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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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Want extra Vitamin D? Place your shiitake mushrooms in sunlight...

Want extra Vitamin D? Place your shiitake mushrooms in sunlight... | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
As if growing your own mushrooms wasn't excellent enough, there's also a way you can further increase their Vitamin D content... simply by putting them in sunlight. And not increase that Vitamin D ...
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When exposed to sunlight for two days, shiitake and button mushrooms inherently increase their Vitamin D content.

And it’s not a small increase. Their Vitamin D content soars. To 460 times that of a non-sun-exposed mushrooms.

The best bit? It’s not only fresh mushrooms that seem to take on this increase in Vitamin D. Dried mushrooms can also increase rapidly in Vitamin D if previously not exposed to sunlight.Note~ TWO DAYS is the sweet spot and slicing because of more exposed surface area also increases your Vit D dose ~

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Heating and Cooling Process Water in Land-Based Aquaculture | Aqua Production Systems Inc.

Heating and Cooling Process Water in Land-Based Aquaculture | Aqua Production Systems Inc. | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
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A  graph showing ratios of both capital costs and operational costs.  Fuel and electrical energy costs do fluctuate so these numbers need to be taken on a ‘rule of thumb’ basis.~

An excellent paper highlighting the need for comprehensive energy audits including operation paramemters of chillers and compressors.~

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Plan to rear flies on industrial scale for making fish food

Plan to rear flies on industrial scale for making fish food | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Flies will be fattened on organic waste in a factory to produce larvae feed for farmed fish
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South Africa is building a massive insect-rearing factory where thousands of flies will be fattened on food industry leftovers – animal manure, blood and brains from abattoirs – to produce food for farmed fish that will ultimately be eaten by people~

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▶ YSI Pro1020 Dissolved Oxygen and pH or ORP Meter | Water Quality Instrument - YouTube

Rugged and reliable, the YSI Pro1020 (http://www.ysi.com/pro1020) provides everything you need in a handheld water quality instrument for the measurement of ...
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Always good to test water quality Dissolved Oxygen. pH or ORP with a quality tool of Aquaculture ~ This product fits the bill but there are much cheaper Chinese units on eBay that the more variables there measure the more expensive ~ Always look around before purchasing gear ~

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Choosing a Pump for Your Aquaponics System

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Choosing the correct pump for your aquaponics systems is as important or more important than choosing the right fish, bed material, tank size and grow bed size. Without the right pump your fish wil...
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Solarhomestead.com has some cool ideas for living off the grid with efficiency and with out the spin~ The height or 'head" you have to pump makes a big difference to power consumption of the pump required and a slightly bigger capacity is the best idea~ Air pumps can be utilized as air lift pumps from memory 1: 19 the diameter height added advantage is aeration of the water ~ A design of having system level with fish tank system one of Murray Hallams CHOP2 is energy efficient[Constant Height One Pump~http://practicalaquaponics.com/blog/aquaponics-chop-mark-2-operating-system/ ] ~If you are lucky, you might be able to get an accurate wattage rating on the box or specification sheet for your new pump. However, most of the wattages listed on the box/spec sheet are very inaccurate. The only way to accurately measure power consumption is by using a digital multimeter or Kill a Watt Meter.~

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This Infographic Shows the Phytonutrients You Need to Stay Healthy

This Infographic Shows the Phytonutrients You Need to Stay Healthy | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, are thought to help decrease the risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease. Unfortunately, most people don't get enough. This graphic from Precision Nutrition shows us how to incorporate more of these nutrients into our diets.

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Go for 2 fruit and 5-7 vegetables plus proteins/iron from meat fish eggs~ Many vegans over look iron that gives blood its rich red colour ~

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An Alternative To Conventional Farming: Aquaponics

An Alternative To Conventional Farming: Aquaponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

ObviouslyWith the increasing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural solutions, more individuals are turning to and investing in the Aquaponics system. The aquaponics system is a financially viable and eco-friendly option as its water consumption is far less than that used with conventional farming methods. Aquaponics is the symbiotic relationship between fish farming and hydroponics, which [...]

