Aquaponics MASTER CLASS. Four Days …Brisbane Australia.

Aquaponics MASTER CLASS.. Small Farms..FOUR days…BRISBANE Australia
March 5 - 8,  2018.

We will be looking at a wide range advanced information to help you in understanding Aquaponics for small and larger projects. March 5 - 8, 2018

We have worked continuously developing and proving Aquaponics systems both home-scale and commercial scale since early 2006.  When we started out there was very little information available about Aquaponics but being experimenters by nature we learned the hard way.  We know with confidence what works and what doesn't.

Aquaponics

Brandy Whine Tomatoes in Hong Kong Aquaponics farm built and operated by one of my graduate students.

Our company name "Practical Aquaponics" reflects our method of operation.  If we have not proved it in practical terms then we do not teach or recommend it. Practical Aquaponics has manufactured and delivered hundreds of home Aquaponics systems.  Our Future Farm designs are without equal.  Our full-length DVD's have been viewed all over the world.
Go here for details.

Book Early,  This Course always books out early

The Most Compelling Reason

Food Purity

Food purity is one of the main reasons a lot of people get into aquaponics. Every time I run my 4-Day Aquaponics MasterClass, I ask students what their interest is in learning about aquaponics. And without fail, Food Purity is always one of the main reasons.

People are concerned about the grubby stuff that’s going into their food, these days! Pesticides and herbicides and preservatives and artificial colours. Even if the first dose won’t kill you, over time it can build up in your body and cause a whole lot of health issues.

Aquaponics grown salad greens
Pure clean food is grown at home.

Toxins

Take mercury in fish, for instance. Mercury is a natural substance, but through various processes – some of them natural, some of them industrial – it gets converted to a toxic chemical called methylmercury. This is really easily absorbed into living cells and it never goes away. Once you have it in your system, it’s there for life. It’s what’s called a ‘persistent’ toxin.

Not only is it persistent, but it ‘bioaccumulates’ or ‘biomagnifies’ as you go up the food-chain. That means that an animal higher up the food chain will contain more mercury than animals lower down the food chain because it now contains all the mercury from all the animals that it ate. For example, let’s say there’s a group of small fish in the ocean, each containing a small amount of mercury. If you eat one of those fish, you ingest a small amount of mercury. Now, let’s say a larger fish comes along and eats all of those smaller fish. All of the mercury in their bodies now takes up residence in its body. And then you eat it! So, what do you get? All the mercury from all the smaller fish! That’s what bioaccumulation means. The toxin builds up in the food-chain until eventually, you eat it at a dangerously high level.

Food Additives

But it’s not only major toxins like mercury that people are worried about when it comes to food purity. Food additives are also a concern for a lot of people. Pick up just about any pre-packed food and read the ingredients. It’s like a mad scientist’s shopping list!   Benzo this and butyl that, and a whole lot of numbers that only a chemist would recognise. At low levels, most of them are considered fairly safe, but so many people these days are eating so much packaged food that it is becoming a problem. Allergies and sensitivities abound.

Now, while we’ve come to expect additives in pre-packaged foods, it’s a real concern to know that you can find nasty chemicals even on fresh fruit and vegetables!   Producers cover them in a whole range of things to extend their shelf life or make harvesting and transporting easier. Unfortunately, this often means that you, the consumer, end up with flavourless, nutrient-poor food. In some cases, you’re better off buying frozen or canned – the ‘fresh’ produce may have been picked months ago, while the canned or frozen stuff was probably still in the ground the day before it was packed.

Nutrient Poor Food

Even the types of crops that are grown these days are chosen for their packageability rather than their nutritional value or flavour. And a lot of them are picked unripe before they’ve had time to develop their true flavour and full nutrient content. Again, this means we end up with lower-nutrient, lower-flavour food. This is why a lot of people are starting to grow their own – they can choose from a wider variety of crops and they can let them ripen properly before picking them. This means they end up with food that is flavoursome and nutrient dense. And I can tell you, there is just no comparison between biting into a soft, sweet, juicy strawberry that you’ve just picked from your own garden, and the bland, crisp, woody ones you so often find in the supermarket these days.

Genetically Modified Food

Another aspect of food purity that’s become an issue for many people is the use of genetically modified (GM) foods. This is a real hot button for some people. Like any argument, there are two sides, with some people saying GM food is the only way to feed the world, while others say it’s going to kill us all. But it is a major reason some people are starting to grow their own food.

Grow Your Own – Aquaponically!

Growing your own food is absolutely the best way to know that it’s going to be clean, fresh and nutrient rich. Farmers’ markets and buying organic are great and may be the only thing you can do if you don’t have the time or space to garden. But if you really want to make sure you know exactly what’s gone into your food, there is no substitute for growing it yourself.

