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  2. "The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest." - Deepika Padukone - The fruits from this papaya tree is almost there.. This is from our aquaponics sand culture yield and optimization trials at NARDC. No need for any fancy plumbing or filtration gimmicks. Your satisfaction will come only from the doing and not in the telling.
  3. Dear everyone! I'm a new member and I'm learning about Aquaponic Systems. Somebody help me, please...! If I build an Aquaponic farm. Could I only sell vegetables. I mean, I don't want to sell fishes. Therefore, is it profitable? How can I get it?
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  5. Hi Ravnis...can you tell me the price and size of the quikcrete pool filter sand, please? Does your source have quantity discounts on the filter sand? Does the bag contain any technical information that might be useful?
  6. Hi BD....Mark's attention is understandably elsewhere so I'll respond on his behalf. He has very little other than the set of clothes he's standing in. Everything that is needed to live from day to day is now on his wishlist. The best way to assist him is to send money to his PayPal account... He can access the money immediately...and begin to put his life back together (for as much as that's possible) in the shortest possible time.
  7. Hi VKN, As the principal beneficiary of Mark's work, can we rely on you to not only respond with the same generosity that Mark showed to you...but also to spread the word across your Indian network. They need to know that the man who is most responsible for giving them iAVs needs their help...urgently! Gary
  8. Hi everyone, In an effort to keep this thread as tidy as we can I have cut and shut the following posts to a new topic in the aquaponics section. Cheers.
  9. Hi Mark, I felt for you when I read about your current circumstances. My thoughts and feelings go out to you and I wish you all the very best in your efforts to recover. I don't know what I can do but if there is anything, please ask. They (whoever they are) have taken everything from but your spirit, dogs, guitars and hard drive...Your spirit lives on and you are a survivor...Once again all the best... Cheers.
  10. Another way in reaching out Mark with direct financial aid is, "Use my paypal act at same as"
  11. Sent an email to Mark already and hopefully he is able to read and respond to his email. I am so happy he got evacuated in time unharmed from such a tragedy, disaster and loss. No words for this huge shock and no one can go back and change what has happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the good doctor for a new start.
  12. Yes, a tragedy indeed. Let us hope vkn and all others whom offer commercial services derived from iAVs can donate generously.
  13. Four days ago, in the latest episode of a life of adversity, a forest fire on Horseshoe Mountain left Mark with nothing more than his dogs, a laptop computer, his old Chevy truck and the clothes in which he stood. You can find more details...including Mark's email to me...HERE. A GoFundMe to help Mark pick up the tattered remains of his life is underway. If you know who Mark is, I urge you to support this assistance campain. If you don't, I urge you to learn about him and the central role that he's played in aquaponics...and then to donate according to your means.
  14. Dr Mark R whom we all owe a debt of gratitude for making iAVs available to the world...was forced to flee a forest fire that has left his mountaintop retreat in ashes. He managed to escape with his life, his beloved dogs, a computer and his old Chevy truck...and the clothes that he stood in. More details available...HERE. He needs our help...NOW!
  15. Fresh after-school snacks for kids today.. It's the first fruit of Red Lady papaya in aquaponics sand culture yield trial at Nanniode. Hope they make better cuts for you next time..
  16. thank you to all that welcomed! lots more upgrades coming! cheers
  17. * Moderators note: Continued from introduction section. Moving forward slowly with system changes and additions, difficult to find time. Here are some pictures
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  19. Hi MH, they are supposedly dwarf papaya species growing in the old/matured 12-16 inches deep sand culture beds. I was initially worried about the roots effecting the liners. I had to cut down many when they began hitting the roof of the rain shelter structure. Noted they have medium tap roots and have developed many side feeders, the largest concentration being at the top 10 inches. There is no risk with shorter beds but if I do the same thing over again, I would keep slightly deeper filter beds and more spacing for trees such as papaya, banana, or black pepper plants.
  20. VKN, Glad you have avoided the majority of the flooding. Regarding your papaya tree cultivation, are you growing those in your typical rectangular sand bed that is about 12" deep or are you using a different setup...? Sure appreciate all the good photos and insight you provide. Stay
  21. Happy Teachers Day! On this teacher's day, here is thanks to all my teachers and mentors at APN especially the Jedi master Mark who may also be reading this. "Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different. Yoda: No. No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned. Luke: All right, I'll give it a try. Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try." Source: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back When Luke tells Yoda that he'll try his darnedest, Yoda scolds him. ... Basically, to Yoda, "trying" doesn't accomplish much. Luke should either decide that he can lift the X-wing fighter out and do it, or make up his mind to quit. Learning to use the Force is a mental game, so your state of mind is what matters most. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Adams -
  22. Papaya yield trial in aquaponics sand culture.. This is the first yield trial at NARDC to access the commercial suitability of red lady hybrid papaya cultivar in aquaponics sand culture conditions. They are being evaluated for growth, yield, quality and pest incidences. The progress has been satisfactory up to now. Here is a picture for you.
  23. We at NARDC are the first prize winners in the BEST Start-up Company category at RISC 2018 organized by NIRDPR, Hyderabad! Oh, did you know we have become a private limited company since December 2017 after having been working on aquaponics ways of organic farming for over 6 years with a focused purpose of "global replication of right aquaponics organic farming movement for water conservation and food security!" NARDC is currently working in partnership with several universities, NGOs, the private sector organizations, individual farmers and certified sustainable aquaponics franchisees (CSAF) developing scalable aquaponics organic farming solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. This national recognition means a new beginning for us. Lots more can be accomplished working together with RTP, NIRDPR and Ministry of Rural Development team at national level. Over to you..
  24. FYI.. The projects that are currently being replicated are as follows.. 1. CSAF Madurai, a prototype project in 180 m2 build area, built to test the concepts for a much larger commercial replication hopefully in between 100 and 1000 acreage area. We will have both solution and substrate culture models such as nutrient flow culture, raft culture, and sand culture here. 2. CSAF Bangalore Zone 3, 1000 m2 CEA-GH, first of its kind and largest installation we made this far. 3. TNJFU's second demonstration project in collaboration with ICAR-KVK at Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu, 200 m2.
  25. Thank you for expressing your concerns. Several things happening around us and I have almost got sidetracked with them. So is this delayed reply. Fortunately our location, Nanniode, is in high grounds and we did not have any adverse effect at all. One of our aquaponics replications was submerged under water completely for a week or so.. It being a raised fish culture tank, fish are safe. Plants were lost almost 90% except some tall peppers. Cleaning of mud/renovation work is currently going on. Hopefully it goes well.
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