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This better describes what I tried to explain in the last post and the hydronton bed should be at least 8inches deep and drained out is good for worms to survive ~ This system has some bells and whistles like a solar panel to power your pump ~ I didnt go to specifics in earlier post like mentioning ammonia is given off from the gills and fish waste shit and both bacteria breakdowns stages to nitrites then nitrates for plant food macronutrients ~ Obviously the the plant roots help filter the water that on return is now not toxic to fish ~ They seem to miss some steps like cycling and adding a little chelated iron thats absent and beneficial to plants growth ~ They mention careful water quality monitoring ? Temp for some like trout is cooler 26*C- but dont say to keep PH between 6.2 and 7 the lower range is preferable as explained in an earlier scoop

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Protozoa, and Nematodes - Tonic for Aquaponics Systems.

Protozoa, and Nematodes - Tonic for Aquaponics Systems. | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
The question is often asked if there is a need to add mineral and nutrient supplements to Aquaponics systems. The answer is yes if you want to have nutrient dense vegetables. In the very beginning,...
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"'You want to have nutrient dense vegetables and healthy fast growing fish and some research never goes astray" Murray said. ~This article brings together briefly many of the topics I,ve already scooped by some other educators like Nate ~No one proponent knows it all and they tend to keep their blogs going tying in what others are saying so it is not my intention to promote one over another as all have something to offer~ The establishing of beneficial bacteria in your system( cycling ) after building is most important before adding fish~Chelated iron too,vegetables with yellowing on leaves an indicator , application rates usually on the additives container ~ Normal organic supplements like Maxicrop(US),/ Seasol (Aust)a seaweed extract and molasses work to this end helping boost beneficial bacteria and are perfectly safe for fish in on going management and easily applied as a cap full occasionally (he says daily) as part of your pH control and adjustment ~ When things are going well dont mess with them as in nature nothing stops still~ A limes juice is milder than a lemon for lowering Ph , over do it you kill your bacteria ~ Like all things in moderation then patience  to wait and see next day ~

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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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Water quality monitoring technology ~
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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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Pin by mamaverde on Farm Living | Pinterest

Pin by mamaverde on Farm Living | Pinterest | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Family Friendly Urban Aquaponics Project Aquaponic, Gardening by admin2 We have seen a lot of different aquaponics set ups but this one Milkwood is my all time favorite.
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Wood framed blends nicely in to the backyard alongside kids play house~
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Ethni-City Gardens's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:15 AM
That's the best looking aquaponics system we've seen.
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Removing Plants - We LOVE red wigglers in Aquaponics! - YouTube

http://www.BigelowBrook.com/store Today in the aquaponics system, I remove the older broccoli plants and replace them with eggplant. Plus a look at the red w...
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I scooped this to show the worms you can get in your gravel beds ~Note the headless broccoli he feeds to his rabbit or the sun starved Lemon tree~ Here again grow the right vegetables for the season~.LOL.I hope his eggplants do better ! Also note the dirt he grows his seedlings in will in time clog up the gravel and further discolour the water where the reusable hydroton balls would have been a much cleaner choice for raising the seedlings I think ~

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Comment on Understanding Ammonia in Aquaponics by Steve

Comment on Understanding Ammonia in Aquaponics by Steve | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
I read a paper by Dr. Wilson Lennard in Australia who said you should have your system at this lower pH. I thought his argument made a lot of sense and he is also a PhD, but everyone else seemed to suggest neutral is where you have to shoot for.
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ATTENTION

*To understand ammonia levels you must first understand pH.*

Read this~ its not about the misleading illustration above I cant remove !!

