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Aquaponics Farm Grows Vegetables without Fish

Aquaponics Farm Grows Vegetables without Fish

Alright! This is John Kohler with, today we have another exciting episode for
you and I’m on another field trip, and this one’s going to be one of the most amazing
videos I’ve ever made about aquaponics ever. Where we’re at today, we’re here in Austin,
Texas at Austin Aquaponics, and as you guys can see it doesn’t look like much from the
outside which is basically two big greenhouses where they can control the temperature to
allow them to grow things where they maybe normally couldn’t, you know both in the
summer and also the winter. I mean it’s currently the winter time right here in Austin,
and they still got basil plants living inside producing, and this is completely amazing.
So Rob Nash has been into aquaponics for over 10 years now and he’s in my opinion one
of the innovators and leaders in the whole field, he does so many experiments, he’s
not like some PhD dude, but he’s down here in the trenches. He’s so busy that I’m
here in Austin for a week, and this is the only time for a small window of time that
he can even see me. So it’s like I’m completely happy to be here, and more importantly amazed
and excited to share with you guys what Rob is growing inside and how he’s doing it
because he’s doing it differently than anybody else in aquaponics that I’ve ever seen.
So anyways let’s head inside to the greenhouses and show you guys what’s growing on.
So now I’m going to head into just one of the two greenhouses that they have here at
Austin Aquaponics, and it looks like to me they basically got a whole bunch of different
systems growing on because whether you’re gardening in soil, whether you’re growing
in aquaponics, there’s always a system that you need to set up and properly follow, otherwise
you’re not going to be successful. So it looks like they got to me some deep water
culture aquaponics, basically also some stuff growing in some media, some gravel, they got
a little area for seed starting, they also got wow man, some wicking beds. I know this
is going to be simply amazing. So let’s go ahead and share with you guys how the aquaponics
works here, because it works a little bit differently than many places I’ve visited.
So now we’re in a climate-controlled portion of the greenhouse that contains the two large
fish tanks. Now you guys can’t see the fish, but I can. There’s a bunch of tilapia down
in here, and for many people in aquaponics, fish are the driving force that makes the
aquaponics happen. Well, this may or may not be true because one of the things Rob is doing,
he’s doing literally fishless aquaponics, and you’re going to have to stay tuned for
a little bit longer in the video for that part of this, but in this area he does have
the fish where he is growing them and feeding them, and then of course aquaponics how it
works is you feed the fish, they make the pish – the fish poop and the fish pee, and
then that fish poo and pee is then sent out to the plants in a few different ways, and
it is filtered through bio filtering or through natural bacteria, fungi, earthworms, and different
creatures that basically turn that into nutrients for the plants. So I guess the fish aren’t
too exciting because they kind of blend into the water here, let’s go out and take a
look at some of the plants he’s growing. So after the fish poo and pee in the water,
the water is then sent into these gravel beds. And these beds are huge, this one actually
still contains basil here in the winter time in Austin. They’re still growing, he’s
growing the Genovese basil that makes nice large leaves, and the customers like. And
they grow particularly well in the system here. And one of the cool things is basically
all this media here, the rocks, is the filter for the fish poo and pee. It comes out here
it gets filtered in here, there’s different bacteria and creatures in here that basically
are digesting the fish poo and pee and turning it into plant food. I mean that is the secret
of aquaponics. And so once it goes through these four beds, it then goes into the float
and raft system, where he’s growing the lettuce. So hey, I think they’re working
over there today, so let’s go ahead and check out and see what they’re doing.
So now I want to share with you guys another area of the grow here, and it’s basically
the raft system, so you know you guys saw the system in the rocks and all that, but
beyond that they have a whole soilless system just in rafts, and they’re growing tons
of beautiful lettuce here. What they’re doing today, they’ve got Mark Williamson
who’s actually one of the team members here at Austin Aquaponics, he’s actually taking
the butter crunch lettuce here that’s really planted tightly, and because these guys get
so big they’ve actually got to move them over into the new raft and space them out
and leave some holes so that they could actually grow bigger to market size. So what I want
to do next actually is show you guys some of the rootage on this plants and how healthy
they’re growing. So now we’re looking at the deep water culture
here at Austin Aquaponics, and this is completely amazing. I mean Rob has so many tricks of
