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  2. Hi Ren, It is no longer available. Thanks for inquiring though.
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  4. they are looking great and sure juicy, please let us know how they taste compared to soil grown ones. I gave some imported peppers a try but most of my 'immigrated' chilies (beside the Thai ones) had no fire at all, the taste was blunt and waterish.
  5. We are nearing the climax of papaya yield trials in aquaponics sand culture.. here is a picture for you.
  6. With Koi Carps 2000 fingerlings, ISKCON Aquaponics and CSAF Madurai had gone live the day before yesterday. This is the first time we are trialing Koi Carps in aquaponics sand culture considering/selecting this fish primarily from a horticulture perspective based on ISKCON beliefs. To know more about what ISKCON does, their beliefs, world-wide presence, etc. here is a link. http://www.iskcon.org/ However, we have got a buy-back offer in staggered harvest from its supplier for distribution to aquarium/ornamental retail fish industry. This is only a prototype. If all goes well, we would soon be witnessing one of the largest commercial installations in several acres scale (between 100 and 1000 acres) in Madurai, Tamilnadu. Wish us luck!
  7. Thank you Aufin. Way to go!
  8. Always interesting to see what is possible in the sandbeds. Seems it's going to be a short list of what won't grow in the sandbeds. Keep up the good work .
  9. Sugarcane as teatime snacks.. Grown in aquaponics sand culture for kids, they are more sugary and tasty!
  10. Fathead minnow may not be a good choice. These are just 2 to 3 inches in size and have a lifespan of just 2 to 3 years. These need a depth of at least 29 inches preferably have some planting. They are also resistant to the bad quality of water and need proper Dissolved Oxygen, I guess. However, good thing is that you can keep them along with all other species of pond fish.
  11. For the pacu lovers.. Here is an image of the red-bellied pacu (nutter) seedlings that were added today at SVVU Aquaponics, Fisheries Research Station, Sree Venkateswara Veterinary University, Undi, Andhrapradesh, India.
  12. Hi Johnny, I have started over 5 years ago with a trial system and also learned a lot of lessons. Check my post. I have still 2 years more before I am going fully commercial and still there are many questions like. Growing fish is "just" breaking even,, waste management,,, Deepwater Grow beds, making them deeper as usual and grow red claw crayfish in them... fruit trees in huge dutch buckets... swapping tropical seeds from other countries might create a market niece... and so on and on... Also I am looking for more answers which I think to know, but may be they are just not right..
  13. Hi all, I am a newbie here and can feel what happened to Dr Mark R McMurtry recently. I had made the same experience 15 years ago as I left Germany. I was stripped to the bone and left my home country with about 2300$ in my pocket to Thailand to build up a new life. And I was lucky to meet the best wife in the world (for me). She took me aside, gave me shelter and rigged me up by changing me from a jobless and divorced mechanic to a successful offshore consultant. She was teaching me that i should not look at my low education but use my full by mother nature given potential. But she also thought me that the luck comes to you only for the reason to give a little bit forward to others who need luck. In Thailand its a meal for the day, a helping hand, medicine or a smile to people in need. BUT, as an expat I have only a debit card to use at ATMs and pay pal I not use for the reason that I am working every year as much possible in the offshore industry to get a solid pension together and more of that I am since 5 years turning every coin to build up a commercial Aquaponics Farm as my days in the offshore are counted in a few years. The bones are asking to retire. Hence the Satellite connections on Vessels do not allow any bank transfers or transfers via pay pal. My favorite way of transfer is Western Union when I am onshore. Are there any other options to give my share to it, even it is only a little amount I can spare? Please provide details because it looks my job here is completed after over 300 days nonstop. In the coming days I can fly back to my lovely wife. Cheers Will
  14. The answer is: "think big" I made a lots of mistakes in the beginning choosing too small pipes and finally had to change them. If you have cut a hole in your bucket or tank with a hole saw, that is a real struggle to change a small hole to a bigger one.. Here a flow rate chart I use and then still I add a number up.
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  16. Hi all, I had in my test system the idea to throw some rafts in the fish tank and see if the red claw crayfish is really eating the plants and roots. The opposite was the case. The rotten roots were accurately clipped and the white roots have been stimulated as the leafy green were growing faster than in the pipe system. Has anyone tried to grow red claws in his/her raft system? Or are there commercial growers doing it? I think it wouldn't matter to make for my planned Deep water beds a change and instead making them 30 cm raise them to 60cm. More water should even benefit the balance, doesn't it?
  17. What diameter pipe should I use? Can I reduce and or increase the diameters anyway I choose? What should I expect if I increase the diameter? or reduce? Inlet? Outlet? Thanks