If your serious about it, its about a misconception that you should have a neutral PH of 7

Dr. Wilson Lennard in Australia who said you should have your system at this lower pH a good pH level to shoot for is 6-6.4~

If you over feed, ammonia levels will jump up. To avoid this, cut back on feeding that tank.A dead fish at the bottom of a tank will secrete ammonia, do not feed this tank for a day.Dead fish or rotting feed are red flags for increased levels of ammonia. Check your system if you’re undergoing an ammonia spike.
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Pinterest

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Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.
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As an answer to urban farming problem, Philips has come up with a unique, self sufficient and autonomous farm concept, with an opportunity to grow part of the foods, needed by a nuclear family, within the confines of their urban dwelling. Named as the mini-biosphere home farming, it is a futuristic kitchen concept, in which one would be able to produce filtered water, cooking gas and even foods of your own choice. For this, the system would not use electricity, instead it would use solar energy and organic wastes which would provide a diverse ecosystem for plants, vegetables, algae, fish, etc. to exist together and function in harmony. The basic plan of the system would be divided in different levels. The upper two tank levels would be allotted to plants. Next level would contain algae, followed by a tank containing fishes and shrimps. The last layer would have organic garbage from the kitchen wastes, for methane gas production and water purification. If planned properly, you would be able to have fish on your dinner plate directly from your tanks. The methane gas produced would be used for cooking purpose. The concept is still under development process. If successful, it would prove to be a revolutionary invention in the segment of green interiors.

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Inside Track: Garden Fresh Farms cultivates more honors

Inside Track: Garden Fresh Farms cultivates more honors | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Garden Fresh Farms of Maplewood, a recent Minnesota Cup winner, received the regional sustainability award at this month’s annual conference of the Minneapolis-based Midwest Cleantech Open
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"Garden Fresh Farms cultivates more honors Minneapolis Star Tribune Co-owner Dave Roeser started Garden Fresh in 2010 in a warehouse to demonstrate through year-round vegetable harvests, the commercial practice..." Efficiant energy use but the sun is still free ~ Some systems open the roof during day light so for me, this a just interesting ~

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David Suzuki helps develop insect-based fish food - Vancouver Sun

David Suzuki helps develop insect-based fish food - Vancouver Sun | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Vancouver Sun David Suzuki helps develop insect-based fish food Vancouver Sun While B.C.'s aquaculture industry has made progress in reducing the amount of fish meal and fish oil in feed, an insect-based system that diverts waste food from landfill...

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Fish meal has jumped dramatical in price in recent years the overriding cost of producing fish is the cost of inputs normally containing a lot of this fish meal~ Soy, Corn and other alternatives are being developed~ Light food for a reasonable price has always been seafood so production costs need to be kept down as part of a healthy diet ~ Older consumers eat at at least 2 times a week preferably ~

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Upgraded Philips LED interlighting offers 10% improved performance

Upgraded Philips LED interlighting offers 10% improved performance | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Philips, the global leader in lighting, has introduced an upgraded version of its highly successful GreenPower LED interlighting solution. Philips first introduced GreenPower LED interlighting.....
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They are the global leaders no doubt and 10% improvement is good ~

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Aquaponics Filtration - Five reasons why it works

Aquaponics Filtration - Five reasons why it works | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
With aquaponics filtration, especially biofilters there are a few schools of thought and all are equally good for your plants and fish. To keep things simple, some will want to use a media grow bed in their aquaponics as their primary biofilter and these work perfectly well provided your stocking density or more importantly your …
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~ The filtration system is basic and cheap~

~ "All of these are very much a chain reaction and can be easily avoided if your fish feed input is not too high.  But what is too high?  Very complex question to answer.  So to simplify this it is often best to put a simple solids filter before your growbed.  Doing this will remove some of the guesswork ~

On the other hand, include a small biofilter precluded by a solids filter before any growbeds of any type, shape or form.  Be they NFT, DWC, Media, Growbags, soil or what every you like.  Quite often I hear questions around why I would add such complexity to the system. Because the filtration simplifies the management of the system.  They effectively do the management for me and with a little bit of planning it saves me the complexity of managing the water quality."

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Molly Stanek - Insect Control in Aquaponic Systems

Originally given as a presentation at the 2011 International Aquaponics Association conference. Learn the unique challenges of pest management in aquaponic ...
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Originally given as a presentation at the 2011 International Aquaponics Association conference. Learn the unique challenges of pest management in aquaponic systems, the basics of Integrated Pest Management, and learn more about the 5 "most wanted" pests in aquaponics.


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Can LED Advances Help Vertical Farms Take Root?

