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Urban farming start-up demonstrates aquaponics, vertical growing | Climate-KIC

Urban farming start-up demonstrates aquaponics, vertical growing | Climate-KIC | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it

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Earlier we discussed the initiative in Berlin where a shipping container beside a brewery was able to produce the food requirements of two families. In a similar system, but more geared to commercial production for restaurants a used shipping container has been transformed into an aquaponics system in London.  It is nice to see the way that food production is starting to be transformed using old containers for the commercial production of food without the costs of transportation, serious water conservation and improved nutrition over GMO garbage. 

This one is a KickStart project that raised about 20,000 euros to get going, so it is cheaper to build than the one in Berlin. It is looking to expand to a variety of sites, both on the ground and on roofs where they can lease the area for 10 years, the time it will take to get payback for the expenses.  It may not be cheap, but it is sustainable and not tied to the cost of fuel...

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Aquaponic Sweet Potato taste test..

Had a few folks ask what the difference in taste was between the aquaponic & soil grown sweet potatoes, so here you go :) While the plants grew very will in ...
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There are few taste comparisons between aquaponics and other forms of growing vegetables This one is interesting because it takes the produce of one plant that has vines in both soil and aquaponics grow beds.  There is a notable taste difference between the two sets.


The soil grown ones seem to win on all test variables.

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Baking Soda in our Aquaponics Systems

Baking Soda in our Aquaponics Systems | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Baking soda is a vital part of green cleaning and has so many uses in the house, but what about the garden. Here are 7 ways to use it in the garden. 1. Make a Non-Toxic Fungicide Mix 4 teaspoons of...
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Baking Soda in the home for green cleaning has been part of our household cleaners for quite a while.  Bit this article takes the power of Baking Soda to the aquaponic garden as well as other outside jobs.  It is a good cleaner of course, but also acts as both a fungicide and pesticide as well.  It can even be used to help control some weeds as well. 


It may not be perfect but it is a product that should be used much more often in garden and lawn setting as well.

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Aquaponics

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JR.PONICS Aquaponic Fish Garden- great way for kids to learn about aquaponics! Kinda want this for myself... (JR.PONICS Aquaponic Fish Garden- great way for kids to learn about aquaponics!
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Moving the plant roots directly into the fish tank, or is this just a very fancy vase that contains a fish.  Either way, a different take on using aquaponics techniques to keep aquarium water clean.

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Magnesium in Aquaponics - Bright Agrotech - Vertical Food Blog

Magnesium in Aquaponics - Bright Agrotech - Vertical Food Blog | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Magnesium in Aquaponics systems is a very important plant nutrient and crucial to understanding overall system health. Learn to identify and diagnose here.
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Controlling plant nutrient deficiencies can reduce the output of any aquaponic system.  One of the big three macro nutrients that can become deficient in an aquaponic garden is magnesium.  This video from Bright Agrotech covers the signs of deficiency and how to balance the compound in your system.

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Aquaponics...Fish Are Paramount, Not the Plants

Aquaponics...Fish Are Paramount, Not the Plants | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
There’s lots of confusion over this exact statement. Here, at Lilypad Farm, we have clean fish practices; the result is giant plants. When starting a small commercial system, or even better a small...
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The main thrust of this post is something that I also believe, you will have great plants when the fish are properly handled and cared for.  If the fish are kept in a properly regulated environment and are virtually stress free and well fed, the resulting solution delivered to the plants will enhance their growth and imporve the output.  Ignorng the health of the fish is at the aquaponic keepr/hobbyist's peril.


Nice picture of marketable tilapia...

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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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The health of the fish is vital for the health of an entire aquaponics system.  I have always believed the main cause of disease in any fish tank are stressed fish.  This is a fairly wide ranging video that covers the various causes of stress that can occur in the aquarium and can cause distress in the fish.  Good coverage and plenty of food for thought when watching the fish in your aquarium or aquaponics system.