  18. Hello, we are planning after more than 5 years of trials, ups and downs, lessons learned , buffalo stomping through the greenhouse and developing a taste bud for red claw crayfish plus investing above 20.000 USD for the trial system (was well worth it, just to mention we had made a commercial system without this) to go commercial building a 10000 sqm greenhouse incl 12000 sqm outside area. Still there have been a few things answered by doing, but still the "i believe that is the right thing to do" is covered in doubts like "why nobody did this before. First I think you want to see pictures? here you go: That was early 2015, I tried to explain my wife and her family whats all about modern farming. Lots of laughing, not believing faces and the Palm Tree !!! NO WAY that thing should be cut off !! So I had to engineer (I am one with a hydroponic farming history in the Netherlands) my pipes around that bloody tree... 2 Buckets with Red Claw Crayfish were waiting that the water get filtered. Hence, wrong start at all. middle 2015 a lightning struck that bloody Palm tree and killed it instantly.. The first redesign was made because the static around the palm tree was just always going out of shape.. Here we end up with almost not controllable values, was it ammonium or nitrate, ph level and algae growth and clogged filters, pipes, pumps and and and.. name it we been there. end 2015 til mid 2016. My wife and her Auntie became addicted and Google is also in Thailand a good thing to burn money when you have Aquaponics questions. Both challenged me to make this and that In total 4 Upgrades: Ebb flood grow beds, a 4 filter system, grow up buckets, 2 more fish tanks as the crayfish population started to increase drastically. Meanwhile I started to let the Crays join our monthly BBQ Party and also Salad and Co were growing as mad. So beside my wife and her Auntie also some Nephews and Nieces joined that game and Google brought in more suggestions. End 2016: The crayfish made not enough dirt to get all plants fed and they were so lonely on the BBQ. We needed Tilapia to add more variety on the Grill. IBC Cubes for 20$ a go were just the most budget friendly investment since a long time. 2017 Thailands sun is a killer and so the shading roofs had to be implemented for a better harvest and because of the fact that Chilies and Tomatoes are a main dish in Thailand which kept hopping out of the pipes and ebb flow beds filled with clay pellets, a Dutch bucket system had to be built. Done end of 2017: Just to find out that.... Black tomatoes are only on the seed pack black... But the crayfish did well and a set of 20 aquariums had to be built and because the backyard was stuffed my office desk had to be moved and a part of the living room became a Sea-world. Last Picture: Where to go with all the poo? We tried our Bananas and a Vine called in Thailand Chicken Flower. Bang on. People looking for Lucky Lottery Numbers in the HUGE Banana Trees and wedding couples making Photos under the Flowers for good luck.. Enough is enough: Auntie showed us her land and after we realized she has a huge plot that plan continues: The Commercial System is now a daily part of my engineering tasks when bad weather days keep me off my real job. That will be 2020 the target. 100m x 80m greenhouse and also a copious outside grow area with all the family loves to have.. Bangkok is close and there is a good market for BIO products. Now my first question built on an experience we made by accident: The Red Claw Crays are everywhere and for the commercial System we want to raise them beside Tilapia right into the grow beds. The reason is we had some rafts floating in the fish tanks and against our fear they will rampage the roots of the plants they did well as free labor. They maintained the roots by clipping out every rotten piece and stimulated the growth of any plant. So why nobody ever tried to grow the Red Claws directly in the deep water grow beds? It will be a cheap labor, more harvest of Crays and bigger sizes as well. The poo has to be removed to avoid root rot. This will be the next step in our Trial System: First we scrap the Pipes as they are just trouble makers prone to clog and when we have a power cut the plants get "sad" with hanging leaves in minutes. The pipes will be exchanged by grow beds (with crayfish under the rafts) and in the center of the sloped grow bed we will make a pipe with holes to suck form time to time the poo (and small fry) off. I am looking forward for comments: bad or good all are helpful. Cheers all for reading.. Willroy
  19. Hey Hooo! I am Willroy from Thailand, Eastern Seaboard.. I am since more than 5 years working and upgrading (destroying and rebuilding ;-) on a trial System to get my Thai Family (I am Dutch) out of rural farming into the modern world. After a lot of laughing they are now well into it and I made the decision after giving them a hard time with a test system to plan a commercial system on our land. By the time going they start loving it.. I have found out many things, some by learning some the hard way and still there are questions that I will raise in the commercial forum.. May be there are some people here that can help.. here we go..
  20. We were playing with sand again at ISKCON Aquaponics today! This is a prototype open-field partial rain-shelter protected structure build in about 200 m2 for hopefully a much larger commercial aquaponics enterprise in multiple acreage scale by NARDC's CSAF Madurai - Avyukta Aquaponics. Fish planned - Koi Carp Plants in yield trials - Coriander (Cilantro), Mint, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Chillies, Brinjal, Snakegourd, Bittergourd, Ash gourd, Pumpkin, Paneer Rose, Marikolundhu (artemisia pallens), etc. Techniques in yield comparison trials - sand culture flood/drain, sand culture constant flow, sand bucket culture, cucumber mats, vining crops in A-frame; semi-decoupled raft culture, nutrient flow culture in A-frame and vertical frame, etc. A go-live event by ISKCON is planned on October 19, 2018. More later. Questions welcome!
  21. Hi Johnny and welcome to APN, When you are ready, flick over to the aquaponics systems section and let's know what your thoughts are. There are a several different ways to have a growing system, ranging from an iAVs to the less efficient and somewhat bastardized media filled growbed systems. Enjoy the journey. Cheers.
  22. I have done a lot of DWC and Aeroponic systems with great success. I have done a ton of research on Aquaponics and have wanted to try it for years. Well I am making the leap. In design phase now but want to have a system up and running before the end of the year. Any help and suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. I look forward to having a lot of fun with this. I will post pics as we build and setup.
  23. I  just looked at the list on GFM and yes, that (your) name does show up on it.   I had not recognized he name as being you.   Thanks for the support.   FWIW, I have yet to actually receive ANY of the GoFund Me donations and have zero clue as to when I might.  I'll just have to trust that I will at some point or another.  Yes, they do extract a pound of flesh (perhaps twice).  Paypal.me takes about 1/3 than GFM does and e-checks/wire transfers extract none TMK and I actually get those almost immediately.  Crowd funding appears to be form of legalized cyber theft but it is what it is.  Thanks again.