the trade to literally maximize production. You know you guys just saw Mark dividing the
plants and basically in these rafts here made by Cleverponics which are really cool, I like
it a lot because they’re pre-made. They’re UV stabilized with planting holes every four
inches. And you guys can see, check out the rootage, man these guys are some healthy roots.
What Rob does, right when he plants and transplants the initial lettuces, he plants using every
single hole, and this is not normally done. What’s normally done is they basically use
every other hole because the plant’s going to get large. So what he does, right when
he plants them he uses every hole, and as they get bigger, when they’re going to start
crowding each other out, then he pulls ones out to leave spacing in between, and that’s
what Mark was doing. This increases his production by 35% instead of just spacing them more far
apart. This is one concept I wish I could use in my own raised bed garden because in
a raised bed garden, you can’t really move plants once they’re planted. But what you
could do in a raised bed garden when you do plant your lettuce, interplant them with something
like radishes that will grow pretty quick and be done by the time the lettuce gets large.
So I know what you guys might be wondering “John, okay we saw the fish, we saw the
gravel beds, we saw the water culture beds where they’re growing the lettuce but, where
do the plants come from?” Well he actually gets the organic seeds and starts everything
from seed here that is produced, and he gets the high mowing seeds that are organic, and
then basically he starts the seeds in the flats under the lights that we’re looking
at here, and these guys are growing, and let’s take a look—wow check out these roots man,
looking really nice. He grows them in here for a little bit under the lights, and then
when they’re big enough he takes them outside into a flood and drain bed, where they’re
basically fed the fish water that’s been filtered before they get transplanted out
into the beds outside. So let’s take a look at that set-up next.
So here’s a flood and drain bed that he actually uses to basically grow the plants
out larger before transplanting them into the other gravel bed or the float bed, and
they look all pretty good. Now I want to stop here, you know he does use organic seed and
uses organic growing practices here, but is not certified organic. I think certified organic
for the most part is a sham because you never know what the farmer’s doing, and there’s
certain rules in organic agriculture that I definitely do not agree with. That being
said, at least it is some kind of standard to know how your food is produced. Even better
than knowing how your food is produced is of course to produce it yourself, and that’s
why I think that growing your own food, getting your own aquaponics set-up is the best thing
to do to all because then you know exactly what is sprayed, what is used on the food.
So actually what I want to do next because there’s a common misconception that “Oh
if you just have the fish, and you’ve got the gravel beds you’ve got the plants that’s
everything you need.” Well let me tell you, you know his style of aquaponics is different
than others. He has a more model like I do with my soil garden. He really enriches the
beds here, the growing media for the plants to give them all the different nutrients they
need. He has bunches of different things that he uses in addition to the fish, and sometimes
without the fish to get everything to grow and look as great as they do. So let’s go
ahead over to his secret bunker and share with you guys some of the organic-approved
nutrients that he uses that I would definitely approve of.
Alright so now we’re looking at just one of the many areas that he has all the different
nutrients, or some of the different nutrients he uses. I mean he has nutrients all over
in different locations for different beds and he’s always experimenting and doing
something a little bit different so that he can learn and grow as a farmer, and more importantly
also as someone who teaches this stuff to you guys. And I want to encourage you guys
out there to you know, when you garden, don’t just garden as like “Oh yeah John showed
me this and that’s what I’m going to do.” Well I mean that’s a good starting point,
but I always want to encourage you guys to have a child-like mind and always experiment,
“Well hey what if I did it like this, it might be better.” Or of course it might
be worse, but if you don’t try you’re never going to learn. So he uses lots of different
nutrients, experiments with some, has some steady ones that he uses all the time, and
I don’t know which one of these is experimental or non-experimental or which ones are tried
and true. I know he does like the Actinovate, and another one the Actino Iron, and these
are armory listed. He uses organic inputs. Oh another line that he’s using that he’s
really into, and you’ll learn more about this in a little bit is the Omna Essential
Raw. And this is basically the soybean aminos that’s a nitrogen source. He also of course
has kelp and the general organic line Bio Seaweed. Of course the Earth Juice, I mean
we could go down all the different natural products, [inaudible] acid, and besides being
