velacreations

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    We live on a off-grid homestead we built from scratch.

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    Chihuahua, Mexico
  1. any more progress, I love this layout!
  2. What sort of sprayers do you use? do they clog easily? Do you need a high pressure pump? How often do they need to run? How much water cycles daily?
  3. Thinking about this for me, I really just need a nutrient source to test this out. Vermiponics or peeponics would be a good place to start.
  4. What sort of issues have you run into? I really just need some sort of easy input for the nutrients, so fish seem like a good idea, but if there is an easier way without me having to buy a bunch (we don't have hydro suppliers here), it might be easier.
  5. I came across this pyramid design for an aeroponics setup: http://landarchs.com/totally-new-space-saving-way-growing-crops/ Has anyone ever combined aero with fish? I assume those sprayers need good filters to prevent clogging. I would like to play with this concept, but the nutrients need to come from somewhere, and I know nothing of homebrew hydro nutrients without fish.
  6. Kellen, you'll have to come visit so I can REALLY share with you!
  7. I've been focusing a lot more on the skills and crafts of preserving and using the products of our gardens/orchards. It's wonderful.
  8. Here's my full instructions on picking apples, making a grinder, making a press, fermenting, and bottling your apple cider. I've been making it for a few years, now, and I'm finally able to produce high quality cider consistently. It's fairly easy when you make the basic tools. It takes a day or 2 a year to produce many gallons that will last you all year (maybe less if you drink a lot). Full Instructions >> Here's the grinder, very easy to make: The press is a bit harder, but still doable and useful for other things: Finished and all bottled up: Make Apple Cider from Scratch
  9. these little mosquito fish are funny to watch, they love swimming in the airlift current. I need to get some bigger fish in there, now, this is fun!
  10. yeah, we are good, it's been a rough couple of years, but we continue to push ahead. how are things with you? I missed this forum and finally got an airlift going, so figured I should jump back in.
  11. do you know if they are edible? I guess they are, maybe for fermented or fish sauce or something.
  12. these are loving the pool, and they are keeping the tanks clean, so I'm happy for them to breed. The rain tanks are about 60F, the pool is around 80F, so they might breed in the pool. I've had guppies before, and they look very similar, if they are easy to breed as guppies, I should have a few million in a couple of months.
  13. We got the 2" airlift installed, and with a 4" head and 42" submergence, it looks like we are at about 12 gpm, but I haven't measured, yet. It's a nice good flow, and it is working good to pull water through the filter, so I'm happy with that. If I was making this for fish, I would change things a bit to reduce the head and increase the flow, but there's a decent current through the pool now, so I can live with it. I'll probably throw a handful of bluegill in there, have some mosquito fish in there already, just about 20 or so, and they love the current from the pump.
  14. I grabbed some from our local river, thinking they were just minnows, but I think they are mosquito fish. We have tons of mosquito larvae in our rain tanks and pool, so dropped about 20 in each (4 x 6K gal rain tanks, pool is 2K gal). About a week later, not a mosquito ANYWHERE. They really do well. I don't know if they will breed in our tanks, as they are plastic tanks, but they have been wonderful for the mosquito population, so I hope they survive.
  15. A great forum for wood gas stuff is http://forum.driveonwood.com/ I have a small gasifier for small engines up to 16 HP. It uses wood chips for fuel. This is the setup: https://northernselfreliance.com/get-the-nsr-hardware/nsr-gas-station/