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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. MikeRich liked a post in a topic by Strider in What have you harvested lately?   
    Can you make wine from that? Not sure why but it just seems like the right thing to do.  
  7. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    To be honest I cannot wrap my head around paying for a hobby experiment when there are forums like this one with people to compare notes, successes, and failures. It just takes the fun out of it. I don't want to learn about the microbes and interrelationships of what happens on that micro level. I have had great success with growing using aquaponics and I am now looking for tips and tricks to tweek it to make it better. But I do enjoy reading those science papers, say wow, and move on.
  8. GaryD liked a post in a topic by Strider in What have you harvested lately?   
    Now there is something you don't see everyday. Looks goiod.
  9. Strider liked a post in a topic by Old Prospector in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    I'II,  probably fall into that catergory, except my students who are experimenting with it don't.
     
    So here is one students project at home, 3 c/f container ( 2 c/f of fish water:1 c/f Bio-char ) Set-up Mar 12, 2016
     
    His next project is the same size container but upping the fish water to 2.5 c/f:0.5 c/f Bio-char.
     
    Sorry, but the boys and girls can't post to this forum, and are not allowed to by strict administrative mandates. This way their work can't be stolen by anyone. They can however read the forum posts, etc. when we meet for our round table discussions.
     
    But, I can report some of their work in progress systems after having clearance from their administrators.
     
    One that everybody is banking on is the growing system using sand as IAVS does, but the sand is much larger, and the containers need only 1/10 of what you need in your IAVS systems.

  10. Strider liked a post in a topic by Old Prospector in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Good ole Censorship, lock the thing, then he will have time to do all that he says in the past that he needs to get done.
     
    But what about all the new members that sign up and find locked out topic's????????
  11. Old Prospector liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Thank you. Comparing apples to apples ...etc, is the only way to know how the yields would compare. Since that has apparently never been done on the iAVS side I consider this a deadend discussion. To that end, it would still make a great hobby build.
  12. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    By reposting that post and asking for comment I thought I was on the way to a discussion without anxiety or distain. Mark introduced the anxiety with his reply, as he often does. The only human being I know of that is more thin skinned and paranoid than Mark is Donald Trump. In the interests of civil discussion may I recommend he post everything through a filter? You Gary could be the filter. Is it possible you ask? Yes, but only if Mark learns how to discuss things with a modicum of tact and common courtesy. I will hold my breath.
  13. Strider liked a post in a topic by Facundo Cabral in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    I'm the scoundrel who wrote that horrific "screed" many ions ago. If I could go back I would change what I said about the best growers achieving 50-60kg/m2. I've heard now they are pushing 100kg/m2, so my apologies. However, I wouldn't change a single thing that I wrote in the rest of my horrifically ignorant diatribe.
    To claim the iAVS can achieve 20x the yield of the UVI is just silly. I come back on this forum after so long and the fact that it is still being debated and (by some) believed, is laughable. There are still no examples of commercial farms that are attempting to use the iAVS, no pictures, no success stories. To my knowledge, the two prophets of the iAVS have no commercial experience, so it is hard to take anything they say seriously at this point. Anyone with a modicum of commercial experience can immediately discredit the claims being made here.
    I expect a slurry of jargon and insults to be hurled my way by the highly educated prophets of the iAVS. But this forum is dead and I gain nothing more than mild entertainment which I can get elsewhere without the condescending remarks and lack of creativity. Maybe the thread will get locked again for another year since I probably upset the his holiness! Can't have that now can we.
    Suerte!
  14. Strider liked a post in a topic by TheDictator in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Where is the I love this quote button ^^^^
  15. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Wow, and you wonder why you can't get anywhere? Not everyone, to include myself, has the time to read every post or reseach every artical out there concerning this topic. Some of us actually have lives and approach this as a hobby. I really don' expect anything from you Mark, and honestly, would rather you sink back into your condescending hole and stay there. I got this as an email because I requested to be sent posts from this thread. I read it, thought it was interesting and had a genuine interest in getting an intellegent response from Gary as to the validity of the claims made. No agenda, no gothya, no alterior motives. Get a grip.
  16. Strider liked a post in a topic by ande in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Hi
    Like strider get his sand on the beach free, my grandfather did, in fact all did it that way around here (colect the needed sand free on the beach)
    I helped him many times as a kid, the cool thing is, the water to wash it with was free as well   so where the waves that did the actual washing  
    If you know the land you live on/in, you also know where/when to collect it.
    After surtan winds/currants/surfs/waves most of the job is done by nature,   
    Also we usualy harwested seaweeds Kelp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    at the same time, to use as fertilzer/minerals , "the proper sand" where partly separated from the fines by the kelp, layerd in long narow belts, along the beach.
    I still collect this now and then, the chikens love to clean it free of small sea/beach bugs so they get to nible on it here. as snacks before it is used in the garden beds.
    A lot of my friends & in particular their kids and/or grandkids, love to go along on a gathering trip like that with me, and see it as good recrational family time , healthy and free. I bet some people would pay to come along just as an adventure and to learn about it
     
