Learn The Ins and Outs Of Indoors and Vertical Aquaponics! Part 7
For parts 1 through 6 click these links:
Vertical Aquaponics, Part 7:
In Which We Ask And Answer A Whole Bunch More Questions You Need To Know About Your Indoors Aquaponics Project!
So far we’ve only talked about issues specific to indoor vertical aquaponic growing; there are a bunch of additional questions you need to answer before you can proceed with any confidence with a large indoor grow. We list them here, and provide links to read more about them:
What Size Do I Start My Vertical Aquaponics Farm At?
You do not want to learn to drive in a loaded 18-wheeler with a 12-speed manual transmission going downhill at night in the rain! You want to start on a sunny day in a Toyota Corolla with an automatic transmission! In the same way, you do not want to learn how to “drive” in a 20,000-square-foot indoor vertical aquaponics system with a $6,000/month loan payment and $10,000 per month of overhead expenses! It’s got way too much inertia and way too many “moving parts”.
But this is the way all the failures in our “Aquaponics Failures” PowerPoint slideshow started. The moral of the story? Even for someone who plans to go “big time”, it’s smart to start small. Read the “Failures” slideshow AND “The Business Of Aquaponics”, for which there’s a download link a little further down the page, and you’ll have a much better idea of how to start and avoid disasters caused by the semi-truck-and-trailer inertia of a big aquaponics farm.
Your Test Grow:
How do you know what will grow the best in your indoors aquaponics farm unless you try it yourself? Are you going to rely on advice from someone who’s growing their aquaponic produce in a greenhouse? Rely on advice from an outdoors soil gardener? Both of those are SO different than growing indoors that the information you’ll get is likely to be misleading at best, and useless at worst. Download this document to see how to do your own Test Grow.
The Business Of Aquaponics: Advertising, Marketing, Selling, The Production Timeline, And Getting Off The Ground:
More important stuff to know about before taking the plunge. It’s too much to put into a blog post: 21 pages to cover all this stuff adequately. Right out of our $995 Commercial Aquaponics DIY manual; click here to download the document.
Now Put It All Together And See If You’ve Got The Winning Number:
Here’s the link to the Vertical Indoors Farm spreadsheet again, that we first presented in #4 of this blog series: Click on this link to download the data in spreadsheet form. If you haven’t used spreadsheets before, or used them much, here’s a set of instructions that will make it easier: Click this link to download the instructions for that spreadsheet.
If you put the numbers you’ve learned from your six months to a year of Test Grows, plus the marketing information you learned after doing the test marketing suggested in “Advertising, Marketing, Selling, The Production Timeline, And Getting Off The Ground”, into this spreadsheet, PLUS accurate cost numbers for building and operating your indoor aquaponics farm in your location, then you’ll have a number that will give you an idea whether or not your venture can be profitable.
CAN is the operable word here; because if you guess at any of the numbers in the spreadsheet rather than taking the time and effort to research them and nail them down, your results will be fantasy rather than a useful projection. And we’d much rather go see the Lego Movie again for our fantasy needs: we LOVED IT the first four times we saw it!
But, if rather than spend all this time and effort doing Test Grows, Test Marketing, Starting Small, you’d prefer to gamble, and have the funds to do it with, why go right ahead. All the failures in The Failures slideshow did ($100,000 up to $22,000,000).
What’s going to be in the next blog post in this series? We’ll upload the CAD design drawings for a 9,500 square foot underground aquaponics farm with 18,000 square feet of raft area.