Q: Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.Balcony-of-Coastline-Villa-5.1-4-weeks-later

A: I am from Hong Kong. I graduated in engineering in 1960 and after my return from U.S. I was first involved in manufacturing and later in stock and real estate investments. After my retirement over 20 years ago, I became interested in Bio-energetic and Informational Medicine because of my knowledge in energy. Unlike traditional medicine which is still bogged down in Newtonian physics and chemistry, this new medicine operates on quantum level. I found out that animals and plants can be treated with equal, if not more, effectiveness than human diseases. From my experience in investment, I am very much aware of the coming food crisis and the harm of modern farming practices to human health and their damage to ecology.

Q: How did you get interested in aquaponics?

A: Due to the lack of space in Hong Kong, I donated my first system that I ordered from Practical Aquaponics in Australia to a charitable organization who operates the Kadoorie Farm in the rural district in Hong Kong. Together we conducted 4 training workshops which were received with enthusiastic response. Several schools have already set up their own system in their school yards for education purpose. I recently got the Chinese University’s Institution of Chinese Medicine to experiment with growing herbal medicine at the Kadoorie Farm. In order to popularize aquaponics in Hong Kong, I decided to experiment with light weight systems that can be set up on balconies and rooftops.

Q: How are you currently working with aquaponics? Home setup, community greenhouse, etc.

A: At the moment I have 4 different variations of the flood and drain systems in operation plus one wicking bed on my balcony. One system is the traditional flood and drain grow bed with bell siphon. Instead of raising fish in the tank, I am trying to compost kitchen waste and brew a compost tea as the nutrient solution. Second is a custom made NFT/Flood & Drain hybrid system where each tube has a siphon but stacked up on a rack on a slope. Water is delivered by a pump in a sump located in the fish tank to the top tube and cascades down back to the fish tank which has an overflow into the sump. The water in the fish tank is therefore maintained at a constant level. The third comprises of two vertical ZipGrow Towers purchased from Bright Agrotech and the water is fed from the fish tank and drains back directly. The fourth system uses a timer that regulates the water level in a shallow grow bed where the expanded clay media is contained in each basket rather than filling the whole bed. This saves on the weight but due to the lack of depth root vegetables cannot be grown. A tiny aquarium pump is sufficient to deliver the water intermitantly. Thus I have 4 water pumps operating on 4 different systems. I could have used 2 instead of 4. But this tiny pump does not use too much power and electricity cost is not my concern.

Q: Tell us about your system. Geek out a bit and tell us all the specs.

A: I started with 18 koi two months ago and now have 14 koi and 4 bottom feeder. The nitrate level is very low. I might add more fish after the system stabilizes. Kale and lettuce are best but broccoli bears no flower. I am still waiting to see how daikon grows in the deep grow bed.

Q: What plants and fish have you had the best luck with? And the worst?

A: No more back aching labor. It is satisfying to watch the progress of growth and enjoy the fruit of my own effort. There is still much to learn about the nutrient requirement for each different specie.

Q: What do you like most about aquaponics? Least?

A: I think the misconception about aquaponics is that the fish water contains all the nutrients required by plants. The role of bacteria in plant growth is not fully understood.

Q: What do you think the biggest misconception about aquaponics is?

A: I think the misconception about aquaponics is that the fish water contains all the nutrients required by plants. The role of bacteria in plant growth is not fully understood.

Q: What are your future aquaponics goals?

A: I realize that aquaponics has not been applied on a large commercial scale as hydroponics which receives support from fertilizer industry. I believe with the application of quantum medicine, its productivity can be increased by disease prevention without antibiotics and pesticides. The healthy growth of fish, plants and most important of all the bacteria colony that makes everything work can be stimulated by beneficial information transmitted either through the water or by radionics. So far I have not seen any institutions of learning doing any meaningful research in this direction. Unfortunately I have no formal training in medicine, agriculture and computer science. I would like to assemble a team of experts to undertake serious research which requires funding from sponsors.

Q: What do your friends say when you show them your system for the first time?

A: They all think it is a great way to grow food but few are willing to devote their time to learn.

Q: What is your next big gear purchase going to be? What about your next small one?

A: I want to find out if my naturopath friend who introduced me to Information Medicine in Boulder Colorado who is also a backyard gardener is interested in aquaponics. If so, I shall be more than happy to give him a set of your system as a present in return for his contribution in Information Medicine.

I myself need more equipment in about a year’s time. It will be a light weight system making maximum use of vertical space.

Q: What’s the best recipe you’ve ever had/made, based around something you grew in your system?

A: I do not have any recipe at this moment.

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