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  1. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    I have the opposite problem and wish I had some of those bad stones you have to balance it out. I have a feeling your's will settle down to a lower Ph once your system matures.  
     
    Sorry to hear about your problems at work.  Hang in there.
  2. Strider liked a post in a topic by Earthan Group in Fellow APN member building the world's biggest commercial AP system?   
    Thanks mate.   No not at all.  I had a semi load of sand delivered about a month ago and is sitting outside the greenhouses ready to go.  The pump has been repaired on that set up and the sump tank removed and refitted.  Finding time to do it is getting very difficult.  Yesterday was a 16 hour fun filled day which is not unlike every other day.  When we come up to breath we might get that done.
  3. edmolina liked a post in a topic by Strider in Anybody following the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa?   
    The CDC Director is incoherent and incompetent.  There should have been a team from the CDC at that Texas hospital to ensure proper protocols were in place and being obeyed.  All West African traffic to the US should have been stopped and all US aid travelers coming back should be isolated for the incubation period (21 Days) upon arrival at a remote and controlled site. No commercial airlines should be flying into West Africa, government charter flights only.
    Another Obama failure. But I hear he has cancelled a fund raiser to meet and talk about this with his staff. You know that if Obama cancelled a fund raiser, he must be getting the message of the serious nature of this virus, albeit late.
  4. Strider liked a post in a topic by John Urstadt in Anybody following the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa?   
    Ugggghh why we all aren't rioting is beyond me... *back to sketchup*
  5. Strider liked a post in a topic by Mountain in I am building my first pond.... :)   
    I managed to get a load of basalt delivered this weekend to the pond site. He said it was 12 tons, so it should be enough to finish out the pond area I believe. It is slow going and tough on the back but it is getting there, I am liking it so far and the woman I am building it for is thrilled.
    Looking from the rock water fall area down the stream.

    The bridge area of the stream, I have a four foot by 8 foot bridge at home in my shop built to cross this area...


    I milled the wood for this bridge and built it last fall winter.

    Looking over what will be the falls into the pond.

    Looking back up the stream from the pond....

    Getting close to the halfway mark on the stone setting in the pond...

  6. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    I have heard strawberries are hard to grow in Aquaponics...  I believe they need a low Ph of somewhere about 5.5.... 
  7. Strider liked a post in a topic by GaryD in Proper design for Dual loop RAS?   
    Hi,
     
    Human beings are born knowing nothing.  All knowledge and skills are acquired from someone else......period!
     
    The things that I know I learned from others.......and I share them in that light.   And the same thing applies to everyone else.
     
    Getting credit for something invariably feels good but where does it begin and end.  I first canvassed the two loop thing in the first edition of my book in 2007.  Tailormade Fish Farms had been doing it prior to that.   God knows where they got it from because they never mentioned it.
     
    My point is that speaking about an idea doesn't automatically infer that someone is claiming the idea as their own......they just may not have the energy to list the idea's often-comprehensive lineage.  The only place that I know of where that is practiced is academia......and even academics are not beyond thieving ideas and trading them as their own.
     
    To summarise.......everyone is born knowing squat.  It all comes from someone else.  For a demonstration of this in an aquaponics context, have a flick through Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (Timmons, Eberling, et al) or any wastewater treatment manual.
     
    Let's park our egos at the front door when entering APN......it'll be a better place for it.
     
    Gary
  8. Strider liked a post in a topic by John Urstadt in Anybody following the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa?   
    Yeah... see I'm here in the states. I think the biggest risk to USA at this point is if the Virus gets into central and south America... where it could spread at rates like we see in Africa.  Outside all the horrific pain and suffering that would cause, there would be a lot of people fleeing to America to try and jump the border for health care.
     
     
    It could get pretty bad.  Hopefully Obama has got a plan to help quarantine countries with new cases of Ebola... Too bad I wouldn't trust that guy to protect a gallon of milk for me.
     
    I've seen people predict there will be a million cases before the year is out, that'd be pretty hard to believe at this point except that: we don't really know how many people have gotten this exact strain and died in Africa.  A huge portion of those infected are tribes who have and want no contact with "modern" medicine and protection from anybody.  Who knows how many are in suffering from this virus right now...
  9. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    Waiting patiently for more pics, or even a video with commentary?
  10. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
  11. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    Aloha,
    The bacteria can be accelerated if you get some from another system... Other than that I am blank.  You could just wait for things to take their natural course.  I cheated and took some water from my Koi pond filter to kick start mine. 
  12. Strider liked a post in a topic by Cecil in British PM announces tough new anti-terror measures   
    Strider you need to chill out. Take a break from the news and enjoy your aquaponics. Life is too short to be so anxious. For God's sake you live in Hawaii!
  13. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in British PM announces tough new anti-terror measures   
    Evil twisted and Islamic. Today!  This women, a muslim, or should I say former Muslim has been warning the US and World about the danger and says it better than I could. Hiding and living in denial is not he answer. 
     