able to use these in a water based system like he is, of course you could also use these
in a soil-based system. He also has of course the Compost Tea activator because he’s actually
brewing his own compost tea that actually we’ll look at next. Of course neem oil which
is an organic way to control the pests which I have a really good episode on. Biomin, all
different kinds of stuff here man, Grower’s Secret, I mean I could just go down all these
different things he’s using, you know I don’t want to waste your guys’ time. Oh
another cool thing that he uses here that I’m really into is, he’s also really into
the trace minerals. When I come and visit a farm or see a grower using the trace minerals,
I know they know their stuff, because it’s very important besides just the NPK that’s
in standard fertilizer bags is to get the trace minerals in your garden guys. He’s
got the Sea 90 product here which is like a food grade salt. It’s quite salty. And
he uses this to get his plants up to 90 different trace minerals. Besides just the sea salt
product he’s using here, he also adds rock dust and rock powders which are a very critical
component to his grow operation, that’s why I believe some of his plants look like
the healthiest plants that I’ve ever seen at any aquaponic farm I’ve visited. I mean,
I’ve visited plenty of aquaponics farms where things are kind of like stunted growth,
the leaves aren’t green enough, the plants are stressed out, they’re not happy, they’re
growing small, but this is the complete opposite. If you want to know the best, I mean Rob Nash,
he’s doing it the right way. So yeah, one of the right things he’s doing because he
has, I mean it’s not just one thing or another thing that he’s doing to make his style
right, it’s all the different things he’s learned over the years and he basically does
this, does this, and there’s so many different intricacies that if I spent a week here, I
might start beginning to learn. But one of them I’m confident can help you guys out
whether you’re growing aquaponically or whether you have a soil-based garden, it’s
the compost tea, so let me show you guys his new and innovative compost tea vortex brewer
using a 15 gallon bucket he came up with. What we’re looking at now is the compost
tea bucket. You guys can see it’s like bubbling up in there. And simply this is a 15 gallon
bucket, and actually until today I didn’t know they had 15 gallon buckets, I guess chlorine
originally came in this, and he washed it very well before using it, because chlorine
and microbes, they don’t mix. It’s kind of like oil and water right? Anyways what
he’s done is he’s got an Active Aqua pump here, my favorite brand of pump to use myself
in my own compost tea brewing. He’s basically got a hole in the bottom of this bucket here
that basically has the water going into the tube, the PVC tube. And this is basically
a lift pump where he’s pumping in the water. And if you guys look, I mean there’s a lot
of water bubbles coming out in there to brew his tea. Now he doesn’t mess around with
any kind of tea bags or anything he just puts all the mixture, which is very rich in the
worm castings, to brew in there, and then he’ll spread this out into his garden amongst
his growth as needed to enhance the plant growth. Now the main reason for the compost
tea is not necessarily for the nutrients in the tea, but is for the microbes. He is literally
breeding microbes, whether he’s breeding them in a compost tea or using a bottled product
that contains plenty of microbes, because it’s the microbes are the driving force,
whether you’ve got a soil system, or whether you’ve got a system like he’s doing here
with the aquaponics. So before I show you guys the aquaponics without
the fish, I want to really stop here and share with you guys some of the different soil supplements
that he uses, because it is so important for successful growth whether you’re growing
in an aquaponic system, a soil system like I do, or even a hydro system. Some of these
nutrients can be used even in a hydro system. And of course, one of the basises of my gardening
style and apparently of Rob’s too is the worm castings, he has some organic worm castings.
I mean the worm castings literally provide the fire to break down the nutrients and make
them available for the plants. So he uses plenty of worm castings, he has a lot of different
diverse mineral supplementation with different levels of both macro and micro and trace minerals,
which is super-critical for your gardening style, I mean he really likes to focus on
this when he teaches classes, and what I try to focus on too, because most people are not
focusing on trace minerals, and he, like me, likes to use varied sources, and not just
one rock dust powder, he uses all different kinds, because every different kind, and we
mix them in small amounts, can provide something different to your plant, feed a certain different
kind of microbe that might not like a different kind of mineral right? And we need this biodiversity
in minerals and also the microbes to really feed our soil. So he’s got things like the
crab shells here, he’s got this stuff called Humagro Natural Soil Conditioner natural humase,
