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Commercial Aquaponics

Ok, so maybe you aren’t quite ready for a commercial aquaponic system but it’s a good to take a virtual tour and see how these commercial systems differ from the DIY backyard aquaponic systems.   Here are some great video tours of commercial growers successfully leveraging aquaponics in profitable organic farms.   AquaRanch Industries Great video of Myles Harston from AquaRanch Industries growing tilapia and a wide variety of organic vegetables including lettuce, kale, chard, herbs, tomatoes, and hot peppers. It doesn’t go too deep into commercial aquaponics but does give a good high level overview of aquaponics and how they leverage it for commercial growing.   Commercial Aquaponic System at Pentair AES Quick overview of the commercial aquaponic system at Pentair AES.   A Day in the Life of a Commercial Aquaponics Grower Cool little video on a day in the life of a commercial aquaponics grower.   Murray visits the USA teaching Commercial Aquaponics Murray Hallam explains the integration of media and raft technologies provides better plant nutrient availability for your “Home” or “Aquaponics for Profit” system.   Aquaponics Association Farm Tour Three commercial aquaponic farms toured during the 2012 Aquaponics Association conference.   Green Acre Aquaponics Tour Tour of one Green...
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DIY Aquaponics System Design and Build

The best way to learn aquaponics is to start building your own DIY Aquaponics system. With a little ingenuity you’ll be able to utilize inexpensive stuff around the house to build a very small test system then scale up as you gain experience and confidence. Here are our favorite “do it yourself” aquaponics videos that should give you enough information to start building your own system!   IBC Tote Aquaponics System Design and Build Good detailed 30 minute video from ibcofaquaponics.com on the complete system design and buildout of an aquaponic system using an IBC tote using a minimal amount of tools.   3 IBC Tote Aquaponics System Build This video from Paul McHugh includes a great time lapse of the build plus a full walkthrough of the IBC tote design as well as challenges he faced during the construction. Also enjoyed the music to start it off!   Indoor Desktop DYI Aquaponics System Robert Brennan demonstrates how to build an inexpensive indoor aquaponic system using some inexpensive totes and supplies from around the house. This detailed video will walk you through the entire build and design process to start growing your own organic produce year round!   DIY Aquaponic System Barrel Grow Bed...
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What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a water-circulating, soil-less system.  The natural bacteria in the ecosystem converts waste from the fish to nutrients which is absorbed by the plants and removed from the water.  This growing method, scalable from small backyard gardens to large commercial systems, requires minimal water usage and no chemical fertilizers while providing organic produce and fish from the system. Still not clear?  Aquaponics is actually very simple but it may take a few times of explaining before it all syncs in.  Here are a handul of our favorite “Introduction to Aquaponics” videos that can explain it very well. Aquaponics Overview from Purdue University This is our favorite introduction of Aquaponics, the practice of combining fish farming and hydroponics, which was created by Purdue Extension, NOAA, & Sea Grant Illinois-Indiana. This video provides information on why aquaponics is important to our future food production as well as recommended practices and guidelines for starting a successful aquaponics operation.    Aquaponics Overview from Backyard Aquaponics Brief aquaponics introduction video from Backyard Aquaponics in Western Australia.  This is a great video to send to your friends, family and neighbors when they want to know what you...
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