Comments on: New Aquaponics System Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:59:24 +0000 hourly 1 By: Josh Hilton Sat, 03 May 2014 08:21:34 +0000 Hey Mark,

My name is Josh Hilton. I am a gardener out in little river, banks peninsula, and help grow fresh produce for a local cafe in town. Ive been really interested in aquaponics for awhile now, and am thinking about building a small system with a few goldfish, hopefully eventually leading to something on a bigger scale. I was wondering if you would;’t mind If i could please come and check out your system, as I’ve watched heaps of youtube video’s, but I’m sure nothing can beat looking at in real life… if so, please email me,

By: Mark Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:14:10 +0000 Thanks for sharing Scott, your aquaponics system looks interesting, easy set up process for beginners…

There is so much info online and most of it can be quite technical.

My aquaponics garden is now thriving through trial and error using a few systems.

Mark Davies

By: Scott Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:59:21 +0000 Pat, if your daughter has any questions, please feel free to send them my way. I will answer them as best as possible or get an answer from someone in the aquaponics community.

By: Elise Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:56:48 +0000 Hi Curt,
I keep my koi/goldfish pond stocked with water hyacinth in the warm months. The fish will eat them when they get hungry. In fact, sometimes they sort of swarm over a plant and basically devour it, like sharks. They’ll eat the roots too. Sometimes that’s how I notice that the plants are getting eaten, they start to die because the fish have eaten the roots!

By: Melinda Sat, 01 Jun 2013 12:32:50 +0000 These people are spewing bad information. Beware. It’s people like this that make a bad name for good food.
Go to real credentialed individuals if you care at all about your health.
This is garbage. Anyone can order home growing kits….

By: Pat Davison Thu, 16 May 2013 04:07:37 +0000 Hi Scott, what a coincidence that my daughter , a 9th grader in an International Baccaleaureate (IB) school in Dallas, TX is doing Aquaponics for her personal project. Would you be kind enough to be her mentor if she has questions? Please email me separately and let me know.


By: Danny Thu, 09 May 2013 15:40:14 +0000 Hi Scott,

Impressive setup. I was wondering if you can show more of your DIY Radial flow filter. I saw some other designs and like to compare it. Your ware seems pretty clear to me.

By: Chris Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:31:18 +0000 I look forward to the series. Will you be addressing homeowner association issues in the series?

By: Scott Wed, 03 Apr 2013 01:27:22 +0000 Hyacinth can be great Koi food. Cut off the roots and fracture the rest of the plant. Then toss it into the pond upside down. The larger Koi tend to eat the baby leaves first, and then later devore the rest of the plant. Avoid putting roots into the pond as the fish tend to leave them alone and they always seem to find their way into your pumps impeller (that makes for a bad pump day). Of course too much of one thing is not good for a fish dietary needs. Include other sources of protein in their diet. I’m not sure if Goldfish are big fans, but the Koi supposedly love it.
Also a lot of Deep Water Culture (DWC) tanks or Flood and Drain Grow Beds in aquaponics are built on or in the ground and are only about 12 inches deep. These would be easy to blend in to surrounding landscape. You’ll be trading off comfortable working height for aesthetics though.

By: Curt Bennett Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:02:54 +0000 Hi Scott,
I build fish ponds on Maui. I’d like to convert more of my clients into aquaponics, but envision the growing beds to be built into the ground, like a foot path or patio, higher than the pound so they don’t look so unattractive on the property. They would be lined with pond liner, but only 15 inches deep with bell valves to have the water flow back to the pond. The pump would pump the water to a waterfall above the growing areas, flow through that, then by overflow, then bell valve to the pond below. Most pond owners use koi or gold fish.
My question is this: Hyacinth can grow like weeds in a healthy pond. I have to cull them so they don’t fill the pond. While doing this on a pond yesterday I wondered if they could be ground up to use as fish food. I just throw them in the dumpster, but if an owner went to aquaponics these could be a source of fish nutrients. Thought you or a reference would know. Thanks, Curt