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Compost Heating

Started by Kimberly Irene Lewis. Last reply by Jim Edmunds Feb 20, 2017. 7 Replies

Hi I am new and just researching my systems before I put them in. I plan on eventually having at least one large greenhouse full of aquaponics. I Live in Virginia and where as it doesn’t get too cold…Continue

Wind mills for aerators

Started by William Kohut. Last reply by Jim Fisk Jan 29, 2016. 8 Replies

Has anyone built a Windmill for aeration ? I am looking for plans to build a windmill and an aerator that runs off it.Continue

Failed on first attempt at off-grid. questions about voltage.

Started by Jeffrey Ihara. Last reply by Jeff S Sep 20, 2015. 29 Replies

So I bought a 45W photovoltaic kit from Harbor Freight which comes with its own charge controller ($139 on sale), a used deep cycle battery with 135 amp-hours, and a 1.6 amp DC pump that moves over…Continue

Going off grid with Solar in the new greenhouse

Started by Carla&Dave. Last reply by Carla&Dave Jun 25, 2015. 4 Replies

Pump power load on my SAP (Solar Aquaponics) system - rough calcs: I just put the system up last week, and just put in a kill-a-watt meter on Sunday.The meter is showing 200 watt hours in 24 hours…Continue

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Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on June 28, 2012 at 10:53am

Just setup two of my fish tanks and 2 of my grow beds to use solar energy. I believe, I have it setup correctly. So, Now i want to improve my setup and share my problems and success with others. That is the teacher in me.


Comment by Mike Sangrey on June 2, 2012 at 11:44am

Ned, if you're a DoItYourselfer...

Here's the blurb from the site:

Build It Solar will help people with Do It Yourself skills build solar projects that save money and reduce pollution.  It is a "hands-on" site with detailed plans for solar projects including solar space heating, water heating, passive solar home design, solar pool heating, solar cooking,  photovoltaics, wind generators, and others.

Comment by Jason Eaton on June 2, 2012 at 9:19am

Here you go Ned. Try this www site out. I have never purchased from this supplier but they have excellent articles on solar energy, from entry level to deep technical discussions.

Comment by Ned Berndt on June 2, 2012 at 2:34am

Hello all,

New here.  Would like to get educated on solar and wind systems. Any recommended reading or websites,  Live in South Florida, lots of sun and wind available.

Muchas gracias,


Comment by Jon Parr on May 24, 2012 at 9:20am
George, wood (some more than others) contains tannic acid, which leaches into the water and lowers pH. In my experience, and I have tried a few times, wood and leaves do lower the pH a bit, but not enough for my water chemistry. If you folks try leaves, keep in mind that they may cause an ammonia spike when they start to break down.
Comment by Jason Eaton on May 24, 2012 at 8:15am

The oak rounds I cut really didn't lower the ph under 8. But I top off my system with about 5 gallons every day ( 425g system ). I'm going to mansinita branches. We have alot of it around here and I read that its higher in tannin then oak. I'll let you guys know.

Comment by George on May 24, 2012 at 8:12am

Since nitrification in an aquaponics system generally lowers PH, how would you know that adding wood made your PH go down?

Comment by NTS on May 24, 2012 at 5:26am


I tried brown oak and my ph went from 8.4 to 8.2

Comment by Rick Stillwagon on May 18, 2012 at 4:47pm

You can see the stove on my website:

Comment by Kenyon James Hopkins on May 18, 2012 at 4:44pm

Is there a link to the stove, Rick?


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