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Rosebery Middle School Northern Territory visits Cairns Aquaponics Training Course

Last week sore  another bus load of interested school students visit Cairns Aquaponics demonstration facility in Redlynch. The students were visiting Cairns as part of their school curriculum agricultural program and were very interested in building a school aquaponics system for themselves. The school students spent time learning about Aquaponics, fish selection, types of vegetables […]

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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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Cairns Aquaponics-1 year vegetable and fish growth update

I’m sorry for not updating my website much last year. I have been so busy with my family, body injuries, and working in Papua New Guinea on sustainable projects in remote villagers. Its hard being me living in two countries.The climate in Cairns is hot and humid and makes gardening the traditional method using soil […]

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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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Spawning Goldfish or Koi in Aquaponics

Many people ask me if there goldfish or koi will breed in an Aquaponic system. The short answer is if conditions are right your fish will always spawn all by themselves without much assistance from you. That said, you can help to trigger them to spawn and if they do you may want to get […]

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Trout in Aquaponics

There are three main species of trout that can be used in Australian Aquaponics systems including: brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are a cool water species of salmonid which are distributed widely around the world. They have been cultured and stocked into dams and rivers in every continent except Antarctica, and […]

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What if im a Vegetarian and dont eat fish?

In most cases you start an aquaponics system as you wish to reuse a waste product and harvest two food commodities- both fish and vegetables. BUT- I have been asked many times what do i do if i don’t want to eat the fish in my aquaponics system? My usual response is, well it just […]

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Silver Perch Fingerlings

Yesterday I received a shipment of 200, 3-4cm Silver Perch and they are now available for sale to anyone that would like to come and collect them from me. Remember its not fingerling season so its pretty rare to find any at the moment. My supplier has given me a bulk discount and breeds them […]

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Aquaponics is interesting

Aquaponics is one of the most interesting and  sustainable ways to produce fresh vegetables and fruits and, at the same time, sustain a freshwater fish system all in your backyard. Aquaponics combines the best traits of traditional aquaculture (fish farming) and the use of water and nutrients to growing plants – hydroponics. My Koi Pond supplying nutrients to […]

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