    By the way I can buy the proper sized inert sand cheap in bags or bulk here if I wan't
    I can also aford to buy it, however it is a big part of my lifestyle/hobby/interest to gather/hunt/fish/garden/farm.
    I see it as a bonus health benefit to do the work, and wish I could do it more often
     
    cheers
  17. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    To ensure it is correct. It is my sand and I can think of no better way to make sure it is of the proper type and size than to do it myself. It is the same reason I mow my own grass, wash my own car, and do my own house remodel work. All of it! Ok? You are cerainly entitled to pay someone else to sift your sand.Depends on how accurate the sand is concerning advertised size. I would buy as much as was needed to do the job. The sand I am playing with now I got for free at the beach. And it seemed to grow the tomato plant with no problems.
  18. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Yep, you are probably right, too much work, just stick with the inferior methods used in aquaponics today and deal with Ph issues, water filtering and cleaning issues, nutrient deficiencies, and all the other things not a problem using sand.
    Someone mentioned economics as a potential problem but the trade off is made up with increased crop yeilds, less additives, and cleaner water, therefor healthier fish.
  19. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    Economics? My manual labor is only valuable to me and so I determine when to use it and for how long. My system is a hobby, I enjoy doing it and so the cost of labor is irrelevent. How does anyone sift? Has the technique changed over the last several thousand years? You are adding other non relivent aspects to the discussion of whether a uniform partical, or a sand partical of a minimum size would clog in a varrying depth of between 12 and 18 inches. I said that if properly sifted, and if the particals are of a minimum size there would be no appeciable difference in the water movement through the sand.
    I am glad your high school workers are getting paid. Lol
  20. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in iAVs.info - the Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System   
    It really does not matter who sifts it if it gets done right. I don't mind a little manual labor.
  21. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Ok, thanks. So your advice is to go ask paul. Got it.
  22. Strider liked a post in a topic by mattyoga in Dual loop system build.   
    Shame this has gone off the rails a bit - I'm in the same position as Strider.  Left unadjusted my plant loops climb from a ph of 6 to 8 without any top up water being added.  Plants will raise the ph in the plant loop if consuming nitrate.  no question about that in my mind.
     
    So how is that ph adjusted back down?  Either by adding an acid such as HCl or phosphoric which is another (potentially high risk) maintenance task and a bit of a PITA if you ask me, OR is there another way?  The THEORY touted is passing ammonia rich water from the fish loop can achieve this, though as yet no one has offered a working example (Paul has stated to do this but to my knowledge not presented a detailed working example).  
     
    My ammonia is in the same range as Striders - undetectable generally (sometimes 0.25 ppm) straight out from the top of the RFF BEFORE it reaches the MBBR.  BUT generally I run all my water through the RFF to the MBBR - so its being cycled at a fairly high rate and if this rate when compared to the fish production rate of ammonia is much higher the ammonia concentration will never get that high (the MBBR will process it as its being produced).  and this I believe is where the devil is in the detail.  
     
    I've yet to try passing water direct to the plant loop (from fish loop), as I was hoping going via the MT would achieve the same end, though to date it hasn't (though Paul vaguely suggested it should work) - I have not found a convincing, succinct, clear explanation as to why it does not work however.  I still do not know if it is not working due to improper MT design or because it will never work.  
     
    Running dual loops certainly gives an appreciation of the simplicity of running a single loop!
  23. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Trouble maker!
  24. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Paul was a lot of help......and I appreciate all he has contributed. I was sorry to see him go to the pay for help system as I miss his clarifications even if I did find them somewhat cryptic at times. But there are still a lot of hobbiests who contribute freely and a ton of info on the web.
  25. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Dual loop system build.   
    Paul was a lot of help......and I appreciate all he has contributed. I was sorry to see him go to the pay for help system as I miss his clarifications even if I did find them somewhat cryptic at times. But there are still a lot of hobbiests who contribute freely and a ton of info on the web.