Episode 1: Dennis McClung showcases his amazing backyard aquaponics operation


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I’m very excited to be posting my first podcast. Dennis McClung is our first guest. We talk all about his amazing backyard aquaponics system Please head on over to http://www.gardenpool.org to check it out.

  • A catfish is used for a natural method of population control
  • Evaporative Swamp cooler powered by the sun
  • Self sustaining system
  • The fish eat chicken poop as part of their balanced diet
  • Permaculture system based on observations of pond habitats
  • Fish scraps are composted using black soldier flies
  • Lots more cool features and aquaponics tips

Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of SaveOurSkills.com. Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • Jon

    Go Nick Go! Great 1st podcast.

    Dennis, Thanks for sharing the details of your aquaponics setup. I’m impressed with how efficient this whole setup is. Every creature’s “waste” is used as food for another creature. It reminds me a lot of the “grass farming” practiced by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Check out “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan if you’re interested…

    Nick, you mentioned automation with the Arduino, so I wanted to just comment on it so the audience could get the spelling right.

    Here’s a youtube video with a cool example of an Arduino project:
    He uses Arduino to automatically pump out the condensate water from his portable A/C unit.

    Great Job Guys!!!!!


  • Jon, thanks for the good feedback. I was a bit stiff, but will hopefully loosen up over time

  • Nick, Great job and thanks for having me. Shortly after doing the show I came across this: http://www.gardenbot.org/ It is an opensource garden monitoring system that uses an Arduino board.
    Jon, Thanks for the support and I will look in to it.

  • Dennis, garden bot is pretty awesome… thanks!

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  • hoobajoob

    this is super sweet! wish i had a pool now

  • mario gutierrez

    hi dennis i am very impressed on how you did you pool , i would love to have a chance to talk to you ,or email me how i can do what you did with the pool..i live in san antonio texas,im getting ready myself i love the set up you have, i would like to do the same thing my email is gutierrezm69@yahoo.com or creativestucco9 @aol.com

  • Renegorvenia

    Hi Dennis i am a peruvian, forgive my poor ingles, i just want to say “YOU ARE A FANTASTIC MAN”, cogratulations. I like to know more about your system aquaponic my mail is renegorvenia@hotmail.com.pe and the facebook RENE GORVENIA GONZLES.

  • saveourskills

    you can connect with dennis on gardenpool.org

  • manueloni

    Wonderfull!!!! I d like to make something similar here in france, yur aquaponic is just unbelievable

    This is my email manuel.landru@gmail.com ,
    I d like to have some advice from you

    Contact me if you can

    See yu