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2 Fish 1 Plant Aquaponic Garden (A Super Easy Build) - YouTube

So here is a quick video on me putting together a very simple version of an aquaponic garden. I want something I can bring inside during the winter for some ...
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A simple Aquaponics system with fish; and room for a single plant.  The cost for this, from scratch should be well under 75 dollars, since the pump will cost in the neighborhood of 45.00, the rest of the materials should be under that cost.  If you already have the tote with a suitable lid, it will be much cheaper.  The unit will house a few fish that will support a robust plant or two.  Easy to make and quite portable if you want to grow vegetables on a balcony and bring the system inside for the winter.   An interasting DIY project as a first aquaponics garden for either home or small outdoor footprint.

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Top Plants for Aquaponics Systems, Part 1: Climate | Home Green ...

Top Plants for Aquaponics Systems, Part 1: Climate | Home Green ... | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
If you're interested in aquaponics, or hydroponics gardening, then read on… Aquaponics probably is not for everyone, but since you got to searching this deep; then it's worth a shot. We're talking about aquaponics plants, how ...
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Wondering what type of plants to grow inyour aquaponics system that will be good for your climate. This article offers a list of some of the plants that do well in an aquaponicis garden for warm and cool climates. 


The list is not externsive, but it certainly has a number of plants you may have overlooked in the past.

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There is room for niche market produce to be grown for sale like Water Cress, Spicy Bock Choi here are some more ideas for diversity

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Aquaponics: The Nitrogen Cycle

Aquaponics: The Nitrogen Cycle | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
The Nitrogen Cycle One of the most important yet least understood aspects of Aquaponics is the bacteria that we rely on and its function in the nitrogen cycle.
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No matter how long you have kept fish, or tried to raise plants above them, the single most important thing to understand at a "root" level is the nitrogen cycle.  Without it the fish will die and the plants will starve. 


The article gives a pretty clear description of the why and how the nitrogen cycle is accomplished for an aquaponic garden system. It is not meant for scientists, but rather ordinary people who are not interested in a chemistry lesson.  If you want to understand the Nitrogen Cycle at its most basic level, this may just be the article that clarifies it for you. 

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DIY Indoor Aquaponics System - IKEA HACK!

DIY Indoor Aquaponics System - IKEA HACK! | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
DIY Indoor Aquaponics System - IKEA HACK! This project will show you how to build your very own system using commonly available components from IKEA and your local hardware store.
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If you are looking for a cheap and effective way to build an indoor system from cheap parts, this may be just the thing.  The blog outlines a very easy way to build a single growbed tier system from some of the cheaper products found at Ikea. 


You will also have to visit a hardware store fore for the plumbing, which is also well documented.


Besides telling you exactly what parts you need to buy from Ikea, with links directly to the Ikea catalog for you to see their listings, the rest of the build is carefully pictured and explained. 


If you are unwilling to experiment in your first build for a decent sized aquaponics garden, this may just be the post that gets you started on your way to food self-sufficiency.  Cheap and effective, with all parts identified and easily obtainable, a great start.

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IKEA simplicity ~

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Another Home Aquaponics System for the Beginner: AquaSprouts - Green Building Elements

Another Home Aquaponics System for the Beginner: AquaSprouts - Green Building Elements | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Got a 10-gallon aquarium laying around in the basement or garage? The detritus of a failed attempt at adding tropical fish to the home decor?
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A little different take on the newly released project from Aquasprouts, with their contact details for their Kickstart page included.  The background of the entreprneurs is given here that was not included in the previous press release.  The system is going to be available wit or without the aquarium.  The rest of the required equipment is included.

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E&J 005: Aquaponics – Advances in Aquaculture

E&J 005: Aquaponics – Advances in Aquaculture | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Aquaponics is a system where fish and gardens can grow in a healthy way together. Join Eph & Jeff as we explain the science behind aquaponics, some of its interesting history and uses, and where we'd like to see it go in the future.
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Good podcast on Aquaponics systems and ways that the science is helping grow organic vegetables in all locations.  If you enjoy podcasts, this is a very well structured one devoted to the techniques of organic gardening with fish.

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How To Build A Basic Aquaponics System

How To Build A Basic Aquaponics System | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating...
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Short and sweet, as a post it conmtains three videos on how to set up an outdoor aquaponics system.  Not a lot of text to wade through, so if you want some basic instructions, here they are.


