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Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Jan 18, 2015. 7 Replies

I have looked around today for a U.S. supplier for the Affinity Pond (see link)  …Continue

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PodPonics in Atlanta

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Apr 18, 2012. 2 Replies

I ran across an article about PodPonics in Atlanta in this month's Urban…Continue

Solar Oven Ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Feb 28, 2012. 2 Replies

Hello,I have built a couple of DIY solar ovens from cardboard and aluminum foil like this one called the CooKit. They actually…Continue

Doomsday Preppers - Aquaponics

Started this discussion. Last reply by jerry allison Mar 30, 2012. 27 Replies

I watched a little NATGEOTV this afternoon.  I really enjoyed seeing the aquaponics system in this video episode: …Continue

 

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Jeff S replied to Brian's discussion Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question
"They will work but those 8 bulbs still burn 432 watts and need replacing in about 6-8 months. I've read that fluorescents also only light in a straight line but with reflectors it might be OK. I just covered my IBC beds today with a mylar…"
Jan 18, 2015
Brian replied to Brian's discussion Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question
"I just got back from the hydro store locally. She suggested using the standard T5 lights with some reflective material in the corner of a room. Similar to…"
Jan 17, 2015
Jeff S replied to Brian's discussion Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question
"A good idea for the basement. I almost wish I had done my whole system in my basement but now that I finally have my GH under control I can deal with it. You would probably need to set up some sort of moving track light to accommodate multiple…"
Jan 17, 2015
Todd Sowell replied to Brian's discussion Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question
"That is cool. The closest I've seen are window tanks from aquatic ecosystems. Maybe you could build a frame around it and enclose it???"
Apr 30, 2012
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Blagdon Affinity Feature Pond Question

I have looked around today for a U.S. supplier for the Affinity Pond (see link)  http://www.hobbyfish.net/index.php?productID=affinityoctagon . Any ideas?  My wife would like one for the back patio. I know I could put a stock tank back there, but the viewing windows are kind of cool. I bet they are expensive, but they are cool.See More
Apr 28, 2012
Brian replied to Dino Pantelidis's discussion Commercial aquaponics.. viable or not.. and why?
"I know someone with 6 acres of hydroponics in Florida and it's not even close to profitable because of the input costs including labor. They are closer to profitable each year, but it takes time.  They have to retail a lot of the output at…"
Apr 24, 2012
Brian replied to John E Windsor's discussion Time to buy an air pump.
"I have a 100 gallon indoors now after my move to Michigan, but I had 200 gallons outdoors in Florida. The Air 1 with 4 large airstones pushes a lot of air. If the extra $20 is no issue, then bigger might be better. I like the Air 1's 18…"
Apr 23, 2012
Brian replied to John E Windsor's discussion Time to buy an air pump.
"I have been using the EcoPlus Air 1 like in the video link you posted for 5 months. It runs constantly and I've had no issues."
Apr 23, 2012
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Apr 22, 2012
Brian replied to Brian's discussion PodPonics in Atlanta
"Maybe it's just where I live, but when I saw these pods I immediately thought about how secure they are compared to most greenhouses I've seen.  When I look at the pods I would never guess they were the basis of an urban farm. If you…"
Apr 18, 2012
Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Brian's discussion PodPonics in Atlanta
"IMHO this seems very energy intensive and will in no way compete with other hydro in green houses. Energy is only going to go up in price and this does nothing to decouple energy with food production. 2 acres sounds quite outlandish for a 500 square…"
Apr 17, 2012
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PodPonics in Atlanta

I ran across an article about PodPonics in Atlanta in this month's Urban Farming Magazine.  This company is growing the equivalent of 2 acres of lettuce and micro-greens per 53 foot shipping container. They have lots and lots of them on leased land in the flight path of the Atlanta airport. They are using hydroponics and not aquaponics, but the possibilities are exciting.…See More
Apr 17, 2012
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Mar 30, 2012
jerry allison replied to Brian's discussion Doomsday Preppers - Aquaponics
"am not a doomsday prepper, but i was a boy scout , i live in new orleans  and during hurricane katrina , i thought i was peppered.. a 15kw natural gas generator , the no gas? a backup generator  50 gallons of gasoline  not big…"
Mar 30, 2012

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I recently moved to Michigan and need to figure out to do aquaponics indoors. I write about urban gardening, amateur hydroponics, and aquaponics at www.backyardurbangardening.com

Since it's winter in Michigan right now and I can't keep fish outdoors, I've been experimenting with hydroponic growing in my basement. I plan to use the same techniques to start a vermiponic experiment soon. I will be building an indoor aquaponic system using a 100 gallon fish tank and a 4 x 4 feet grow bed with hydroton.

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Willie Nelson's Editorial About the Food System

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 3:40pm 6 Comments

I originally posted this article on my personal food blog, but wanted to share it here for anyone that is interested.

 

I have enjoyed listening to country music since the days of eight track tapes, a.m. radio's, and first generation Sony Walkman.  Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and Tom T. Hall were regulars on Kansas City's 61 Country station that we listened to all day long whether in…

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At 7:38pm on February 4, 2012, Douglas Wozniak said…

The Bluegills or Sunfish come from Holloway Reservoir two miles away. I go down there and find the fishermen and ask them to catch me a dozen small ones and I just pay them $20.00 Since I'm not raising them to sell for food or at the market. it doesn't matter as to them being totally pure breed fish or not. I'm only looking for there poop right.

At 6:44pm on February 4, 2012, Douglas Wozniak said…

Your more than welcome here.

The whole operation is designed for the public. You can contact me through e-mail: Dougwoz at Charter.Net [Replace the (at With @).] call 810-429-3728 ask for Doug.

We will make you welcome and show you anything you want.

At 7:36pm on February 2, 2012, Douglas Wozniak said…

Brian,

Hello me and the wife live north of Yipsi in Davison. Looking forward in dealing with you and maybe some of your associates.Check out my operation from my photos. and let me know what you like or want more information on.

Doug

At 10:24am on December 2, 2011, David Owens said…

Then I realized that the bacteria in my growbeds were probably not as active as they were freezing and the ammonia and nitrate levels were getting high so I moved a smaller FT into my garage and insulated it with closed cell polypropylene foam and painters plastic. I did this last week and everything seems to be working fine. The fish and plants are happy and there is snow on the ground this morning.Good Luck with the cold up here

At 10:20am on December 2, 2011, David Owens said…

Hello Brian, I am a new arrival to MI as well as I just got here last year from California...what were we thinking huh? It is cold but I have tried 2 approaches to surviving the cold. 1st, I piled free wood chips from the county up and around my IBC shipping container that I use for a Fish Tank about 4' high and wide all around. My sump was already buried below ground so I also covered it with wood chips and leaves from the yard about 2' high. Then I placed a 400watt aquarium heater in the Fish Tank and maintained a temp of about 65F to 70F even when the temps outside dipped to snowing levels. 

At 6:53pm on October 2, 2011, Two Jay said…

Hello Brian, I am in Michigan as well.  Welcome to the state and good luck with your AP system.  TwoJay

 

At 4:11pm on October 2, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Brian,


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.

 
A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.


Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.


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


Sylvia

 
 
 

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