ACDeGroff

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About ACDeGroff

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    I'm a soil/hydroponic gardener who is interested in aquaponics to complement these systems. I kind of just like nature in general. Looking into this for hobby purposes only and found some useful information on this forum from just reading.
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    Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Soil Gardening, Hiking, Fishing, Backpacking, Skiing

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    Joshua Tree, California
  1. Great hearing your GH doesn't need to be demolished. Thanks for posting the temps. Was interested on how well the solex would perform.
  2. Thanks for clearing that up. Always interested in what other people have going on.
  3. Awesome. Thanks for the info. Really interested in getting a wicking system set up for a couple of root crops. I'm surprised from what I've read that you don't have a layer of inorganic media on the bottom where that 1.5" of water is like hydroton, gravel/river rock, or even a corrugated drain pipe. Do you have any issues with over saturation? I didn't see anything in the picture other than the grow bed and what looked like a central drain.
  4. I realize this thread is old but didn't see anyone mention Signal Crayfish. I'm not sure where you are in the U.S. but they originate in the Pac. NW and have spread down to So. Cal, I'm not sure how far east. They are larger than Marmokrebs and P. Clarkii. I was actually going to pick a couple out of Big Bear Lake to try in my Barrel -Ponics. If you google DIY crayfish trap they are cheap and easy to build. I also believe there is a Native American owned fishery that sells them out of WA live for cooking. Place an order and get a meal and some tank occupants. Edit: Forgot there is also a company that harvests them out of Lake Tahoe now. (No worries on the cold temps.)
  5. Plants look great. Been reading the whole thread, tons of info. I'm curious about how you're running your wicking bed. Are you doing continuous flow? Are you using a capilary mat or what are you using as the wick/medium? Thanks.
  6. Yeah, I was actually watching that hoop bending stuff earlier. Thanks for the info on what to look for when purchasing the galvanized pipe. Going to price out this and a pvc option and go from there.
  7. I think the real problem with commercial aquaponics (as well as hydroponics) today is crop verity. Mostly all you see are seas of lettuce and basil. Some people do tomatoes, but not very many. I think maybe finding a niche market and growing something odd or you have to contract with a restaurant. Maybe ginger to sushi restaurants, orchids, and I'm sure there are other plants you could come up with. I just think people haven't played around enough with creating proper environment for some of the harder to grow plants in an aquaponics setup. The trouble with most agricultural ventures to begin with is high quantity versus profit. I think this limits aquaponics a little bit compared to traditional farming and that's why you won't ever see any of those large volume crops go aquaponic and why it seems more logical to grow a higher value crop. Or you have to supply local to keep costs down. As far as being a fad? Every hobby/sport has it's surges of popularity, but I think aquaponics is different in that many people are learning about it for the first time. I think the appeal of aquaponics to many people is that the setups can be a variety of sizes. There is even a growing availability of pre-made systems from desktop to fountain size that people can buy and not have to worry about complicated assembly. It also appeals to people in several different areas. Gardening, hydroponics, aquaculture, aquarium/pond people, DIYers. Here's a guy in Florida who I think is doing it right. Although I imagine his start up costs were pretty hefty.
  8. Thanks Ande.
  9. If you want to use steel for hoops, thin walled galvanised pipe or square tube is a better material than flat or rebar. By thin walled galvanized are you talking about the metal conduit that's used for electrical?
  10. Flat bar is actually just a little more than the large diameter PVC and I thought it might be stronger/longer lasting, but based on the replies I guess I'll just stick with PVC. Thanks to both of you.
  11. Hello, Long time lurker, first time poster. I am currently in the planning phases of my hoop house for my aquaponic setup. It will be 12' x 20' and I am thinking about making it out of 1/4" x 1" x 20' hot rolled steel flat bar. I saw it suggested on another site as a substitute for rebar. I'll be anchoring it to a wooden frame with hoop spacing every 4' on center and then adding 4 purlings (also 1/4"x1" flat bar). I'll then be using bolts with lock nuts/washers to secure the bars at each intersection because I don't know how to weld. My only real fear is that I have never worked with steel flat bar and while all of the ratings seem to indicate that it is strong enough I wanted to get someone's input on it as a frame material. It rarely snows where I live but every so often we can get up to 4' will I have a problem with bending? Things like that. Please point out any downsides to my plan because the next step is buying the materials. I included a shot of my sketch up. It's missing one purlin and the hoops aren't measured on center. The large tank is half of an old water storage tank that I will line with recycled billboard vinyl. I think I'm going to fill up the green spaces with a rain gutter gravel bed whicking dutch bucket system because I wan't to play with root crops. Thank you, Alex