Yes, again. I arrived here just yesterday because Pub Cl House search engine battered me to do a search! So of course I searched "aquaponics" and arrived here:-) My first thought was "not another ap forum". I already follow 2 others and have a sys thread on 1. I quickly realized that this was not like the others as here we have clear well organized primers. I.e. I was just yesterday agonizing as to what size pump I needed for my 1200 gal ft system (still running on an oil filled Simer 1200gph "sump pump") and frankly my 2 forums were worthless on the subject after spending hrs searching the threads and fortunately I guessed about right as I did not find this forum until after I made the plunge (found by far the best deal on Overstock). Here I got the needed info almost immediately. Needless to say I joined immediately. I will get a sys thread going here very soon ( 16 x 24 gh sys on a shoestring). 6 mos in and still so many questions. Comet loss has been a bit troubling this week and I found a trace of oil in the 250gal sump. Could be from about 5 sources including algae but I figure eliminating the pump question had to be the starting place and the vintage air piston pump will be the next to go. Great to be here.
I relate to what you are saying. I'm at the point now that I feel I would like to mentor new comers. All this experience should not go to waste, but every system is different because everybody has slightly different goals and resources and climate.
For example I would recommend ag tanks over pond liner tanks. But I find myself using a pond liner because I could not find exact dimensions dictated by the area I built my system. It's just a series of decisions and circumstances that lead us into that area where we have to invent our own stuff. That's where things get a little shaky unless you are really good at design.
Then as you say you are on your way out the door when you discover an emergency situation. An you hear that voice in your head saying "Oh the boss is going to love this story!"
This is one of those things people do when they have a lot of flexible time. Problem is so many of the videos make it look like it's simple and carefree.
WOW! DITTO! I have so many questions, and limited knowledge and experience. I could use the system you describe.
Well put concerns Jim. I completely agree that there is an overwhelming amount of scattered knowledge which leads to people diving in while still lacking a critical knowledge base. What I say is if they are willing to shell out a few hundred bucks to setup a system, they really need to sell out $30 for Sylvia's book and read it cover to cover first before setting anything up. If you can get through the book before setting up a system, it should be successful. Once you dive into the forums, you have really dove head first into the deep end. :)
The book makes a great gift too. Recycle the dead trees!
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