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Smoky Mountain Aquaponics System Up and Running

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Fisk Apr 30, 2013. 13 Replies

Now that we are actually "fished" I guess we are officially a system. So here is an "as built" plan as opposed to the original plan that evolved as we were building.…Continue

Tags: Mtns., Smoky, system, ap, Aquaponics

Calling all AP gurus. Here's a hoot.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Fisk Aug 12, 2013. 6 Replies

Anyone else ever notice a voltage potential between your ibc fish tanks. I kept noticing a cactus like feeling when I leaned on my tanks. One forearm on one , etc. You get the idea. So, I got out the…Continue

Blue Gill Fin Fungus?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Wheeler Oct 1, 2012. 18 Replies

We picked up our first bluegills 4 days ago and 2 days in we noticed what appear to be white fungus on the dorsal fins. Water quality is right on and clear. Me thinks it was on them from the fish…Continue

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Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Our Okra is great in stir fries as well. VERY good for you too btw."
Jul 31
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"And that is why we chose to retire to NE TN in the mountains. Low 70's here today and 50's at night. Hard to beat the heat. Also we have an artesian well with no pump and about 55F water from about 250 feet down. I let that run when…"
Jul 31
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Jeff; The bubbles are a chemical reaction between the vinegar (acid) and the Limestone (alkaline). If you get bubbles you will never control the Ph. Simple test. Anthony says he did not test a large enough sample. There were limestone gravel pieces…"
Jul 25
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I get my granite directly from the quarry so there is very little chance of contamination form say limestone. Just a thought."
Jul 25
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Anthony I got a bottle of PH Down from this sight back when we were starting up and it worked great in our @ 2400g system. Been using ashes from the GH wood stove since it was established and tends down on it's own as all seem to do. It should…"
Jul 19
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hey Anthony, you should try to find local IBCs. That would save you a lot of work. I am not comfortable talking prices here on the forum since they too sell bell siphons but you can view them on eBay. Just do a search and they will pop right up,…"
Jul 8
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"BTW with the addition of that knob you can save a bunch of growbed space since you don't need to get your hand in there. We have purchased over 5000 of those blue knobs at our local Lowes. They must be scratching their corporate heads, lol. BTW…"
Jul 3
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"These are our 4 IBC sizes for varying depths of media just for an example. Get me your dimensions and I will be happy to give you my sizes. I love it when I can help you make it yourself."
Jul 3
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Anthony, just give me the media depth and the length and width and I can size it for you. Volume counts along with media depth."
Jul 3
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Welcome back Anthony. Been about 3 years there bud. My wife and I have built and shipped over 5000 bell siphons to places all over the globe and in all sorts of sizes since I heard from you last. We are still going strong here on our homestead in…"
Jul 2
Jim Fisk commented on Jim Fisk's group IBC Aquaponics
"Yaacov, we had a hard time finding them around us in 2012 but as we tuned in to industrial parks, etc we soon found them everywhere. I.E. the oil recyclers were great at finding them and often had fresh ones they hadn't used yet and let them go…"
Jun 27
Yaacov Levi commented on Jim Fisk's group IBC Aquaponics
"Thanks Leo I may have over looked what could be right under my nose. I will start calling around today."
Jun 27
Leo White Bear commented on Jim Fisk's group IBC Aquaponics
"also check out dairy equipment businesses they may have some for sale."
Jun 26
Yaacov Levi commented on Jim Fisk's group IBC Aquaponics
"Thanks Leo I am right in the middle of a dairy area, I will be checking the farms out, will let you know how I make out."
Jun 26
Leo White Bear commented on Jim Fisk's group IBC Aquaponics
"Yaacov   Check with any dairy or farm supply source, if you are willing to drive a bit, check out any dairy farms.  Here in Wisconsin, most dairy farms store their calves colostrum supplement in IBC totes.  I acquired 20 for 20$ each…"
Jun 24
Yaacov Levi commented on Jim Fisk's group IBC Aquaponics
"Hi I am looking for a source of IBCs in MI, so far have only found ones with caustic residuals, no food safe ones. I am in Harrisville, on Huron, between Saginaw and Alpena. Ideally I would like six."
Jun 24

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Homesteading in the Smoky Mtns of NE TN. Setting up 5 ibc fish tanks and 10+ ibc grow beds in a 20 x 24 pole building greenhouse with an insulating wall between the "hot house" and the "fish room".