he’s got, of course we’re in Texas he’s got the Texas green sand, not the stuff from
New Jersey. He’s got this other stuff called the Yum Yum mix which is really cool, it’s
got things like alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal, green sand, kelp meal, rock dust, rock phosphate,
humate, dry molasses, I mean this pretty much looks almost just like a compost tea, all
you’ve got to do do is add the worm castings. Never seen that before. He’s got the Mineral
Plus by Soil Mender. He’s got some Soil Pomeg, he’s got the Actino Iron, really
good product to use in your aquaponic system. He’s got an organicide garden spray, this
is an organic certified garden spray for insects. I personally like the neem stuff better. And
most importantly for you guys that have aquaponics systems or even hydro systems, this stuff
above all the other products is what I’d recommend. This provides the microbes in your
hydroponic system that may be lacking. It says aquaponic-safe, hydro or soil. Contains
endo and ecto fungi as well as plenty of different bacteria. This is a component that is missing
from most gardening styles. Whether you get a liquid that you can use, like this in your
water-based system, or whether you get some dry powder like I use and like Rob also uses,
or whether you’re getting some of that from the earthworms, I think supplementing the
microbes, in addition to supplementing the trace minerals, are super critical. So I guess
with that, let’s go ahead and take a look at this fishless aquaponics system he’s
doing. So now we’re looking at the fishless aquaponic
system, I mean this to me also is the future of farming. You know we don’t really need
fish in an aquaponic system right? Fish are like an intermediary step. They’re really
not required, but they’re so like given like they’re God-like in the aquaponic system.
You don’t really even need them if you do it properly like he’s doing here. As you
guys can see behind me he’s got plenty of nice delicious Swiss chard growing and some
dinosaur kale that’s topping at two to three feet. And yes, I just showed you guys the
clip of all the minerals and microbes that he uses, and those are the true driving forces
in a system like this. And how this happened for Rob, because I can show you guys in this
little tank here, there’s no fish! What happened to the fish? So what happened to
him is what might happen to many of you guys right? He’s got tilapia, they’re cold-sensitive,
there’s a cold snap, he lost his fish, but meanwhile he has all these vegetables growing
in the bed. But now your source of fertilizer is poof! It’s gone, your fish are floating
man, they’re not making any more nutrients for you guys, what do you do? You can’t
get large-sized tilapia in bulk mass quickly to repopulate your fertilizer source, what
do you do? So he actually had to sit down and say “Crap, what do I do?” And so he
had to figure out, well why do we even need the fish in the first place? So what drives
this system in here is completely worm poo or worm castings instead of fish poo. And
as you guys can see, it’s working amazing. And he’s had to supplement some of the other
natural organic ingredients that he uses in his whole garden style, but it’s working
amazing. And so what if we could do aquaponics without fish? Well you don’t need to no
longer ask yourself “What if we could do it?” because it can be done, and Rob Nash
knows how. So I mean, this is a commercial production farm. He charges three bucks a
head for his lettuce, he charges top dollar for his top quality produce, and that’s
something also very important to me. You know I don’t mind paying for top quality stuff
like they’re growing here at Austin Aquaponics, but I do mind buying expensive stuff that’s
not top quality, because most farmers are simply just not doing the practices it takes
to do this. And as much as I like that I’ve shared with you guys how he’s growing commercially,
he also has besides his commercial side of the business, he also has a whole side of
his business where he educates and sets people up in the local area, gives classes for people
that want to grow at home like you and me. And so what we’re going to do next is actually
go up to his home, where actually he has some demonstration set-ups for a system that you
could build on a much smaller scale, and also he gives classes here. So let’s go ahead
go up top and share more information about that.
So now we’re up top right next to Rob’s home where he lives, and actually what we’re
looking at now is a little classroom area because every two to three weeks he gives
a class here that you can come and attend and learn the wealth of the knowledge you
know, and how to apply the knowledge that he has learned commercially in a home environment.
So he just has like 10, 15, 20, 30 people here giving a little class, and he gave an
intro class which he often gives, and he’s just kind of explaining to me the two set-ups
so you guys can see off to the side of the picture, you know there’s like a lot of
different ways to do aquaponics right? They got just two stock tanks, maybe about $120
worth of stock tanks, drill a couple of holes and you’ve got an instant system that you
can start growing food in, or if you want to spend a little bit more money and have
