The Complete Aquaponics Guide

Table of Contents
Preface ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
The Aquaponic Family Farm ………………..........……………………………………………………………………….

Section 1: Aquaponics and Business – The Basics

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Chapter 1: What is Aquaponics? …………….………………………………………………………………..………………
The Nitrogen Cycle ……………………………………………………………………………..……………………………….….
Water Quality and Sources ……………….………………………………………………………..,……………….…………….…
The Role of pH …………………….………………………………………………………………………………..………………………
The Numbers - Important Levels………………….…………….………………………………………….………………………
All About Cycling ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………….
Fishless Cycling ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Cycling with Fish …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Chapter 2: Business – Farm Business Basics
What you need to consider before becoming a farmer …………………………………………………………………
Understanding your market …………………………………………………………………………………………………...
Types of distribution channels………….………………………………………………………..,……………….…………….…
Can you sell your fish? ……….………………………………………………………………………………..………………….……
Legal Structures………………………………………….…………….………………………………………….………………….……
Zoning Regulations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………….

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Farm Session 1
Insect Control/Plant Care…………………….………………………………………………………………………………….
Water Quality/Testing ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Additions/Titrations . ……………………….…………………………………………………………………………………...
Fish Handling …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Section 2: System Design and Construction

Chapter 3: Aquaponics - Systems Design ………………………………………………………………………………….

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Media.... Component selection ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Inc.………………………………………………………………………………………………………. What is your USP? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Form a tribe …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Constructing the system………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Plumbing it all together…………………………………………………………………………………………………………...System Types – DWC.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 99 The Complete Aquaponics Guide © Copyright 2012 Green Acre Aquaponics.. Day to Day Operation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Weekly Operation and More ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Establishing your website ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… SEO Basics ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Combining system types………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Worms and Media………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Harvesting/Clean up/Storage ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 77 79 Section 3: Aquaponics – Operating the Farm Chapter 5 – Farm Management Essentials ……….... Vertical ……………………………………………………………………………. System Maintenance ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Build costs …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………… Stocking Densities …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Social media “advertising” ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Operational Costs and Overhead …………………………………………………………………………………………… 81 82 84 90 91 91 94 Chapter 6 – The Internet Farmer ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Business – Your Online Presence …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 75 75 76 76 77 Farm Session 2 Seeding/Planting…………. Water flow and pumps …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. NFT. The value of creating an email list and sending out newsletters ………………………………………... 36 38 41 43 47 64 70 70 71 74 Chapter 4: Business Marketing …………………………………………………………………………………………………... Blowers and diffusers ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………... All rights reserved. I’m a Farmer…Why do I need a website …………………………………………………………………………………. Page ii . Dissolved Oxygen …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 97 97 97 98 98 Farm Session 3 System Build …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Fish and Plants ….

. Construction Terminology ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Vendor/Supplier List ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Hybrid 9. Greenhouse Considerations …………………………………………………………………………………………………… Heating in the Winter ... Business – “Sell” is not a 4-letter word! …………………………………………………………………………………. Farm Bio-security and HACCP practices …………………………………………………………………………………. 118 118 134 135 161 163 Copyright Statement This material copyright 2012 by Green Acre Aquaponics. Page iii .. Green Acre Farm Expense Detail ……………………………………………………………………………………………. Gina Cavaliero and Tonya Penick. Copying or using portions of or excerpts from this material without express written permission from the authors is prohibited by law. All rights reserved. How to establish a CSA/Buying Club ………………………………………………………………………………………. Shade Factor ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. How to sell at Farmers Markets ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 103 103 107 108 109 110 110 Chapter 8 – You’ve Grown It.. Drilling Rafts ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 101 102 Section 4: Aquaponics – The Growing Environment Chapter 7 – Heating. Alternate Revenue Streams ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Cooling and Safe Practices …………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. But Can You Sell It? …………………………………………………………………….Construction Basics ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Construction Drawings/Details ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Inc. Approaching and Pricing for Restaurants ………………………………………………………………………………. The Complete Aquaponics Guide © Copyright 2012 Green Acre Aquaponics.2 Material List …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Cooling in the Summer ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 111 111 111 113 115 115 Appendices ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Lighting ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Gina Cavaliero and Tonya Penick Founders and Farmers Green Acre Aquaponics. Inc. we did it with a few goals and missions in mind. The demand was certainly here in our own community. It was nutritionally devoid and mass produced with genetic modifications to grow bigger..From the Preface…. we would only be able to supply our own community. but it was also very much elsewhere as well. we wanted to create a small family farm that just the two of us could operate. chemical free foods and they also desperately needed them at a reasonable price. Page iv . In addition to that. Realistically though. but with no consideration of the effect on those consuming it. The food being produced by big Ag could barely be considered food anymore. However if we taught others how to replicate what we do. They were sick of it and sickened by it and were demanding a change. The painting was actually named for the architecture of the window in the background. It became what we now call the Farm Revolution… A little aquaponic fun with the 1930 classic painting American Gothic by Grant Wood. Having come from the construction contracting world where our company employed a tremendous staff. they too could cater to their own community and slowly we could seed the resurgence of the family farm with aquaponics. All rights reserved. clean. we longed for a simple set up that could be managed by just two people willing to work hard. faster and pest resistant. chemical free. Inc. Graphics by Kim Leszczynki/Property of the Aquaponic Source It was undoubtedly time for a revolution. First and foremost. The Complete Aquaponics Guide © Copyright 2012 Green Acre Aquaponics. With a few hundred fish and nearly 4000 plants we began to etch a name in our community …. The Aquaponic Family Farm When we created the Green Acre Farm. better than organic food at a competitive price. Slowly people were waking up to what was happening to our food supply and our loss of food sovereignty. This awakening created a new demand and one that the aquaponic family farm could easily supply with locally grown. we recognized that local communities were craving locally grown. if we were going to stay true to our original vision of being a small family farm.

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