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Putting Fish to Sleep – 5 things you must do

I hope this is not something you ever have to do at home.  In a commercial farm knocking the fish out is fairly common however we use the APVMA approved chemical Aqui-S.  Handling fish in any way is stressful to …

Members Notice – Communication

Folks, when you have questions about an article, no matter how silly you think it is or how technical it is, please use the reply button at the bottom of the article you are talking about.  This will allow me …

Aquaponic Media Bed – 7 Tips to Prevent Disaster

The nitrogen cycle is often referenced when starting up an aquaponic system where bacteria convert fish metabolic wastes (ammonia) to plant food (nitrate).  Is it really a cycle where the nitrogen is recirculated with in the engineered eco system we …

Flow Rates in Aquaculture Systems Design

Breaking aquaculture systems design down to the basic needs helps you understand how they work and what is required for all of the organisms in it.  Water flow rates are generally the control for the all support systems.  The four …

Aquaculture Handy Rules of Thumb

I have a free webinar coming up “Aquaculture Design Simplified” and while putting that together, this handy rules of thumb for the design was the result.  There are at least 100 caveats applied to it but the results come very …

Economy of Scale – Commercial Aquaponics

During an interview last week I was asked, what was the biggest mistake people getting into commercial aquaponics make.  My first response jokingly was “getting into aquaponics”.  I reinforced that view with a number of skill sets a commercial grower …

Solids Management in Aquaponics

It is crazy to think the solids you are removing from your fish system might be going to waste, when in reality they are not with management of solids in aquaponics.  You could be using them elsewhere in your flourishing …

Selecting your fish

One of the critical and integral parts of designing commercial aquaculture or integrated aqua systems is the selection of the right fish.  Often clients will have a goal in mind eg: grow 100 ton of fish per year.  This is …

Commercial Trial Integrated Aquaculture “Aquaponics”

Mr Tony Bart, an Aquaculture Lecturer with Challenger Institute of Technology, together with Bruce Ginbey, the Production Manager at the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research and Peter Graham, a horticultural Lecturer have built and operated a successful commercial trial …

Balancing Water Use in Integrated Aquaculture

To many, aquaponics may look like it uses less water.  The reality is, this method of farming can be best described as growing more crop with the same drop.  In most cases this can be represented as 20% to 25% …

Plumbing Aquaculture Tanks

There are so many ways plumbing aquaculture tanks to make improvements on their ability to remove solids and provide an homogeneous mix of water and all of them will work to different degrees.  The primary consideration for plumbing in any …

Hybrid Aquaponics – Right or Wrong

Over the last few years I have watched “hybrid” aquaponic designs attempt to take a foot hold in commercial aquaponics.  However, all of the application to date have been hobby operations.  A hybrid, for want of a better description, is …

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