Hey, Dwayne here,
Thanks for checking out my blog, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a comprehensive, no holds barred review of Aquaponics4You guide book, which is written by none other than Certified Organic Farmer and Aquaponics expert John Fay.
First and foremost, I just want to clarify that I will be giving you an unrestricted, unbiased and honest review of John Fay’s Aquaponics DIY guide. What you are about to read are the ESSENTIAL details you need to know before grabbing a copy for yourself.
So What Exactly is John Fay’s Aquaponics4You Guide?
“Aquaponics4You” is a comprehensive 33 page guide with diagrams and charts on how to design, build, maintain and scale-up your own aquaponics garden. It also comes with 2 videos explaining how to build your first home aquaponics system and 5 other bonus books on gardening (worth the price of the original book I bought – These bonuses were packed full of tips and ideas… sorry…got off on a sidetrack there)
OK, so the concept of Aquaponics is NOT new, since most of the earth is covered in water, you could say the earth acts like one big aquaponic garden. The way it’s presented to you in the book is it’s “Aquaculture” meets “Hydroponic Farming” (my favorite method). The way it works is the fish give off waste that the plants love and in turn purify the water that the fish live in. So it’s a win-win-win. The fish are healthy, veggies are organic, and I’m eating great!
This is what surprised me – you can virtually grow ANYTHING you want. various types of lettuce,dark leafy greens,tomatoes, cucumbers,herbs,cabbage,silver beets,green onions or even fruit plants like melons,strawberries,squashes,peppers and legumes like peas, sugar snap peas, green beans,oriental stir fry varieties, and on and on. PLUS the bonus of fish! And GOOD Fish too – like Trout,Tilapia,Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, heck even goldfish (not that I eat goldfish).
So I made my first aquaponic garden using the instructions – I wanted a small herb garden for my home – just to try out the system. Without giving away too much – I started small – followed the book to the tee – and I must say on my first attempt – things went pretty good. My small aquaponic system herb garden was “fed” by 7 goldfish (no I wasn’t growing them for food!) and gave me so many herbs, I ended up sharing with friends. And the growth was amazing – a bounty of fresh herbs in under 4 weeks! (with VERY little sun) It’s a pretty easy system to run – almost hands off (still gotta feed the fishes).
Another thing I noticed about this guide is that John actually writes to you in plain english – no fancy terms – so you don’t need a dictionary by your side to read the book. John also gives you some tips on how to run the system off the grid – good info. for folks who want to minimize the footprint.
So What’s the BAD Stuff about John’s “Aquaponics4You”:
As I said earlier, just about every product online I read had SOMETHING wrong with it. Nothing is perfect and here are the flaws I noticed after reading John Fay’s “Aquaponics4You” Guide.
- Location: OK, if you live in Canada (like I do) this system will have to be supplemented with a grow light (full spectrum) and kept indoors (obviously – plants don’t do so well in the cold eh?). Also bear in mind that if it’s too HOT (like Arizona) you may have to look into some kind of climate control (like a greenhouse or screenhouse)
- Cost of materials – although you can get everything from a Lowes or Home Depot – If you go big – expect to pay around $400 US for materials for a family size aquaponic garden. (Although you will be saving on the groceries and there are opportunities for using recycled materials - so it could balance out for you quite fast)
- The FISH! – In the US and Canada, there are local regulations allowing for certain fish species. Check with you local University or Ag. Extension office to see what kinds of fish you can use. I am using trout in my new system project – VERY Yummy!
So What are the GOOD Things about the Ultimate Aquaponics Home System?
Smart and Highly Sustainable:
-you will get plentiful, all organic yeilds – FAST!
-you have low set-up and operating expenses
-you can grow most food groups
-you have the choice to go “off-grid” – or even run it manually
-you can have it indoors or just about anywhere outdoors.
At Ease Even if You Are A Beginner
-assembly is easy and stright-forward from materials – most of which you can buy off the shelf.
-operation is simple (feed fish, propagate seeds, harvest.)
-Off the shelf products (no special equipment required)
-easy assembly – doesn’t require special labor and can be portable
-Plenty of options to use recycled materials.
-The money you save by growing your own organic produce – the system will pay for itself in under a year (even less if you are selling your produce)
So Overall, What Do I Think?
Well I have experience with many growing mediums and was pleasantly surprised how easy this system was to set up. I love hydroponic growing – but this aquaponic option opened a whole new world to me. It was easy enough to download the guide – I recieved it immediately after I made my payment through clickbank/PayPal. (If you try to close the main offer window – a pop-up offers you a $10 discount – So I only paid $27 USD) The book was 33 pages, very descriptive, had several diagrams to show several different aquaponic garden plans – from small time to commercial operations. You can tell John know’s his stuff and is an experienced Organic Farmer and Aquaponics Expert (and it truly does show!) The Video was good quality and very helpful (I need to SEE what I’m building before I DO it) The support I got when I needed a Tech. questioned answered was about 6 hrs. turnaround. Not Great – but not bad, for e-mail. Could have been my account being slow. The guide leaves nothing to the imagination and I’ve even learned a few golden nugget techniques that I can use in my other gardening projects. Oh, and I almost forgot, the Bonus books he gives you with his guide were outstanding! I think the bonus books were worth just as much as his book alone (and I’ve read ALOT of online books!)
Well, there you go – my John Fay’s “Aquaponics4You” Review.
I hope my Review had helped you. Happy Gardening!