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  1. SuperStewie, If you want my recommendation for a small demonstration system, I'd suggest that you consider the Integrated Aqua-Vegetable System (iAVs)...for the following reasons: The design embodies the most cost-effective mechanical and biological filtration to be found in any of the aquaponics variants...very useful for a system that is going to be of compact size. iAVs will grow the widest variety of crops of all aquaponics variants. iAVs is the most productive, resilient and sustainable of all of the aquaponics variants. You can read more about the iAVs method on Gary
  2. Good move, VKN. I've long advocated a broader approach to integrated food production through Microponics...and, more recently, waste transformation farming. It's a logical extension in a place like India. Are you obliged, as part of the conditions of the government grants that you received, to produce reports that will become publicly available?
  3. Like most of the rest of the world, I was persuaded that Facebook was the place to be...and, in terms of being where almost everyone else is, that's a demonstrable truth. Once you get there, however, you find yourself confronted by the age-old battle between quality and quantity. Almost every deadbeat, troll and skidmark has a place on Facebook...where the right to have one's say clearly comes before truth, fact and human decency. I'm moving most of my interaction with the broader world back to my discussion forum and my blog. Obscurity is a fatal condition for any social media platform so what time I have available for talking about my integrated food production interests will be spent in places where it does the most good.
  4. SuperStewie....your questions about feeding rates lack context. When you talk about aquaponics, what particular variant were you thinking of...raft, media or NFT. What size fish? What type of feed? What does 'filtratration' mean? The FAO manual has regrettably bought into the silly idea of the basic flood and drain system which relies on the media to perform the mechanical and biological filtration functions. Tiny systems are skewed in terms of the operating regimes that apply to them. Nothing in the way of prescriptions or guidelines that allegedly apply to larger systems will be of much use below a certain size..
  5. I've responded to your question by PM...for what good it did me.
  6. I agree. I remember the nonsense that was directed your way (on BYAP) during your formative days. You've come a long way since then.
  7. Hi, We're all hearing plenty about the US Government Shutdown. What is the day-to-day impact of the shutdown for the American people. What is the core issue here? Is it really about Obamacare? If so, isn't universal health care one hallmark of a civilised country? Gary
  8. Have you considered not using bell syphons at all? Plants grow just as well without trials have demonstrated...and they are often just an added complication.
  9. Ande, Wherever wetlands are restored...or created...the effects are very apparent, too. Gary
  10. I guess it's a fairly specialised business, too...and that may impact its sales potential. Good luck with it, anyway. Gary
  11. you would be well aware, by now, you don't want to hold your breath waiting for appreciation for your work. The trolls usually outnumber the good guys...particularly if you're talking about iAVs. I think you're an inspiration. You've certainly demonstrated the versatility of iAVs as far as the range of plant opportunities is concerned. Mark is currently OK. He doesn't have much to do with iAVs these days. He feels that it has only brought him problems so he deliberately avoids the subject. Gary
  12. Hi VKN...on the contrary, I did watch the video. You may be becoming a bit precious.
  13. Hi, In mid 2010, faced with the task of writing the 3rd Edition of the Urban Aquaponics Manual, and taking account of the redundancy of printed information, the cost of postage and the emerging multimedia opportunities on offer, I decided that it was time to take the Urban Aquaponics Manual online. Because the Urban Aquaponics Manual was produced in short print runs, we were always able to truthfully claim that it was the most up-to-date publication on aquaponics in the world. Today, in another world first, I launched the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual. So, not only is the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual still the most up-to-date publication on aquaponics, it now contains about 30% more information.....and many more images and diagrams. In a world of rising prices, the good news is that, because we no longer have the expense of printing and postage, the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual is now less than half the price of the printed manual. Not only that, by taking the Manual online we no longer use paper or plastic in its we're cutting the planet a break, too. But that's not all. Your investment in the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual will continue to yield dividends with each passing year. Every month, you'll be exposed to new material.....and you'll be able to access that in a media-rich environment that will include audio, video and animation. We're also offering our Foundation Members a very special subscription arrangement. I invite you to visit the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.....and take a look. Gary
