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Flourish Farm Aquaponic Systems2019-10-29T13:27:34-07:00

Farms For the Future of Our Planet

Flourish Aquaponic Farms™ are designed to raise fish and plants together in a practical, productive and ecologically balanced system. The high volume production of leafy greens, herbs, fruiting crops, and fish takes place in a recirculating system. The farms use a fraction of the water compared to traditional agriculture and can grow food continuously year round. Our farms are based upon years of experience, scientific principles and industry best practices.

We offer three standard farm models designed to fit common greenhouse dimensions. However, our farm systems are extremely modular and can be configured to best fit your goals, space, and budget. Visit our Services page to learn more about custom farm planning, design and financial planning services.  Take a Virtual Farm Tour to see our farms in 360!

Flourish Farm Model Systems

Farm Features

  • Two 300 gallon fish tanks
  • AST Polygeyser auto-backwashing filter
  • Five Aquabundance media beds (45 sq ft)
  • Growasis 8′ x 28′ Modular Raft System
  • Growasis 4′ x 24′ Elevated Raft System
  • Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen System 
  • Aerobic Mineralization tank 

See Components and Features section to learn more

Flourish Farm 23 x 40′ Production and Energy Estimates

Annual heads of common leafy greens based on different average culture times in DWC¹
DWC Info Media Beds Microgreens* Fish** Energy***
4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Total sq ft Total Planting Spaces²   Tomatoes³ (est. lbs) 10″ x 20″ Flats  Live Weight (lbs) Watts per hour
13,104 10,483 8,736 320  1,120 675 208 254 476

¹ Culture time represents the time from when the seedling is transplanted into the DWC trough to the time of harvest (not nursery time). Culture times can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors such as: available light, artificial light, water quality, quality of seedlings, environmental controls, management of plant rotations, pests and other factors. A realistic 10% loss rate has been factored in. ² Farms ship with 2×4′ Beaver Lettuce Rafts with 28 pre-drilled holes which equals 3.5 plants per sq ft. Specific planting densities can vary by species. ³ Media beds can produce a wide variety of crops. Tomatoes are shown for the sake of estimates. Assumes 3 plants per media bed with an average seasonal yield of 45 lbs per plant. *The nursery and microgreen system allows space for approximately 8 additional microgreen flats. Estimates assume an average 2 week seed to harvest time. **Based on Tilapia in a two tank rotation stocked at a maximum adult density of .6 lbs per gallon. ***Energy required for all water and air pumps required to operate the farm. Building electrical and heating systems not included. These estimates are for planning purposes only.  Results will vary in different climates and environments. The Aquaponic Source is not responsible for actual production levels, yields, product quality, financial performance, and other business and production factors related to the farm.

Farm Features

  • Three 300 gallon fish tanks
  • AST Polygeyser auto-backwashing filter
  • Five Aquabundance media beds (45 sq ft)
  • Two Growasis 8 x 40′ Raft Systems
  • One Growasis 2′ x 20′ Elevated Raft System
  • Two Growasis Vertical Nursery Systems
  • Aerobic Mineralization tank 

 See Components and Features section to learn more

Flourish Farm 30 x 52′ Production and Energy Estimates

Annual heads of common leafy greens based on different average culture times in DWC¹
DWC Info Media Beds Microgreens* Fish** Energy***
4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Total sq ft Total Planting Spaces²   Tomatoes³ (est. lbs) 10″ x 20″ Flats  Live Weight (lbs) Watts per hour
26,208 20,966 17,472 640  2,240 675 416 535 607

¹ Culture time represents the time from when the seedling is transplanted into the DWC trough to the time of harvest (not nursery time). Culture times can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors such as: available light, artificial light, water quality, quality of seedlings, environmental controls, management of plant rotations, pests and other factors. A realistic 10% loss rate has been factored in. ² Farms ship with 2×4′ Beaver Lettuce Rafts with 28 pre-drilled holes which equals 3.5 plants per sq ft. Specific planting densities can vary by species. ³ Media beds can produce a wide variety of crops. Tomatoes are shown for the sake of estimates. Assumes 3 plants per media bed with an average seasonal yield of 45 lbs per plant. *The nursery and microgreen system allows space for approximately 8 additional microgreen flats. Estimates assume an average 2 week seed to harvest time. **Based on Tilapia in a two tank rotation stocked at a maximum adult density of .6 lbs per gallon. ***Energy required for all water and air pumps required to operate the farm. Building electrical and heating systems not included. These estimates are for planning purposes only.  Results will vary in different climates and environments. The Aquaponic Source is not responsible for actual production levels, yields, product quality, financial performance, and other business and production factors related to the farm.