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How We Build Our Solids Lifting Outlet (SLO) At Smoky Mountain Aquaponics

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 1:30pm 16 Comments

There are many ways to skin a cat or in this case get the poop out of your fish tank (FT). Here is how we make ours for our full size IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) FTs. We wanted a true family…

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Making A Zero Backpressure Check Valve

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

I have a portion of my bypass water going to the SS heater coil in my woodstove and since it goes high above the rest of the system in order to clear a doorway I ran into some issues. All goes according to plan once I force the water up and over. However if there is a power interruption either by me or the power lines I immediately loose the prime and the coil is emptied and soon overheats and melts the pvc fittings.

So what I needed was a check valve that would not create any back…

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At 5:21am on November 2, 2014, John Pink said…

Hi do you know what the flow rates for D.W T. system please

At 1:02pm on September 20, 2014, Max Gfx said…

I'd say you're right about things in common...You work on commercial washers, the company I work for operates on them (Ellis brand). However, I work on floor machines in another department of their business.

At 9:55am on August 18, 2014, N.G. said…

Thank you so very much!!!! You are awesome!

At 5:08pm on August 17, 2014, N.G. said…

Hi Jim, I saw on a previous post that you know a lot about bell siphons. I am a newbie and have built my own, but am having difficulty with it. Now I can't get it to work and I'm not sure why. It has a 3/4 " standpipe, 2" bell siphon with 1/2" holes along the bottom all the way around... The bell is an inch taller than the stand pipe... It should work and it did a few times but then stopped, leaving 5 inches of water left in the grow bed. I'm using a 130 gph pump for a 55 gl tank and going up 4ft. Do you think its my pump? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions :) Thanks

At 9:45am on June 19, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hey Jim,

If the air is warmer than the water, it's a tossup in my view.  The sweating might help a tiny bit, but very little of the heat absorbed will come from the plastic of your tanks. That's why I was thinking it's not worth the effort, though I'd love to hear the results of an experiment.  If you had metal tanks it might be different.

Thanks!

At 8:54am on June 19, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hey Jim,

I wouldn't.  I don't think the sweating would be worth the convective heat gain.  

At 8:05am on June 18, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hey Jim,

Thanks for asking.  Yeah I'm a dad now.  Same story as you - long induction and a c-section.  I just about lost it in the hospital.  Really good to be home.  Not much sleep yet but hopefully soon as she gets back up to birth weight.

Here's a link to some pictures.

At 5:11pm on March 4, 2014, samsjoy89 said…

Wow, Jim, looks like you have the perfect setup.  Great property for an awesome AP system!   I'm small scale, sub-division in town.  AP system, a couple raised beds and some young fruit trees.  Thanks for all the posting you do.  Helps us newbies learn.

Sam

At 3:48pm on December 11, 2013, Ken McCown said…

Nice. What did you end up covering the hot house side with? The video shows it covered with plastic.

At 3:24pm on December 6, 2013, Shelia Hoyt said…

Hi Jim,

  Thanks for answering my question so promptly. Sorry I took so long to reply but I waited to respond because I wanted to see how the heat exchange my husband built for my yesterday was going to work. It works well. We  had to use cast iron 90's  because that is what he had on hand. I had a mishap shortly after we set the heat exchanger up- I slowed the flow too much and went inside and cooked dinner.  When I came back the pvc had started bending so I pulled it apart and drove quickly to town (13 miles in the freezing rain and sleet) picked up more pvc and when I returned my husband modified the exchanger( to try to prevent me from damaging anything else LOL ) by taking the s.s. across the top also and then connected to the pvc and increased the flow and the temp was 76-78.

  Today  I added some steel on top and in between of the s.s.   then I was reached temps of 87 on the out put and the tank was around 67 or 68 so I increased the flow and until it was a temp of 74 and now both the pond and the fish tank (about 700 gallons) is at 71. the air temp is around 60. So I am pleased with the heater.  Now we will see how well everything does if it gets down between 8 and 0 over the next few days.  Missouri is definitely experiencing winter weather, but thankfully we did not loose power.

Thanks for posting pictures of your heat exchanger. We had been talking about several options and after I heard that your s.s worked well we decided to make this heater.

 

 
 
 

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