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Sylvia Bernstein Aquaponic Gardening

Sylvia Bernstein
The definitive do-it-yourself home aquaponics manual, written by aquaponics expert Sylvia Bernstein. . . . read more

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Sylvia Bernstein is an internationally-recognised expert on aquaponic gardening.  She shares her wealth of knowledge in this beautiful and comprehensive book.
Starting right at the basics of what aquaponics is and why it's so valuable, the book focuses on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round. 
Section 1 covers the background information:
  • What aquaponics is
  • Where it fits in with the global food picture
  • Its benefits as an environmentally-smart, convenient, year-round gardening method
Section 2 begins the process of designing a system:
  • Planning - including climate considerations and site location
  • Different types of aquaponics systems
  • Basic rules for system design
Section 3 delves into the nitty gritty of the 'hardware' parts of the system:
  • Fish tanks and grow beds
    • Volume relationship between beds and tanks
    • Common requirements
    • Special considerations for tanks and beds
    • Commonly-used products and materials
    • Rules of thumb for fish tanks and grow beds
  • Plumbing
    • Pumps
    • Pipes
    • Timing mechanisms
    • Circulating water
    • Rules of thumb for plumbing
  • Grow media
    • Which is best?
    • Media rules of thumb
  • Water
    • Purity
    • Temperature
    • Dissolved Oxygen
    • pH
    • Rules of thumb for water regulation in aquaponics

Section 4 looks at the 'software' of the system - the living organisms:

  • Fish
    • Stocking rates
    • Suitable types
    • Introducing new fish to your system
    • Feeding your fish
    • Harvesting your fish
    • Fishy rules of thumb
  • Plants
    • What types grow best in aquaponics
    • Growing plants in aquaponics
    • How to start plants for aquaponics
    • Plant spacing in the beds
    • Plant problems
    • pH and nutrient supplementation
    • Pest control
    • Plant rules of thumb
  • Bacteria and worms
    • Bacteria - the real workers of the system!
    • The different types of bacteria in the system
    • Caring for and feeding the bacteria
    • Earthworms in your system - a good thing!
    • Rules of thumb for worms

Section 5 focuses on the integrated system:

  • Cycling the system
    • Doing what, now?
    • Testing equipment
    • How to cycle the system with and without fish
    • 'The Murray Hallam cycling technique' (yes, there's really section called that)
    • Aquaponics cycling rules of thumb
  • System maintenance

Several appendices contain further helpful infomation:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb
  • The to 10 dumbest mistakes
  • What to consider before you plunge into commercial aquaponics
  • System maintenance checklist
  • System data tracking sheet
  • Recommended resources

Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible, and well-illustrated guide. 

Format: Paperback / softback, 336 pages
Release Date: October 2011
ISBN - 978-0-86571-701-5

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Murray Hallam is probably the best-known face in the world-wide Aquaponics movement. Murray is by nature an innovator and in his Research & Development facility has perfected many new methodologies for commercial farm Aquaponic systems.


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