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A group for those who are either doing, or thinking about, aquaponics.  All tips welcome.  Nobody is too experienced or too new to join.  

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Latest Activity: Sep 1

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Aquaponics - the draw backs!

Started by Andrew Cumberland Sep 1. 0 Replies

I thought I'd do a thread about the disadvantages or draw backs of aquaponics, since they aren't all as obvious as it might seem. Frist - the set up cost.  Now that's obvious.  You need a bed, a water proof and non-fragile liner or tank, a pump and…Continue

Tags: disadvantages, backyard, Aquaponics

How tough is this aquaponics gig - be honest now!

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Aug 11. 20 Replies

I'm hoping people who have a set up or two join in to this conversation.  It's aimed at helping those thinking about aquaponics. So how hard is it?  Do you have to be a chemist?  Genius?  Farmer? Fish keeper? Share your experience. Continue

Tags: how hard, aquaponics, backyard aquaponics

Aquaponics vs Hydroponics (Kratky non-circulating).

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Aug 11. 6 Replies

I've been conducting a comparison of a Kratky hydroponics system vs my traditional aquaponics.  I'll share the links below (two of these are repeat posts but I wanted to show the whole story - the rest will be new).  Continue

Backyard Aquaponics on Sale ...

Started by Elaine coolowl. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland May 31. 5 Replies

Not sure how to view this guy: a fast-talking fear-mongering salesman. I bear in mind the saying: "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is".I'd love some members of this group to listen to this guy and see what you think about it.…Continue

Coping with the seasons

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Christine Cox May 8. 7 Replies

Hopefully, we can share some tips.  Keeping the tank warm in winter and cool in summer. Continue

Tags: seasonal tips, cooling, heating, Backyard, Aquaponics

Aeroponics in USA

Started by Elaine coolowl. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Mar 5. 2 Replies

Variation on the hydroponics theme … growing out new varieties of Potatoes using Aeroponics. …Continue

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 26, 2014 at 21:14

Reducing the inputs:

I'm finally growing two versions of Duck Weed (normal and micro) and two of Azolla (water fern)(red and green).  Thanks for two of my four versions go to Karla. What's really intersting me is that both plants are touted as good versions of salad protein for people too.  

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 26, 2014 at 12:50

I finally did it!  The system is now off grid.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 21, 2014 at 23:47

I got a touch - it will be helpful Valerie. 

Comment by Valerie on February 21, 2014 at 21:25

Enjoy the rain ;-) It's pouring away here.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 20, 2014 at 20:43

A VERY near miss...

When I got home tonight, I wandered out the back to harvest my tomatoes.  As I got closer, I could hear a weird trickling noise.  What the heck?

The pipe from under the grow bed had been disconnected.  I suspect one of the dogs got tangled up in it and pulled it off by accident.  My fish tank had about 6 inches of water left.    I've half refilled it but my tanks ran dry.  Tomorrow, unless it rains a lot, I'll be hauling water from the front tank which doesn't have a pump. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 28, 2013 at 21:25

Thanks Rob!  

Comment by Rob on December 25, 2013 at 11:47

Have had luck with carrots, beets, radish & have a very overgrown sweet potato in ours at the moment.. Had a dig around & found a few small taters in the clay :)
Posted a wander around the system last night if your interested..

Comment by Christine Cox on December 25, 2013 at 9:13
I also let some vegs go to seed some of them grow straight from that. I let them fall where they may from the plant.
Comment by Christine Cox on December 25, 2013 at 9:08
Beetroot radishes carrots and spring onions all grow well in the system although carrots are a bit hairy Have them all in ours
Comment by Elaine coolowl on December 25, 2013 at 9:02

One theory I read about hydroponics was you used the standard mix for everything, sometimes at different dilutions. Supposedly the plants take what nutrients they want so theoretically you could grow root crops. That does not agree with the 'oh you've used too much Nitrogen to get fruit' response. Boundaries are meant to be pushed and rules broken. We've never find out anything new otherwise.


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