(54) Comments

  • Steve
    12 Feb 2014

    I am wondering how much produce and fish this system can harvest in a year. Can you provide some numbers on what you planted and how much you reaped with this system to include the length of your growing cycle? Was it all year or just a season? Was it outside and where? Was it inside & if so what type of grow lights did you use if any? Thanks for the help.

    • Travis
      13 Feb 2014

      Production numbers will depend totally on your location and crops grown. Anybody that gives hard numbers is not being truthful. I’m not dodging the issue at all, just being honest. This is not hydroponics in a controlled environment. The basic rule of thumb on aquaponics is twice the growth and twice the planting density. If you look at the photo’s of basil, my wife get’s 4 harvests per season here. The system is outside, no grow lights or anything like that and we run it from April to Sept. We shut it down for the entire winter. As far as fish, it’s totally dependent on the temps, quality of feed and feeding rate as well as species you use. As an honest estimate 25lbs of tilapia under optimum conditions per year would be reasonable starting with 3″-4″ fingerlings. Could be more or less depending on the conditions stated. Hope this helps.

      Travis

      P.S. Sorry for note getting back to you sooner. Power is down due to ice storm. Running periodically on a genset so responses may be slow.

  • Dean
    09 Mar 2014

    Do you have a youtube video or something to show your system assembly and operation?

    • Travis
      09 Mar 2014

      We are working on it and should have something soon. I do the entire assembly from start to finish. Keep an eye out for an announcement.

      Thanks for the inquiry.

      Travis

  • Fred
    20 Mar 2014

    I really like the look of this system, I have been looking into aquaponics on you tube for some time and I’m going to start one this year. I have two questions 1. can you expand the grow bed on this system? 2. as a first timer and handy with tools would you recommended starting with the barrel system on your page or the prefab system?

    • Travis
      21 Mar 2014

      Hello Fred. The growbed and fish tank are sized appropriately for each other. This system is deigned with the new operator in mind, very forgiving, sturdy built and designed to last decades. We are planing on offering both larger and smaller versions in the future based on this same design. As far as the comparison between the My AquaFarm system and the Barrel-ponics system in the manual, the My AquaFarm is capable of much more as far as production of both fish and vegetables and uses less power. The fish tank alone is over 3 times that of the Barrel-Ponics unit. The My AquaFarm will have yo up and ready for fish in 1 day. Hope this helps and thank you for considering My AquaFarm. It’s greatly appreciated.

  • Mark
    02 Apr 2014

    Should I assume a 200 gallon Tank? Just thinking about the number of fish I’ll need.

  • Mark
    02 Apr 2014

    Please disregard my last post. I found the info above. Thank you.

    • Travis
      03 Apr 2014

      If you need any other information please feel free to ask.

  • Bert
    07 Apr 2014

    Hi Travis, I’m looking into purchasing a system for our family. We are a family of 5. (2 adults & 3 kids) Keeping the future hard times in mind, how productive do you think this system would be in a “no buy or sell” economy?

    • Travis
      16 Apr 2014

      I emailed you privately. Did you get my message?

  • Mark
    08 Apr 2014

    Travis, great system. Looking forward to that larger grow bed system. What is the overall footprint of the current system assembled? Trying to fit it in the house and I have several spots picked. Thanks in advance.

    • Travis
      09 Apr 2014

      The overall footprint is 50″ x 72″. Make sure you situate it in a place that can take the weight. When you say “in the house”, what do you mean by that? Hopefully not thinking of putting it in the living room or anything like that.

      • Mark
        10 Apr 2014

        I have a mud/utility room that was once a one car attached garage. It is heated and cooled as part of the home. It is a concrete slab so no concern about weight. The living room is a good idea though.. 🙂 thank you for the size info.

  • Rob
    13 Sep 2014

    Hi Travis –

    If one was to set this up indoors (say in a basement) roughly how much lighting would be needed?

    Thanks!

    • Travis
      17 Sep 2014

      I honestly couldn’t say. I’ve never used artificial lighting in any of my systems. The manufacturers of such lighting would be better equipped to guide you on your choices. I do know the color of the light has much to do with what kind of plants you will be growing. Fruiting plants prefer a different color light than do leafy green plants.

      Thank you for your question,
      Travis

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    23 Sep 2014

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    • Travis
      23 Sep 2014

      Thanks for the comment!! I sure hope so!!

  • Rav
    07 Nov 2014

    I am very impressed with your system. Can this be shipped to the Philippines.