it a little bit more nicer looking, you can get a similar system, line it with wood and
a pond liner, and have a system that looks a lot better but it’s going to cost you
more and maybe involves some more labor. Now that’s really cool, I’ve learned a lot
of cool things here today about the aquaponics and more importantly, the bioponics which
I’m super-interested in. Oh and what I want to show you guys next actually his little
personal grow area, yeah no, there’ s none of that kind of stuff growing here, but his
little personal grow area where he actually has some of the kits and demonstrates the
kits that he makes available to people in the local area that he’ll actually set up,
but more importantly also makes information available online so that you can build your
own kit to glean 10 years of knowledge from Rob since he’s been doing it that long.
So let’s go ahead, go over to his personal grow and check out a little bit of what he’s
growing. So what we’re looking at now is Rob’s
personal own little grow area here where he has some, uses it for demonstration but also
grows some of his own food, and one of the cool things that he talked to me about was
that he sets up one of these 4×10 or 4×8 foot beds with basically one of each plant, you
know a tomato, a basil, a pepper and some greens, all this kind of stuff so that a person
coming here that just literally wants to just grow some food, know where their food comes
from, can set up just one little system and of all the different plants they need to literally
feast on and to eat out of their own garden. So in this area he has the demonstration 350
gallon, 150 gallon set-ups to demonstrate what he can install, also to show how you
can actually make it yourself. He also has other little systems just as demonstrations,
and besides just growing the vegetables which is most commonly talked about in the aquaponics,
you can also grow things like trees and grapevines, so you got some grapevines there that are
two years old now that are doing quite well, he’s going to be growing some blueberries
in this same fashion through a mixture of bioponics, aquaponics or even hydroponics
and he intermixes what he does in each different set I’m like “Hey, what do you do in this
set-up?” He’s like “Well you know I’m going to use the fish water from there, and
then I’m going to add some additional nutrients up top,” and man, the dude’s really into
this stuff. So actually I’m really excited about the next part of this episode for you
guys, because I’m going to get to sit down with Rob, the creator, the master grower here,
and we’re going to basically pick his brain a little bit for a little bit of time, little
bit of time I’ve got left here, and share that information with you guys, so actually
let’s go ahead and head back down and talk to Rob.
So now we’re with Rob Nash, the master grower here that made all this happen. I mean he’s
been growing for over ten years now with the aquaponics, and he knows more than probably
anybody I’ve ever visited, and his place, as I mentioned in the video looks better than
any other aquaponics set-up I’ve ever visited to date. And we want to pick his brain a little
bit, I don’t have a lot of time today, and maybe I’ll be able to come back at another
point. So Rob, I want to talk more with you about the fishless aquaponics, I guess you’re
calling it bioponics you know, so I guess an aquaponic system is bioponic, but a bioponic
system isn’t always aquaponic. Can you tell us more about this?
Yeah that’s right. Our first effort with this was starting when we had lost a bunch
of fish, and we wanted to see how far we could keep this system going without fish. We started
adding supplements, different forms of nitrogen and found that the compost tea and the liquid
seaweeds and some of the other granular supplements in the beds seemed to do all we needed. And
so when we got around to building this last corner here, we decided to try it without
fish entirely, and we’re going on our tenth or eleventh month now that it’s never had
fish, live gravel or live water, and so far it’s some of the happiest plants we’ve
ever grown, and so I think this might be something you see a lot more of here at our farm.
So how could somebody learn more about this if they got a fish system they lost their
fish or whether they just don’t even want to deal with the fish in the first place?
You know there’s a lot to it, and without going into a how-to video, I would say that
I like your videos because you always talk about the supplements and whatever in the
gravel. Otherwise you’re welcome if you make it into Austin or if you’re in the
area come and join us for a Saturday class, we do a lot of intro classes and we do our
how-to aquaponics as well as the bioponics and a compost tea class as well.
Yeah I definitely would recommend any classes in the area. So Rob I know besides just running
your farm you have some kits available for people that don’t want to build their own
in the Austin area, but you could also ship some parts in a box and then they could go
to their local Home Depot and have some plans to build their own system based on your proven
successful model right? How could somebody do that?
Yeah, that is, when we do our classes and our how-to that’s on our website we have