Farm Features

  • Four 500 gallon fish tanks
  • AST Polygeyser Auto-backwashing filtration
  • Eight Aquabundance media beds (72 sq ft)
  • Two Growasis 8′ x 80′ Raft Systems
  • One Growasis 2′ x 20′ Elevated Raft System
  • Three Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen Systems
  • Aerobic Mineralization tank 

 See our Components and Features section to learn more

Flourish Farm 30 x 96′ Production and Energy Estimates

Annual heads of common leafy greens based on different average culture times in DWC¹
DWC Info Media Beds Microgreens* Fish** Energy***
4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Total sq ft Total Planting Spaces²   Tomatoes³ (est. lbs) 10″ x 20″ Flats  Live Weight (lbs) Watts per hour
52,416 41,933 34,944 1320  4,480 1,080 624 867 930

¹ Culture time represents the time from when the seedling is transplanted into the DWC trough to the time of harvest (not nursery time). Culture times can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors such as: available light, artificial light, water quality, quality of seedlings, environmental controls, management of plant rotations, pests and other factors. A realistic 10% loss rate has been factored in. ² Farms ship with 2×4′ Beaver Lettuce Rafts with 28 pre-drilled holes which equals 3.5 plants per sq ft. Specific planting densities can vary by species. ³ Media beds can produce a wide variety of crops. Tomatoes are shown for the sake of estimates. Assumes 3 plants per media bed with an average seasonal yield of 45 lbs per plant. *The nursery and microgreen system allows space for approximately 8 additional microgreen flats. Estimates assume an average 2 week seed to harvest time. **Based on Tilapia in a two tank rotation stocked at a maximum adult density of .6 lbs per gallon. ***Energy required for all water and air pumps required to operate the farm. Building electrical and heating systems not included. These estimates are for planning purposes only.  Results will vary in different climates and environments. The Aquaponic Source is not responsible for actual production levels, yields, product quality, financial performance, and other business and production factors related to the farm.

Photo of 3D Computer Rendering for an aquaponic farm on a 23'x 40' footprint

Farm Features

  • Two 300 gallon fish tanks
  • AST Polygeyser auto-backwashing filter
  • Five Aquabundance media beds (45 sq ft)
  • Growasis 8′ x 28′ Modular Raft System
  • Growasis 4′ x 24′ Elevated Raft System
  • Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen System 
  • Aerobic Mineralization tank

Photo of production table for 23' x 40' farm

3D rendering of plan for a aquaponic farm on a 30' x 52' footprint

Farm Features

  • Three 300 gallon fish tanks
  • AST Polygeyser auto-backwashing filter
  • Five Aquabundance media beds (45 sq ft)
  • Two Growasis 8 x 40′ Raft Systems
  • One Growasis 2′ x 20′ Elevated Raft System
  • Two Growasis Vertical Nursery Systems
  • Aerobic Mineralization tank 

Photo of production table for 30' x 52' farm

Photo of 3D rendering of aquaponic farm on a 30' x 96' footprint

Farm Highlights

  • Four 500 gallon fish tanks
  • AST Polgeyser Auto-backwashing filter
  • Eight Aquabundance media beds (72 sq ft)
  • Two Growasis 8′ x 80′ Raft Systems
  • One Growasis 2′ x 20′ Elevated Raft System
  • Three Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen Systems
  • Aerobic Mineralization tank 

Photo of production table for 30' x 96' farm

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Flourish Farm Components & Features

Fish Tanks


Our fish tanks are made from extra thick, food safe, PE plastic designed to never bow. Fish windows are optional. Perfect for growing Tilapia, Koi, Catish, Hybrid striped bass, Carp, and many other fish species. Our farm systems incorporate multiple fish tanks using a staggered stocking method.

Each tank contains a specific age cohort of fish which allows them to receive the proper feed and nutrition they require. The staggered stocking method also allows for continuous production of fish for sale. Fish will grow up in the same tank their entire life cycle without having to be moved which reduces stress on the fish. As we say in class… Don’t stress out the fish!