    • Travis
      10 Nov 2014

      I would have to find out what it would take. I’m sure the price for shipping would be quite high though. It weighs 235 lbs. Now, if we had a dealer in PI that would be another story……

  • Trista
    17 Jan 2015

    Can you raise shrimp in this system? If so, do you have any resources to learn how?

    I live in a very windy and dusty environment. Have any tips on how to keep the unit outside in those condition?

    thanks!

    • Travis
      19 Jan 2015

      I’ve not raised shrimp myself. I cannot see any reason why you couldn’t though. Shrimp are carnivorous though and as such I think you would have an issue with stocking density high enough to really get things growing well. A poly-culture of fish and shrimp might be the best way to go. As far as the outside conditions, the My AquaFarm system is designed with the fish tank mostly under the growbed leaving little exposure of the fish tank to collect dust. Keeping a good healthy growth on top will be your best insurance to keep dust off the growbed. Hope this helps!!

  • Ramlal K.P
    10 May 2015

    Dear Sir,
    I am from India, live in Dubai, I can get this Aqua farm system in India or Dubai , If yes how much cost, I am waiting for your reply
    Thks Lal

    • Travis
      12 May 2015

      Thanks Lal for your inquiry. I’m working on an international shipper. We’ve had several requests to send the My Aqua Farm on an overseas trip. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to quote the cost. Right now we have no way to even estimate the shipping costs. When we do have the service available we’ll make an announcement on the website. Keep checking in. Hopefully we’ll know something soon.

      Warm regards,
      Travis W. Hughey

  • Barry
    23 May 2015

    Hey Travis, a friend of mine sent me this link. This is a great idea! Anyway I was wondering what it would take for me to be a dealer? I started my own organic soap nut business (alternative laundry detergent) about 4 years ago. I know that I could really push this product for you.

    • Travis
      23 May 2015

      Hello Barry,
      Thank you for your inquiry. Currently we only have dealerships available for the lower 48 states of the US. I have a two tiered system. One for internet retailers who take orders on their website and then order for their customers off this website and we drop ship from here. You use a coupon code unique to you and keep the difference between retail and the coupon code. The other tier is for what we call V.A.R.’s (Value Added Retailers)in which you take orders and assemble the units for your customer and set up at their location. We will only send the unit to you alone. You can then sell media and fish as well as service with an exclusive area with a 50 mile radius. The V.A.R.’s earn a 2x commission for assembly and setup. Email me privately for details at travis@myaquafarm.com.

  • Keith
    30 Aug 2015

    Is this system to learn on or can I expand it to feed a family or community?

    • Travis
      08 Sep 2015

      This system can produce a large amount of food but not enough to feed a family. With aquaponics, it’s all about ratio’s and each system should be designed with the proper ratios in place. Expanding a system, while a popular notion, simply is not a good idea as it changes the ratios and places water in places where the fish aren’t. The best way to set up an aquaponics system large enough for a family is to use multiple systems. This way, if there’s a pest problem, it’s limited to that unit and not the entire food production project. We will be releasing a system double this size in the near future.
      Hope this helps.

      Travis

  • Tony C
    29 Jan 2016

    I was reading your answer concerning placing the system indoors (I have a large basement-one side currently not used) I would have to use artificial lighting. Do you think your system would work under these conditions. It is a bit pricey for me and if I made the investment I would like to get a return on my investment. Thanks great product!

    • Travis
      30 Jan 2016

      It’s most certainly possible to use the My Aqua Farm indoors. One has to weigh for themselves if the crops grown are of sufficient value to warrant the additional expense of lighting. That’s an individual choice. There are some indoor My Aqua Farm units in operation currently.

      Thanks for the inquiry.

      Travis

  • Tonya
    15 Feb 2016

    Hello, just wanted to say, just found this info on YouTube, I love it! I do have a question: I have a cedar greenhouse 10×14′ and was wondering if anyone has ever told you that they have put one of your systems in a greenhouse. And, what about winter months (Michigan… brrrr), any detailed suggestions/information would be GREATLY appreciated! btw, you sir have done a great job on this project, it’s genius! 🙂

    • Travis
      15 Feb 2016

      Thank you for your comments and question. Yes, a greenhouse is just fine, especially in colder climates. I was just at a fellows house a couple weeks ago that had his My Aqua Farm in a greenhouse.

      Regards,
      Travis

  • Gaylon Birdwell
    18 Feb 2016

    Hello Travis,

    I live in Marble Falls, Tx near Austin. I’m retired, 83 years old. Would the high temps (100 deg f and higher sometimes) be too high for your system? Also, in your assembly video, you mentioned a substitute for gravel. Do you offer that now? I’m ready to order. What is your shipping schedule? Also, should I order the tilapia at the same time I order the system? Thanks,

    Gaylon Birdwell

    • Travis
      19 Feb 2016

      Some sort of shade would benefit you in the hot climates. We too get high temps here in South Carolina. I face the system to the north to reduce heat gain.

