Fanatic Inspiration #2..


Took a tour of a commercial grade Aquaponics farm in Chandler, Arizona.. Rhiba Farms.

In comparison to the previous tour with Garden Pool, this was obviously an order of magnitude bigger than what I had seen before. A considerable amount of time and funding was spent on putting these facilities together and it shows. But it should in no way detract from the accomplishment the McClung families achievement.

This is version 1.0 of Rhiba Farms. There are currently plans in the works to move their entire facility over to a 3 acre plot in the near future, effectively increasing their size by about a factor of six!

The biggest surprises I found at this facility was that everything is raised on a foundation of asphalt (the current facility was at one time a phone servicing business). Mosquitoes were out in force over the floating beds since there was no barrier to keep them at bay. They are currently experimenting with small fish and shrimp in the beds to work on breaking down wastes, but also to act as a curb on the mosquito larvae that seem to thrive in these beds.

Our tour guide was actually the owner of the facility and took his time answering everyone’s questions (the tour was topping 2 1/2 hours before we had to depart). So if you are ever in the area, they give these tours the last Sunday of every month.

Unfortunately, video was not an option as my batteries were getting low, so I stuck with still frame shots. They do however cover the majority of the facility.

Siteplan of Rhiba Farms

Siteplan of Rhiba Farms

Seeding trays

Seeding trays

Rearing tanks (3,000 gallons), solids filter, de-gasser

Rearing tanks (3,000 gallons), solids filter, de-gasser

Floating beds (salad greens), make up 60-70% of his revenue

Floating beds (salad greens), make up 60-70% of his revenue

Sump tank (about 250 gallons)

Sump tank (about 250 gallons)

Rock box (bacteria and cooling, also grows peppers here)

Rock box (bacteria and cooling, also grows peppers here)

Greenhouse (about 25% of his revenue from here, edible flowers.. Really? Yes, really)

Greenhouse (about 25% of his revenue from here, edible flowers.. Really? Yes, really)

Showing his home based AP setup that's currently in development. Runs $3k.

Showing his home based AP setup that's currently in development. Runs $3k.

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Posted on March 21, 2012, in Aquaponics, Inspiration and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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