AST Polygeyser Filters


Flourish Aquaponic Farms use AST Polygeyser filters designed for long-lasting, hands-off operation. The filters provide mechanical and biological filtration in a single unit occupying only 8 sq ft!  No media cleaning or replacement is necessary. The auto-pneumatic backwash limits the water loss to the removal of concentrated sludge. Sludge can then be manually or automatically removed and added to the aerobic mineralization tank for additional nutrient production.

Farm Decoupling


We design all of our farm-scale systems with the capability to “decouple” the fish system from the plant system.  In coupled mode, the fish water flows through the filtration system and out to the plant beds. However, there are times such as during startup when the fish population is too low to provide nutrients to the plants. In a decoupled mode, you can simply run the plant system independently with an organic nutrient solution. Decoupling allows you to get your plant production and business going right away while fish populations are increasing.  To learn many other important reasons for decoupling read our Aquaponic System Decoupling blog.

Growasis Modular Raft Systems


The primary method for plant production in our farm designs is floating raft or deep water culture (DWC). DWC has been proven for over 30 years in research and production farms as the most reliable and consistent way to grow a wide variety of crops at a commercial scale. Roots take up water, oxygen and nutrients below the raft while the plants grow above getting the greatest benefit of sunlight, proper spacing and airflow.

Our Growasis Modular Raft Systems include fully constructed metal framed troughs, liner, aeration, insulation paneling and Beaver Plastics 28 hole food grade raft boards. Seedlings in the nursery are started in compost friendly plugs that are designed to fit perfectly in the raft boards.

We utilize our Growasis Ground level raft systems for the main production troughs along with our waist high elevated troughs for convenient and “back friendly” transplanting and production. All of our systems are extremely scalable and can be designed to best fit your growing space and production goals.

Media Beds


Our farm designs can incorporate media beds to provide space for other crop varieties such as tomatoes, peppers, squash or even dwarf fruit trees. The media beds also contribute to the overall bacterial surface area and thermal mass in the system. Media beds also allow for the option to easily include Aquapouches which can be used for root crops such as carrots, potatoes, onions, and yams further increasing plant diversity in the farm.

Media beds come complete with powder coated metal frame (w/ optional light rack), grow beds, growing media, and all necessary plumbing to connect supply and return to the plant sump. Custom paneling options to connect to the frame are available in your choice of wood finish, paint, chalkboard or whiteboard (great for schools or writing notes).

Nursery and Transplanting


One of our favorite features of our Flourish Farm systems is the combination of our Growasis Elevated transplanting trough and the Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen System. Much of the work on the farm involves seeding, transplanting and harvesting.  Each vertical nursery allows for up to (16) 128 hole seedling trays (2,048 plants) in 8 total square feet.  Simply transplant your seedlings from the vertical nursery into the Growasis Elevated Trough.  The waist high elevated trough allows you to perform these activities at a comfortable height.

The size of the nursery and elevated transplanting trough is correlated to the size and anticipated production of your Growasis Modular Raft System. Additional space on the nursery decks not used for your seedling rotation can be used for production of microgreens or other early stage plants. 

Grow Lighting Solutions


Depending on your location, your farm may require artificial grow lighting to stay operational year-round. Our design team uses real location-based data to determine how much light your greenhouse will naturally receive, and tailors custom grow lighting solutions to provide the exact amount of light that your plants require. Using this method, we can ensure ideal growth rates without wasting extra money or electricity operating unnecessary lighting fixtures. We utilize the most advanced technology available today, using highly efficient, high-output LED fixtures, robotic moving systems, controllers, and light monitoring systems. Our team also works with a variety of lighting technologies, including LEDs, Ceramic Metal Halides, Fluorescents, and more to accommodate virtually any lighting application and budget. Electrical requirements, operating costs, and lighting schedules are all calculated by our team and provided with each grow lighting system.

Farm Supplies


Flourish Farms come complete with the startup supplies necessary to cycle the system and get growing right away.

❂ Cycling Supplies – Establishes proper bacteria levels to begin fish and plant production in the farm

❂ Fish Supplies – Stage 1 and 2 feed, fish nets

❂ Pest Management Products – We provide three different OMRI approved and aquaponic safe biologicals for use against common pests, fungus and plant diseases

❂ Nutrients and Adjusters – AquaUp pH Buffer formula, Chelated Iron, AquaDown, Espartan organic nutrient solution

❂ Growing Supplies – We provide enough Growtech 128 seedling plug trays for you to achieve approximately two full harvests for your farm  

❂ Water Quality – Master API test Kit, Hanna Iron and Alkalinity checkers, Prime Water Conditioner

Optional Components


❂ AquaHeat Natural Gas or Propane Heating System – The AquaHeat is a tankless hot water heater that circulates hot water through an inline heat exchanger. System water flows through the outer shell for contact with the internal stainless steel heating coils. The entire unit runs on 12VDC power supply or two DC batteries for continuous heat even during a power outage.

