All Activity

This stream auto-updates   

  1. Yesterday
  2. Hi Sheana Welcome to APN/HQ One of my favorite systems on here is located in South Africa cheers
  3. Was just saying hello.
  4. Hi Brushhippie, I don't know the answer to your question but I have a suggestion and I understand where you are at. Why don't you go to the supplier of your pex and explain what you want to do to them? Hopefully they will have a solution for you. Cheers.
  5. I am constructing a heating system for my greehouse and I want to use pex for the heat coil in the tank...anyone know if such an animal exists? I bought 1/2" pex and it seem to fall between standard uni sizes....May just have to go throught the sides of the tank with pvc then to pex...
  6. No offense..I am the caretaker of two member supported forums that have steadily lost members to fazebook..not sure why I thought this would be different..anyhow thanks for the welcome..I like forums myself..wealth of info.
  7. Hi again Well I don't think it's dead, but it is like most other forums effected by various "new" social media platforms I do belive you get faster responses on questions, if you put in some "key words" in the heading of a thread, and choose the "proper" forum section to post in, So to attract other forum members with the same interests, to your post. We have a lot of members from across the world, with various experience and knowledge to share, however there is a huge difference in climate, laws, regulations, codes...etc. So if you for instance put in your State, city and/or climate zone in your profile it's so much easier to identify with your specific circumstances, and thereby come up with a relevante answer or suggestion. When you list USA as your location, all it tells me is that you are in anything from a arctic to a tropic climate zone, and I have no ideas wich regulatory regime you work under as they differ from state to state. Same goes with your preference of aquatic species, plants, indoors, outdoors.............etc. Some members will only read posts made in specific under forums, that adhere to their interest experience , and knowledge. Also there is a lot of "old" posts, Q/A and a downloads page for you to harvest from, whilst awaiting engagement in your posts. Good luck ahead cheers
  8. appears this forum is dead as well.
  9. I don't know the exact height, but looking at pics of others that used shade cloth it tends to be about 6 ft above the plant bed or a little higher. Most commercially made greenhouses typically have a window and it's generally opens when it's above 80F in the greenhouse. I've had my poorly sealed greenhouse reach upper 80's with outside temps in low 20's with the sun shining and 60 to 70's with cloudy days depending on the amount of wind. Even with it closed wind hitting the plastic will cool it to a degree. As far as heat gain with the NFT style setup, it's not the height of the system , it's the flow through the pipes exposed to sun that act as solar water heaters till the foliage develops that I would be concerned with. If you were able to run it last summer without heating above 80 then shouldn't be too much a problem. FYI, my experience with greens is they actually like the cold and handle temp swings to below freezing well for a short period of time without a covering and heat reflection by the shadecloth (works both ways) may be enough to handle a short light frost/freeze.
  10. Last week
  11. Hi brushhippie Welcome to APN/HQ cheers
  12. Hello again, We keep missing each others comments; i guess because of time different Well, my friend does something in between Hydroponic + Aquaponic! what do i mean? well, here is what he does, he harvest fish, plenty of them in kind of ponds, sized about 5mX8M, and he segregate these fishes based on their ages (mainly he sell them in local market) so anyway, he is having fish waste! so he plants in the soil! even thought in my country we have sand only! not like in other countries where they have muddy soil and it's' full of nutrients. So, he plants the seeds in the soil direct and water them with fish waste, plus he uses his cattle fertilizer too, he plants from Aug to June, three times a year, leaving one month which is June for cleaning up the soil and preparing it for next session.what he does it's kind of impossible here in my country, why? well because of the heat!, it can reach 50+ during the summer + we don't have much water. We have wells at the farm, and we have to dig deep about 1200 ft to get good amount of water, am sure you don't have to go all that in your country The shade, i thought about it months back, as i was told by one of our employees, but i was thinking aaaah no need meantime So what i'll do i already called some welders nearby, they'll come and give us quotations in regard to the shade and we will see what can we do about it from there In regards, to the rest of your comments, i'll as you said read about it and come back to you for sure, i'll make a video; as it might be easier so that you can see "seeing is believing" Talk to ya later Mohamed
  13. New to this forum...been doing aquaponics for several years experimenting with different tanks...locations..gradually getting bigger...putting the fish under the house and running under lights in the winter then back outside for warm weather. This year I put the fish in an IBC tote and planted my tomatoes and a couple of loofas very late in the season as I was waiting for a second hand system made its way here..(taking months) So once all the tanks and equipment arrive I started adding things and changing from fountain pumps to one pump to run it has been now I finally have it working pretty well...after having erecting a grenhouse around it all and continuing on into the winter...(I tend to use what I can scrounge up) here I am...looking forward to stealing ides from yall! lol
  14. Hi This was on October the 28. (new snow ) And these sweet potato I harvested on October the 31. (snow all gone again ) Not a lot, however I really didn't except any as the slips was put in the soil July, about 2 months "to late" Tasted great with homegrown sweet potato chips cheers