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Paleo Aquaponics - Robb Wolf

Paleo Aquaponics - Robb Wolf | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Jade perch grows nicely in aquaponics systems and has an exceptionally good omega-3:omega-6 ratio. In colder climates, trout and catfish can be grown. Carramundi, Murray cod and silver perch have also been used ...
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The case for aquaponics gardening to paleo diet people who are trying to emulate the original diets of hunter gather tribes.  These diets need sustainability for the massive populations still to come, and the ability to provide both organic vegetables and high Omega-3 oil fish for people following this diet.  Aquaponics seems to be a perfect solution for them.

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Aquaponics System - Solar Powered Vertical Tower - YouTube

This system in currently installed on the campus of John Brown University and is a research project for our senior design. The Sponsor is Hidden Creek Opport... (~ @SheenaBratt1 "verticle" means hinge.
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a solar powered aquaponics system run by two solar panels and a couple of batteries to deliver power to the air pump, water pump and two heaters.  An interesting feature of the vertical towers is that they are removable, so they can be transported intact to market the vegetables they grow without harvesting prior to purchase.

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Why Aquaponics Doesn't Work

Why Aquaponics Doesn't Work | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Why Aquaponics Doesn’t Work When I first became interested in Aquaponics and Controlled Environment Agriculture I began reading everything I could find, from The Vertical Farm, by Despommier to the...
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This is a relatively long advertisement for a consulting company that brings up quite a number of valid problems that can occur in a large commercial operation. 


While it is difficult, at the present time, to show economic viability for large commercial systems, and the problems with handling the "one variable" syndrome, nowhere is there a strong argument for abandoning aquaponics in the home or garden setting where the aim is personal production - there is nothing more efficient or effective in growing safe, organic food than aquaponics. 


The final statements that aquaponics will become successful even on a commercial scale shows optimism for the techniques.

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Michael Doherty: the aquaponics artist | Forum for the Future

Michael Doherty: the aquaponics artist | Forum for the Future | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Get the aesthetics right, and new approaches to food production will be more palatable to the public. The artist Michael Doherty is working with aquaponic systems, where plants and fish are brought into a symbiotic ...
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Tropical fish aquariums are often seen as furniture and welcome accents to a living space.  If the same thing can be done with aquaponic systems, then the living art of tropical fish combined with the healthful benefits of organic foods can also be accomplished.  This seems to be the aim of Michael Doherty,  As aquaponic systems evolve to become useful home and office accents, the dependence on expensive farmed food may well decrease,

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Aquaponicals - Mini Aquaponics System

http://www.theaquaponicstore.com/Aquaponicals-p/tpdas001.htm Aquaponicals are attractive, small-scale, aquaponics systems for use inside the home, classroom ...
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Aquaponicals is a new addition to the rapidly expanding offerings for the in-home organic gardener who wants to exploit the technology of aquaponics gardening.  This one is quite a bit more complex than most of the small units available for sale for the inside gardener.  It uses the popular large scale technology of flood and drain while incorporating a water pump and under-sump to ensure the fish are not bothered by constantly rising and falling water level.


This is being sold by the Aquaponics Source and seems to be quite a good value for the money.  The unit will have to be used in a sunny location since there is no lighting provided for either plants or the fish.   The only other drawback not discussed anywhere is access to the fish.  The grow bed sits directly above the fish tank and sump.  I must assume the entire system will have to be disassembled to clean the fish tank proper.  Longterm there may be issues with algae growth as well.

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

Aquaponics Water Supply – Municipal or Town Water – Tech Tip ... | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Some chloramines could readily form in Aquaponics system water if you were to add chlorinated water straight from the tap to an Aquaponics system tank that already carried some free ammonia. If you cannot get a report from ...
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Water is the single most important element in any integrated system using aquaponic technology.  The addition of chlorine to municipal tap water is common and can lead to serious problems.  While most aquarists are well aware of the dangers of adding chlorinated water to an aquarium, organic gardeners coming from the plant side may not be aware of this potential problem.  They can use tap water to water common vegetables directly.  Chlorine, and espeically chloramine is deadly to fish and must be eliminated before it can contact delicate tissues such as gills.


