Aquaponics USA

About Aquaponics USA

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This is our latest Video and our longest production ever. It’s a TOUR of our Greenhouse, Growroom and newly constructed Fishroom, which together are running a single Recirculating Aquaculture System known as a RAS. We are multi-cropping Tilapia, Vegetables and a few Fruits in this system which is demonstrating our commercial aquaponics system we call a Food Forever™ Farm. This is a Micro Food Forever™ Farm as it is about 1/10th the size of the smallest Food Forever™ Farm we are offering. (Video made August of 2014)

This is our TOUR of our Greenhouse, Growroom and newly constructed Fishroom, which together are running a single Recirculating Aquaculture System known as a RAS. We are multi-cropping Tilapia, Vegetables and a few Fruits in this system which is demonstrating our commercial aquaponics system we call a Food Forever™ Farm. This is a Micro Food Forever™ Farm as it is about 1/10th the size of the smallest Food Forever™ Farm we are offering. (Video made April of 2014)

This Video is Part 1 of a series called “Aquaponics USA Travels to Tucson, Arizona” and it features the building, installation and testing of one of three of our STEM Food Growing Systems, the FFGS-40, that went into the Davis Bilingual Elementary School in the inner city of Tucson, Arizona.

This Video is Part 2 of the new series called “Aquaponics USA Travels to Tucson, Arizona” and it features the building, installation and testing of one of the three of our STEM Food Growing Systems, the FFGS-40, that went into the Manzo Elementary School in the inner city of Tucson, Arizona. We installed three of the same systems in these videos; but each installation took a different configuration and a different aspect of the installation in captured in these videos. If you watch all three installations carefully (Part 3 is coming soon), you will get a real good idea of how these systems were installed.

This Video describes what was growing in our Aquaponics USA Greenhouse, introduces our newly constructed Growroom and our Food Forever™ Growing Systems and debuts our fun new Lead-In and Lead-Out Video Format, which you’ll be seeing in all of our videos. (Video made in October of 2011)

We’ve divided our 2009 Video Greenhouse Tour into 3 parts. The first part focuses on the outside of the greenhouse and talks about the construction and environmental controls. The second part focuses on the inside of the greenhouse and describes the food-growing systems. The third part shows and talks about several of the plants that were growing in the greenhouse. Sit back, relax and enjoy your Tour.

Greenhouse construction and environmental controls. (Video made in October of 2009)

How Aquaponics Systems Work. (Video made in October of 2009) The systems you see here have been replaced by the Family & STEM Food Growing Systems that are now available on this website.)

The amazing growth of the plants. (Video made in October of 2009)

Aquaponics USA Videos (of our Past)

Stay Tuned For Our Future In AZ

Aquaponics USA is Your One Stop Shop For Every- thing Aquaponics. Our company has been in operation since 2009, and it's one of the best known Aquaponics companies on the web with a reputation for being honest, friendly and big on timely, efficient customer service.

Aquaponics USA sells everything you need to become more Food Independent with Aquaponics, and we add new products often. To the left is a list of the products we offter.

We are also known for our Family and STEM Food Growing Systems that are efficient and durable. Teachers love dealing with us because we've made the purchasing process as easy as possible with a bundled STEM Package that includes everything a Teacher needs to turn a classrooem into a hands-on learning environment and a STEM Teacher's dream.

We are Grace Sylke and Oliver Duffy, the Co-Founders of  Aquaponics USA. We started our Aquaponics company in 2009 right after the collapse of Lehman Bros., which we interpreted as a warning that things were not right on the economic front in the U.S.

Neither of us had ever planted a thing in our lives. We were both what you would call city slickers; but it just so happened that we had made a move together to a much more rural environment in late 2006 prior to the 2008 collapse and we had 1/3 rd of an acre of land in the high desert of California. That's the most land either of us had ever had.

When that collapse happened, we came to the biggest decision of our life times. We decided to learn how to grow food.

This is the Greenhouse we built in Yucca Valley, CA. At the time, all we knew was we wanted to learn how to grow food, and because we were in the desert, we also knew we were going to have to be creative because the CA desert has a challenging climate that's real hot in the summer and real cold in the winter at 3,500 ft. up. So we went on-line to discover how to do Hydroponics.

Instead, we found Oliver's Mentor, Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics, and we also found our mission. Little did we know that day Aquaponics was going to become a business for us and take over their lives.

Because Oliver was an Aerospace Engineer, after studying Aquaponics on the web and spending a lot of time on Forums, he felt confident that he could build his own system.

He was still thinking it was a personal system for him and me (Grace). The system in the cartoon image on the left was the original System Design that he came up with.

It has the Fish Tank underneath the Grow Bed and is sitting on a stand made out of 92 pieces of PVC pipe.  

It wasn't until we were installing four of these systems in the new Greenhouse that it dawned on us that we could turn Aquaponics into a business, and Aquaponics USA was born. But we soon learned the stand had too many pieces and there was no way to know what the fish were up to under the Grow Beds. In fact, the fish were having babies we didn't even know about.

So Oliver redeisigned the AUSA Food Growing Systems turning them into durable, attractive and highly functioning Aquaponics Family & STEM Food Growing Systems for homes and schools.

The one on the left is located at the ExplorOcean Learning Center in Newport Beach, CA  where students from all over the U.S. can learn how STEM Food Growing Systems work.

Teachers, read our "Bring Your Classroom To Life"  pdf for more details about STEM Food Growing Systems.

As the Founders, we gravitated to where our talents led us, and Oliver became the System Designer while Grace became the Marketing Director.

At some point, we realized many of our customers were from the East Coast where it was even colder than in Yucca Valley, and they wanted to grow their food indoors. We decided to build an enclosed Growroom so we could demonstrate indoor growing.

