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Copper and fish

Started this discussion. Last reply by jim mckee Jan 19, 2012. 30 Replies

I want to add a heater to my fish tank and it has a small temp sensor. Here is a pic.It is about 4 inches long. Will this small amount of copper poison my fish. I have about 600 gallons or more of…Continue

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Fish tanks RRR

Started this discussion. Last reply by PETER J P CASSELS Nov 25, 2010. 8 Replies

IBC TotesWe all have seen the great Water storage IBC Totes that many of us use. Here are a few hints on how to find them.I use this search page to search Craigs list.  There are a few others sites…Continue

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UniSeals Bulkhead fittings and large PVC pipe.

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Sep 16, 2010. 4 Replies

Here are some real good deal sites for Uniseals, Bulkhead fittings and Hole saw kits.  These can be real expensive.  First a great deal on Hole saw kit that goes up to 5" …Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by M Cosmo Sep 28, 2010. 15 Replies

Lets discuss all or our concerns, process, research and solutions for Organics.  I know many of us want to practice the three Rs. Reduce Reuse and Recycle.  We have concerns about the ethics and…Continue

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How did you find us?
Aquaponics journal
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, vertical, I have developed an integrated Aquaponics system with Vertigro Stacks.
How old is your system?
1 - 2 yrs
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
500 gallons including the sump/raft tanks
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I worked at New Alchemy Institute in the late 70s doing Solar Aquaculture and Bioshelter development. I have built several Geodesic Domes as homes in the 80s.

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I found the Grail. My Gurus

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 9:38am 1 Comment

Caution mindless rambling not related to Aquaponics follow. Inspired by the John Todd post I replied to. 

Let me cut to the chase I completed one of my early quests when I found the Holy Grail.  Here is the secret.

"You and the earth are one." My organic medicated brain can't seem to remember if it was a line from one of those 70s Arthur legend movies or just a moment of enlightenment. You know an AHa moment or profound revelation etc. 

I have always…


Dueling with terrestrial invaders. Thief's in the night. Ah! the game is afoot.

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 7:03pm 7 Comments

Well the secret is out. I have fish and a fish feeder in an unsecured greenhouse.   Oh us stupid humans.  As a Ferengi I use to know would say.  Hue-Mons they are strange. It seems a terrestrial Invader has found first my fish feeder and then my gallon jar with fish food. A racoon I surmise. Woe is me.  I have heard the many stories of the cunning invaders. They can open jars and navigate wires. All may be lost but the thrill of the Game is on.  Sure I could go the mundane route of a steel…


The headless 6 foot Cabbage that ate my Greenhouse.

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 3:09pm 3 Comments

So here is some scale. That Aliflor bed that it is in is about 14" square. The cabbage plant on the left is over 3 feet wide.  I harvested it today for the leaves in my green drinks. 

Now the monster on the right is about 6 feet or so. I am really tempted to let it keep growing. I has no HEAD. What the heck is going on. I think it know that if it heads I will harvest…


The incredible Inflatable Elvis

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 3:01pm 1 Comment

Holy Elvis.  (not retouched)

Well I missed the Kodak moment.  Although this wasn't bad.  When I went by yesterday Elvis was bent backwards at the knees.  So that photo would have been named the Incredible pelvis of Inflatable Elvis.  But alas when I went back to take the photo Elvis was completed deflated.  I guess that famous stage move of his of…


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At 10:07pm on February 2, 2012, Paul Trudeau said…

Hi Mike,

TCLynx says you might have some advice for me re the Sacramento AP tour I'm organizing (see  Any tips would be appreciated.


Best wishes, and thanks in advance for your time - Paul

At 6:28pm on February 13, 2011, Greg Pettengill said…
I just went over last month to visit Sahib's place. I plan to go over after the training in March.
Unfortunately I will be Costa Rica then.
I want to see the Resturarnt that is has an Aquaponics greenhouse on the roof I believe.
I would like to see that also, could you tell me more?
 Did you ever check in on the work done by Bill McLarney at New Alchemy Costa Rica?
I was not aware of his work, is it still continuing?
What do you have going in Orlando?
Not much yet.  I would like to see if we can get Aquaponics into the local schools.
At 4:20pm on February 13, 2011, Greg Pettengill said…

Hi Michael,


Thanks for the invitation, but I'm already member of the group.


Do you ever come over to Orlando?


Best Regards

Greg Pettengill

321 420-9037

At 1:50pm on February 3, 2011, Paul Ellinghuysen said…
I would be pleased to be apart of a tour.Most any date works for me.I live over in Hudson off county line road. Paul
At 6:07am on February 3, 2011, Kimberly and George said…

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the invite.  We are just about to start our system.  We are still collecting some material to build the grow beds and establish the tank system.  Happy to know we have a resource to consult with if there are issues on up start.  We will be happy for you to visit once we are established!  Our aquaponic project was slowed down because we are also in the process of starting a vineyard and winery.  Lots of work to be done and only two of us doing it for now.  Once the vines are in the ground we will be redirecting to the aquaponics and would love your assistance!

At 5:32pm on February 2, 2011, Walter Bernie Kerr said…

hope to make some of the visits to systems up and running.


At 12:24pm on January 11, 2011, Molly Stanek said…
Thanks for joining the Sweet Water group, Michael!
At 11:18am on October 26, 2010, TCLynx said…
Good Luck with getting the tank height situation worked out.
At 10:46am on October 26, 2010, TCLynx said…
How is the indexing valve working for you so far?
I'm very glad to have gotten to handle that pump and see how it worked with the indexing valve. Is it still doing the job well? If so I'll be recommending that pump for similar situations instead of the larger Quiet Ones (the QP 4000 definitely beats out the Danner 7 big time but I think the Danner you are running probably beats the comparable Quiet One, especially in the cost of replacement parts. The QP 4000 is only able to run a gravity modified valve in a very limited set of circumstances.)
Have you noticed any difference in the clogging or not clogging of the tubes to the vertigrow stacks?
How bout a picture of the fish tank? Is the water clearing up enough to see the fish?
At 8:18pm on October 19, 2010, Green Acre Aquaponics said…
Cosmo, thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. We too are very greatful for having met you and so much enjoy your company and getting to pick that fabulous brain of yours! And I must say, you possess quite the craftiness and skills yourself. We find your greenhouse and system equally impressive. Looking forward to our next time to hang out and gossip aquaponics! Lol.

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