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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cubit Sep 27, 2012. 4 Replies

I think I may have goofed in a test kit purchase. I recently purchased and API Pond Kit, first after I got home I realized it had no Nitrate solution, only pH/Ammonia/Nitrite and Phosphate, then I…Continue

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John Cubit replied to Sylvia Bernstein's discussion The Bug Battle
"We have had numerous issues with aphids over the past two years including have them move in to my house when I relocated some habanero plants indoors.  Terrible little things that they are we tried, clove spray, peppermint spray, soap and god…"
Sep 30, 2014
John Cubit replied to Anne Phillip's discussion building a small bell siphon in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I currently have a small indoor system using a 3/4" x 9" stand pipe with a 1" flair on the opening.  The bell is a 2" diameter. It does work but.... It is sensitive to the exact water flow, it would either not kick off or…"
Mar 4, 2014
Carey Ma commented on John Cubit's blog post Take the good and the bad for what it is...
"Hot composting and methane production from bio digesters are two separate processes, using different types of microorganisms. If heating is a problem in your area, might I suggest insulating your system. if that is done, then hot composting may be a…"
Jan 12, 2014
John Cubit posted a blog post

Take the good and the bad for what it is...

Well all is not well in the Northeast here.  OF course with all bad news is good news so the good news is we have started clearing out the vacant home we purchased and glad to say most of the trash is gone.  Now on to the demo once the power company drops the power lines. As for the bad news, these sub zero temps have taken their toll on the outdoor system.  Water pump is frozen and beds froze over.  The kale is on the way out the door due to the lack of water flow.  Aerator is running but not…See More
Jan 8, 2014
John Cubit commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"TCLynx, Thanks.  Unique setup.  Made it from PVC fence post so the space below each pot is about two inches.  Flow is fine and no draining issues but based on what you are asking, I would suspect that is why they continue to grow…"
Aug 31, 2013
John Cubit commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Looking to find out how any of you deal with root tangles.  I have a trough setup that runs constant flow.  It is used to produce chard, and it does it well.  We have been harvesting a bunch a week since February.  The trough…"
Aug 29, 2013
John Cubit replied to Louise's discussion What's good on a raft?
"I will be sure to let all my plants that are growing well and feeding us that they are  bad, unhealthy plants.  Especially those discolored ones...bad plants."
Jun 25, 2013
John Cubit replied to Louise's discussion What's good on a raft?
"Not in the sense we are all use to.  Let me explain the process that is working now for me. Fish tank with pump pumps up to main grow-bed that is a flood and drain.  10 minute fill 30 second drain.  Filled with Hydrocorn.…"
Jun 19, 2013
John Cubit replied to Louise's discussion What's good on a raft?
"Sure if you concider my lettuce is only 6" tall and the chard is 13".  Other plants I have placed in the DWC that did well were, habanero seeds, pole beans, snap peas, leaf lettuce and broccoli.  All of these have been moved to…"
Jun 19, 2013
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Jun 19, 2013
John Cubit replied to Louise's discussion What's good on a raft?
"I am growing Chard in a raft/net pot.  It is out growing what is in actual soil garden."
Jun 19, 2013
John Cubit replied to Jim Enterline's discussion Leaf Curl Problem
"Just my 2 cents.  I had the same problem with a dirt grow bed and with my ap system, specifically with Tomatoes and Hot Peppers (all varieties I grow)  What I have found was that the plants are suffering a calcium deficiency.  Adding…"
Jun 19, 2013
John Cubit commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"2x4 basics ROCKS.  I have a picnic table I made with their kit and it has lasted 10 years now!  EASY EASY Kits."
May 17, 2013
John Cubit commented on TCLynx's group Produce Marketing
"TCLynx is absolutely right.  And in all honesty AP does help you start small, good way to get a feel for what you can really grow and what quality you can grow, especially in your region, some plants that do well in soil have not translated…"
May 16, 2013
John Cubit commented on TCLynx's group Produce Marketing
"Nance Black Woods, The USDA has Farm Loan Programs that are run via individual states Farm Agencies.  In NY the FSA, Farm Service Agency, does it.  The assistance other than financial has been with business plan review, guiding new…"
May 15, 2013
John Cubit commented on TCLynx's group Produce Marketing
"TCLynx: Thanks, I have talked with two so far that will pickup but only once a contract is signed.  I don't have the business setup yet so I can not set a promised qty for them.  One is looking for 100 Tilapia a month @ $2/lb with…"
May 10, 2013

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I currently opened a hot sauce company called Zombie Jac's. Habanero products are our specialty and being in the North Eastern US, means we have 3 -4 months to grow all of our peppers. I turned to AP to try to get away from buying peppers from other sources so that we can more cost effectively manufacture from our own raw products.

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Take the good and the bad for what it is...

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:03am 1 Comment

Well all is not well in the Northeast here.  OF course with all bad news is good news so the good news is we have started clearing out the vacant home we purchased and glad to say most of the trash is gone.  Now on to the demo once the power company drops the power lines.

 

As for the bad news, these sub zero temps have taken their toll on the outdoor system.  Water pump is frozen and beds froze over.  The kale is on the way out the door due to the…

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Urban Farming and the rest of us....

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 7:05pm 2 Comments

One of the biggest things that irritates me is Urban farming. Not talking about the practice of urban farming but of the lean that urban farming in New York State is just in NYC.  It is bothersome that NYC is all that folks think of when they thing of NY State, personally the are biggest social economical baggage that the state has and the state would be better off without it.  That being said, just do some research on Urban Farming in NY State.  Even Cornell University focuses in on the…

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Strange but true.

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 6:42pm 0 Comments

A little sad and a little funny.  I was watching my fish a few hours ago and was watching them fight, as usual.  The chase of the food.. I ran out to the store and when I got home I went back to check on the pumps and tanks and the tank seemed unusually quiet and calm.  Looked down and, there was gold...another gold. another gold....and silver.  Silver?

I looked closely and noticed a tail sticking out of the pump.  I shut it off and out floated what was left of the bully fish.  Seem…

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What is going on..

Posted on September 23, 2012 at 9:34am 3 Comments

Not to sure about what is going on with my setup.  One fish died overnight and two more are on the way out.  pH is at 7.0 today but was at 9.0 last night.  Ammonia is still at 1.0 and still no sign of nitrites or nitrites.  Water temp hi is 74 low is 71.4.

Cuttings look great, made mini terrariums with old soda bottles to cover the plants, also added a neck to the siphon to raise water level to reach seeds and cuttings for the time being.  Smells a bit fishy in the tank, but then I…

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At 10:43pm on January 4, 2013, Edward E. Gato said…

Thanks for the feedback John. I hope you are wrong. Sure don't want any mice running around in my greenhouse. I found three green stink bugs last week. So I am placing a stink bug trap out in the greenhouse tonight.  Maybe I’ll get lucky and catch the little buggers. Tomorrow I’ll place out a few traps for mice just to cover all the bases.

At 10:10pm on September 26, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome John!

 

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members--no question is too basic. 

 

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.

 

Sylvia 

 
 
 

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