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  1. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in Demo iAVs System   
    Hello from the Aloha State. When I was a teen one of my jobs was working at a nursery. One of my tasks was taking seedlings and transplanting them into greenhouse sand beds. After they grew a little they were potted and put outside. The sandbeds had sand and perlite. That is all.  Anyway, I thought this was similar to what you were doing....  Maybe plant seedlings, wait, then add fish....? Any reason perlite cannot be added to tbe first 8"?
  2. Old Prospector liked a post in a topic by Strider in Demo iAVs System   
    I imagine that only certain fish would survive in an IAVs system with intermittent airation. Maybe an airstone / pump would would be prudent.
  3. Old Prospector liked a post in a topic by Strider in Demo iAVs System   
    I imagine that only certain fish would survive in an IAVs system with intermittent airation. Maybe an airstone / pump would would be prudent.
  4. Strider liked a post in a topic by vkn in Our experiments with IAVS..   
    Here is another video story kindly produced by Krishidarshan, DD Malalayam, on 27/10/2016 about our Nanniode Aquaponics commercial unit. Please have a look at this. This is iAVs project D.
    This program features my brother Jayakrishnan and family who are taking care of Nanniode Aquaponics commercial aquaponics facility. the largest of its kind in India this far.
    At Nanniode Aquaponics, we are getting ready for new crops. From a mono crop (tomatoes) trialed in the first season, we are now looking at about 8 different crops at this facility as per local community sale requirement.
    More updates will follow.  Your feedback/questions are always welcome.
     
  5. Strider liked a post in a topic by Mark McMurtry in Our experiments with IAVS..   
    1. I'm presuming that this post with eventually get past the APN gate keepers ( and also be ignored by the resident trolls).
    2. I saw your video post, went to YouTube hoping for a translation and found none.  I (and likely few others) have your multilingual skills.  We would be substantially benefited if a closed caption version and/or other other means of translation was made available for this and future videos.  
    3. Gary and I spoke of your video on Skype yesterday.  We are both well impressed by your/their efforts - again.
    4. I looked with care and saw absolutely no sign of any potential nutrient deficiency in the plants.  This prompts me to inquire as to what the pH being maintained in that 'system' is (range) AND whether or not you/they are or have added anything (nutrient source) other than via the fish feed?
    5. BTW, the tomato variety there did not appear to be the same cultivar as in your recent trials - and I have also not seen an photo of any of your trials being grown as a single stem (in the US and Europe this is standard practice as if provides the greatest yields per unit area/time).  Is there a logistical reason you choose to not trial this cultivation practice?
    6.  I can't 'speak for' anyone else, but I would be very appreciative if in addition to your photos and video posts that you also included operational parameters and performance data as available.  For example, what is the irrigation schedule used and volume (or % of tank vol)  moved per event, number of tank exchanges per day, feed input rate (averaged over a 3-4 month crop cycle), et al. 
    7. Are your brother and/or other clients finding that their efforts are making economic 'sense' - aka, are worthy of their effort, recouping cost of development in a satisfactory timeframe, etc.?  In other words, after having gained first hand experience with the technique, what are the operator's assessments/level of satisfaction.  Have their expectations been met and/or exceeded?  Sure, this may have been indicated in that video but it is impossible for me to determine the degree of satisfaction (or otherwise) since I did not understand a single spoken word.
    8. Keep up the good work - I know you will.
     
    edited for typo
  6. Strider liked a post in a topic by ande in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Hi
    Seems to be some iAVs trials on the way here
    Will be exciting to follow
    cheers
  7. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    I must have misunderstood Gary's meanong....probably the accent.. 
    Well Daddy, I put a new in sump tank pump in my system to reduce the flow and eliminate the need to vent extra water.  But it is still too much volume. I am running all on venturi tubes and leaving the air pumps for emergencies.  I need to rebuild my RFF (add a cone bottom) and redesign my sand and gravel filter.  Busy as Hell lately even working weekends but will try to post some pics Sunday. 
  8. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Laughter makes the world go round.  Get me back? I never left.
  9. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Gary, this is a dusl loop thread, not an Iavs thread. I have read all of Mark's posts and comments.  I was referring to the car parking stall sized systems, u know, the whole reason for developing Iavs....to enable poor villagers to produce crops and harvest fish cheaply. You have a very distasteful tendency to talk down to people.  You need to work on that. 
    One commercial sized study does not a validated system trial make.  
     