a 150 gallon system and a 300 gallon system and those are both the same handout that would
come in the class if you were to join us for one of our classes. And like you said, every
bit of it except for the hydroponic parts, the pumps, the air stones and the air pump
are all sold from either a Home Depot or any other hardware store. So with that and a trip
to a hydroponic shop, you would have everything you need, and if you have a hard time sourcing
those materials we actually sell the parts kits for the AP 150 and the 300 gallon system
so if you need to, you can just email us and we’ll send you that parts kit to accompany
the hardware stuff. Awesome, awesome. Yeah, so I mean you guys
could literally build one of these systems, you got a standard hardware store no matter
where you are in the world, I mean I think that’s great, and then you could use it
fish or fishless, right? That’s right.
That’s awesome. So I mean I always recommend for you guys, because to me, and maybe Rob
would agree while asking this question, I always believe that a raised bed garden, supplementing
the soil with minerals and microbes and all this stuff is way easier than doing an aquaponic
or even aquaponics without the fish, would you agree with that?
Absolutely, and I like to make it clear to most folks, although I’m a diehard aquapon,
and I’ll probably have fish until I can’t stand up, I don’t consider aquaponics the
end-all be-all to commercial food production. I really like what a wicking bed offers. But
they’re really good for rooted crops and other stuff, but you really can’t beat the
vigor that you get from an aquaponic system for your leafy greens. And so I think it really
just shows that each methodology is better suited for a particular plant type, and I
think it’s best to have a little bit of everything.
I totally agree, diversity in the minerals, diversity in the microbes and diversity in
your growing systems, because one system grows out literally, you’re going to have a back-up
system in place so you can continue to grow some food. So I mean and the other thing I
really want to talk to you today about Rob is the microbes and the minerals really that
you really—which are the supplements that you add to your garden. Can you share some
more knowledge and insight on this because this is something that I’m super passionate
about. I think just like you, I was really looking
into what makes food superfood, and realizing that aquaponics is a great way to supplement
nitrogen. There’s a few things that are lacking. You can get a fruiting plant to fruit,
but you won’t see its maximum potential without adding some potassium and phosphorus
or whatever. And then looking into how to supplement the soils in even an aquaponic
system, I realized there was a lot of these things could be enhanced or increased, and
so we just started shopping around, seeing what our options were, and the more we researched
about soil microbiology, the more we learned that all of this system, even the biology
that the aquaponics relies on to create nitrogen, benefits from these other microbial foods
if you will, citric acids and sea kelps and all that. And so we realized that by supplementing
our system to make the plants do what we want them to do, we actually wind up with a better
food in the end. And when we explain that to our customers and the folks especially
that have been to our class and they see all the trouble we go through to supplement this,
they realize quickly that that’s the food they want to be buying or growing for themselves,
and it’s not just buy some seeds and hope for the best with that bag of soil you bought,
but by supplementing the stuff, you know you’re going to get the vitamin content that you’re
looking for that even got you headed down this path in the first place.
Wow, wow. I mean I totally agree with that, I’ve had a great time here at Austin Aquaponics.
If you live in the area and are not growing you food, I definitely recommend seeing him
at the Farmer’s Market to get some of the highest quality stuff I’ve ever seen here
in Austin. And if you don’t live here, you can check out and learn more about him at to learn about the classes and the kits and all this kind of stuff. And
you know, Rob I hope to be able to come back another day, thank you for having me out today,
I got to run and pick up my girlfriend who I’m late for, but yeah I’ve really enjoyed
my time and really would love to show more of the different cool things that you’re
teaching and learning here yourself. Well that’s great, and it was a real honor
having you here today, I love what you do and I just say keep doing more of it, and
if you are in town again I’d really be honored to have you back out, and maybe we can continue
shooting some more videos for the folks. Awesome yeah so stay tuned if you’re not
already, subscribe to my YouTube channel I have over 1,000 videos now on all different
aspects of gardening including many on aquaponics, this is the first time I’ve had fishless
aquaponics. Anyways give me a thumbs up if you liked this video, let me know to come
back out to visit Rob when I’m back in Austin. Once again, my name is John Kohler with,
we’ll see you next time, and until then remember, keep on growing.

