How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on this email( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for the full details, Have a nice day
The water in my wicking beds smells bad. I placed sand in the bottom to the height of the overflow. Therefore the top soil is in contact with the water reservoir. Should I have placed more sand in the bottom?
My tilapia eat ALL algae that grows in my systems. If algae grows in the FT they eat it down to a green sheen on the surface. They will graze on it as it grows. If I am busy/lazy for a while and algae grows in the troughs then I scoop it out and put into the FT and the tilapia eat it. I have never considered introducing another species other than tilapia and koi to the system because they do all I need.
Dude, you had to mention fishing didn't you. Oh how I envy your situation. I haven't dipped my pole in over six years... so catch one for me buddy! Grill it up and take some pics,; then at least I can dream and drool.
Hi again. Thank you so much for your cooperation. I too would like nothing more than to develop this market.
I would be glad to help in any way I can. I'm not being negative or standoffish but my plate is a bit overflowing as is. In fact, this site has become a form of relaxation/ respite from reality. But if you have the OEM (original equipment manufacture), we might very well be able to do smaller shipments and make/save some coin on the side.
Chris, I found a post from you under a discussion regarding aquaponics business plan. It was of specific interest to me as I am trying to start an aquaponics business in North Carolina. Is it possible to get a copy of you latest business plan?
Thanks for your reply. You really got me thinking about the cost/benefit of having the rafts on the ground...Thanks.
Also, I just realized that when on your page you say that your system is based on "Friendly's design" you mean Friendly Aquaponics in Hawaii (and not some guy that you know :). So I was thinking about ordering their construction drawings/guidebook for their 'Family system', and was wondering if you could tell me how helpful or how detailed their packages are? (Of course I will still want to skip the net filters/mineralization and use gravel beds like you are doing).
I guess I'll wait for you to work out those proportions, or just I'll just gestimate, the more gravel the better :)
Aloha Chris! Thanks for the quick response. I think you are right that the root of our problem is weak and unhealthy plants and the best solution may just be to get them out of the system. We had some major problems at start up, mostly because we made a huge mistake! Lol. But it stressed our fish and stressed our plants and we are still trying to recover from it. At the very least, we certainly learned from it! Thanks for the congrats on both the system and the training. We are super excited about both and can't wait to start sharing and teaching what we have learned. I will get some new pics up soon. I've been promising Tim pictures for weeks too! Your system is awesome and thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge here. Say hey to your Mom for me! We had corresonded a little a few months back. Did she ever get a system started up? Take care, Gina
I have some pretty basic questions about a system that I am trying to start in MN and I was wondering if you had a little time to discuss. Sylvia told me that we would be a good fit. One more question, do you know Peter Amelotte? He lives in the same city as you and he is my father in law. Small world I know. Thanks again!