    Enough of that...
    So I have now replaced my large external pump for a smaller in tank pump to hopefully lower water volume and use only venturi tubes for fish tank and bio filter.  So no more air pumps. Should cut my electric bill and simplify things. The experiment goes on.  
  10. Strider liked a post in a topic by Ravnis in Dual loop system build.   
    I think you hit the nail on the head here.   As long as your system performs for your needs it's ok.   My personal benchmark is "can I beat the grocery store?"  That makes it worthwhile.  It has also been a very difficult endeavor due to buying equipment and feed at retail and trying to produce at wholesale prices.  It's very easy to add bells and whistles and bring the cost of production to 10 times the grocery store if not careful.
    For what it's worth, there is a commercial section in this forum for that very reason.  This seems to get lost in the fervor of posting.
  11. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Well, as interesting as those big commercial systems are with all their formulas and plumbing my system is as far removed from those as can be.  Mine, like Mr. McMurtry's, is a small scale back yard endeavor only designed to work to my specifications. When it stops working to my specification, or maybe I should say expectations, I will change it. For now I am plugging away at the smaller problems like filtration and flow rates. 
    Please keep comments pertinent.  I don't really care if people disagree on types of systems and those systems worth, but keep it positive.  Comparing, for example, Sand systems with dual loop, NTF, or other types is silly, as they all work if properly built and maintained. It is really a matter of preference.  
    I mean really, what do I care if another system produces 20 times better? I can not eat what I am growing now at a hobby level. It is all irrelevent. My I suggest that forums be split between the small scale hobby types and the commercial types? Just a thought. 
  12. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Why isn't your system producing? Hang in there buckaroo!  You are having a bad summer, first Bernie loses the primary and now this. Lol
     
  13. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Well it has been a while since my last update.  Sorry about that!  So, I have been trying different ways to filter my water.  I went with a felt sock type filter that worked well but required frequent cleaning; twice a day. The socks eventually degrade and need to be replaced. 
    Then I went to a wedge wire / felt sock combination. That was OK but the socks still needed frequent cleaning and the wedge wire needed cleaning as well.  So still a daily chore.  Them I replaced the felt socks with a 74 micron basket. It fit into a 5 gal bucket.  Still a lot of daily cleaning (probably should have went with a 200 micron basket) as did the wedge wire. 
    I placed a conical bottom on a 55 gal barrel and filled the barrel with river rock, 3/4 inch gravel, pea gravel, and topped it all off with chicken grit. (crushed granite).  While most of these so called birdman gravel and sand (G&S) filters feed water from the bottom working its way up and out the top into the sump tank, mine gets its water from the top and works its way down and out the bottom of the conical bottom into the sump.  It does have the customary backwash plumbing tgat uses a shop vac to dislodge the waste for cleaning. Cleaning is every three days.  So far I have observered several issues.  First, my drain is too small and needs to be increased to a 2 inch size.  My pump my be a bit much as well.  The pros are very clean water. Crystal clear! Also less frequent cleaning times. The con is it uses more water to clean the sand out.   But I can say that of all ways I have tried this is by far the best. I will work on a video to show it hopefully today! Cheers all! 
  14. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Why isn't your system producing? Hang in there buckaroo!  You are having a bad summer, first Bernie loses the primary and now this. Lol
     
  15. Strider liked a post in a topic by bigdaddy in Dual loop system build.   
    I thought he was humming a tune lol...
  16. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Hmmmm, is that your professional opinion? Lol. 
     
