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Old 12-29-14, 12:42 PM   #11
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I agree with keeping it simple , at least for the first year so you can learn from any mistakes without it being costly.

Once you have experience i could see a hole and pond liner as being a practical way to keep the fish and for the assorted holding tanks to change the fish feces into nitrogen and so on.

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Old 01-14-15, 10:59 PM   #12
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How big do you want to go Doax? I've run a smaller system in my basement for 3 years. Produced loads of lettuce. I had no money to throw at it and still got decent results.
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That is a great question and the answer is I really don't know.

As it is right now, its just me and my wife in the house. We like fresh vegetables and would likely increase our consumption if we had a fresh supply. She doesn't really like fish, but I do. I'd also not mind at all if we over produced and were able to give away food to others.
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Ok Doax. I'll do the best thing I can do and that's to point to the source of the information I've used instead of getting on my soapbox and pretending I have all the answers.

Silvia Bernstein's website and especially forums are a great resource. You can pretty much get any question answered here pretty quickly. TClynx is a super helpful forum member that was very active there when I needed answers. You can even look up my humble setup complete with pics there. I've spent most of my time here due to quick feedback, a community environment and lots of good articles. You can also buy some very useful stuff from her commerce portion of the website. (Master Test Kit!)
Aquaponic Gardening - A Community and Forum For Aquaponic Gardeners
Paul Letby's Page - Aquaponic Gardening

Murray Hallam's website and videos are very good for getting a handle on outdoor systems and aquaponics in general. Especially if you plan on going to Australia. Ha ha. I've been able to find all his videos online, or you could just buy them. Home

Affnan's Aquaponics. This guy is the bell siphon guru. He knows his stuff. You follow his directions you will have a very low maintenance bell siphon for a flood and drain bed. Affnan's Aquaponics

This guy is in my bookmarks and I've been to most of his links. I don't really remember what's in here. Read this last. Hydroponic Gardening - A Helpful Guide to Start a Small Garden Indoors

Hope this helps.

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I will definitely check it out. Thanks Paul!
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This is in your neck of the woods. It seems larger than you would need but could answer some questions for you.



I collected up some 55 gallon barrels last year and plan to put "something" together this spring. Not sure about aquaponics but definitely hydroponics to start.

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I am really getting interested in this. I need to do more reading on it.
I really like this guy’s system we have the land for it and that is our next step in being more self-sustaining. We want to grow more of our food.
We have some chickens for eggs and are producing all the power we need for the year.
Backyard Aquaponics • View topic - Countryboy's system in SC

Any good books out there?
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I have always wanted to try aquaculture on land for profit , it would be easy enough to combine fish farming into a aquaponics set up.


Backyard Fish Farming
By Filip Tkaczyk


Have you considered the benefits of backyard fish farming?

Fish farming is a very old practice that can be fun, productive and rewarding. As many wild fish stocks are being depleted around the world, fish farming is becoming one of the solutions for a more sustainable future. The application of permaculture practices is helping us to utilize fish farms as sustainable food production systems.

Permaculture is a practice and perspective of designing systems of agriculture that mimic the relationships found in natural ecological systems. In this article, we will focus on systems based around in-ground ponds for raising fish for food. Though, many of the ideas shared here can be used in other fish raising systems.

Complete article : Backyard Fish Farming
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I called Clemson Ext office
https://www.facebook.com/UnionClemso...hoto&sk=photos
They had lots of good info. They gave me a Clemson U contact that has a greenhouse using aquaponics.
https://www.facebook.com/ClemsonAqua.../photos_stream
I am going to contact them and see if I can go over there and see how it all works.
Here are a couple pictures of a build they have.






This does not look to bad to build.
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Very doable

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