     
  14. crsublette liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dedicated filter questions   
    Hello,
    I did a lot of reading concerning the various water filtration methods. I wanted the cleanest water I could get with the least amount of labor....I am basically a lazy person. .
    I settled on an IBC system that incorporates a RFF first that drains into a bio-filter with K1 media that gets its O2 from a home made PVC venturi tube along with an air stone powered by an air pump.
    That in turn goes splits off to a media bed and a floating bed. I have another pump in the floating bed that pumps the water, which may still have very small particles in it, into 10 Dutch Buckets filled with lava rock that further filters the water as it passes through into the sump tank.
    I do still have to vacuum the RFF weekly to get the heavy stuff but that only takes about 10 min.
  15. Aufin liked a post in a topic by Strider in My sincere condolences...   
    Who cares where the democrats are from? Point is they were A. Democrats, and B. Racists trying to stall the advancement of civil rights. The fact that they were from the South does not change the fact they were democrats.
    That is what made the passage of this bill so historic. But it was the republicans that made passage possible.
    But let's not lose sight of why we are discussing this. It is only democrats that make the false accusations of labeling a whole party as being racists and working against "women's rights".
    It is still happening today. And it is false, old, and tired. People like Cecil in post #23 parroting the false narrative that he gets from the left media and politicians. And when confronted with inconvenient historical fact you on the left start making excuses rather than stating the obvious, which is that there are racists across all parties but only the left consistently points the finger for political gain.
    And because the right supports the rights of people to practice religion as they chose, I.e., not to provide birth control to others, they are labeled anti women. Imagine asking women to have to pay for their own birth control to support her sexual proclivities? A blatant violation of their rights to be sure! How will Sally rotten croch have sex? Oh the humanity! To think I am responsible for poor Sally getting pregnant and bringing another burden on society into the World! But Sally don't care, because Sally knows the government will take care of her and her mistakes....as long as she continues to vote democrat. In fact, the more mistakes Sslly makes, the more government will provide. What a cozy little relationship. But government dies not earn money to support Sally's mistakes, they take it from us.
    There is no stigma with out of wedlock pregnancy and birth today. It has become so common place we have been conditioned to just accept it. And so it has replaced older accepted norms of behavior and been mainstreamed and shoved down societies throats as "acceptable". Fatherless families has exploded, especially in minority communities.
    We have spent trillions on "the war on poverty" and have not made a dent in that problem! Why? Because the liberal policies only perpetuates, and in fact, exacerbates poverty. People are less self dependent and more dependent on government. Who profits from this ideology? The politicians who push it of course.
    But hey, let's not blame the person making bad choices, let's blame those that don't want their money going to support those bad decisions.
    Throwing money at problems does not solve those problems, it only makes them worse by creating unintended consequences. Did anyone with half a brain really think that politicians and left wing academia would make health care more affordable? Ironic isn't it? Ever notice that when the politicians want to get some terrible legislation passed they name it the opposite of what it becomes. The ACA isn't so affordable. The ACA was never about health care affordability, it was about wealth redistribution and control.
    But the brain dead people just do what the left political machine and their MSM support groups tell them. You are right about one thing, people don't think. If they did, Obama and many others he appointed would be out on the ear right now for the lies and the abuse of Presidential authority.
    OK, that takes me through one cup of coffee. Time to go feed the fish and unwind doing Aquaponics...I mean aquaculture stuff.
  16. Aufin liked a post in a topic by Strider in My sincere condolences...   
    Taken for granted, discounted, and ignored by the very politicians that we elect to do our will but instead do the will of the entrenched establishment and special interests.  But that is slowly changing, thanks in large part to the current leadership's incompetence.  Many conservative "lifers" are gone and more are coming up on the chopping block thanks to an awakening by true conservatives in the US.  We have made it clear and sent a resounding message that false conservatives are at risk. We are determined to get our nation back and make Washington do what we want, not be servants to their false ideologies and lies.  The struggle is going to be long, but eventually, as things continue to deteriorate, I am hopeful the impressionable youth will wake up and take action.
    The alternative is the end of America as we know it.
  17. Aufin liked a post in a topic by Strider in My sincere condolences...   
    Seriously?  It was the democrats in the 60s that fought against the civil rights act and was the republicans that pushed to get it passed.  The idea that conservatives, the GOP, the Party of Licoln, are trying to keep miinorities down is absurd and flys in the face of historical fact. The "war on women" is a left wing fantesy to garner support by using fear. I have 5 girls, do you really think I am tryiong to hurt them? 
    Your narrative that corporations are allowed to avoid taxes is another myth since corporations pay roughly 10% od all tax revenue.  The so called rich pay most of the rest.  Taxing the wealthy to death to fulfill some ideological utopia only hurts the economy and brings distrust of government.  Corrupt lifers who view politics as a carreer to get rich rather than a calling is one of this nations biggest problems. The elected make deals with the Devil and do not represent the elected. That is starting to change as the people's eyes have been opened by the overt corruption of the current democrats from the President who outright lies to the people to the likes of Reid and Pelosi who are both incompetent and not fit to lead.  Obama usewd the IRS, the most abusive government agency in the nation, to attack his opponents!  That is unheard of in this nation and brings us on a par with other banana republics in terms of corruption. 
    While other Western nations saw the wrighting on the wall in Bhengazi and were pulling their diplomats out, our Secretary of State, who wants to be President, ignored repeated requests for additional security and was asleep on her watch as the US ambassdor and others were murdered. 
    Incompetance on a staggering level. And after all the screw ups, Obama, who knew nothing and claims he found out about all these things via the news media, claims he is "investigating" all these things and will take action, yet to date years after Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS crimes, the Veterans fiasco, and others, no one is held accountable and nothing is done.  In fact, the people involved are promoted, most likey to ensure their silence to protect Obama.
    Sorry, this is not the party to lead this nation since the left has gone crazy far left.  But at least you can take solice in the idea that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, oh wait, that was another lie.
    I have never said the repuiblicans are blameless, but I live in the here and now. 
  18. crsublette liked a post in a topic by Strider in Fellow APN member building the world's biggest commercial AP system?   
    Thanks for the clarification. I just am amazed that the amount of water that acres of plants need along with other usage factors can be calculated to an exact enough degree to use all of the water with no return. That Paul guy must be one smart cookie. Post 34 answered my questions.
  19. crsublette liked a post in a topic by Strider in Fellow APN member building the world's biggest commercial AP system?   
    Thanks for the clarification. I just am amazed that the amount of water that acres of plants need along with other usage factors can be calculated to an exact enough degree to use all of the water with no return. That Paul guy must be one smart cookie. Post 34 answered my questions.
  20. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    I have yet to work with sand. But it occurs to me that the sand filter, working on gravity alone, would have to be large in surface area to allow enough of a flow rate.  The sand would also need to be large granules.  (course as you can get it)  But when I think of septic system drainage beds that use large rocks at first and as the water moves though the line the rocks get smaller and finally there is sand at the end. Maybe something like that would work.      
     
