' Bouquets Are the Latest Trend in Flowers - Wall Street Journal

'Field to Vase' Bouquets Are the Latest Trend in Flowers - Wall Street Journal | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal 'Field to Vase' Bouquets Are the Latest Trend in Flowers Wall Street Journal When doing her weekly grocery shopping online, marketing manager Florence Li, 29, bought a $30 bouquet from Silver Lake Farms, a Los Angeles micro farm...

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Revolutionary Changes In The Field Of Agriculture For Better Grades Of Farming – Hydroponics

Revolutionary Changes In The Field Of Agriculture For Better Grades Of Farming – Hydroponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Great domination in the food production industry in the upcoming years is going to be there by the Hydroponics technology of the latest kind. Agriculture of the new age style is quite different her...
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"Constructive usage of all these modern equipment to profitable yield is the overall highlight. You can actually find the technique to be as gratifying as the results are pretty wonderful. It is why the experts are of the opinion that the worthwhile innovations like this in the field of

agriculture can bring in significant beneficial impact in the modern day society in the upcoming past. Rewarding yield without any chemical constituents in them, are something pretty rare to be found in the modern day scenario where everything almost have some or the other kind of adulteration in it."

 

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▶ Barley Fodder Grow Room Procedures - Step by Step through the Daily Task - YouTube

At Paca Pride Guest Ranch, we're feeding our herd fresh micro-greens every day over the winter! We produce 50lbs of fresh barley fodder daily in a space that...
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A good step by step fodder production system using barley seeding 10lbs per day using chlorine bleach to sanitize seed to produce 50lbs of spouted barley and top dressing of diatomaceous earth a fossil shell flour for mineral traces and animal health.Typical grow cycle is 7-9 days 1 day tray dries on 10 day cycle .Risk of molds is reduced by better air circulation but better temperature control in grow space is most important ~ The one LED rope light in this video was a test to see if it impacted the shadowy areas towards the back of the shelving which gets shaded by latter days growth.You can use hydrogen peroxide spray to clean things like this the trays to be non-toxic ~

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Aquaponics Survival

Get started growing food the aquaponics way with this great collection of guides & videos! (#Aquaponic Aquaponics Survival: Get started growing food the aquaponics way with this great collection of guides...
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A bit long winded but extolling the benefits of a closed Aquaponics system and good reasons to grow your own survival food, including protein from fish ~ You can build your own system anyway with out buying CD,s as You Tube has so many simple examples of different growers from different climates and countries set ups ~ The information here is a bit of  a scary scenario especially despite GMO,S they claim no improvement in yields in the last 18 years of USA farmers and the Presidents new Executive orders expanded rights to claim more or less any thing they want from peoples food stock piles except your personal Aquaponics system that may be your key to survival if hard times come ~

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Aquaponics fish stress.

http://www.aquaponics.net.au Aquaponics fish. Your fish are not growing as fast as they should, perhaps some unexplained deaths. Need to look at the possibility of stressed fish. Murray discusses...
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Stress is one of the main killers in Recirculating Aquaculture so strive for a balanced healthy high performing system  for contented fish in a darkened tank ~ Aeration and good water quality parameters and an effective swirl filter are recommended as I,ve mentioned before~ Remove bullying fish after observation and mixed species and sizes are asking for trouble too ~ I,ve trialled a polyculture system with crustaceans/ crayfish on the bottom but they too like to nip at a fish. With barriers it all seems to become more complicated than it needs to be with un eaten pellets passing the grid complicating one of the main contaminates to maintaining good water quality. A rounded self cleaning tank design may help. 3 or 4:1 depth to diameter with water incoming to an angel will circulate effluent to central outlet.(Recirculating Aquaculture Systems book by M B Timmons and other experts Chpt 6 Solids Removal). Keep it silly simple ( KISS) my advice but like aquariums hides add to some species comfort zones and variety and experimenting is worth it too if you have the time

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LEDs in greenhouses deliver same yield as grow lights, using just 25% of the energy

LEDs in greenhouses deliver same yield as grow lights, using just 25% of the energy | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Using LED lighting instead of traditional high pressure sodium lights to grow tomatoes in greenhouses during the winter could cut costs and boost local food production.

Via Alan Yoshioka, Rob Bryant
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You need lots to get the same light penetration , not cheap either .Phillips (Dutch) have developed some new ones called Grow Power I think ~

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Rob Bryant's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:57 AM

LEDs are greeat but you need a lot to get the penatration & they cost a bomb!

Vanessa R Lum's curator insight, April 30, 2014 2:27 PM

In terms of manufacturing LED's,  what cost to the environment, I wonder?