Aquaponic Food Production

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Aquaponic Food Production

Aquaponic Food Production is a comprehensive text on aquaponcis written by well-known industry veteran, Rebecca L. Nelson, with contributions from International Aquaponics Consultant, John S. Pade. This book is a culmination of over 20 years of experience, research and hands-on growing.

Whether your interest is hobby, home food production or a commercial venture, this book will provide valuable information on planning, design and operation of your aquaponic system.

ISBN 978-0-9779696-1-6, 218 pages, 37 color photos and diagrams, 14 grayscale photos and diagrams, soft cover, released July, 2008

-1- Introduction

Comparison of Methods
Advantages of Aquaponics
Challenges and Areas Yet to be Refined

-2- History of Aquaponics

3- The Process

4- System Components
Fish Tanks
Stand Pipes and Bottom Drains
Aeration System
Solids Removal Device
Biofiltration and Mineralization Tanks
Degassing Tank
Grow Bed
Sump Tank and Water Pumps
Water Heater/Chiller
Back Up Power Equipment
Plant Lighting
Greenhouse and Environmental Control

-5- System Designs
Media-filled Bed (Flood and Drain)

6- Fish Selection
Largemouth Bass
Blue gill
Barramundi, Jade Perch, Silver Perch and Murray Cod
Marine Fish and Freshwater Crustaceans

7- Plant Selection
Chinese Cabbage
Squash and Melons

-8- System Start Up
Water Source
Fish Stocking
Planting the Grow Bed

9- Daily Operation and Maintenance
Monitoring Water Quality
Monitoring Fish Health
Fish Harvesting
Cleaning Filters and Components
Plant Seeding, Transplanting and Harvesting
Monitoring Crop Health
The Importance of Cleanliness

10- Plant Health and Care

-11- Plant Nutrition
PH and Nutrient Availability to Plants
Concentration of Elements
Plant Uses of Individual Elements
Deficiencies and Excesses
Nutrient Concentration Testing

-12- Photosynthesis and Plant Lighting
Photosynthesis and Transpiration
Light Spectrums
Measuring Light
Artificial Lighting
Plant Lighting

13- Pests and Diseases
E-coli and Other Pathogens
Fish Pests and Disease
Plant Pests and Disease

14- Fish Health
Basic Anatomy of Fish
Basic Physiology of Fish

-15- Fish Feeds and Feeding
Feed Conversion
Feed Components
Fishmeal Alternatives
Alternative Feeds
Feeding Behaviors

16- Water Quality Dynamics
PH Adjustment and Nutrient Supplementation
Microbial Processes
Nitrite and Nitrate
Water Temperature
Dissolved Oxygen

-17- Greenhouses and Environmental Control
Greenhouse Styles
Greenhouse Components
Reducing Greenhouse Energy Costs

-18- Renewable Energy and Aquaponics
Anaerobic Digesters and Biogas
Wood and Waste Burners for Heat
Geo-Thermal Energy
Solar Energy

-19- Three Systems You Can Build at Home
Mini Media-Filled Bed Aquaponic System
Aquarium NFT Aquaponic System
Backyard Raft System

-20- Village Aquaponics

21- Aquaponics in Education

22- Considerations for an Aquaponics Business
Start-up and Operational Costs

23- Recommendations for Further Study
Reading and Viewing
Courses and Workshops

24- References and Sources of Information

Additional information

Weight 0.5669904625 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1 in

2 reviews for Aquaponic Food Production

  1. Jeff Cummings

    Very complete book with lots of extras! I’ve read it twice and continue to remain fascinated with this subject. It presents three types of systems, three different sizes, and you can tell the research and experience are in the author’s back pocket! Cheers all, I highly recommend you support Nelson and Pade and read their book! I look forward to future publications!

  2. Dafydd Nicholas

    Detailed presentation of each step and needed components of a complete aquaponic production group. While giving a detailed "what is in the works" of any system they also allow for the variety of possible individual choices for each separate aspect of the system.

    I found this book the best altogether presentation of the choices that are needed to begin and run an aquaponic system.

    Great contribution to the industry of local health food.

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