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Vapor Bond Tape For Taping Seams

Started Sep 8, 2016 0 Replies

Has anybody ever used this stuff for taping seams of Dura Skrim? I'm building a new raft bed and I would love to use some leftover 6' wide liner that I have on hand, but it's not quite wide enough…Continue

Channel Catfish Fingerlings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Veidel Sep 8, 2016. 2 Replies

Does anybody know of some good places to get Catfish fingerlings either through mail or somewhere in the Chicago-land area for pickup?(also, I wouldn't mind hearing about a source for Australian…Continue

Tags: sale, for, fingerlings, catfish, channel

Giant Malaysian Prawn

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Veidel Jan 21, 2016. 13 Replies

Anybody here have experience raising Machrobrachium rosenbergii? Thinking about getting a few for my system to keep my sump tank clean, maybe eventually build a hatchery and use them to supplement my…Continue

Tags: prawns, shrimp

Successful Rainwater Systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Aug 25, 2015. 1 Reply

Anybody here running a successful aquaponic system with healthy plants off of rainwater?Continue

Tags: plants, healhty, aquaponics, rainwater


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At 6:29am on November 30, 2023, Ronald Morris said…

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At 6:32pm on October 24, 2016, Dan Vega said…

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At 12:56pm on February 19, 2014, Nate Storey said…

Awesome.  I'm glad that potassium sulfate is working for you!

At 6:29pm on November 21, 2013, Vlad Jovanovic said…

Welcome back Alex!

At 1:09pm on November 6, 2013, Vlad Jovanovic said…

Hey there Alex. Good luck in India and have fun!

At 3:21pm on January 12, 2013, Elan yadan said…

Thanks Alex! Yes I'm gonna have lots of questions about cycling before I start. Much much appreciated..

I'm planning on having a custom 100 gallon fish tank built with a rock formation in the center with holes in the bottom. I currently have this in my 40 gallon tank w pumps that circlulate the water around the tank and provide fresh oxygen to the water. The waste mostly collects inside the center of the rock formation so the plan is to have a square shaped tank w a similiar rock in the center and a standpipe thru the center of the tank at half the tanks height (perfect for my turtles). The kicker is I wanna modify this standpipe so that I can easily twist it and have holes that become exposed at the base of where the standpipe connects to the tank to allow the heavier waste sitting on the floor to easily drain into the pipe. I imagine once a week just lift the lid of the rock formation, twist the standpipe and use a brush to guide the waste in for a quick drain, the plants I'm sure wouldn't mind the extra feeding once every week? (long story, sorry)

The fish tank would drain to the grow bed w a bell siphon that drains to the sump tank underneath w a pump inside pumping fresh water back to the fish 24/7.

Let me know what you think of this design and if you think it will work. 50 gallons volume water, 100 gallon grow bed 13" height and a sump tank.

I've become aware of nitrates and nitrites but I don't know what they are or how to manage them. When the system gets set up what would be the best way to go about 'cycling'? I was planning on just washing off the new hydroton and letting the system run for a couple months. Do i add the red worms right away? I imagine the fish waste shouldn't just sit in the grow bed for too long without some worms eating right? and what about the possibilities of powdery mildew if I leave the sump tank directly underneath the grow bed. Thanks!

At 5:04pm on January 11, 2013, Elan yadan said…
Thanks for the reply Alex your info was very helpful.
At 4:11am on December 7, 2012, Vlad Jovanovic said…

Thanks Alex. Old habits are hard to break.  Have your tilapia arrived yet? Congrats on the permits BTW...saw that a while back...(hey, the video you linked appears to be a link to your computers  C-drive, so it's not view able by anyone but yourself...or people in your household network. You should upload it again from an http address so that we all can watch it :)

At 8:33am on November 26, 2012, George said…

No worries.  It seems I overreacted.  All the best to you


At 5:55pm on October 30, 2012, Gina Cavaliero said…

Hi Alex!  Just wrapped up session 1 today and are primed and ready to go for session  2. Safe travels and see you when you get here!

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The Myth Of Self Reliance - Toby Hemenway

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:23am 4 Comments

Good article....what are your thoughts? Agree? Disagree?

Of Mites And Men

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 8:20am 5 Comments

     Spider mites. That's what the horticulturist told us. Tiny, almost microscopic, bugs that love to live on and devour my plants. And we've got 'em bad. Oh…

The Organic Movement Is A Lot Of Rubbish

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:45pm 10 Comments

(I wrote this post about a week ago and finally got around to putting the finishing touches on it today...Enjoy!)

I've been thinking this morning about aquaponics. Which is pretty typical for me, I guess. I just about use all of my excess mental capacity thinking about growing things. Mushrooms, chickens, goats, fish, plants, rabbits, bees...they are on my mind constantly. The thoughts for this morning were aquaponics, compost, and redworms.

I give people tours of my…


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