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The “Ultimate” Growing System #2

The “Ultimate” growing system is a significant shift from the traditional media grow bed commonly used in backyard aquaponics systems. The basic flood and drain media grow bed is limited in terms of the plants that it can support and (subject to the media...

Mythconception #10 – Water Replacement

Arguably, the biggest benefit afforded by aquaponics is its capacity to produce two crops – plants and fish – for the same amount of water that it took previously just to grow the plants. In their quest to persuade others of the water-wise qualities of...

Mythconception #9 – Grow Bed Cleaning

While this mythconception was debunked a long time ago, it still crops up from time to time.  As recently as 2011, a book was published in which the author states….. “A 12 inch (30cm) deep bed rarely or never needs to be cleaned out because the robust...

The “Ultimate” Growing System #1

The most popular plant growing system (among backyard aquaponicists) is the media grow bed. I have to say, however, that my relationship with media grow beds has been a bittersweet one. Coupled with dedicated mechanical and biological filtration, they’ve made...

Seagoing Aquaponics?

A few days ago, I happened across a newspaper report about some enterprising Chinese folk who plan to build a very large ship-based farm. Their project is named (not surprisingly) “FarmShip” – and it immediately captured my imagination. The same size as a...