  17. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Well it has been a while since my last update.  Sorry about that!  So, I have been trying different ways to filter my water.  I went with a felt sock type filter that worked well but required frequent cleaning; twice a day. The socks eventually degrade and need to be replaced. 
    Then I went to a wedge wire / felt sock combination. That was OK but the socks still needed frequent cleaning and the wedge wire needed cleaning as well.  So still a daily chore.  Them I replaced the felt socks with a 74 micron basket. It fit into a 5 gal bucket.  Still a lot of daily cleaning (probably should have went with a 200 micron basket) as did the wedge wire. 
    I placed a conical bottom on a 55 gal barrel and filled the barrel with river rock, 3/4 inch gravel, pea gravel, and topped it all off with chicken grit. (crushed granite).  While most of these so called birdman gravel and sand (G&S) filters feed water from the bottom working its way up and out the top into the sump tank, mine gets its water from the top and works its way down and out the bottom of the conical bottom into the sump.  It does have the customary backwash plumbing tgat uses a shop vac to dislodge the waste for cleaning. Cleaning is every three days.  So far I have observered several issues.  First, my drain is too small and needs to be increased to a 2 inch size.  My pump my be a bit much as well.  The pros are very clean water. Crystal clear! Also less frequent cleaning times. The con is it uses more water to clean the sand out.   But I can say that of all ways I have tried this is by far the best. I will work on a video to show it hopefully today! Cheers all! 
  18. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Well it has been a while since my last update.  Sorry about that!  So, I have been trying different ways to filter my water.  I went with a felt sock type filter that worked well but required frequent cleaning; twice a day. The socks eventually degrade and need to be replaced. 
    Then I went to a wedge wire / felt sock combination. That was OK but the socks still needed frequent cleaning and the wedge wire needed cleaning as well.  So still a daily chore.  Them I replaced the felt socks with a 74 micron basket. It fit into a 5 gal bucket.  Still a lot of daily cleaning (probably should have went with a 200 micron basket) as did the wedge wire. 
    I placed a conical bottom on a 55 gal barrel and filled the barrel with river rock, 3/4 inch gravel, pea gravel, and topped it all off with chicken grit. (crushed granite).  While most of these so called birdman gravel and sand (G&S) filters feed water from the bottom working its way up and out the top into the sump tank, mine gets its water from the top and works its way down and out the bottom of the conical bottom into the sump.  It does have the customary backwash plumbing tgat uses a shop vac to dislodge the waste for cleaning. Cleaning is every three days.  So far I have observered several issues.  First, my drain is too small and needs to be increased to a 2 inch size.  My pump my be a bit much as well.  The pros are very clean water. Crystal clear! Also less frequent cleaning times. The con is it uses more water to clean the sand out.   But I can say that of all ways I have tried this is by far the best. I will work on a video to show it hopefully today! Cheers all! 
  19. Cecil liked a post in a topic by Strider in Cetus Sieve wedgewire replacements?   
    So I see the topic of this thread is Cetus wedge wire replacements which made me wonder if anyone actually ordered one of those and if so from where?
  20. Cecil liked a post in a topic by Strider in Cetus Sieve wedgewire replacements?   
    Yeah, it works well but I hated cleaning the bird netting. Too messy for me. Still looking for a easier method without buying a commercial system. I think I am getting closer.
  21. Cecil liked a post in a topic by Strider in Cetus Sieve wedgewire replacements?   
    At that length you should have plenty of room onsideca 55 gal barrel to get it to whatever angle you think best. Mine is currently at about 45 degrees and the bottom sits in the center if the barrel.
  22. Old Prospector liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    I posted stuff that was not insulting nor personal, just an observation and request but Gary saw fit to remove it anyway. So, untill someone builds a moderate sized iAVS, tests it with fish and plants per Marks criteria, and shows stages of progress with more complex plants, I see no real value to this thread.
  23. MT Mind liked a post in a topic by Strider in What have you harvested lately?   
    This is meant as a brag. I harvested record numbers bitter melon, had to give them away there was so many. Also my pepper plants are full. My spices are busy and need constant thinning. I have cucumbers towering into the sky ready for the pickling jars, I may need more jars. This is much better than swampaponics. Lol (sarcasm?)
    On a more serious note I did pickle string beans recently and I have to say at first I thought it was silly but they actually came out pretty good. I spiced some of them up with a piece of ghost pepper I grew and it gave them just the right amount of kick.
  24. MT Mind liked a post in a topic by Strider in What have you harvested lately?   
    This is meant as a brag. I harvested record numbers bitter melon, had to give them away there was so many. Also my pepper plants are full. My spices are busy and need constant thinning. I have cucumbers towering into the sky ready for the pickling jars, I may need more jars. This is much better than swampaponics. Lol (sarcasm?)
    On a more serious note I did pickle string beans recently and I have to say at first I thought it was silly but they actually came out pretty good. I spiced some of them up with a piece of ghost pepper I grew and it gave them just the right amount of kick.
  25. Strider liked a post in a topic by velacreations in What have you harvested lately?   
    sure can, and I have a batch brewing right now, only about 8 liters or so, just to try it out.  I'm racking it off this week.  I've never made it before, but I've had it from other people, and it can be very good.