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    aquaponics, brewing beer, woodworking

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  1. Springs here and i am running way late (as usual) trying to get the yard prepped, cleaned and planted. I am taking some time off of work and taking a long weekend to hopefully get caught up. THIS MAY BE THE YEAR I GET IT ALL ONLINE!? i am pretty stoked. Here's an visual idea of the work ahead of me....
  2. Hey cecil, No i dont have any useful thoughts. I moved the other half of the feed trained crappie to an outdoor 700 gallon fish tank with a handful of tilapia..I still see crappie eating pellets but i dont know if its all or some.
  3. i have no opinion or evidence supporting one way or the other about crowding or feed... I think they are coppernose bluegill but tbh i didnt specify when i bough them but i think thats really the only BG we get around here. ~100 large-ish ~1 lb channel catfish outdoors in 1250 gallon tank (aquaponics) ~12 feed trained black crappie indoors (aquaculture) The crappie part starts at about :52
  4. Its in my front flowerbed (not in my aquaponics) but i am thinking banana's in dallas (zone 8) is noteworthy... now it's a race to ripen before first freeze....
  5. Some pictures of the bluegill tank at feeding time.. theres about 300 bg and res in this tank give or take
  6. A bit of drama over the weekend... i have been harvesting 1-2 pounds of greens a day, juicing, eating raw, making sauerkraut.. i was working around the rafts and i saw something black with a tail under the leaves slip into the water.... It really messed with my mind, i wasnt going to be able to harvest anymore greens until i figured out what it was... so i took out each raft one at a time until i caught him. In this area there is a very poisonous water viper named water moccasin or in this area that are often call "cottonmouth". As it turns out it was something harmless.. I let him go out on the easement after explaining to him he was not welcome. Does anyone have any experience with these vibrating/inaudible snake repelant solutions? like https://www.amazon.com/Vensmile-Repellent-Repeller-Control-Waterproof/dp/B01N5JRXEH/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1497894749&sr=8-2&keywords=snake+repellent+for+yard Sorry some of the pictures are blurry i was working in water , plus it was 95 degrees outside hot sweaty and humid and i think i got the lens wet.
  7. I have never lacto fermented before... so this is all new experience... but as my dad used to say, "you wont learn any younger"...
  8. I just had to click a tab.. Yah, just needs to pass the house then signed by governor. Maybe next year =/
  9. The pak choi seemed to have gotten ready overnight... This morning when i wen to feed the fish I saw one of them starting to make seed pods. I will cut them down asap and i may let the ones starting to go to seed go to seed. The other stuff is still behind and not bolting so they may end up being true to type. These are the first cucumbers of the season. 3 of them from the aquaponics and one from the raised bed. (i know i am like 2 months behind, trying to catch up!) The plan is to try some lacto fermentation with the pak choi and the cukes.
  10. after working to get the PH down below 7, the peppers are getting better.. they look like hell because they are dropping all of he yellow leaves but the new growth is dark green.. i estimate it will take a couple of weeks for them to start looking normal but everything else is growing great. With the exception of the pak choi the greens are a little leggy, presumable from the heat. I have ordered some more heat tolerant varieties of greens to start rotating into the rafts as i start to harvest what i have grown
  11. i dont really know completey i dont really know how state governemnt works.. i know it has to be voted on and passed by the house.. then i think the gov signs it and its passed
  12. The bill passed house committee without amendments... man, i am really starting to get exciting thinking this is going to happen http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB1620 The only bad news is this bill didnt make the highlight real on the Legislature special session that has been called http://texasfarmbureau.org/gov-abbott-calls-legislative-special-session/
  13. correct me if i am wrong but my understanding of the nitrifying bacteria at PH 6 isnt the same bacteria working at 7.9. He said that there's bacteria at 6.0 that would perform the nitrifying function. Or at least that is how i understand it. Anyway. that;s what i meant by the possibility of having to cycle again if i move ph too drastically. It may or may not really be an issue, i dont know. Wouldnt any aquapoinics system, (not just iavs) regulate PH to some extent? The nitrification would lower ph and the plants uptake of nutrients would raise ph? The issue i have right now is just the substrate i am using in the ferrocement bed but i could decouple that from the big system if i wanted to It would just require an addtional (small) pump. My system is designed in a way that could could decouple the fish/filtration from the DWC beds and do dual loop but I dont plan to do so.. i just figured to design it that way in for optionality in case i change my mind later
  14. this is roughly two weeks growth on the greens grow beds (kale, chard, bok choi, pak, choi, lettuce, cabbage, etc.) There's been uneven growth and a lot of caterpillar damage to some plants.. specifically the kales. I have treated with liquid BT and most plants seem to be recovering. I am not sure on the uneven growth. The ones on the sides are growing much slower than the ones in the middle. I am thinking it may have something to do with air stone placement. Also, inspired by rob bob. I am experimenting with root pouches in 4x4 foot grow beds. in the future i will call them "modular wicking beds" cause that's how i view them. I plan to grow some small trees, potatoes, sweet potatos, herbs , etc in the root pouches. Things that can be a pain to manage or harvest in a large soil grow bed or in the ground. Because of the liners, i have a lot of options. If i end up not liking the root pouches i can always fill them in like real wicking beds. Also, i plan to try "kratky method" hydroponics in them. I am putting these in a lot of the open places that dont have aquaponics or other projects.. In total i expect there will be 12 throughout the yard.
  15. i am still dosing a cup or so every day... PH bounces around a lot because of the alkalinity of the shale i added. It was down to 6.6 last night but based on how its been so far, i expect it to be back up to 7 by the time i get home today. been trying to keep it around 7. I am just concerned going from 7.9 down to 6.5 will cause the bacteria to cycle again ,.. ( i am not sure they wont do so anyway) and i am feeding heavily right now. but yah. i hear yah. I have just always been hands off on adjusting ph cause i didnt want to mess with i t.. but as long as i am messing with it, i might as well do it right.