    The other alternative to using sand is to use a pressurized sand filter that is first in line right off the pump.   There must be some others here who have worked with sand filters.....hello?  
     
    As for the K1 media, I bought some on Amazon and was about 40 US dollars a cubic ft.  That included shipping as a prime member.  They even sell used media from time to time if you are patient. I started with one cubic ft and added as my system progessed. Now I have 3 cubic ft in a 55 gal drum.  I started with the pet store air pumps but they were not big enough so I eventually ended up buying a piston pump that is working great. 
  21. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Strider in Water Quality Maintenance and Mineral Assimilation by Plants Influence Growth of Hybrid Tilapia in Culture with Vegetable Crops   
    Why long fixed ungainly sand beds? Why not smaller Dutch Bucket type containers filled with sand?
  22. crsublette liked a post in a topic by Strider in Sand Bed Details   
    I am striving to be one (aquaponicist) in the applied too.  And I do appreciate every response to my posts.  I am experimenting like no one's business. Hope I can contribute something useful to give back.
  23. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    Yep yep yep!
  24. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    Wow read from the beginning and feel like I am reading a drama novel.  Nice work on the house, the area, and the support structures thus far. Will be checking in to see how you progress, again, nice job!
  25. crsublette liked a post in a topic by Strider in Airlift method   
    Lots of info on Airlifts to be sure.  I especially liked the pressure chamber design. looks easy to build for us DIYers.  Not sure I have a real need for it yet but maybe I can incorporate one into my sand filter design. That way I can use the same air pump I use for my bio filter.