❂ Fish Quarantine and Purge System – The system allows for the observation and development of incoming fingerlings to help prevent the introduction of potential diseases to your main fish population. The system comes with (1 or 2) fish tanks, an Endurance 2000 autobackwashing filter, UV Filter, aeration, heater, pump and all plumbing components.

❂ Monitoring and Alert System – We strongly recommend an active monitoring and alert system. The stamdard system includes alerting for power outages, water and air temperature variations and flood conditions. The auto-dialer will call a list of programmed numbers until the alert is answered. There are several additional online and web related tracking and notification options available.  We will provide the right solution for your needs.

Fish Tanks


Our fish tanks are made from extra thick, food safe, PE plastic designed to never bow. Fish windows are optional. Perfect for growing Tilapia, Koi, Catish, Hybrid striped bass, Carp, and many other fish species. Our farm systems incorporate multiple fish tanks using a staggered stocking method.

Each tank contains a specific age cohort of fish which allows them to receive the proper feed and nutrition they require. The staggered stocking method

AST Endurance™ Filters


Flourish Aquaponic Farms use AST Endurance Series filters designed for long-lasting, hands-off operation. The filter provides mechanical and biological filtration in a single unit occupying only 8 sq ft!  No media cleaning or replacement is necessary. The auto-pneumatic backwash limits the water loss to the removal of concentrated sludge. Sludge can then be manually or automatically removed and added to the aerobic mineralization tank for additional nutrient production.

Farm Decoupling


We design all of our farm-scale systems with the capability to “decouple” the fish system from the plant system.  In coupled mode, the fish water flows through the filtration system and out to the plant beds. However, there are times such as during startup when the fish population is too low to provide nutrients to the plants. In a decoupled mode, you can simply run the plant system independently with an organic nutrient solution. Decoupling allows you to get your plant production and business going right away while fish populations are increasing.  To learn many other important reasons for decoupling read our Aquaponic System Decoupling blog.

Growasis Modular Raft Systems


The primary method for plant production in our farm designs is floating raft or deep water culture (DWC). DWC has been proven for over 30 years in research and production farms as the most reliable and consistent way to grow a wide variety of crops at a commercial scale. Roots take up water, oxygen, and nutrients below the raft while the plants grow above getting the greatest benefit of sunlight, proper spacing and airflow.

Our Growasis Modular Raft Systems include fully constructed metal framed troughs, liner, aeration, insulation paneling, and Beaver Plastics 28 hole food grade raft boards. Seedlings in the nursery are started in compost friendly plugs that are designed to fit perfectly in the raft boards.

We utilize our Growasis Ground level raft systems for the main production troughs along with our waist-high elevated troughs for convenient and “back-friendly” transplanting and production. All of our systems are extremely scalable and can be designed to best fit your growing space and production goals.

Media Beds


Our farm designs can incorporate media beds to provide space for other crop varieties such as tomatoes, peppers, squash or even dwarf fruit trees. The media beds also contribute to the overall bacterial surface area and thermal mass in the system. Media beds also allow for the option to easily include Aquapouches which can be used for root crops such as carrots, potatoes, onions, and yams further increasing plant diversity in the farm.

Media beds come complete with powder coated metal frame (w/ optional light rack), grow beds, growing media, and all necessary plumbing to connect supply and return to the plant sump. Custom paneling options to connect to the frame are available in your choice of wood finish, paint, chalkboard or whiteboard (great for schools or writing notes).

Nursery and Transplanting


One of our favorite features of our Flourish Farm systems is the combination of our Growasis Elevated transplanting trough and the Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen System. Much of the work on the farm involves seeding, transplanting, and harvesting.  Each vertical nursery allows for up to (16) 128 hole seedling trays (2,048 plants) in 8 total square feet.  Simply transplant your seedlings from the vertical nursery into the Growasis Elevated Trough.  The waist-high elevated trough allows you to perform these activities at a comfortable height.

