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Soaker hose makes a good air stone.

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx May 23, 2011. 7 Replies

Easy DIY air stone. I'm aware that the 'stainless clamps' could put metal in the water.  I…Continue

DIY 'Polylock' film/fabric fastener system

Started Feb 26, 2011 0 Replies

   Hi everyone, Here is a DIY film locking technique that i have used succesfully in the past.  The trick is to cut the PVC quite accurately & sand the edges off so it doesn't shear the film.Some…Continue

Hero of Alexandria, 1st cen. C.E., has bell siphon, first 'Coke machine', turns water to wine.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Homefire Apr 26, 2011. 1 Reply

 Hi Y'all, I find it fascinating to see how complex ancients were, unlike common stereotypes of them as two steps beyond cave men. Hero of Alexandria describes a bell siphon and many marvels of…Continue

Transparent bell siphon, adjustable drain tube.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Freitag Nov 10, 2010. 2 Replies

Hi, For those still learning about bell siphons or for those who want an easily ajustable siphon this may help.Some pint jars will fit air-tightly (with Teflon tape) on the top of a two inch pipe…Continue

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flood and drain media, combination
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6 mos - 1 yr
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I live without a car. Trying to prepare for a world of limits. Into low tech, low cost vegetables and worms.
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At 9:50am on August 6, 2011, Marie S. Holman said…


Because you have water running in Aquaponics system will that not hurt the worms.

Running the water for 30 mintues of flooding the barrels and they drains out for over an hour before it starts again. Have 15 half barrels of 50 gallons.

thank you



At 6:27pm on June 15, 2011, David Gulyas said…
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Well, I confess to not hearing about vermiponics before, and I would love to see what you're doing!  It's wonderful that you have achieved balance in your system.  When I was at Growing Power reviewing their aquaponics, I was struck by how much vermiculture has been integrated.  The worms are everywhere, bringing their work to everything.  

At 12:07am on May 23, 2011, Rebecca B said…
Ammonium chloride crystals or liquid ammonia from the store (cleaning product) would work.  Make sure to buy ammonia without fragrance or detergent. Shake the bottle to see if it foams-to be avoided.
At 12:02am on May 23, 2011, Rebecca B said…
This is what I was referring to:BYAP Vermiponics There is another thread on DIY Aquaponics; you need to join that one first. Google search for Jim Joyner and vermiponics will find more stuff.  Nitrate can get to like 500 before it becomes a problem. High nitrate just means you need more plants-or plants that feed heavier. Ex: tomatoes need more than lettuce.
At 6:00pm on May 22, 2011, Rebecca B said…
Have you read any of the Jim Joyner info online? Michelle Silva has a thread somewhere here that has a link to some of it. It kind of ends a year ago; he was to build a greenhouse. I contacted him and he replied he's still working with the worms, but way busy learning to run the greenhouse. He has said his system seemed to run low on nitrogen and he started feeding the worms rabbit pellets and de-fatted soybean meal. That's why my question to you. If the worms are getting enough to eat by consuming green waste evidenced by their population growth, I would think pee-ponics or ammonia addition would give you the extra nitrogen-eventually.

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Red Worms overwinter fine in zone 6, central IN.

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:48pm 2 Comments

I'm confirming that Red Worms overwintered just fine in bathtub grow beds, left to dry out from Nov. 20, 2011 to Feb. 20, 2012.  Around March 5 i spotted live worms.  This is an unheated greenhouse.  The beds are not insulated.  Lava rock in one bed, trap gravel (some kind of igneous, nonpourous rock) in the other.



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