I (Grace) also wanted to market to schools that would have classroom systems. So we built this Growroom.

The newly designed systems no longer had the Fish Tanks under the Grow Beds so we decided to build a Fishroom for all of the fish. The processed Fishtank water was plumbed under the ground about 100 ft. to the redesigned Greenhouse.

We installed a WET System in the Fishroom. WET is an acronym for Water Enhancement Technology. Together, the WET System and the Solids Separation BioConversion System kept the water in the Fish Tanks crystal clear.

We started a second company so we could offer Commercial Aquaponics and build large-scale systems worldwide. We call it Aquaponics World, LLC.

Due to the crystal car water we were able to design a Demo vertical growing system in the Greenhouse, which is a proprietary design. NFT stands for Nutrient Film Technique. It entails water running threw a trough that has been designed for optimum grow out and harvesting of leafy greens.

After five years of successful operation, the original systems were torn out, the fish were moved to the fishroom and a Vertical Aquaponics System was installed with the help of our Lead System Builder & Installer, Keil Plotczyk (seen below).

The picture here is not of the original Vertical system, which was a 60 degree Vertical System. The pictured system is a 75 degree Vertical System, which was installed six months later. As we already pointed out, this was an R&D Aquaponics Lab and a lot of R&D was going on.

As orders started rolling in for our Family & STEM Food Growing Systemus, we decided we needed some help and hired Keil Plotczyk, IC, to be our Lead System Builder and Installer.

As it's turned out, Keil is a hard working and talented tradesman with many skills, and he has handled a variety of jobs for us right down to this Spring when he played a key role in helping us move out of CA.

That's right, Aquaponics USA is now located in the White Mountains of Arizona. Keil comes and goes as needed, but still considers his main home to be in Yucca Valley.

The fish were given to an Aquaponics farmer in Joshua Tree, CA. Our system was dismantled, and it's now time to start over.

This 75 ft. x 15 ft. porch is soon to be the new combination Fishroom and Greenhouse. The fish tanks will be in the foreground under the roof, and the greenhouse will be in the sunlit area in the background of this photo.

This is a covered porch so the first thing that has to go is the about 10 foot of the 15 foot roof. The ladder leads up to the garage roof where the Solar Panels, which we took off of the Yucca Valley roof, are installed.

So here is Dan Hall, another multi-talented and hard working tradesman, taking down the solar panels he had put up a couple of years previously in Yucca Valley.

So why the move? We fell in love with a small town in the White Mountains of AZ, Show Low, where we found our perfect home. We now have 10 acres of land with a well, which sits on the best aquifer in the U.S., Coconino. Being able to make this move with a VA Loan was a dream come true.

We also love a challenge and growing vegetables at a whopping 6,000 ft. up, in the cold of winter is going to be just that. It snows up here, but the locals say that it dissipates quickly and there isn't a big build up. We'll let you know with Videos and pictures soon.

Here are those same solar panels up on the roof of our  new garage. We plan to add more panels to this 6,000 watt array as money and time permits.

We are in love with our new home and can't wait to get our new Greenhouse built.

This is a sight to behold in a section of our yard, which sits in front of the garage. These are all of the parts that make up both our Vertical and Horizontal Aquaponics systems.

It won't be long before these ducts, troughs, swamp coolers and all this PVC pipe is re-installed into the new Greenhouse. We will be making a lot of new Videos showing all of that so be sure to check in to our Video Page to watch the progress.  

The move caused a big absence in our Video uploads.

We couldn't close this history of Aquaponics USA without showing you our land. Us city slickers have gone all rural to the max now, and we're loving it.

Two herds of deer visit often. Yes, you heard right, "herds". One herd had 16 deer, but one young buck was kicked out. He now has his own herd of four.

Stay tuned as this entire operation re-constitutes itself with a new Greenhouse and a new Shop where we build our Family & STEM Food Growing Systems.

We plan to add some serious Composting to our operation, black soldier flies and, of course, chickens.

So why are we showing you all of our unemptied boxes? Because the room that still has the boxes in it will soon be our new Aquaponics USA Classroom.

This room was built to be just that--a Classroom by the previous owners of the home. It's independent of the home, has recessed lighting, it's own bathroom and an entry porch.

We can't wait to be announcing our first Aquaponics USA Class. Because I (Grace) was a High School Teacher in my past, designing Curriculum will be a snap; and Oliver has more knowledge about Aquaponics than just about anyone in the field so this class is going to be great.

Watch for the announcement of our first class on our Home Page, our Blog and our Newsletters.

Here I am (Grace) with a cooler full of lettuce from our Yucca Valley Greenhouse. I'm here to introduce our Aquaponics USA Videos, which are below. I am the face of Aquaponics USA in these Videos.

Aquaponics USA has been absent from the YouTube scene for quite awhile, but we are announcing our come back here, and are soon to be getting very busy posting videos of the building of our new Greenhouse, which will be combined with the Fish Tanks and Water Filtration area this time.

We will also be making Videos of a serious, state of the art Composting System that Oliver is presently designing.

And then there's the chickens that are coming. I expect the chickens to be stars in those up-coming Videos, and you'll be seeing the building of the enclosed, insulated and heated Chicken Coop that the challenging winter weather requires.

All of the Videos below tell the history of Aquaponics USA. We'll announce the new Videos as soon as the first one is posted on YouTube and it will also come onto this About Page.  

Thank You for visiting the Aquaponics USA website. Our AUSA Team is working diligently to get to the next evolution of our company, which offers lots of exciting innovations and products (including Classes) from our new location in Arizona.