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  3. Kids scribble art using aquaponics veggies.. here is another one. Which one did you like? Original or its black & white copy?
  4. Hi Ande, Excellent find, although I have seen a number of these publications already.
  5. And, for today's lunch..
  6. Sunny is a picture of the mini okra forest that we have.. Arka Anamika, the YVMV resistant cultivar of okra (ladies finger) commercial yield trial in aquaponics sand culture at NARDC Nanniode. Seeds are from IIHR, Bangalore. Progress has been good. Harvesting in batches every other day. Plants pumping out baby okras at a good rate. Expecting 25-30 kg per m2 or maybe more this season. It is evident that sand culture is producing greater yields than conventional soil culture for okra. Observed some early stage infestation of leaf rollers, leafhoppers, fruit borers, and mealybugs and we are working on several/most all IPM ways to reduce the potential yield loss due to these pests. Prevention (with a capital P) is always better than cure. Mark used to say this all the time. I am curious to know what are your organic pest management practices and wonder how you take care of your okra crop? Any okra lovers/growers?
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  9. Aufin, labels sure..have a dozen or some more to be added in this list. The single white lacey flower is snake gourd and the cluster is that of bottlegourd.
  10. Recognize some of them. Need labels. Especially the white lacey flower.
  11. Hi,I bought a lot of MBBR media for my 5000 gallon system in 2015. I used most of it but i had one box left over that i thought i was going to use for a secondary project but i never did.The media is still in original packaging and never been used.Its allied aqua brand mbbr media.. ths link is exactly what i bought ... -feet-box/selling for $80 oboThe box and media has been stored indoors for the last 2-3 years. So no exposure to UV or temps that would degrade the quality in any way.
  12. Hi VKN, I assume (without knowing) that these are the flowers of various fruits and vegetables...right? Have you trialled any purely ornamental flowers in your iAVs systems. Gary
  13. "Little flower, but if I could understand what you are, root and all in all, I should know what God and man is." - Tennyson - These two dozen+ flower pictures are from our backyard aquaponica, Nanniode. Early morning scout and pouring rain today, could not get more clear pictures. If you could not correctly guess any of the plant names, let me know. Biodiversity is the key to sustainable food production especially when you are attempting to grow your own food. No toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizer supplements allowed, whatsoever..
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  16. Hi Toga, Cedric here from Mauritius. I have been through one of your articles. Very interesting and I was trying to reach one of your links but it does not work anymore. The article is about Fiberglass curing etc. And there is a link where you provide a PDF of the EPA. Can you please advise if it can be obtained somewhere. Has there been some additional well documented articles further to the safety of fiberglass in Aquaponics? 


    Your support would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards



  17. Congratulations on another installation.
  18. 1. A day for environmental reparations! Wish you another World Environment Day.. 2. This is also the day we at NARDC had begun aquaponics journey of organic farming in 2012 and has continued its work on a daily basis to this day. 3. Pictured is second phase works that began today at CSAF #3 Alappuzha.. Mr. Sree Nagesh, the franchise proprietor, laying the first brick at his demonstration aquaponics facility near Niranam, Kerala.
  19. Hi rhubarb harvested to day Got a good deal with my daughter in law, I give it all to her, I get some in return, in the form of cake and jam cheers
  20. For today's lunch.. Thank you A2 for another scribble art using aquaponics brinjals..
  21. I hope so, too. We would definitely appreciate more publicly-available information on iAVs in different places and circumstances.
  22. Excellent work, VKN. You continue to demonstrate the versatility of iAVs. How long do you anticipate that it will be before the sugar cane matures to the point where your kids can chew on it...or is it crushed for use in drinks? By the way, how do "aquaponics sand culture systems' differ from iAVs?
  23. ande, i am not 100% certain. I got this cooler second hand and i am not the type of person to look up manuals online.. i just wired the cable to a 120V plug and connected 2" pvc to the in and outlets... I really had no idea how it would work or if it would work... The fan on top has a label and appears to pull about 3 amps on a 120V plug so thats about 400 watts/hr. I dont know what the sump pump draws , and it only runs a few seconds out of every minute... but i could definately save power if i redesigned it to drain back into the systrem instead of needing to be pumped out of the pan. The aquaponic pump (the pump in my aquaponics sump) pumps the water into the chiller and then it just drips the water over the surface area and a fan blows on it. then the water drips into the chiller catch pan and when the catch pan fills up the sump pump in the bottom pumps the cooled water back into the system. now that its online i realize i need a catch pan underneath the catch pan because if/when the sump pump fails i am going to have a huge mess and probably dead fish... it would have been easy to set it up so it just drains back into the system and doesnt use the chiller pump at all (which i will probably redo it in the fall for next summer so that it works that way.
  24. Most plant species thrive in aquaponics sand culture systems.. Here are update pictures from our new yield trials at Nanniode. A small patch of 12-week-old hybrid red lady papaya and sugarcane (as per kids request) are in the last stages of development.
  25. Hi What a tree(s) Quote : Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses "chip grafting" to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the "working tree," then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree. In the spring the "Tree of 40 Fruit" has blossoms in many hues of pink and purple, and in the summer it begins to bear the fruits in sequence—Van Aken says it's both a work of art and a time line of the varieties' blossoming and fruiting. He's created more than a dozen of the trees that have been planted at sites such as museums around the U.S., which he sees as a way to spread diversity on a small scale. cheers
  26. Hi bcotton How much power does it consume ? cheers
  27. Game on cheers
  28. Temperatures are starting to creep up to where it's very uncomfortable to work outside. We are in the m ind 90's right now and we will start hitting 100 degrees F this week with increasing frequency for the next ~3 months. My fish tank and DWC water was already in the upper 80's so it motivated me to try to wire up and plumb in this old pool swamp cooler. It dropped water temps about 3-4 degrees the first 24 hours.. hopefully it will keep water under 80 for the whole summer.. i think high water temps was the reason for poor aquaponic plant performance last summer. The other picture is showing a power drop.. i had a circuit run to each of the two pump boxes i use in the back yard.. One runs two large air pumps and the water pump that drives the whole system. This picture is of a smaller pump box that only had 2 air pumps but now its also running the swamp cooler.
  29. I found that whole discussion interesting...not the least for the reaction of the AP cultists. Some people even accused David the Good of being controversial simply to generate traffic for his YouTube channel. Typically, the focus was on the 'poster' rather than what he had to say. I didn't agree with everything that David the Good had to say (nor with everything that Rob Gray had to say in rebuttal)...but I thought that it was entirely reasonable for him to canvass the perceived shortcomings of aquaponics...because aquaponics does indeed have some shortcomings. It's only by taking 'an ongoing approach to continuous improvement' that integrated aquaculture will achieve its true potential. Interestingly, the biggest issue of all...the absence of sustainability...wasn't addressed until I raised it. Of course, all of this took place on Facebook least three of the discussion lacks the cohesion (and regulation) that might have happened on discussion forums.
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