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Aquaponic Lynx LLC

Announcing the new business and web site. It is only just started so expect changes as I improve. I'm all about getting it going with what I've got and improving as we go along. No show would ever go on if it had to be perfect and complete before it hit the stage ya know. I'm already set to sell Aquaponics Valves and automatic feeders. I hope to be adding grow beds and plumbing parts as well as pumps and complete systems. Let me know if you are interested in my services for system design and install.

I discovered something new, growing food with fish poo.

...I mean Aquaponics, growing fish and plants in a symbiotic manner to provide food and conserve resources.
By using a bio-filter to convert the ammonia and nitrite (which are bad for the fish) into nitrate, we now have plant food. By growing plants to use the nitrate we are cleaning the water for the fish. Once a system is up and running, the primary input is the fish food and the power to run the pump.

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Can grow big fish

Well our record fish was 10 Pounds. We had that fish for just over 2 years and it was an advanced fingerling of between 8 and 10 inches when we got it. She turned out to be female as we found eggs when we opened her up. Even after filleting we had 6 pounds of meat from that catfish. And guess what, she still tasted great. Going Fishing Had to Use Luggage Scale Ten Pounds Two Foot



Contact me if you are interested in help on Aquaponics systems in the South East USA (primarily Florida.) Perhaps also along I 75 between Florida and Michigan.


New Year and then some

We Got some new small catfish fingerlings on Christmas eve and put them in the Quarantine system. They were really extra small this time. They gave us 140 for the price of 100 but I fear that the really small ones just did not have the reserves of energy to survive the extreme cold we had for a few weeks after we got them. Their water was down to 32 degrees F so I doubt they were eating much. I've since moved them to a smaller fingerling tank of about 20 gallons in the greenhouse but we are down to about 80 fingerlings now.

So, I expect we will try to get some larger fingerlings come late Feb or March to put into the quarantine tank. In the mean time, the grwo beds are getting full of lettuce and other greens around the base of the peppers and tomato plants. I am working on some rafts to place in the sump tank and perhaps use the Duckweed tank for more rafts or other growing since I won't be growing many tilapia.

I am very happy with the Rubbermaid stock tanks as grow beds and feeding them using the Indexing valve has been working very well. The AP system has not been taking up much of my time but it is starting to produce quite well. We have gotten huge amounts of fish to eat from the system and now with maturity, the plants are doing much better. I'm looking forward to a great productive year.

Thread Archive
I am making an effort to archive my system thread from the BYAP Forum.
You can go directly to the BYAP forum to read it all there but I will try to make pages available here too.
TCLynx's System Thread
Here are some of the pages I have already Archived.
Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 And some more pages I've archived. Please, don't hit the links in these thread archives unless you wish to go to the BYAP site. Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Ah, now instead of doing it one page at a time, I'm now able to do as many pages at once as I want. I decided ten pages at a time would be more than enough in one bite. Page 51 to 60 Page 61 to 70 Page 71 to 80 Page 81 to 90 Page 91 to 99 that is it for now on my main system thread as it only goes to page 100 at the moment so I'll wait till I get to 101 to archive anything above 99.
Here are Forum links to some of my other threads on BYAP Duckweed Pee Ponics Useful Diagrams AquariPonics Or Breeding Wall PeePonics

Wow much has changed in my systems in the past year.

My big system is now CHIFT PIST. I only clean the pump trap every 3 or 4 weeks. There is a 6 lb catfish in the sump. Lots of the smaller catfish that I got as fingerlings less than a year ago are now over 3 lb. We have 70 some tilapia to filet before it gets too cold. I have re-arranged the system quite a bit. And the old waterfall tank is now the quarantine tank hooked up to a couple of the grow beds back by the compost bins. Definitely like the bigger tank for quarantine. The catfish didn't appreaciate the 50 gallon tote as a fish tank. I think this year's catfish will be much better off in the bigger tank.

Exciting news will hopefully be announced soon

In the mean time, if anyone wants help with their AP dreams, let me know. I'm willing to design systems and here in FL, I could be convinced to build them.
May 2009

Updates as of May 2009

Yet another page that I had not updated in quite a long time. The Aquaponics system has come a long way and grown quite a lot of food over the past year.
We have harvested catfish as large as 3 1/2lbs. I love smoked catfish, smoked catfish dip, smoked catfish cakes. We also have tilapia and they taste good too.
There has been an article about my AP system in the Backyard Aquaponics magazine Backyard Aquaponics Magazine
I have been testing out some additional methods of filtration and trying to use pipes for NFT growing. I feel my system needs more filtration and I really wish I had found some way to do CHIFT PIST (constant height in fish tank pump in sump tank) for my system. As it is now, my pump intake has to suck in solids and the pump trap gets gunked up to the point of requiring cleaning every few days. I know a CHIFT PIST system requires a large sump tank but I now strongly believe it is worth it. I have been trying to figure out how to modify my current system to make it more trouble free so I can go out of town on occasion without having to worry about it.


Spring 2008 my newer Big system!!!!

Big System


We also got some fish for the system on March 24th 2008


Here is a picture of a small barrel Ponics system under construction. Barrel Ponics System
I built this system to gain experience in aquaponics before building a larger system. I still use this system for experiments and growing plants.

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