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At 2:59pm on July 9, 2018, abiola bawuah said…

Good Day,

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Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.
Mrs Abiola.

At 8:03am on April 9, 2013, Bob Campbell said…

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?

At 10:17pm on November 7, 2012, David Schwinghamer said…

What small water creature would be good to eat all the poopie slime from the bottom of my water raft bed?

At 12:54am on October 9, 2012, Chris Smith said…

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.

At 4:17pm on October 8, 2012, David Schwinghamer said…

What kind of fish eat algae and are good with large tilapia?

At 7:37pm on November 17, 2011, Damon Polta said…

glad to see you doing so well! it's been a while since i was in your back yard, seems you've grow quite a bit! congrats on your success.

At 1:40am on October 22, 2011, Jed Davis said…
Hi Chris, what exactly is the tower made out of. It looks like a downspout, but much larger.
At 7:16am on August 26, 2011, Carey Ma said…

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.

Cheers

At 2:32am on August 7, 2011, Carey Ma said…

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.

At 12:00am on August 7, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Thanks for adding me as your friend. Is it ok for me to use some of your pics as a good example of small home system? I love the pics with your daughter eating that big red strawberry. Too cute.

 

Cheers

At 12:15pm on June 13, 2011, Bob Segraves-Collis said…
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?
At 10:53am on May 18, 2011, David Miner said…

Hi Chris, Did you ever find the need to modify or add to the solids removal portion of your system after adding the gravel bed?

You have a great operation.

Thanks

David

 

At 6:16am on March 11, 2011, Sahib Punjabi said…

Namaste

May you all by safe and protected from this International disaster is my prayer to the Supreme Lord.

God bless

At 9:18pm on February 21, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
hey Chris...you won the photo contest!  Check out the home page...
At 10:47pm on February 19, 2011, Nate Storey said…

Hi Chris, 

I love your photos. . . I'm really envying your climate right now.  It looks like your plants want to grow. . . mine, well, I have to talk them into it. Keep up the good work.

 

Nate

At 10:40am on February 19, 2011, Vlad Jovanovic said…
Ciao Chris,
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 :)
Btw...your garden is absolutely beautiful !..
At 2:04am on February 16, 2011, rashid said…
hi chris, your greenhouse looks good. i wish to have one soon. i love that
At 5:13pm on January 20, 2011, Green Acre Aquaponics said…
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
At 7:12am on January 20, 2011, Green Acre Aquaponics said…

Hey Chris, we are wanting to get the product Botanigard for an aphid problem.  Have you used the ES, the liquid form or the 22wp, the powdered form?  Thanks.

At 9:46am on January 11, 2011, Jay Wolf said…

Good Morning Chris,

 

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!

 

Jay Wolf

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