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Carolyn Allen
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Carolyn Allen commented on Sylvia Bernstein's page Buy / Sell Marketplace
"I need a set of water testing tools -- for startup system of 20 gallon tank with raft setup and goldfish.  Anyone have free of inexpensive test equipment? "
Nov 9, 2012
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Nov 9, 2012
Carolyn Allen posted a status
"But I have just put up my first aquaponics system -- yeah! -- a 20 gallon tank with a dozen gold fish and 6 lettuce plants."
Nov 9, 2012
Carolyn Allen posted a status
"Hi... sorry I've been absent for so long. My husband had cancer and passed away -- and then I moved to Redondo Beach."
Nov 9, 2012
Nate Storey left a comment for Carolyn Allen
"Hi Carolyn, I hope you're doing well!  It's been a while.  We're still chugging along, slowly but surely. I'd love to talk with you again sometime.  We'll have some neat stuff to show off soon and I think…"
Feb 24, 2011
Oliver Steinke left a comment for Carolyn Allen
"Carolyn sorry for the delay in responding - haven't been around the forum lately. Most relatives are on the East coast or Germany. As far as the bell siphon goes I would use it in a drain/fill type application. I currently don't have any…"
Oct 18, 2010
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Oct 10, 2010
Richard Fox and Carolyn Allen are now friends
Sep 7, 2010
Carolyn Allen is now friends with Rich Milliron and Susanne Friend
Sep 4, 2010
Carolyn Allen replied to Sylvia Bernstein's discussion Commercial systems
"Thanks Michelle. I agree about supporting the PVC and Styrofoam industries -- not good for our environmental and overall health concerns. I wonder if any of the bio-based "plastics" would work? There are several companies that make…"
Aug 30, 2010
David Miner left a comment for Carolyn Allen
"Hi Carolyn. Since I had set the system up in the garage, temperature and light was most critical for me. Water temp was easy enough with an aquarium heater since the system was relatively small. I used a space heater to keep the grow area warm. This…"
Aug 30, 2010
Carolyn Allen commented on Nate Storey's photo
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aquaponic strawberries

"Do you know how that 5-6 weeks compares to field grown strawberry production rates? That could be helpful info for gardeners and farmers to know. Comparisons always put things into perspective. :-)"
Aug 30, 2010
Carolyn Allen commented on Nate Storey's photo
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aquaponic strawberries

"Awesome is right! Strawberries are a perfect plant for vertical "display posts" since they benefit from hanging ... somewhat like "berries" :-) How lush and productive. I could make a few strawberry shortcakes out of one row of…"
Aug 30, 2010
Nate Storey left a comment for Carolyn Allen
"Hi Carolyn, Sorry it's taking so long to arrange another call. Hope you're doing well! I'll shoot you an email soon to figure out a time to talk! Oh, you should check out how my strawberries are doing- awesome! Nate"
Aug 30, 2010
Carolyn Allen replied to Sylvia Bernstein's discussion Commercial systems
"Thanks to all for your response to my question. I had not thought about the labor savings of rafts. Very important :-) I am a little concerned about the "styrofoam" / petroleum products used for rafts. Are there natural materials that…"
Aug 29, 2010
Rich Milliron left a comment for Carolyn Allen
"Thanks Carolyn. The hops have been growing in big pots on the deck, next to the house. I'm looking forward to "finishing" the GH this Fall, and making my 4'x8' GB deeper."
Aug 28, 2010

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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
If you found us through a search engine, what search words were you using?
aquaponics
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
raft
How old is your system?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish
How big is your fish tank?
20 gallon
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I'm a publisher about green, sustainable and high performance solutions. I grew up on an organic farm and am so excited about dipping my toes into my first aquaponics system!

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At 6:24pm on February 24, 2011, Nate Storey said…

Hi Carolyn,

I hope you're doing well!  It's been a while.  We're still chugging along, slowly but surely. I'd love to talk with you again sometime.  We'll have some neat stuff to show off soon and I think you'll get a kick out of it!

 

Nate

At 8:55am on October 18, 2010, Oliver Steinke said…
Carolyn sorry for the delay in responding - haven't been around the forum lately. Most relatives are on the East coast or Germany. As far as the bell siphon goes I would use it in a drain/fill type application. I currently don't have any systems since I have a big problem here in Dallas - heat! I haven't figured out how to develop a system that will keep the fish from boiling in 108 degree temps without expending a lot of energy.
At 12:02pm on August 30, 2010, David Miner said…
Hi Carolyn.
Since I had set the system up in the garage, temperature and light was most critical for me. Water temp was easy enough with an aquarium heater since the system was relatively small. I used a space heater to keep the grow area warm. This was not reliable since I was actually wasting heat/energy on the whole garage. My flourescent tubes were okay for light for what I was doing. I also had to learn about PH since I had a very high PH. This I believe is very important to understand, and also learn how to properly adjust and regulate. Aeration is also important. On a smaller system this can be easily managed by an airpump with airstone.
I have taken the whole system down to make another one. I will put up a coldframe around the growbeds to control the temp better.
The question of gravel or raft is a popular one. I experimented with both on the previous system. With the gravel, there may be a need for periodic cleaning. With the rafts you will need to eliminate solids passing to the growbeds, since the solids will accumulate on the roots and may hinder nutrient and oxygen uptake.
Plan your system design well for filtration, aeration, water flow, and maintenance. The nitrification process needs to take place, and that will take at least a few weeks.
There are many factors that play a role in the whole system. It will be fun and frustrating at the same time. I touched very briefly on some things I find important. Also there are many opinions on what works best. There are no systems that are exactly the same. Use what makes sense to you, and what works for you. And do your own research to verify what is suggested in the many forums out there. And that goes for what I am saying as well.
Most important, get started. Just jump in. It will all come together. Let me know if you have any other questions.
David-
At 8:02am on August 30, 2010, Nate Storey said…
Hi Carolyn,
Sorry it's taking so long to arrange another call. Hope you're doing well! I'll shoot you an email soon to figure out a time to talk! Oh, you should check out how my strawberries are doing- awesome!

Nate
At 9:44pm on August 28, 2010, Rich Milliron said…
Thanks Carolyn. The hops have been growing in big pots on the deck, next to the house. I'm looking forward to "finishing" the GH this Fall, and making my 4'x8' GB deeper.
At 9:34am on August 28, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Carolyn,

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 Main page.

Please participate!

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you. I would like to take you up on your offer to chat with you. Is there a time next week when you be available?

Sylvia
 
 
 

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