  15. Hi Toga They keep fresh for about 4-7 days in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge , and OK for another week. So I fold them up further once they have cooled, I then put them in separate plastic bags (my ex stock 4 in each bag, with a papper between to separate ) in the fridge for further cooling, before pressing out air, sealing and freezing to avoid condense. If I freeze for longer storage, I usually vacuum pack. The trick is to thaw completely and slow in the fridge before unpacking this way they taste just like fresh. Back in the old days they would let them hang to dry then wet/moist them again before use a special technique this way they could be stored for +/- 6 months. Then there is also another variation (flat-bread or flattbrød as we say) you use the same recipe/dough, but you roll them much thinner and you finish up with a special roller that pokes tiny holes in it, to vent out all moist whilst backing it. These are baked slow and on low heat, to dry and get crispy. This way gives about double/triple the number, and you usually need some practice to roll them out this thin. These can be stored for years. Usually both variations would be made at the same time. cheers
  16. Hello Mohamed, Does your friend do aquaponics... or only fish ? The reason I ask is for many complex reasons, but I'll try to keep it simple; Adding a shade roof - Yes, absolutely. Less direct sun on the water = lower algae growth in pond Adding a Swirl Filter (SF) - Yes, you can... and it will help... if you are finding fry in the growbeds/sumps, they will also be in any new swirl filter. The issues I see are that SF are; a) Sized (small, medium - huge) according to water flow & retention time, and b) Pumps are best placed AFTER a SF. The benefits of a well designed SF is that: a) removes solid wastes from the fish pond, and b) greatly reduces any solid waste being pumped into the grow beds, thus reducing maintenance. You size pond may need 2 swirl filters. Adding ceramic filtration - In my opinion, This is good, and not so good - again for many reasons. One main reason your fish are alive & breeding and the pond is green is because, technically, the pond is mature.... BUT the issue is that the complete Nitrogen cycle (waste nutrient use) is contained within the pond... all/most fish waste nutrients are being consumed by the algae. In my view, for aquaponics, ceramic filtration - due to high surface area & bacterial growth, could potentially do to much filtering, leaving low/no levels of fish waste nutrients for your plants to grow. For fish only systems - Yes, absolutely. Ceramic filtration plus swirl filter will offer great results. The idea of aquaponics is that the Growing Plants ARE the final stages of Nitrogen Cycle balance and management.. When you add a shade roof - the algae will reduce somewhat... When you add swirl filters - the algae will reduce even more... When you have healthy growing plants - the algae will reduce to be very, very little. My best advice at this stage is - Go Slowly. Do a lot more research about filters before you make decisions and spend $$$. Cheers Toga
  17. Hi Ande, They look awesome ! They must keep fresh ok ?, with the Christmas still 4 weeks away. Without your description, they look like giant pancakes for the Norsemen Cheers Joe
  18. Hi Joe, Hi all, As a child, I too was fascinated by bubbles in water... of a slightly different nature, for me it was Siamese Fighting Fish - 'Bubble Nests'. That fascination saw me breeding Betta's by my 10th birthday... nothing has changed in 45yrs since By way of further introduction / explanation of the huge scope of benefits of ERW, I'll start with a little personal history of how I was introduced to electrolysis of water. My 1st time deep interest in electrolysis & water came about due to my kidney cancer diagnosis, subsequent removal of 50% of each, and further diagnosis of Polycystic Kidney Disease. My long time friend and personal Dr of 35yrs told me of the benefits of electrolysied reduced water (ERW), of the free hydrogen that is a super antioxidant for hydration (drinking & 100's of cooking uses), of the anti-bacterial/fungal/microbal properties (chemical free kitchen/home sanitising & cleaning), of the many pH varieties, their many electrical charges and properties, of the 100's of internal and external human applications (all of which have been extensively suppressed for 70yrs), of the extraordinary chemical properties and potentials (extensively used in industry)... many of which have gone either unstudied or have had the technology suppressed for 80 - 100 years. We bought a medical grade unit that is used in Japanese hospitals, for our home 7 years ago, solely to assist my recovery, my wifes TBI, and generally improve our families health. I consider it to be one of several solid reasons I am still here today. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Notice & Disclaimer* I am an international distributor of this medical grade electrolysis unit. If you are interested to learn more about this unit, send me a message or visit my website - The content of this post, and link to my website, have been approved by APN Owner & APN Administrator & Mod Team -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OK, with that additional little side track of history and information said ... lets kick start (and stay on) the topic of this thread - Electrolysis in Aquaculture & Agriculture I have since gone on to read/study more about the potential uses of ERW in aquaculture and agriculture. There are many so called 'secret' trials out there. Seeing that I own a medical grade ERW unit, and have interest in 'playing' with almost everything I was reading about.... It was only a natural progression for me to setup a tiny balcony garden and AP system that exclusively uses ERW. My setup uses many different qualities of ERW, for many different purposes, and has been doing so for 2 years now. (Yes, I know... I need to do an 'aquaponics systems' thread about it) As brief examples, I use: ERW 2.5pH for sterilizing, disinfecting and sanitising nft pipes, pots, nets, clay balls, hands, quarantine foot/shoe baths... its also brilliant for energising seed germination - ERW 4.0pH for acid preference fruiting plants (blueberry) - ERW 6.5pH for water changes / pond & filter top-ups - ERW 7.0pH for watering seedlings, water changes / pond & filter top-ups - ERW 7.5pH / 8.0pH, 8.5pH, 9.0pH, 9.5pH, 10.0pH, 10.5Ph, 11.0pH & 11.5pH- ... many, many uses of many different pH's. Far too much to list/discuss in one post.... that is why I started this thread. I have had the view for many decades that, "Water is the most complex thing on Earth". I will be away for a week. When I return i'll look at the mainstream commercial uses of ERW in agriculture and industry of the past 100 years. Then i'll jump onto commercial trials of growing rice with ERW (yes, of all crops - Rice !?!).... the cattle/dairy industry, then splash into aquaculture. Cheers Toga
