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    Aquaponics

    Due to my climate not being particularly suited for plants I use frequently I've been toying with the idea of aquaponics. Through looking around different informational sites I've gotten the basic idea of how it works, but can't seem to dredge up a "how to" description of setting it up. More importantly, setting up on a budget. I've heard it can be done relatively cheaply with materials from Lowes.

    Anyone have experience with it and have tips/tricks/warnings for getting the system put together? Is there a preferred fish or would basic koi be sufficient? How do you set up the seeds? What material works best for the filter area? Is there a specific light needed like in hydroponics or is it just incandescent bulbs for heat? Can a hydroponics kit be converted to aquaponics?
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    Re: Aquaponics

    Those were the ones that confused me... hence asking for personal experiences and advice.
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    Re: Aquaponics

    Well, I was reading the sites (because I never heard of this and ITS SO COOL) and yes, goldfish and koi will work, but since part of the goal is also to grow edible fish, its not necessarily the best use of the system. It looks like channel catfish are one of the best choices. It will depend on your state however. Where I live we can keep native panfish and sportfish as "pets" but only if we have receipts for their purchase. Not that it stops people from taking some of their daily bag limit and putting it in the fish tank . . .

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    Re: Aquaponics

    That's interesting... would you keep frogs too? (they taste like chicken)
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    Nah, they taste like frogs. Not that its a bad thing.

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    Re: Aquaponics

    *Please delete - misread the OP*

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    Yes Rok ... You can use it to grow some killer bud ...

    As for the aquaponics ... Never did that but had a really killer outdoor pond setup years ago ... Had a 1500 gallon concrete in-ground pond with floating aquatic plants and koi ... There was a 5 foot high "mountain" at one end ... Water was pumped to the top of the mountain where there was a basin that held about 5 gallons ... Put a little fountain head there so the water got aerated ... Filled the basin with small smooth rocks and marbles ... Grew some nice chives in there ... I guess that is an aquaponics system ... Had over a dozen koi that were each over a foot long ...
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    Then the chief leaned back and smiled; "Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that."




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    Re: Aquaponics

    Quote Originally Posted by magusjinx View Post
    Yes Rok ... You can use it to grow some killer bud ...
    Not that it's any big surprise I got confused or anything I grow all of mine with hydro though...don't even know what aquaponics is (hence my request to delete the post )

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    Re: Aquaponics

    Quote Originally Posted by Rowanwood View Post
    Well, I was reading the sites (because I never heard of this and ITS SO COOL) and yes, goldfish and koi will work, but since part of the goal is also to grow edible fish, its not necessarily the best use of the system. It looks like channel catfish are one of the best choices. It will depend on your state however. Where I live we can keep native panfish and sportfish as "pets" but only if we have receipts for their purchase. Not that it stops people from taking some of their daily bag limit and putting it in the fish tank . . .
    I'll have to look into the state laws on fishing, something I haven't done since moving here. Ocean catches may be a bit harder to keep without working with the tank more, I don't know much about fish keeping but I'm sure it's different than the set up for betas (which is the extent of my fish keeping knowledge lol). Maybe can check with the chinese markets that fresh kill and fry muahaha

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    And yes may apply the system to growing medicinal pot plants for the raw juicing disease killing diet. Heat apparently kills the beneficial cannibinoids so raw is needed but apparently can reverse a lot of rare diseases.... idk though can't find hardcore research on it, just a few random reports... If nothing else works to help my immune condition I may get my card and try that. But for now I have a doc trying to fix it with pills and poss nuclear treatments when the nutritional therapy pretty much only symptom managed.
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