  14. Hi's the Quikcrete sand working for you?
  15. Hi...we first canvassed the US Goverment Shutdown over four years ago. Aside from the political significance of the event, it prompted this dicsussion. With the exception of Codi who, it seems, joined APHQ just to voice his anxieties about the discussion, it was a largely courteous exchange in which Americans, Australians and American-Australians (and a Norwegian) expressed views, exchanged ideas and a generally harmonious fashion. Trying doing that on Facebook! Over four years later, we're seeing another US Government Shutdown play itself out...and this thread stands out as evidence of the fact that, among people of goodwill, no subject is too sensitive to discuss. Nothwithstanding our 'no bullshit'approach to integrated food production (and the robust dialogue that it produced) we had many such discussions on this forum...something of which I'm immensely proud. The last shutdown occurred in far more political circumstances than the current one. The planet is at greater risk and we have the added threat of nuclear war. Your thoughts?
  16. Hi Kellen...any expressions of interest in the hatchery?
  17. Hi Kellen, A big step for you and Sarah. Best of luck with the sale. Gary
  18. Hello Murray, I also like the idea of combining re-purposed swimming pools with wicking beds...while also using them to grow fish. Swimming pools excite me for the amount of rainwater that they can hold as much as anything else. Gary
  19. Recently, I watched a segment on a rural affairs program where one of the reporters went through the list of things that are being marketed as 'milk' including soy, almond, hemp and rice. It seems that the thing that the thing that they all have in common (aside from the fact that they have no connection with cows) is that they invariably contain little of the source product. For example, one brand of almond milk had as little as 2.5% almonds in it.
  20. Hi, I've been a bit thin on the ground lately but, happily, it has nothing to do with my health. It's almost three years since I completed my cancer treatment and my medical specialists continue to make positive noises. I've been travelling (three weeks each to Vietnam and South Australia) and working hard to integrate all of my interests and websites. I'm still working on iAVs and waste transformation farming. Over the past ten years, I made many friends on this forum. I wish you all well...and I'd love to hear from you again. Gary
  21. You seem to be following a path that is typical for many of your countrymen. In the recent past, I've communicated with a number of Indian people who work in the UAE and who are looking to do iAVs back in India. Good luck with your endeavours.
  22. Hi Kellen, Wow!....300lbs is a lot of goat meat on the hoof. When I think of meat goat breeds, the Boer usually comes to mind. How does the Kiko compare with the Boer?
  23. Sorry, Nsidibe...I've been busy elsewhere for the past months so I missed your post. During a recent trip to Vietnam, I supervised the build of a small IBC Sandponics system and that gave me firsthand experience of the difficulties associated with sourcing materials and equipment in some places. The availability of suitable sand has also been flagged as an issue by increasing numbers of people so I've created a sand test rig in an endeavour to determine if sand is suitable without the need to know its fractionation range. Gary
  24. Sand is the most cost effective mechanical and biological filtration media of all...and there'sa growing body of evidence (aside from Dr Mark R McMutry's research) that supports its efficacy as a growing medium. In fact, it seems that the only criticism of sand used in the integrated production of fish and plants comes from people who have never tried it. The sand is the only solids removal process that is required. The Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System (iAVs), in its most basic form, consists of a fish tank and a sand biofilter. The water is pumped from the fish tank (which is buried in the ground) up to the sand growbed. It percolates down through the sand and exits the sand bed...draining straigth back into the fish tank. If the sand is silt and clay free, there will be no need to wash the sand. The fish solids remain in the furrows where they become part of the soil microbiology that underpins iAVs. I made the comment with reference to coarse gravel, clay pebbles, pumice and scoria....where separate mechanical filtration is essential. With iAVs, there is no need to remove the solids....they become part of the detritus layer and are mineralised in the furrows of the sand biofilter.
  25. Keep it up, Toga. I'm learning more about lighting with every post that you make. I would really like to build a grow room...with the ability to control every aspect of plant production...but the power (and heat) associated with HID and MH lights has been an issue...and I've found some of the claims around LED lights (not to mention the cost) a bit intimidating. What's your view of a hybrid set up...where the grow room functions as a greenhouse during the day and, at night, it gets closed up and the lights come on for a period? Feel free to take this discussion to its own topic if you want?