  19. Hi again Forgot to give our recipe (there is loads of different local variations) 2 kg mealy potatoes, 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1tsp salt, About 200 g all­purpose flour Cook the potatoes, chill under cover to keep moist, then peel & rice them. Mix all the ingredients together but save about half of the flour for the rolling. Divide into about 10 pieces. Roll out very thin and cook on a high heat. As it cooks check the underside to see when to turn it over. There should be some light brown spots. Fold the lefse and cover with towels to keep it moist while cooling, keep stacking on top of each other like in the shown in pic. cheers
  20. My wife's family is primarily of Norwegian and Swedish descent. They love their lefse, so it's an annual holiday tradition around our house. Looks like yours turned out great! Krumkake ( is also a very big deal for them. A few (very few) of the men in her family really like lutefisk ( too, but I really dislike it. hahaha... You have a beautiful home. I love those wood floors.
  21. Hi I'w started preparing food for the Christmas holidays, more specific baking "lefse" with my ex-wife. I haven't done it for 10 years so it was about time I picked up on that tradition again. We had a grate time chitchatting, whilst producing a good load each. So we secured what's needed for the holidays , and "a little" extra with a total use of 15kg potatoes cheers
  22. Again Thanks Joe I visited one guy today here in UAE and he suggested the same thing as you said! He said that i ought do three things, starting with shade for the fish pond, install ceramic filteration system and last but leat installing swirl filter, he said by doing so, i'll see changes within a week from doing so.. meanwhile I am searching on where can i buy these item, or even if i can do them my self... I hope i can update you with new video soon chat later, as i am busy tonight, it's here 9:12PM - 03:10:45 AEST Cheers
  23. Hello Mohamed, I think, put simply, what is missing in your system is maturity and balance. This can / does take time and often is a combination of many factors. The important thing is to maintain health of the fish you do have now. Adjusting the pH will be problematic because you have a rather large volume of water, you have fish in the pond and you have close to 50 tonnes of gravel that may be affecting the pH. I would normally suggest using various acids to lower pH... this is dangerous and can be fraught with hazard. Many people accidentally kill their fish adjusting pH. In your case, for the moment, I would address other issues first. My suggestion to cover the pond was to make something like a raised shadehouse/roof. The numbers make reference to Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. This is known as the Nitrogen Cycle. **EDIT - Living Bacteria that need to grow, age and mature** Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle is extremely high priority. This directly effects both Fish & Plant health and growth. You can read more here. When you finally get a balanced Nitrogen cycle you will see much less algae grown, and much more plant growth. Cheers Joe
  24. Hi Sheana and welcome to APN You're welcome to ask any question/s you wish at any time. Plenty of info to read here... Feel free to post in the build section when you are closer to building your system or if you already have one we'd love to see it....We love pics... Enjoy... Cheers.
  25. Dear Toga, Thanks a lot for replying to my inquiries. You'll have the answers underneath each questions you've asked down PS. I just inserted the first video i made related to the green house.
  26. Interesting, and aggressive, concept. Something else to think about ...... since you seem open to combining different AP styles into one system, why not give sandbeds/iAVs style some consideration for your filtering needs. Get your water filtered and additional growing areas at the same time, and a lot less time wasted mucking around with whatever you have to do to clean the fish tanks. The iAVs method operates quite a bit different than most aquaponic methods and would require it's own dedicated pump, timer, supply and return drain lines, but looking at the scale of the operation you envision, and the filtering requirements, iAVs just might be something to consider.
  27. Thank you Ravnis good info. I built a small greenhouse a few weeks ago and have had hell. On cloudy days no problem temps stay reasonable but the next day it is 110+ in the green house and everything is wilting. I raise the sides on sunny days and this helps. This greenhouse is a trial to see how it works and the second night it was up a huge rain took it down like nothing. I have learned a ton and it has only been a few weeks. as far as the roof top system I just need protection every once in awhile from the cold. the shade cloth is so that the plants do not wilt in the heat. I do not understand what the differences would be from having this system on the ground with the same shade cloth over it verses on top of the roof. I am not worried about the heat as this system is separated from my fish and the sump is underground to help cool it off. My water temps this last summer were hovering around 80. One question is how high off of the plants should the shade cloth be? Talking about summer time. I know not to close to the plants and I am not trying to keep heat in just need to help with the wilting.
  1. Load more activity