It is interesting to note in the article is states that chloramine may be formed when chlorine is added to an established tank that has some ammonia in it.  This is a good enough reason to be sure all chlorine or chloramine is eliminated from the water before it is ever allowed into the living system.  The various techniques used for large water volumes are discussed making this particulalrly valuable.  In the home aquarium, most often the best way is to use a chlorine neutralizer.

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Pumps & Aquaponics or Hydroponics - YouTube

Pumps & Aquaponics or Hydroponics In this video, Bright Agrotech's Co-Founder Nate Storey discusses the two types of pumps commercial or hobbyist growers nee...
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Wondering what your options are for pumps for most aquaponics systems?  This video from Bright Aquaponics offers the two main styles of pumps most often used in larger systems.  The inline and submersible pumps are noted and discussed.  Depending on the size of the system, one or the other should have a size perfect for your application.

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The OsmoBot - Hydroponic Monitoring on your SmartPhone

Affordable Hydroponic and Aquaponic Control from your SmartPhone, Tablet, or PC. Starting at $349
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Looks like this could offer a very wide range of electronic testing for the aquarium of an aquaponics system.  The system will monitor this wide range of water parameters and track it through a mobile phone app. For those of you who are looking to make testing a lot easier and automatic, this may be a Kickstarter project you might want to invest some dollars into. They are almost halfway to their goal, and the project offer will close at the end of March.


If you are interested in automatic testing that covers a large range of variables for your aquarium or aquaponics system, this may be something you want to spend a few minutes evaluating.

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Aquaponics: Grow Bed Depth

Aquaponics: Grow Bed Depth | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Grow Bed Depth How deep should your aquaponics grow bed be?
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Wondering if your grow bed is deep enough for the plants you are planning to grow?  Well this is a short and sweet discussion of grow bed depth for flood and drain systems.  The type of plant determines, to a great extent, the depth of the grow bed you want to opperate.   B uit the article also defines the various zones that occur in deeper bed systems.


If you are using continuous flow, this doesn't make a lot of difference. Those who are operating flood and drain systems, especially with the benefits of worms in the substrate, the depth is a factor to deal with.

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Aquaponics Rap - Cincinnati Zoo - YouTube

RT @CincinnatiZoo: What do you know about aquaponics? We can summarize it in a home-grown rap! http://t.co/qsZk3ptYZs
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Aquaponics is quite simple in concept, but it gets even more clear when put into song. That is what the CIncinatti Zoo and Botanical Garden has done - produced an interesting rap view on Aquaponics.  The process must be getting mainstream if people are even singing about it as well. - Fun to listen to.

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AquaSprouts Announces the Release of an Aquaponic System for Home ... - PR Web (press release)

AquaSprouts Announces the Release of an Aquaponic System for Home ... - PR Web (press release) | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
AquaSprouts Announces the Release of an Aquaponic System for Home ...
PR Web (press release)
What sets the AquaSprouts Garden apart from other aquaponic units is its compatibility with a standard aquarium and its modern design.
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This topic is all about aquaponics for aquarists, so it is helpful to see that others are gettng on the bandwagon with smaller aquaponics systems that are made to not only produce fresh vegetables; but also look good in the room in the process. 


The aquasprouts initiative is another in the growing list of start-up enterprises who are capitalizing on the need for green plants and living fish in the home.  The main advantage for the home aquarist is that the filtration is done automatically by the growing plants.  The fish benefit greatly with minimal actual filter equipment and reduced maintenance on the accessories.


If you like the look of this one, by all means support them on their Kickstarter page. The details to access the page are in the article.

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Grey Water Aquaponics [Part One] | Semper Paratus

Grey Water Aquaponics [Part One] | Semper Paratus | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
RT @Semper_Prep: Another article from Semper Paratus: Grey Water Aquaponics [Part One] http://t.co/QpqxSvAD0e #preppertalk #prepper #preppe…
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Greywater and its storage is discussed in this fairly extensive article aimed at people interested in preparation for major disasters.  If you are storing water for a "rainy day", it seems that the alternative of using it for a positive end such as producing organic plants makes a lot of sense.  That is the basic thrust of this article and well worth considering.

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