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The Story of AquaSprouts: Inspiring Aquaponics Education

Jack Ikard

The Story of AquaSprouts

Meet Jack Ikard. A young gentleman with a passion to feed minds and fuel curiosity with aquaponics. Jack was introduced to aquaponics by his environmental science teacher during his junior year of high […]

The Story of AquaSprouts: Inspiring Aquaponics Education2016-03-06T19:17:47-07:00

The top 10 reasons why your aquaponics system isn’t cycling

Establishing the nitrogen cycle, AKA ‘cycling’, can be the hardest part of aquaponics, in part because the activity is all invisible to the naked eye. Aquaponics cycling, however, is the most crucial and probably the most difficult part of aquaponics – but it really isn’t that hard if you can be patient! We hope that […]

The top 10 reasons why your aquaponics system isn’t cycling2019-05-20T09:26:05-06:00

Top 5 Edibles for Your Aquaponic Efforts

Top 5 Edibles for Your Aquaponic Efforts – Aquaponic Loving Edibles

Just how do some greens grow exceptionally well in aquaponics? Well, we’ll tell ya. Fish produce waste that contains ammonia, which is then converted into nitrates by two important nitrifying bacteria (Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira). Nitrosomonas bacteria create nitrites as a byproduct of their consumption of ammonia. […]

Top 5 Edibles for Your Aquaponic Efforts2019-05-19T20:03:19-06:00

The Effects of a UV Sterilizer on an Aquaponics System

by Joanne Bell, Grow Lab Manager, The Aquaponic Source

We had an unfortunate invasion of planktonic algae (floating microscopic plants) in one of our grow lab systems. Unlike other forms of algae that cling to surfaces, this type is free-floating in the water. In lakes and ponds, some planktonic algae is considered beneficial. But too much can […]

The Effects of a UV Sterilizer on an Aquaponics System2015-03-15T20:27:27-06:00

Grow Lab Update – Growing in Fabric Bags

If you’ve visited our grow lab anytime since last spring, you would have noticed that we have been doing a lot of experimenting with growing in fabric bags.  Our hypothesis was that they would be great for the following purposes:

potatoes in bag
Grow Lab Update – Growing in Fabric Bags2017-02-13T05:09:58-07:00

Aquaponics Fest 2014 – Post Fest Thoughts

After five months of planning, the first annual Aquaponics Fest weekend has now come and gone.  And what a weekend it was!  Over 250 aquaponics enthusiasts from all around the country, and from as far away as Japan, came together to learn from the experts and from each other, see some cool new products, and […]

Aquaponics Fest 2014 – Post Fest Thoughts2014-12-15T13:05:06-07:00

Aquaponics – Dual Root Zone

AquaDRThe idea behind this technique is to create a separate area in the top of the root zone where you can boost growth by adding fertilizer (organic, of course!) to the top roots of the plant in a way that doesn’t drain into the water for […]

Aquaponics – Dual Root Zone2019-05-20T06:37:58-06:00

Aquaponics Grow Lab Update – Aquaponic Elements

One of the main benefits of moving into our facility last year was that we finally have a grow lab.  Back when we were working out of the basement we would experiment with plants and products in our backyard greenhouse system.  The problem was that there was only one fish tank and all the water […]

Aquaponics Grow Lab Update – Aquaponic Elements2014-07-09T10:51:44-06:00

The Carbonates Controversy in Aquaponics

carbonates in aquaponicsLast May I wrote a post titled “pH and Water Hardness in Your Aquaponics System”. In that post, I explored the relationship between pH movement, alkalinity and KH or carbonate hardness.  Since then, there has been some swirling controversy about the use of […]

The Carbonates Controversy in Aquaponics2019-11-14T13:45:58-07:00