And this is what attracts a lot of people to aquaponics. It’s a clean-food machine! You can’t add any nasties to it or you’ll kill your fish and the microbes that make the system run. So, because you have to take care of your system like that, it will take care of you by providing you with flavourful, nutrient-dense food, right in your own backyard. No more rubbery cucumbers or rock-hard tomatoes. Just fresh, clean food the way it was always meant to be. How good is that!

[references for the mercury, food-additives and GMO section]

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/mercury-exposure-and-poisoning

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/pollutants/mercury-environment/health-concerns/food-chain.html

https://www.choice.com.au/shopping/everyday-shopping/supermarkets/articles/fresh-food-tricks

https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/food-warnings-and-safety/food-additives/articles/food-additives-you-should-avoid

http://www.who.int/foodsafety/areas_work/food-technology/faq-genetically-modified-food/en/

Aquaponics MASTER CLASS.. Small Farms..FOUR days…BRISBANE Australia 5-8 March 2018.

We will be looking at a wide range advanced information to help you in understanding Aquaponics for small and larger projects.5-8 March 2018

We have worked continuously developing and proving Aquaponics systems both home-scale and commercial scale since early 2006.  When we started out there was very little information available about Aquaponics but being experimenters by nature we learned the hard way.  We know with confidence what works and what doesn't.

Aquaponics

Brandy Whine Tomatoes in Hong Kong Aquaponics farm built and operated by one of my graduate students.

Our company name "Practical Aquaponics" reflects our method of operation.  If we have not proved it in practical terms then we do not teach or recommend it. Practical Aquaponics has manufactured and delivered hundreds of home Aquaponics systems.  Our Future Farm designs are without equal.  Our full-length DVD's have been viewed all over the world.
Go here for details.

The courses usually books out early.  GO HERE to make your booking and see more detail.

Event: Aquaponics Master Class. Brisbane Australia.
Venue: Practical Aquaponics.
Location: North Maclean Qld. 4280
Australia
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How useful are EC measurements in an Aquaponics system? Treating sick fish?

Do I need to worry about EC measurements?

An EC meter (Electrical Conductivity) is a device that measures the electrical conductivity in the water and therefore is an indication, usually of salts in the system water.

EC Trunchen

Very useful EC measuring tool.

EC measures salts, or total dissolved solids (TDS)

Almost all Hydroponic solutions are salts and therefore accurate measurements in a HYDROPONIC system can be read by noting EC readings. Hydroponic nutrients can be added to a Hydroponic system very accurately by using an EC meter.
Not so in an Aquaponics system. Our nutrients are not salts, so EC readings are only a very, very broad measurement of nutrients in an Aquaponics system and should not be taken too seriously, except when they do get too high, you should ask yourself, "Is there salt in the system? And, "where is it coming from?" Common salt can build up over time from various sources such as the use of low quality fish feed, or if you live in an area where ocean winds can carry salt into your system.

Generally, we do not like too much salt in our freshwater Aquaponics systems because food plants do not do well in salty water. Most freshwater species of fish can tolerate salt very well so it is not a problem for the fish. It is the plants that one would be concerned about.

An EC reading is also very useful if you need to have sick fish treated with salt in a hospital tank or quarantine tank where you would add salt to the water to treat the fish. In that instance a very accurate measurement of the salt added can be made with an EC reading device. Using salt to treat sick fish is one of the few ways we can treat fish that we plan to eat someday. It is not too desirable to use veterinarian type medications on fish we plan to eat someday.

Fish on Trial.

What will be the verdict?

We have started a feed trial with Jade Perch. The idea behind the 12-month trial is to see just how well the Jade Parch will grow being fed anything they will eat that can come off the land rather than use fish feed pellets that contain ocean derived fish meal.
With a view toward long-term sustainability, I feel we need to discover and refine feeding methods that are not dependent on ocean fish stocks. Seems elementary, but I really want to see just how well it will or will not work.

Aquaponics policemen.

Aquaponics policemen.

Expectations: I believe we will get the fish through to the 12-month point in a healthy state, after all, Jade Perch in the wild eat plant material and algae etc. I imagine that we will see slower growth in the plant fed fish but I believe they will be very healthy.

Time will tell.

In my INDY 23 system I have 2 x IBC tanks that are all part of the same system. Same water same pump system etc. I feel it is an ideal setup to test two identical batches of fish that share the same conditions except fo the feed they get.
There are 65 Jades in each tank. The fish are supplied by Ausyfish at Childers.
They have been in the tanks for one month. The trial feeding started 1st March.
Weigh in on 1st April.

Method:
The batch of 130 fish were evenly divided as to size as near as we could. Very difficult when they are so small approx 10g each fish; so we started with 650g of fish density in each tank.

