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Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Hale Apr 1, 2013. 7 Replies

I am going to be moving in the future, something I said I would never do again, anyway I have a…Continue

Tags: Media, Grow, Clay, Expanded

My fish are not liking the cold

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris McMahon Nov 8, 2011. 3 Replies

The weather turned in Palm Springs CA. It's getting down to 45 at night. The Tilapia are not liking the change. The last couple of days they have been hanging around the bottom of the tank. I have a…Continue

There are fish in my sump!

Started Sep 20, 2011 0 Replies

I purchased my first fingerlings in July. They were very small at about ½ inch apiece. After I did some testing and was sure everything was OK I went back and purchased some more fingerlings. This…Continue

Ants have decided to setup a farm in my aquaponics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yron M. Retuta Nov 3, 2014. 34 Replies

Yes that is right ants have decided to setup an aphid farm in my aquaponics. It's amazing how fast they get going also. One day everything good and the next the ants are everywhere and they have…Continue

Tags: invasion, army, aphids, ants

 

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Paul Smith replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Tilapia love their algae treats
"Algae is one of the major problems I have with my system.  I use an in-ground Choi pond that is open to the sun and sunlight.  In the summer I can't see more than a few inches below the surface because of the algae.  Algae coats…"
Dec 18, 2014
Alan Joshua Greenspan replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Tilapia love their algae treats
"But how to set up the system so its a closed loop? Could a coffee filter be used to drain water/pump it out so the algae don't leak too much into the fish tank?"
Dec 6, 2014
Yron M. Retuta replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Ants have decided to setup a farm in my aquaponics
"Wow, you've got some pretty serious aphid problem there. To get rid of the ants, you must first manage the source of their food, aphids. They have a mutual relationship. aphids produce/secret sweet sap (ant food) while ants protect the aphids.…"
Nov 3, 2014
lisa tran replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Ants have decided to setup a farm in my aquaponics
"How did this ant removal go? Any more info?"
Nov 3, 2014
Nathan Hale replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"Why can't you just get a normal kiln and mix your clay 50/50 with fine saw dust? As the clay bakes the wood would burn out leaving little holes throughout. If the balls are still too heavy at the 50/50 mix, up the sawdust in the mix. Then its…"
Apr 1, 2013
Ron vanDyk replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Duckweed should I use it?
"I have seen duckweed on sulit.com in philippines there we live near dumagette and have some"
Mar 18, 2013
Chris Carr replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"hydroton or family have a lot of benefits for sure. Maybe your local cement company may have some suggestions for LECA which are safe for AP and cheaper than the local hydro shop."
Sep 28, 2012
Chris McMahon replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"There are a number of reasons why I want to use expanded clay. But your right it isn't one machine, it's several different machines. I found the production line on a website that ships machines from china. I will try to source the clay…"
Sep 28, 2012
Vlad Jovanovic replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"A rotary kiln perhaps."
Sep 28, 2012
Chris Carr replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"Look for lightweight expanded clay aggregate machinery. It is all industrial sized. In my opinion your time is better spent looking for a locally source media you can get on the cheap then trying to produce media yourself. "
Sep 28, 2012
Chris McMahon replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"I am a really good at finding expensive machinery for next to nothing. Do you know what the contraption is called?"
Sep 28, 2012
RupertofOZ replied to Chris McMahon's discussion Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?
"It would cost you more to buy the gear and set up.. than buying a few tonnes....   The clay is fired in a rotating furnance to really high temperature.... thus forming the "balls"... for a set period of time....   Then dumped…"
Sep 28, 2012
Chris McMahon posted a discussion

Expanded Clay Grow Media How is it made?

I am going to be moving in the future, something I said I would never do again, anyway I have a hankering to move to the country. Be more sustainable, practice some permaculture, and aquaculture, I may even open a micro dairy.I am planning a big Aquaponics system to help bring in the food for the family. When I look at the Expanded Clay Grow media I start to get sticker shock.One good size greenhouse…See More
Sep 27, 2012
Chris McMahon replied to Craig Mullins's discussion California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616, SIGNED by the Governor! in the group California Aquaponics
"Right so they already took away you god given rights and then sell them back to you. What a deal."
Sep 24, 2012
Chris McMahon replied to Craig Mullins's discussion California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616, SIGNED by the Governor! in the group California Aquaponics
"I am not sure if this a good think or not. I idea I need a government to rule every facet of my life, including my god given right to be self governing, seems wrong to me. Do you really think because people paid the government a small fee they will…"
Sep 24, 2012
Chris McMahon replied to Joe Bifano's discussion What are these bugs and how to get rid of them.
"They look like aphids and they are hard to get rid of without hurting the system. I ended up pulling up my watermelons and flooding the bed over night to get rid of them and the ants that were herding them."
Sep 21, 2012

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At 7:31am on August 14, 2011, Carey Ma said…
Did I hear right that you are going to turn you swimming pool into an AP system? Have you heard of swimming ponds. I've done a few for customers but I would love one for myself. That's the type of living I envision. Back yard fishing/ swimming hole, food production motor.
At 12:26pm on February 27, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Chris,


Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.  


A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Main page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.


Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.


Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.


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