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New Member Roan Mountain

Started by David. Last reply by Jim Fisk Jun 28, 2016. 6 Replies

My name is David and we just moved to Roan Mountain, TN from Durham, NC area.  Loaded up the fish tank IBC and rock grow beds on a trailer and up the hill we came.  Just got them unloaded and on the…Continue

Finding people in tn that are involved aquaponics

Started by Zach coakley. Last reply by Linda Cook Mar 4, 2014. 13 Replies

Hello my name is zach I live near the Knoxville area and I am looking for people that are also into aquaponics. Where are you located at in TN?

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Comment by Jim Fisk on June 27, 2016 at 9:21am

Hey Stephen and welcome. We spent half a day with a couple Aquapons from Roan Mtn and AU on Saturday at our AP system here in Shady Valley so we aren't so alone anymore and we have a new aquapon (Dana) in Rogersville coming to visit soon. This is great! Sounds like you are in Greenville area.

Tell us more about your system or plans for one.

Comment by stephen wallick on June 27, 2016 at 7:02am
Comment by StevedNETN on June 27, 2016 at 6:21am

Hello group.  I am located in between Kingsport TN and Johnson City TN.

Comment by Jim Fisk on June 24, 2016 at 11:35am

This is our basic flow. The last beds to the left may or may not be built as I want the hot tub and composter more.

Comment by Jim Fisk on June 24, 2016 at 11:32am

Note the composter that will help to heat along with all the other methods mentioned below. That and the hot tub are not installed yet but soon as time allows. We are still building our house as well so can't do it all at once AND there is no need to do it all at once IF you plan ahead.

Comment by Jim Fisk on June 24, 2016 at 11:28am

Having done hot compost many times I think you are dreaming as to heating by that method. It only stays hot for a few days unless you keep replacing it every few days. We heat with a wood stove I designed and built to heat the water and the air along with an automate Solar system water heater, black water 55g barrels, etc.. As to GH take a look at my design and ask around at local GH ops for leftover plastic from their GH. What they call trimmings we call a GH cover. I got a sheet 25 x 50 for 25.00 as an example and that should last 15yrs as it will cover ours twice. Watch my vid on YT.

Comment by stephen wallick on June 24, 2016 at 11:15am

I want to build a greenhouse.  I want to heat the greenhouse with hot water that I will generate by burying an IBC tank in the ground with manure and wood shavings around the tank.  This will have a useful life, I am told of 7-10 years.  I am trying to design a way to generate my own electric to run pumps, and other minimal electric usage. 

I am trying to design a greenhouse that is easy to build, inexpensive, yet aesthetically pleasing as I reside in a deed restricted community.  we have 7.5 acres.  I intend to continue with raised beds for summer production. 

What are the expected yields?  How many aquaponic beds to feed 12 people?  Also, I was considering using hydroponics cylinder towers to maximize space.


Comment by Jim Fisk on June 24, 2016 at 10:20am

BTW we are in Shady Valley and we raise trout. Wish we could edit on the comments.

Comment by Jim Fisk on June 24, 2016 at 10:18am

Welcome Stephen. You do realize there is a difference between hydroponics and aquaponics? I am in NE TN in the Smokys and here we have been running our 2500g AP system for nearly 5 years and raise lots of fish and veggies. Discussions should stay public and not r by personal email as that way lots of readers can learn rather than just one person. What do you need to know? Feel free to click on my avatar and go to my 100+ pics for ideas and solutions. AP is not rocket science but more like running a very large aquarium with the same needs and attention. AND keep in mind that the larger the system the easier it is due to far slower changes from temperature to chemistry so don't hesitate to go big as we did. I learned about AP in Dec of 2011 and had my design under construction by mid Jan 2012, about 30 days. My design has proven to be pretty bulletproof. The full build can be found on YT under Fiskfarm for even more ideas.

Comment by stephen wallick on June 23, 2016 at 9:29pm
I am west of Nashville.

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