Can LED Advances Help Vertical Farms Take Root? | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
It turns out that the price reductions and efficiency gains we're hearing about this year for LED technology aren't just interesting for traditional lighting applications in warehouses, streets, office buildings and so on. They're helping a very niche area of green tech, vertical farming, take root in cities around the [...]

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As mentioned previously some crops require finishing with a different light band spectrum in finishing stages ~

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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:01 AM

Interesting ideas.

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Tweet from @AusChookWA

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Harvest tomato sucker, put in water, wait for roots, plant #aquaponics #vegetablegarden http://t.co/dVoCutcBF3
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Not really a fan of twitter but scooping this to show how simple it can be for a home grower ~ Easy peasy , note the hydroton balls I like ~ Just hook up your home aquarium for the simplest of workable systems~ a timer can turn pump on and off ebb and flow back~Check levels to 2 inch below balls surface,set timer on reaching this, it will stop algae growth on surface of grow bed,~ and 2/3  or more water should be left in aquarium, the bell siphon would automatically release water back or a smaller hose slower  drain back than rate pump delivers every half hour, if you follow ...just remember to cycle the water through the hydroton balls container for a week or two first for good bacteria to breed up to convert fish waste and ammonia to the nitrates which plants use from fish water so that what returns is not toxic to them, the bacteria will be present most likely be in your aquarium tanks under gravel filter and find a new home in the hydroton balls  ~

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Just Add Pot: The Hydroponic Farming Company Ready to Grow Weed in 48 ... - Motherboard

Just Add Pot: The Hydroponic Farming Company Ready to Grow Weed in 48 ... - Motherboard | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Just Add Pot: The Hydroponic Farming Company Ready to Grow Weed in 48 ...
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Terra Tech grows herbs like basil and thyme in high-tech, Dutch-style hydroponic greenhouses: glass houses that let sunlight in, with LED lights and mineral-rich water systems constantly running through and hydrating the plants’ roots.~ Dont invest ~ there is more to it, as LED lights dont supply the plants change in spectrum needs, in the flowering stage you should read THE more experienced growers arguements in the comments below as there is no comparison to growing basil ~

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If tea is your bag, learn how to grow it - HeraldNet

If tea is your bag, learn how to grow it - HeraldNet | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
If tea is your bag, learn how to grow it HeraldNet Tea gardens come in many forms, and don't even need to be in the ground.
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Interesting since I like Earl Grey it might become larger a project in itself~
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5 Tips to Successfully Grow Fish at Home - Earthan Group Pty Ltd

5 Tips to Successfully Grow Fish at Home - Earthan Group Pty Ltd | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
These 5 simple tips to successfully grow fish at home will have wonderful fresh fish on the table in no time with less worry so you grow more fish at home.
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Scroll down to the chart about STOCKING DENSITY ~

As you can see from this table, how many fish you can grow is dependent on the risk you want to take and what sort of support systems you need to keep them alive.  The table assumes you are removing solids reasonably well.  For those using grow beds as their primary filtration you can effectively add another 30% to 50% oxygen demand on the system which will need an increased flow rate, more aeration or the amount of fish you have will be reduced, either by you or mother nature!

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Hydroponics Versus Soil

Hydroponics Versus Soil | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
A fogger is any device which creates fog. Usually, the fog it creates has an insecticide for killing insects. Folgers are popular as an alternative to pest control services. They contain pyrethroid...
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Insect screens are a good idea over air vents but naturally hinder bee`s access for pollination~ Many are backyard open spaces and beneficial insects like spiders or Lady Birds can eat aphids and pests insects~ I have spayed with pyethroid or Neem oil but in an enclosed grow room or glass or hoop green house the fogger maybe an ideal solution to get rid of the chewers and sucker problem insects ~

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Planting Your Seedlings in Hydroton/Hydrocorn and the Benefits for Aquaponics and Hydroponics. - YouTube

Planting directly into hydroton/hydrocorn has its benefits. In this video I describe why I like it better for aquaponic, and hydroponic systems such as the g...
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I recommend this clean reusable  hydroton method of starting your seedlings for easy transplanting in to your grow out system of choice~ deep water culture or a gravel system ~. avoiding possible root rot from use of other common starting cubes often root bound~

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