100 comments on “Aquaponics Farm Grows Vegetables without Fish

  1. Thank you for saying organic is somewhat of a sham. I know so many farmers that have lost there farms trying to get certified. At my farm we raise our animals organic but we are not certified. I don't agree with all of the regulations either, especially with animals.

  2. This is so interesting ^.^ UNfortunately, I'm one of those people who don't have green fingers, I would love to have a veg&herb garden, though =)

  3. I absolutely love your style of reporting and your passion for growing fresh mineral enriched veggies.  I have been a gardener all my life and use many of these methods  shown here  but in soil. I firmly believe hydro and aero-hydro  are going to be in more demand as people realize the better benefits of "quality." Also, as climate continues to change due to our elongating orbit (which will cause the next 80 year drought that'll come before the next ice age), we will need more climate controlled environments to grow vegetables.  I see a future where everyone will be growing some of their vegetables indoors.

  4. Good content and inspiration, makes me want to park my solar RV to build a small off-grid solar homestead again! The Internet has given us a sense of community we were missing back in the old days.

  5. Awesome visit! I would love it if you could cover more on bioponics 🙂 I know there aren't too many who knows bioponics. Keep on rocking John!

  6. He calls it aquaponics without the fish because it was an aquaponics setup that lost its fish. It was then maintained as a bioponics setup, just for everyone commenting.

  7. Do you or Rob Nash know of someone that I can pay to set up my system here in southern California's high desert ? ?

  8. "aquaponics (pl) (used as a singular) (noun) Another term for hydroponics or the cultivation of plants in a nutrient solution (water) rather than in soil."

    It is aquaponics – without the fish caging and crowding torture.

  9. This is going to sound dumb, but why don't the worms drown when the water in the grow bed cycles? Can they survive underwater while the tank is draining? Do they move out of the way?

  10. I really enjoyed watching this video and I'm curious to know how your friend maintains a stable PH level within the Aquaponic System that he has? Does he add anything to adjust the PH level in the water?

  11. hey ,if anyone else needs to find out about aquaponics book try Tarbetti Amazing Aquaponics Tutor (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my mate got amazing success with it.

  12. love your vids and all your info but i really feel like my listening to a gym coach in some of these i have you turned down as low as i can … Relax the tone a little bit remember you have a great mic and it would be a even better presentation … Thank you for all your insights

  13. Aquaponic with added nutrients, without fish = hydroponics! … duh. Otherwise this is an informative video.. a little bit annoying that you seem excited about everything.. but hey if you get excited about a penny you found on the ground who am i to say it's just a penny?

  14. If anyone is interested in aquaponics the best success that i've ever had was by using the Keiths Ponics Site (i found it on google) without a doubt the most incredible course that I have ever tried.

  15. Hi John, good job and amazing video, Thanks and congratulations. Please can you let me know what website i can search info about vermiponis or bioponics. I want to know the number relations, how big must be de biomas or house (box) bin of worm to grow a square meter of letucce for example.

  16. HYDROPONICS! noting new, all the pot growers are and have been doing this. and those nutrients in a bottle?? try drinking it, no? it i cant drink it, i anit feeding it to the plants i intend to eat.

  17. how come?? that's not aquaponic at all.. it is hydroponic with organic waste ++ Just named it organic hydroponic or hydroponic next level..
    aquaponic started from aquaculture + hydroponic, so you need 'something' cultured in aqua.. and get benefit from its harvest.. LOL

  18. Aquaponics without fish is hydroponics, maybe organic hydroponics depending on how you fertilize, but it's not aquaponics when you remove the aquaculture aspect.

