Consulting

Murray Hallam

Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics offers consulting services on all aspects of Aquaponics and integrated Aquaculture technology.  Serious home food production systems or Future Farms.

Our service extends from initial planning, site assessment and feasibility studies, system design, plans and specifications, bill of quantities right through to commissioning and follow up hand holding.

Particular attention is paid to marketing strategies.

Trouble shooting for existing systems either at home or on the farm.

We provide management systems and protocols for fish and plant management and production.

Water Quality is a high priority in our designs.
Fish solid materials are processed and utilised in system design so that all available plant nutrients are made available for maximum, nutrient dense plant production.
Fish health and growth is maximized by good system practices and equipment design.

Our system designs are contemporary but kept as low tech as is reasonably possible. Sustainability and environmental consciousness is a very high priority.

Advices are provided on component and equipment procurement with a careful eye on quality and value.

Our services can be delivered by email, phone, Skype and face to face on site.

Practical Aquaponics services are based on actual experience. As our name “Practical Aquaponics” suggests. If we haven’t done it, tried it, implemented it or been involved in it before, we do not recommend it.

Our systems work. Guaranteed.

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Regards
Murray Hallam
Practical Aquaponics.

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18 thoughts on “Consulting

  1. hi Murray: can you please tell me the correct valor of nitrates for my system.i running a 500 titre two growing beds ,using rainbow trout ,vegetables are growing beautifully but wen i pull then out don’t last crisp very long the system is around 3 months old .i hope you can help me up…. best regards ….Francisco

      • Hi Murray first i would like to thanks you for you advice .my system now is improving gradually so i am very please about it .the reason for writing
        to you this time is what is the maximum levels off Nitrites on a system like my i am concern the are at bit high …hoping to hear from you soon .best regards Francisco

        • Hi Francisco,
          If your system has finished cycling, then you should not be seeing any Nitrite. Nitrite is very poisonous to the fish. If levels do not drop then you need to do a one third water change to dilute the Nitrite in the system and try to discover what is causing the problem.

          Nitrates in contrast to Nitrites, are not directly poisonous but levels greater than 300 ppm are not good for the fish or system.

  2. Hello Murray,

    Could you share your thoughts on natural methods to remedy aphid infestations. Our infestation is quite significant, and we can seem to get a handle on it with the use of benefical insects. We are confident that beneficials will work fine once we have a handle, but are curious to know if there is a way to rectify the situation’s level initially. We have started to research pyrethrum fogging a little, but are failing to find the answers we need. Do you have any thoughts on this process? I have read that it is harmful to fish, but if we covered our tanks, and applied the fog out and over our crops would that be okay? Could the product settle out on our rafts, and make its way into our water thus making its way to our fish, and be enough to harm them? Please let me know if you have had any experience with pyrethrum fogging and what your thoughts are concerning the process. Thank you, GRG Staff

    • Hi Michael,
      The best way to control aphids is by Integrated Pest Management. The use of beneficial insects is very effective. It may take a while to get them under control, but it is worth the effort. It keeps from using fogging techniques. Pyrethrum can harm the fish. If you do want to do that you would need to be extremely careful in application. Fallout is more controllable with spray rather than fogging. A little Googling should reveal a supplier of Green Lacewings and Lady Beetles. These two beneficial insects have proved to be very successful at my place in controlling aphids.

  3. hello Murray,

    Iam in India. how to learn aquaponics from you .pls help me. i want to learn in detail .

    • Hi, You have come to the right place. There is plenty of info in here at various levels.
      Regards
      Murray

      • Hello Murray

        is there any process to come there to learn aquaponics like visa and other things from your side or where to contact to in india regarding visa

        • Hi Chinnapa,
          You will need to contact the Australian Consulate in India in order to get a Visa to travel to Australia.
          Regards
          Murray

          • hello Murray

            how many days it will take for complete course + on field training so that i can contact australian consulate for that many days

            is there any offer letter that will be produced by you to submit at consulate

            regards
            chinna

          • Hi Chinna,
            The Master Class is a 4-day class. The nexy class here in Brisbane is in March 2016.
            Yes, I am happy to write a letter for you. Please email me with your name , address etc so I can prepare the letter.
            murray(at)aquaponics.net.au

  4. G’Day Murry, I am new member. Want to set up for beginner IBC tote. You talked in CD of lay out. Is it possible to send me the lay out,
    Just Become a member . R there members in my area.
    Thanks Christiaan . Wingham NSW

    • Hi Christiaan,
      The layout / plan set is a part of the DVD “Aquaponics DIY” It is all in there. That can be sen in the Gold members section of this site.

      Regards
      Murray