Jeff I'm not a frequent visitor here as of yet but as my garden develops further I will be in a position to contribute as everyone's experiment is unique. I built a permanent greenhouse that incorporates the concept of the Walipini ( I have a 5' deep poured foundation ) with a more functional roof design to catch as much light as possible. I set he design 15* to the southwest to improve winter exposure. It's set at 45* spans 20 feet and is made of 18mm double wall acrylic panels. The north face is at 65*, spans 18' and is standard roofing. I ran a 100 amp service to the building and have my own well. I've built my medium grow beds and have the material to Build and play with some grow towers. My project today is to complete my swirl filters and start to get the plumbing going? You seem to have a lot more experience. What made you try aquaponics, what are you growing and what type of setup do you have?
What kind of Tilapia do you have ? I am looking for Nilotica, but also some Blue to set up a couple pairs for hybridizing. These will go into house tanks for control. Or as much as I can get with Tilapia.
I am planning a hoop house, with a couple of totes, and about 4-6 inverted ones for grow beds. Where did you find your totes? I havent located any food safe ones yet.
Wow! that's great, are you using your greenhouse now? There are others selling Tilapia in MI on craigslist. They sell for $1-2 each around here. I want to buy from a certified fishery, because of the legalities. I don't heat the basement side of my house, its like 36. My greenhouse is 32. I'll wait til Apr when the greenhouse is 45-50. I have two 275 gallon ICB totes and plan to start with 60-70 fingerlings and hope they don't breed. Also have an old 7x7' hot tub that I'm going to put in the ground and use for a sediment tank. I'm going to post my plans soon.
Hi Jeff, I'm learning how to use this forum, looks like a good place for info and questions. There are several fisheries in MI that have Tilapia planting stock. I found this list, but not sure how current it is:
I'll be looking to buy Tilapia fingerlings like beginning of April. I have emailed Mud Lake Farm, Zeeland, MI, but no response yet. Are your Blue Tilapia pure breed stock? I plan to raise the Tilapia April - Oct and shut down for the winter. Have you harvested some of your Tilapia, I'll bet they're good eating. I'm 6 miles from lake Michigan, near Saugatuck, time to get snow blowing done over a foot of snow here!
Currently I'm running a 4" flex duct to a small hair dryer into low tunnels over my grow beds. It keeps the air in there about 73 %RH during the day. There are a couple of lights in there too, so I might be okay with just a little fan (no hair dryer).
Your idea could work. You'd need to use copper pipe I think, and make sure the water got really cold before you recirculated it. Probably glycol would work better. Really creative. I like it!
Ok will do. I don't know if this is related, but there is currently an issue with my hosted server, so I won't be able to do it until it is resolved by the hosting company. Will let you know as soon as its done.