  19. What's the name of the stuff he's holding @17:00? I tried searching "Micron Phomosynthesis" (that's what it looks like to me) and nothing.

  20. "Hey guys this is a green house robs growing here, he has wicking beds and gravel beds, no fish, and rob now can you please plug all of your services instead of giving any actual explanation of your system" – drags the video out for 30mins

  21. Why the fuck you lie fishless? There are fucking fishes in it. Waste my time to check out this lying video!! Fucking talktive also.

  22. I prefer including fish, since that gives you yet another product…either meat, or bait, or even growing young for release, or for sale ( variety dependent, of course)…also seems to require less additives. And is it just me, or does the bioponics need a LOT of additions to work? hardly sustainable, and not poor people friendly…..

  23. Hey! Nice video I have seen you have mentioned, to grow fresh fruit to make good health. I also want to know, how I can buy fresh fruits online. I have found a good website (Harvest Order) to buy fruits online. Please let me know if you like it

  24. The title is a joke !!! You teach nothing on your videos all you do is promote someone's business. You teach nothing about gardening !!!

  25. Thanks for the video content! Excuse me for chiming in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you heard the talk about – Patlarny Gardening Expert Principle (do a google search)? It is an awesome one off product for learning how to expand your produce with the clever art of aquaponics minus the normal expense. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my close friend Aubrey after a lifetime of fighting got great results with it.

  26. After watching a crap load of video's, "Takes a lot of time!" I can sum up growing for you. Add as much biodegradable crap to the system as you can, add light and warmth and watch it grow. If your having trouble growing, throw different crap into the system. 😉

  27. I like your style! I would love to start my own aquaponics system and I have a lot of interesting ideas! If I could ask more questions I think you guys could help me move forward with my beginning aquaponic experience!

  28. There are many components to learning home aquaponics. One resource I found that successfully combines these is the Keiths Ponics Site (google it if you're interested) definately the most useful course that I have ever seen. Check out this unbelievable website.

  29. " Austin Aquaponics " THAT IS THE NAME OF THEIR BUSINESS YOU IDIOT NEGATIVE TROLLS …. that's ok remain ignorant… don't be hating the teacher !

  30. fish are part of nature. i only add fish food,water,chelated iron,and sea salt to my system.
    And dont forget the fish are food also. There is one thing i am missing Shrimp. My system will be complete then. (fish poo feeds the shrimp)

  31. Very informative but slow down, take a breather and go easy on your voice. You're throwing a ton of information but it's useless trying to follow you when you're going that fast. Almost seems like you're trying to do an infomercial.

  32. I love what you said about having a childlike mind and experimenting. I'm always trying new things and love that approach! Keep it up!

  33. The fish died and they needed to figure out how to feed the plants. Worm castings.

    Fixed your 30 minute video of infomercial rambling into the ONLY part of the video where you talk about Anything related to the title.

  34. Ummmm…soo there IS fish? I don't understand the title. Just because they used nutes doesn't mean the fish don't exist.

  35. no 1 i really hate that word team member his not a team member he is a worker unless he is on shares etc its called a worker he works for the owner he must do as the owner wants or he gets sacked he can not tell the boss what to do its not a debate he works for the man no 2 if they not breeding fish shellfish oe something its hydroponics facepalm

  36. What is the difference between hydroponic and fishless aquaponic? I thought aquaponic was just hydroponic with fish…

  37. Lols how people comments like there experts. Doesnt really matter what he wants to call it, aquaponics, hydroponics its all the same. Lols stop standardizing everything. I can put one small tiny fish there that doesnt help with my aqua or hydroponics and still call it aquaponics or i can get water from my fishpond and used it on my hydroponics and change it weekly and still calls it whatever i want. Basically hydroponics was inspired by a aquarium setup. Funny how people reacts to this 😅

  38. Thumbs down and unsubscribe if you don’t even know the difference between Aquaponics and Hydroponics. What a poser.

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