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Cairns Man “Aquaponic Gardener” recognised by the Head of State, Queen of England

Just a quick blog post to alert my aquaponic sustainable minded gardening friends that as an Australian Citizen working in remote Papua New Guinea highlands, my commitment to the people of Papua New Guinea and community/ environmental work history was recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11,  Queen of Great Britain and Commonwealth, at a […]

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Look at Aquaponic Macro & Micro nutrients

When I first heard how aquaponics used fish waste to provide nutrients to plants, one of my first questions was how does it work? What are the processes at work that allow this relationship to flourish on both sides? I understood the general theory. The fish eat, the fish produce waste from their food, the […]

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USA Student Brennan Cross- Cairns Aquaponics Update

When designing an aquaponics system, imagination is the limitation. Structure and appearance are highly variable as long as the basic components are provided. The diagram below (figure 2) indicates these components as the rearing tank (where fish are held), solid removal, biofilter, hydroponic subsystem, and a sump. As the diagram indicates, certain aspects of the […]

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USA University student studies Cairns Aquaponics system

Hi, my name is Brennan Cross,  an undergraduate university student performing research into the exciting field of aquaponics. I’m from the United States but thanks to SIT World Learning and the University of Vermont, I have had the opportunity to study here in Australia for a few months at the Redlynch Aquaponics Training Center. Since […]

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An introduction to Aquaponics – 27th of May 2017 CAIRNS

An introduction to Aquaponics – 27th of May 2017. For all those that would like to see several different functioning aquaponics systems, I have made available my time to show you  through my Cairns Aquaponics demonstration facility. Cairns is a tropical environment and there are many different tricks and secretes that I can show you […]

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Aquaponics Training reaches remote QLD schools

Travelling from Cairns to assist the Queensland Northern Gulf schools, The Aquaponic Gardener took his aquaponics education and travelling displays into remote QLD towns last week. Both public and private local schools of Croydon, Georgetown, Forsayth and Normandy were engaged learning freshwater ecology, organic vegetable farming using aquaponics, water bug identification, soil science and even […]

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Aquaponics will showcase at Cairns Eco Fiesta

Aquaponics will be featured at this years Eco Fiesta or Cairns Eco week. ECOweek is fast approaching and its when North Queensland rolls out the green carpet … for you! From 28 May to 5 June 2016, green groups, environmental agencies and eco-minded businesses gather under the ECOweek banner to bring you festivals, film nights, fun […]

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Cane Toads and Aquaponics

  Cane toads are a big pest issue in Tropical Far North Queensland. I’ve found them in my aquaponics sump, in my fish pond, wicking bed and in pipes I had laying around the yard. They can get into everything and if this sounds like you too you must get them out before your fish […]

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Everything is thriving in sunny Cairns

Last year the Aquaponic Gardener moved from Newcastle NSW to Cairns far north QLD to be closer to my sustainable agriculture projects that are ongoing in Papua New Guinea. It was a hard decision to leave Newcastle however here in Cairns the weather is great and I have re established in an old weatherboard Queenslander […]

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