Tank "A" is been getting up to 50g of 2mm pellets per day.
The pellets are as below
Crude Analysis
Protein Min 35 %
Fat Max 10 %
Moisture Max 10%
Ash Max 11%
Ingredients =
Chilean Fishmeal, Wheatflour, Soybean Meal, Shrimp meal, Squid, Aquamix,

Tank "B" is getting a diet of lettuce, cooked carrot, cooked pumpkin, Kang kong leaves, honeydew melon, eggplant, cucumber. It is difficult to know just how much to give tank "B" every day but we are getting better at keeping the feed up to them.

This is a piece of eggplant that they demolished overnight.

This is a piece of eggplant that they demolished overnight.

First weigh in on 1st April.
Sample of 20 randomly caught fish from each tank gave the following results.
The fish were weighed as a batch.

Group "A" = 30g
Group "B" = 23g

Group "B" have not put on much weight at all; 3g over 20 fish. So we need to up their feed somewhat.

 

This is the lettuce when they have stripped it of the green leaves.

This is the lettuce when they have stripped it of the green leaves.

Aquaponics Farm Business Planning Tools.

Aquaponics Based on Practical Experience.

Business planning for your farm project is just so important. It costs hundreds of hours and much expense to create a comprehensive planning tool that is capable of delivering meaningful numbers.

Aquaponics Business Plan

There are many other integrated pages to this budgeting tool. An absolute must in creating a quality business plan.

Here is a screen shot of part of a very comprehensive budgeting tool that has a total of 16 integrated pages/sheets allowing for the planning of every possible variation to your proposed farm.
The tool comes with hypothetical numbers inserted, working formulas ready for you to go through and work the variations for your farm project.
Find out if it is really going to work for you before you shell out tens of thousands on equipment and labour to build your farm.
Insert numbers that you have gleaned from your market research to get a real life scenerio for your particular location.

This and heaps of other very valuable info is taught in our Aquaponics Future Farm Master Class.

Next session in Brisbane Australia starts March 14 and runs through to March 17 2016.

Still places left. Join right away

See here for further info.

Discover Aquaponics Secrets Extended – A Premier On-Line Event.

This premier Aquaponics event will commence shortly and will be in the form of 26 x videos plus downloadable PDF files. Lessons Delivered every week over a sixteen-week period.

You will have ongoing access to the members area where each video will be posted for your review, reference and further study. You will have ongoing access to the members area as new updated material is added.
The members area will also have PDF files of interesting and very useful information for the committed home Aquaponics practitioner.

Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics will present Discover Home Aquaponics Secrets Extended instruction at its best.
See Below our standard Discover Aquaponics Extended two full day seminar content. This together with extended content will be available in the members area.

Instead of having to spend money on airfares, food and accommodation in addition to the normal Discover Aquaponics Extended class fees, you will be able to access all this gold standard information on-line.

You will be able to become more self-sufficient by growing Aquaponically.   Better than Organic fresh vegetables and fish.

Learn from the best!

Course content. – Section #1

Discover Aquaponics Extended–

Includes;  What is Aquaponics. Aquaponics description/history. What you can grow. Plants. Fish. The Aquaponic advantage. Comparison, Hydroponics, Aquaculture.  Is Aquaponics Organic.

Cycling a new system –
The nitrogen cycle. Cycling without fish. Cycling with fish.
Recycling nutrients. Environmental parameters.

System Parameters –
pH. Dissolved oxygen. Temperature. Conductivity (EC)

Water Chemistry –
Managing system chemistry.  Nutrient origins.

Protected Aquaponics –
Why protect. Protection criteria. Climate control. Structure types. Geodesic domes. Hoop houses.  Heating and cooling methodologies.  Layout and planning.

Wicking Beds- Other appropriate technology.

Course content – Section #2

Types Of Aquaponic Systems-
Media Grow Beds. Nutrient Film Technique. Deep Water Culture. Wicking Beds.

System Design-
Pumps. Plumbing. Siphons. Timers. CHOP. CHOP 2. Decoupled Aquaponics, FloMedia. Filters. Clarifiers.
Swirl filters.  Canister Filters.

Fish and Plants-
Fish diseases. Treatment.
Integrated pest management. Common plant diseases.
Nutrients balance/shortfall identification.
Compost. Vermiculture.
Grow bed health.
Which species of fish. Fish food.
Common plant diseases and how to deal with them.

Practical Workshops introduction –
Home system build. Plans. Liner. Specifications.
Water testing. Aeration devices. Fish handling.
Seed raising. Planting. Pruning. Buffering the system.

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Murray Hallam will present Home Discover Aquaponics Extended instruction at its very best.
Murray Hallam regularly teaches Aquaponics at both Home Aquaponics Level and Commercial Farm level in Australia and overseas. Just returned from teaching tour in Hungary and Portugal in Europe and Oregon USA.

If you can't make it to one of Murray's face to face Discover Aquaponics sessions then this series of Webinars is directly suitable for you.

Please indicate your interest in being kept informed of when the Webinar Series will open for enrolments.
Go HERE. (Please note, this is not an order or obligation, just an indication of interest in the program)