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      bigdaddy

      Your welcome Mark, As soon as I learnt what happened to you I donated on whatever was available, unfortunately Gofundme was the only one that I knew of. If I knew about paypal I would of gone that way. It makes sense you wouldn't of known my real name.

      It's only a small donation in your bigger world but enough for me. Monetarily, I am finding it tough at the moment, going backwards rather than forwards but thems the breaks as I think you know so well, so can't donate more as I'd like but sometime soon the cycle will go around and I should hopefully be able to donate more. (No promises but will try) I know you expect nothing but just saying....

      I'll be getting my little iAVs going when I can afford the materials and sand. As mentioned the monetary situation is holding me up and frustrating me no end. My mate is a pool man so when I get the coin him me and his other mate can get building the tank and growbeds. (thing is everything has to look really nice and blend in with the very small back yard so keep your eyes peeled in the next 6 to 12 months I spose.I know me, once the infrastructure is in I will be keen to get the sand in and get things going so I just have to be patient at the moment. I would like to get it so I can run six months with barramundi and 6 months trout alternating.Not fussed on what veges I grow.

      I digress sorry.

      Look forward to communicating with you again sometime...Take care...

      Cheers

      Anthony.

  24. Hi Mark,

    I was very sorry to hear of your recent "very bad luck" and my heart went out to you sir.

    I do not want any public acknowledgment at all nor do I expect any acknowledgement from your good self but I think you should know I donated a small donation of U.S.$100.00 through gofundme. (Which cost me $A144.09) by the time they ripped me for conversion plus a U.S.$15.00 (A$21.61) for gofundme costs. (I would of much prefered all the money go to you but there is no point in worrying about it now) Point is. Did you receive the money from Anthony Bridgewater? I would prefer no public acknowledgement as It's not about me it's about you. Just wondering if you have received the $100.00?

    Also I would like to personally extend my thoughts to you and what has happened to you and wish you all the very best from now on.

    Cheers

    Anthony.

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  25. To Vihalvor, Let us meet when you are here. I am residing at Tangub, Bacolod City Tel 034 458 7262 or 09434961441. I am 73 years old and graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
  26. Another aquaponics peeragogy meeting with the fisheries scientists, professors Suguna and Veerabadra Rao, at SVVU-FRS, Undi, AP.. Commercial scale planting of tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, okra, and a local variety of chakkarakeli bananas are in their first crop that began today. More later.
  27. Hi AT, Where do I begin... and still making them (although they appear to be smaller) did not put air hole or T at in fish tank overflow, drained the tank completely used to small of diameter drain pipe from beds, overflowed beds made and used (for a few days, until I read about danger) a copper heating coil instead SS my first system was simply 1 10 foot 4" nft and a 55lb barrel with goldfish, worked great until I went crazy and added way too much stuff like aquarium tanks quickly had a sump tank that was too small (55 gal buried)and system didn't cycle properly had a sump that wasn't insulated in a warm water system had a 280 gal fish tank on a ibc tote which was also being used as a fish tank which I couldn't access properly to monitor fish and clean tank over fed fish, too much left in tank for some time didn't use back flow valve, so end of each cycle was pretty noisy(in a greenhouse), not the greatest sound for neighbours had too high of fish density (40 1" niles) not enough aeration and aquarium temp too high sadly lost them all (I was quite ill and my video feed to greenhouse was down, so I was unaware and not checking on my greenhouse as often as I usually do) cheers
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