The size of the nursery and elevated transplanting trough is correlated to the size and anticipated production of your Growasis Modular Raft System. Additional space on the nursery decks not used for your seedling rotation can be used for production of microgreens or other early stage plants. 

Farm Supplies


Flourish Farms come complete with the startup supplies necessary to cycle the system and get growing right away.

❂ Cycling Supplies – Establishes proper bacteria levels to begin fish and plant production in the farm

❂ Fish Supplies – Stage 1 and 2 feed, fish nets

❂ Pest Management Products – We provide three different OMRI approved and aquaponic safe biologicals for use against common pests, fungus and plant diseases

❂ Nutrients and Adjusters – AquaUp pH Buffer formula, Chelated Iron, AquaDown, Espartan organic nutrient solution

❂ Growing Supplies – We provide enough Growtech 128 seedling plug trays for you to achieve approximately two full harvests for your farm  

❂ Water Quality – Master API test Kit, Hanna Iron and Alkalinity checkers, Prime Water Conditioner

Optional Components


❂ AquaHeat Natural Gas or Propane Heating System – The AquaHeat is a tankless hot water heater that circulates hot water through an inline heat exchanger. System water flows through the outer shell for contact with the internal stainless steel heating coils. The entire unit runs on a 12VDC power supply or two DC batteries for continuous heat even during a power outage.

❂ Fish Quarantine and Purge System – The system allows for the observation and development of incoming fingerlings to help prevent the introduction of potential diseases to your main fish population. The system comes with (1 or 2) fish tanks, an Endurance 2000 auto-backwashing filter, UV Filter, aeration, heater, pump, and all plumbing components.

❂ Monitoring and Alert System – We strongly recommend an active monitoring and alert system. The standard system includes alerting for power outages, water, and air temperature variations and flood conditions. The auto-dialer will call a list of programmed numbers until the alert is answered. There are several additional online and web related tracking and notification options available.  We will provide the right solution for your needs.

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Flourish Farm Production and Cost Comparison2019-04-18T12:13:45-07:00

It’s time to take a closer look at how our Flourish Farm Aquaponic Systems match up with one of the most well known commercial aquaponic farm kit systems on the market.

When choosing a turnkey aquaponic farm, it’s important to make an apples to apples comparison of significant features and metrics. One of the most important factors is making sure your system is maximizing production in your space which is costing you money. If you are looking to turn a profit, maximizing plant production per sq ft of space is a critical factor. In our Flourish Farm Systems, we have selected components and designed the farms to give you a high level of production and the best chance of success.

In this comparison, we picked the closest system to our Flourish 30×96’ Farm from our competitors website based upon the listed greenhouse size, cost and production values. For a complete description of all of the features of our Flourish Aquaponic Farms, please download the Flourish Farm Overview document.

How Much Energy do the Farms Use?2019-01-03T11:37:31-07:00

Each farm utilizes a single main pump in normal operating mode running continuously. When running in decoupled mode the farm utilizes two pumps simultaneously. The energy estimates in the below are for water and air pumps required to run the farm. We offer options to heat the water using propane, natural gas or electric as well. Electric heat can be expensive and can significantly increase the energy footprint of the farm and not included in the estimates below. If you need to heat the water we generally recommend one of our propane or natural gas heating units. These units can be sized appropriately for each farm based upon the total water volume and expected temperature delta. Electrical estimates below also do not include greenhouse or building HVAC systems, lighting or other electrical equipment. 

Wattage estimates represent all pumps, aerators and controllers for each farm. Not all equipment runs simultaneously or 24/7 so your actual power consumption could be even less than what is shown below.

Flourish 23 x 40′ Farm = 476 watts

Flourish 30 x 52′ Farm = 607 watts

Flourish 30 x 96′ Farm =  930 watts

How do I choose an Aquaponics Company?2019-01-13T19:42:31-07:00

First of all we appreciate everyone, including our competitors, who is working to advance better ways of growing food and promoting aquaponics. We don’t disparage others in the industry and we encourage people to take as many classes and workshops as they can from reputable aquaponic companies.

However, we do advise people to do their research and make sure they are working with companies and consultants who have a proven and experienced track record. There are many important aspects of designing an ecologically balanced system to ensure consistent and successful long term operations. Companies should have a minimum of five years of experience operating farms as a business along with designing, building and supporting systems. Make sure they can demonstrate the successful completion of projects and provide customer references.

