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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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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.

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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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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

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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 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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Comment on Sizing a Pump for Aquaponics or Hydroponics by Sizing a Pump for Aquaponics or Hydroponics - V...

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[…] Figuring out the the correct size pump for Aquaponics or Hydroponics is crucial for high system efficiency and maximum yields. Learn more about pumps here! (What should you consider when buying a pump for an #aquaponics system?
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A very important aspect is flow rate required dependent on the amount of water you need to turn over ~
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The Guide to Organic Hydroponic Gardening - Hydroponics Curacao | See more about hydroponic gardening, gardening and hydroponics.
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Shame they dont use Centigrade as well renown poor educators, in the info but general things relevant to Aquaponics as well.
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Aquaponics Build: Day 2 & 3 – Grow Bed Plumbing & Cycling

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... (Aquaponics Build: Day 2 & 3 – Grow Bed Plumbing & Cycling: http://t.co/KUGjdcUB9x)
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Some revision especially the cycling often over looked with those first time builders as you need to get bacteria working in new systems ~It can be bought but will form naturally during the cycling stage ~
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10 Handy Tips – Keeping your Fish Cool

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Outside of areas in the world that are consistently cold, everywhere have those times where the air temperature can have a severe and sudden impact on your fish systems, especially small ones.  Keeping your fish cool during those times can be...
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This especially necessary for trout ,other species for ease of grow out live and grow in poorer water quality like Tilapia or Silver Perch with the highest amount of good Omega 3 oils, ideal on a BBQ as are all fatty fish not that it is very. An omnivore it eats its greens (lettuce) and algae too.High protein expensive feed pellets for carnivores for Australian fresh water fish like Callop /Yellow Belly are a fatty fish but ideal on the BBQ and delicious to eat ~
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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~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | 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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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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Stephen Pond's curator insight, March 17, 2014 2:08 PM

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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Comment on Modern Hydroponic Production: Why The Right People Are All Wrong by Nate Storey

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Hi Rachel,
As I expressed on LinkedIn, no, this post isn’t specifically about you, and I mean no offense to those established folks in the industry who are running successful operations and have their markets figured out.
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Here the debate continues in this blogs comments pro Nate with others like rupertofOZ and others being positive about towers.Plenty more expert derision contrary to this view point not here but in a Professional LinkedIn Aquaponics group by expert commercial growers that dont "buy it" or the industry would be using them..This is the attempt to justify them from the seller~

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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

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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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#Aquaponic spinning #wheel. Wow! Yes interesting sci fi proto type for a massive space station
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Indeed !

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Comment on Low Grade Geothermal Heating and Cooling for Greenhouses by Denver heating

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Really what a useful blog and great shared to Heating and Cooling
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Once again depends on your climate and running the system all year around should be possible if you dont need a break ~
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Are Artificial Grow Lights Good For Your Aquaponics System? - GroundReport

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Are Artificial Grow Lights Good For Your Aquaponics System?
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The kind of lighting you need for growing plants indoors depends on a number of things.
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For the extra expense are they necessary ? Depends where you live too probably many variables read on..~
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Are Ladybugs beneficial for Your Aquaponics System? - GroundReport

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Are Ladybugs beneficial for Your Aquaponics System?
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Ladybugs are easy to identify, they are brightly colored with spots and have round bodies.
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Pretty little bugs ~
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Comment on Best Fish For Aquaponics by Steve

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I will defiantly keep this information in mind. It is great to have a checklist to go by to help keep mistakes to a minimum.
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Before you select your fish for you system, remember that the best fish for YOUR system depends on YOUR: 1. Environmental Conditions 2. Feed Sources 3. Purpose of the fish 4Country and availability of species there
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Smoke Testing the Greenhouse

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Smoke testing the greenhouse is about seeing how well your extraction and mixing fans work.  As we can not see air, I popped several smoke flares in the greenhouse, mixed it, then extracted it to see how long it takes to exchange the air.  The...
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A novel but good idea ~

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