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2 questions. one i never seen or read anyone using aquaponics for fruit is there a reason for that? and how much upkeep is there with the fish? thanks for any information you can give me, i'll be checking out your book as well.
 
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HI Dan. By "fruit" do you mean fruiting plants like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers? Or sweet fruit like strawberries? Either way, they grow great in media-based aquaponics! The key is growing in media, not a raft system like some do. Those are tremendous for growing salad greens, basil, chard, etc, but not fruit.
 
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Dan.I have had a fig tree growing for over a year and it did awesome.... had to move it because it hit the roof of the greenhouse!

 
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Its defiantly possible to have good production of fruit, but its not going to be from fish feed alone. A good amount of fertilizer will need to be added to the system every few weeks. We add Epsom salt, rock phosphate, potassium sulfate, chelated iron, and a little bone meal. The fish portion covers nitrogen so we don't amend with any nitrogen. Check out bright agrotech on YouTube to learn more about using these amendments
 
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I have grown a lot of fruit trees in my aquaponics systems over the past 5 years; in fact, it's what I primarily grow in them these days. I've ripened a lot of figs and bananas in particular.

I've got a blog with a lot of pictures that sort of documents what I've done, if anyone wants to look through it: http://www.greenfingardens.com/

Here's a short pictorial tour of my tunnel aquaponics system: http://www.greenfingardens.com/p/aquaponics-tunnel.html

Just your typical Kansas banana/fig/tilapia farm, lol.
 
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Beautiful, James!
 
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Thanks Tyler!
 
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