  • Sharon
    15 Mar 2016

    Hello Travis, I read with great interest your manual and it would take some convincing to get my husband to build it. Having said that, we live in Jamaica, W.I. and I was wondering what other kind of fish we could incorporate into this system. Most fish here are salt water, and this doesn’t seem compatible. I would appreciate any comments you have.

    • Travis
      20 Mar 2016

      I’m not sure to be honest. If goldfish or Koi are available, while not typically a food fish, they work well in aquaponics. Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Travis

  • Don
    21 Mar 2016

    I just saw the construction video on You Tube…I was very impressed on how simple and complete your system is. This is a great way to introduce people to aquaponics in an urban environment. What would the weight be on a completed system,…. water, fish, gravel, tanks, equipment and plants…, and could it safely be installed on a high-rise balcony with a southern exposure?…Also thought this would make an excellent gift for someone interested in getting started raising their own food in an open land limited area.

    • Travis
      21 Mar 2016

      Thank you so much for your comments and interest in the My Aqua Farm product. The current system weighs approximately 2800 lbs with gravel as the growbed media. Lighter weight media can cut 800 lbs off this number. As far as it being set up n a balcony, I cannot in any way determine whether that is a good idea or not. A building engineer would have to be consulted to determine if the weight of a fully loaded system would exceed safety parameters for a particular structure. As a FYI, we are introducing a 1/2 size system in the near future that may be more suitable. Keep an eye out for an announcement once they arrive.

      Thanks again,
      Travis

  • lucy
    02 Apr 2016

    Our plants are growing very quickly and I am wondering, if we just clip down or trim the radish sprouts and wheat grass, will the grow back. What if we want to plant new things? Do we pull up the plants and leave the gravel and add new seeds? Thank you. It works great!!!

    • Travis
      03 Apr 2016

      You should be able to clip the wheatgrass and it regrow just fine. With the radish, I would be sure to leave a few leaves until a good root developed.
      When you want to replant, by all means pull the plants no longer needed and shake the gravel off the roots and reseed or replant as desired.
      Yes, the My Aqua Farm is one of the most amazing ways to grow food. Aquastead e-fish-ently!!

      Trav.

  • subodh khare
    11 May 2016

    Dear Sir,
    I am from India, live in Jabalpur M.P.state, I can get this Aqua farm system in India at jabalpur , If yes how much cost, I am waiting for your reply
    Thks Lal

    • Travis
      16 May 2016

      Thanks for your inquiry.
      At this time we do not have arrangements to ship to India.
      Check back from time to time though as we are working on an economical way to ship from the USA.

      Warm Regards,
      Travis

  • subodh khare
    11 May 2016

    Dear Sir,
    I am from India, live in Jabalpur M.P.state, I can get this Aqua farm system in India at jabalpur , If yes how much cost, I am waiting for your reply
    Thks
    subodh khare

    • Travis
      16 May 2016

      Thanks for your inquiry.
      At this time we do not have arrangements to ship to India.
      Check back from time to time though as we are working on an economical way to ship from the USA.

      Warm Regards,
      Travis

  • William Harrison
    22 Jul 2016

    Saw the video the construction of the system. WOW! Very impresive. Quick question: What are the actual dimensions of the two units? I have two options to place the system that I just ordered.

    Thanks for the creativity.

    Bill H

    • Travis
      23 Jul 2016

      Not sure what you mean by “the two units”. The assembled system has a footprint of approx 50″ x 72″. Roughly the size of a sheet of plywood.

      Regards,
      Travis

  • Davies
    30 Jul 2016

    I am looking forward to that in Zambia , Africa. could you please expedite the process of shipping internatioally. Thank you.

  • Robert
    10 Aug 2016

    Hello, I am in Australia, Telapia is not a fish we are allowed to own in this country. What other species would you recommend?

  • Rob
    10 Sep 2016

    Hi, I live in Hawaii and when I put my address it states it free shipping. Is that correct?

    • Travis
      11 Sep 2016

      Sorry but we do not offer Free shipping to HI, AK or any other location outside the continental USA.
      Free shipping is only offered to the lower 48 states as stated.

  • Bill ward
    20 Apr 2017

    Hello Travis,
    I live in North pole Alaska. How can I find out how much the total cost for shipping Is? Love the video!!

    • Travis
      08 May 2017

      I can ship it to a location in Seattle if you can arrange from there to you.

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