Jul 20

10 Tips for Beating the Summer Heat

Summer is an exciting growing season both inside and out – in the garden and the greenhouse.  The extended light and the rising temperatures bring both benefits and challenges to your aquaponic system. It’s important to note the changes the heat will bring and how it will impact your plants and fish. We have created a list of the […]

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Oct 13


Farewell From Sylvia

Alan, Sylvia, Tawnya and JD celebrating the transition

“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” – Bikram Choudhury At noon on October 9, 2015, we transferred ownership of The Aquaponic Source to JD and Tawnya Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics and Avolve, Inc.  While Alan and I will be around for a few […]

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Mar 15


The Effects of a UV Sterilizer on an Aquaponics System

uv sterilization effects aquaponics

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 […]

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Dec 02


Giving the Gift of Aquaponics

Wouldn’t it be fun to involve your grandchild, your parent, or your child’s teacher in this life-giving obsession we call aquaponics?  Sharing something you are passionate about with those you love (or in the case of the teacher those who are loved by those you love) is incredibly rewarding and affirming.  Plus, your gift will […]

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Nov 11

It’s been five years!

5th year anniversary photo

Five years ago today, I was sitting in our attorney’s office signing the documents that created the entity “The Aquaponic Source, Inc.” The idea was to create a company that served the aquaponic gardening community by sourcing and / or developing products and educational material the community needed to be successful. No one was doing […]

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Oct 28

Buyer Beware of the AquaShysters


Last Friday, Alan took a call from a woman who needed help salvaging the aquaponic system that she had hired someone to build for her. Her media grow beds leaked at the point where her siphons were installed, her siphon media guards allowed her media to pass right through, the custom grow bed tables were not […]

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Aug 24

Aquaponics Fest 2014 – Post Fest Thoughts

Aquaponics Fest

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 […]

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Jul 30


Aquaponics Grow Lab Update – Dual Root Zone


One of the experiments that we’ve been running lately was inspired by my friend, Vlad Jovanovich. I met Vlad through the Aquaponic Gardening Community site a few years ago, when he was still living in his home country of Serbia. He is a super smart guy with a love of aquaponics whose sense of curiosity […]

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Jun 02


Aquaponics Fest 2014

The Concept Aquaponics Fest 2014 on August 9 & 10 in Longmont, CO will be a fun, “grass roots” gathering for aquaponic gardeners, designed so that we can met each other, learn together, and share ideas.  While there are other Aquaponics conferences, they are mostly, or exclusively, focused on commercial farming and academic research.  They also […]

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May 05

Selling Aquaponics to Women

Are all you men out there listening? Let’s face it.  The typical aquaponics / hydroponics gardener is just like you.  My customer base is 75% male.  Why is that, especially given that gender is split evenly in outdoor, soil based gardening? As both a woman, and someone who has been designing hydroponic and aquaponic systems […]

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