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Aquaponics Day – May 9th, 2014

“Aquaponics” in My Vocabulary It’s has been in my vocabulary since June of 1992…. Austin Texas — Keith Lane, Backyard: 3,000 gallon tank, with 300 catfish average of 35 grams, with a floating “Protected flower from Florida State University. The humble attempt worked! All 300 catfish thrived and grew out in 22 weeks; we ate […]


Aquaponics vs. Hydroponics – The Margins Between

No Issue With Stand Alone Systems It is not hard to understand the difference. The main difference being the fish or other aquatic organisms. But there are numerous other differences we can cover in the future.  There are numerous ways to produce food. Please note! I am not calling these things bunk, Both types: Stand alone Hyrdoponics […]


Aquaponics – Coir vs. Hydroton in the System

We have never once used clay media or rock wool in our aquaponics system. Ever! Using a “media bed” with clay, rock wool or pebbles is strictly a trans-gardening and hydroponics industry notion. People, often unknowingly, have created a hybrid or a trans-garden from this exact discussion and labeled it aquaponics. Media Beds = Unhealthy Fish Practice and […]

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Aquaponics belongs in the hands of the Aquaculturists

We had a great time at the Texas Aquaculture 44th Annual Conference and Trade Show last January 29-31, 2014 in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was a true honor to provide an overview of our aquaponics practice at Lilypad Farm and provide a point of view to the amazing group of Texas aquaculturists. Let’s start with the basics – SRAC# […]


How To Aquaponics: Planting Germinated Plugs into Net Pots

Germinating Seedlings We here take every precaution to prepare our seedlings and the Net Pot transplanting. First, we sift and blend coir fiber in a 3 to 1 mixture, allowing the vermiculte to remain as a binder. This allows moisture to remain making the roots develop correctly. Our germination trays are 72 hole square. Lets […]


Aquaponics How To “Keep Up The Numbers”

This term is spoken quite often. Having a smart balance in your system is paramount here at Lilypad Farm. This term, simply put, covers the reason why we can harvest on a consistent basis.  The manufacturing of food in this style of sustainable farming must have a critical mass. Getting the profit and rewards in […]

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Aquaponic Plant Selection – Only the Highest Quality

This starts with seed selections. For us, we have taken 3 years to find the right seed for the correct times to plant and start. Each plant has very specific needs. 450 pounds of Basil per week – April/May 2012 Here at Lilypad Farm, seed selection is carefully viewed. The actual germination is the ultimate […]

Aquaponics Training

What is aquaponics?

When you see an aquaponics system, the equipment looks very technical. It is technical, but don’t be afraid of that technicality. There is elegant simplicity in the design. The simple part of the sciences is really the fun part. I am Adam Harwood. I can tell you that I don’t carry PHD’s or carry letters on […]

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Commercial Aquaponics Training

Produce, produce, produce….this is our mantra at Lilypad Farm.  Commercial aquaponics is as much art as it is science.  If you want to see art in motion first hand, then maybe one of our 2-day intensive training courses is what you need. We have a producing Aquaponics system at Lilypad Farm based on the UVI […]