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.
What is Aerobic mineralization you ask? It is a great way to increase the bio-availability of nutrients through the natural breakdown of fish waste removed from the filter. Check out our blog and video on Aerobic Mineralization to learn more.
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.
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.
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
❂ 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 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.