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Aquaponic Fodder System

Aquaponic Fodder System | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Aquaponics is the natural symbiotic relationship between fish and plants.  Basically, the process involves flowing the water that fish live in to grow-beds in which the plants are contained. ...

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Interesting page on the ways that aquaponics have been integrated into a working farm and the variety of produce it provides.  While the uses of aquaponics systems are varied, the most interesting part of this page addresses an issue I have wondered about - being able to grow enough fodder to raise other farm animals for protein, not just fish.. 

While animal protein is harvested with an aquaponics system in the fish, the main interest and growth in popularity of these systems has been for growing vegetables for human consumption.  I have always wondered if the use of an aquaponics system would be viable for other livestock as well.  The volumes of fodder needed for livestock growth are huge and I wondered if it could be done.

Well, it seems that has been accomplished by the Circle Star Ranch - at least in its beginning stages with oats.

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This kind of system is apparently a wonderful way and economical way that farmers can easily multiply the amount and the nutritional value of their feed grains.

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A Brief Introduction to Microbes in Aquaponics Systems

A Brief Introduction to Microbes in Aquaponics Systems | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Without microbes in aquaponics, your system will not survive. In this post, the experts at Bright Agrotech discuss the basics of microbes in AP. Read more.
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It is not complete and it is brief, but it is a good starting place to get an understanding of the role of various microbes in the lives of tropical fish and the gardening of plants.  Without them, there would be no way to sustain the higher forms of life like tropical fish and the organic vegetables they fertilize. 


A good understanding of the Nitrogen cycle and the way that toxic wastes created by lifeforms are eliminated from the habitat is important when dealing with closed systems such as an aquaponic home garden, just as it is in a commercial endeavour.  I certainly hope that additional parts will be published.  The host, BrightAgrotech is a strong guiding light for success, and their information is well worth reviewing.  Too bad I can't get the link for the podcast to go to anything other than a blank page.

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It is not complete and it is brief, but it is a good starting place to get an understanding of the role of various microbes in the lives of tropical fish and the gardening of plants.  Without them, there would be no way to sustain the higher forms of life like tropical fish and the organic vegetables they fertilize. 

A good understanding of the Nitrogen cycle and the way that toxic wastes created by lifeforms are eliminated from the habitat is important when dealing with closed systems such as an Aquaponic home garden, just as it is in a commercial endeavour.  I certainly hope that additional parts will be published. "I cant add further to comments but brightagrotech.com has much more valuable information at their site.This has also been discussed by others in their blogs like Murray Hallam and others as all cover much of the same topics~

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Tebesite – Aquaponics In Home - Find Your Lifestyle Here

Tebesite – Aquaponics In Home - Find Your Lifestyle Here | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
In the planet of natural plant lifestyle aquaponics in your own home is really a fairly new craze. It's a method which creates Eco-systems exactly in which fish assistance the actual lifestyle an growth of plants and vice-versa.
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I like to see the various types of fish tank systems for the indoor aquarist that use the technology of aquaponics for filtering the water. Aquaponics can be a low-tech way of making it safe for the fish while providing some organic vegetables or herbs in the process.  This article shows the way some others have designed their tanks to adapt to growing both fish and orgainc plants in a more decorative way than most of the (utilitarian) aquaponic systems usually displayed. 


As a longterm aquarist, I simply like the fish to be prominent.  I figure their needs are foremost, the Aquaponic system is simply a filter and the food grown is a huge plus at any dinner table.  The fish are the living picture element.  They should be on an equal viewing area as the plants.  These pictures show somewhat what I am aiming for.  Just wish the fish were placed more at eye level, that's all.

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Lettuce Evolve offers aquaponic planters for gardening in small spaces - Treehugger

Lettuce Evolve offers aquaponic planters for gardening in small spaces - Treehugger | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
A Dallas-based company, Lettuce Evolve, has created a system that can be used as a modular container garden or for aquaponic growing.
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As time goes by, there have been more and more systems offered for sustainably growing organic vegetables. The configurations are endless, but this one seems to be quite interesting for the home aquarist interested in supplementing their diet with organic vegetables they grow themselves indoors.  At the same time the fish will be much healthier as well since their water is cleaned naturally. 


What strikes me as particularly interesting in this system is the multilevel design, since it will overcome quite a few of the problems with other strict flow-through units.  It can easily be adapted to growing food with artificial illumination.  Access to the fish seems to be easy, and without disturbance of other parts of the system. 


Definitely not a cheap aquarium for the home hobbyist, but interesting design nonetheless.

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Aquaponics

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Many species of fish are suitable for aquaculture and aquaponics. Species which have been researched and successfully reared in cages in the southeastern region of the U.S.
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When you decide to do an aquaponics system of your own, of course it is important to know where it wil be and what types of fish should be kept.  I am firmly convinced that small aquaponics systems using freshwater tropical fish are both feasible and an advantage, but larger systems need bigger fish. This pin shows a poster of possible fish in much larger systems.

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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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Aqualibrium Announces Official Product Launch After Kickstarter Success - Crowdfund Insider

Aqualibrium Announces Official Product Launch After Kickstarter Success - Crowdfund Insider | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
The Aqualibrium Garden is poised to enter the marketplace after raising over $153,000 in one of Kickstarter’s top 10 most successful food projects to date.
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The more indoor home aquaponic systems that arrive to the general public the better.  This was a Kickstart project a while ago and it is nice to see that the support and the effort have brought it to market.  Let's all hope it becomes part of a general trend toward more personal self sufficiency and makes the origin and supply of our food more open and understood.  Good Job!

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Phil's Gardening Tips And Tricks Aquaponics First try And Proof Of Concept - YouTube

Got this very simple Aquaponics idea from JT Bear. It is just a very simple continuous flow set up. Got the pump on ebay and the rest of the stuff from a big...
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How tough can building an aquaponics system be?  Not so tough even if you are just getting started in the technology.  Phil's Gardening Tips and Tricks shows how a very simple outdoor system can be constructed.. The system is large enough where a number of plants can be fed and grown.  Not a home aquarists system, but good to grow goldfish in for a first try.  He references J.T. Bear, who's video offers a different way to start off as well.  That is a blueprint for a small one plant system integrated into the fish reservoir. 


Both of these videos are recommended.


Note the problems with drilling that are found.  Phil's configuration is a proof of concept, not a finished project.  There are comments that can be implemented in your own version and design.  The piping can be modified and an elbow put in at top to drop the water spray down to substrate level (or below) to prevent to spash-over that happens with first power. 

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Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work - Gizmag

Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work - Gizmag | Aquaponics for Aquarists | Scoop.it
Among the oft-cited benefits of urban farming are improved food security and production sustainability. According to Spark Architects, its Homefarm concept ...
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Gizmag is a technical magazine that offers a wide variety of interesting topics.  The concept of a senior run aquaponics installation is not a reality yet.  But it holds a great deal of interest for me. 


It is well known that keeping fish is beneficial for almost everyone, and keeping our senior population engaged and interested is also a challenge.  This concept combines a seniors residence with aquaponic farming to be established in SIngapore. I ceretainly hope it happens, I would love to spend a few years there if I could...

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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.


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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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