Make sure the company has the capability to manufacture and deliver a fully functioning system with all of the parts and equipment you need to build and operate the farm.

 

 

What’s Included with the Purchase of a Flourish Farm?2019-01-13T20:22:05-07:00

Here’s a comprehensive list of everything included with our Flourish Farm Systems

  • Fish Tanks (with optional window kits)
  • Tank platforms and cinder block supports
  • AST Endurance 4000 Series Filter(s)
  • Growasis Elevated Raft System for waist high transplanting and harvesting
  • All PVC pipe, fittings and valves (We purchase the PVC pipe for you locally to save on shipping) Other vendors charge you extra for the pipe and you have to pick it up
  • Growasis Modular Raft System(s) – Ground level, Elevated or Double Decker – All Growasis systems come with our easy to assemble metal framing system, insulation panels for underlayment and sidewalls, Duraskrim 20mm liner, aeration system and Food Grade Beaver Rafts Boards
  • Low Noise linear air pumps, air diffusers and air distribution tubing
  • Submersible mag drive pumps for main fish and plant system
  • Growasis Vertical Nursery and Microgreen System with shelving rack, LED lights, flood tables, nutrient reservoir, pump, aerator, timer and all plumbing components
  • Aerobic Mineralization Tank
  • Active carbon filter system with automatic water top off
  • AquaBundance Modular Media Bed system – Includes powder coated metal framing, grow beds, growing media, all plumbing components (light rack optional)
  • Clean-out valves with a hose hookup should you need to purge a major plumbing line
  • Industrial pipe covering ramp for plumbing that crosses the walkway or trench covers for below ground pipe trenches
  • Farm growing supplies so you have everything you need to get growing right away
  • Bluelab pH, EC, and Temperature monitor

 

How Much Money will I Make in Aquaponics?2019-06-18T15:32:17-07:00

It Depends… (You probably saw that one coming). There’s a lot to be said on this topic but here is one way of addressing the “it depends” answer. The following tables present a range of hypothetical production numbers, price points and the resulting potential gross revenue.  The second table lists several of the many factors that will influence those numbers. In order to achieve profitability in your farm you will have to manage these factors (and others) to ensure the best production and financial performance for your farm. In our Flourish Farm Business Course we spend a lot of time focusing and training farmers on how to manage these factors. 

Cells in dark green illustrate the wide range of potential revenues a farm can theoretically have based upon price vs. annual harvests. Average Culture Time represents the time from which the seedling was transplanted into the main DWC troughs to when it was harvested. One farm may be turning their product at a much faster rate than another farm and selling at a much higher price point. In other words, two identical farms can perform much differently depending on the variety of factors listed below. In general, your farm will likely perform somewhere in the middle of the range represented by the green cells. 

Please download our Flourish Farm Overview Document for more specific production details on each farm. You can also purchase and download our Farm Production and Financial Planning Tool to help create your own farm financial plans at any scale.

 

How do the Farms Work?2019-01-13T19:43:55-07:00

Water from the fish tanks feeds by gravity through the filtration system. Fish solid waste is captured in the filter and bacteria on the surface of the biofilter media convert toxic ammonia to nitrates. An aerobic digester tank allows solids that are removed from the filter to be further “mineralized” to maximize nutrient availability. These additional nutrients can be reintroduced to the system or used for other crops. Following the filter water flows into the dual sump system. The dual sumps can be connected or disconnected (discussed further in decoupling). Water is pumped back to the fish tank and also simultaneously to the plant systems. Water pumped to the plant systems returns back to the sumps. Low noise linear air pumps provide aeration to the fish and plant systems.

The recirculating nature of the farm allows for reuse of water and absorption of nutrients which are continuously being produced by the fish. No water needs to be discharged from the farm. Water will need to be topped off periodically due to natural losses from evapotranspiration which are detailed in the energy and water section of this document.

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Aquaponic Greenhouse Design


Custom home and farm scale turnkey aquaponic greenhouse solutions to fit your goals, space and budget.   

The Flourish Farm Course                   


Do you dream of running a large scale farm for your family or community or for profit?  The Flourish Farm Course covers all aspects of aquaponic farming and is an essential class to take before starting any aquaponic farming business. 

Financial and Production Planning


Putting pen to paper before making a big investment is always a good idea. We offer farm production and financial consulting services to help get you started. 

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