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About DanJerome

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    I am a programmer by day and a BJJ Dad by night. I love spending my weekends working on my sustainable living projects with my sons.
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    Aquaponics, permaculture, BJJ, cave diving, programming

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    Palm Harbor, FL

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  1. I built my first aquaponics system in Palm Harbor, FL several years ago. I did about six months worth of research and design before I started my build. The effort paid off. I mainly use solid grow media. Most of which is clay pellets. Some of which is a combination of clay pellets, shell, and river pebbles. I've added red worms into my designs in order to keep my system clean and provide worm castings tea. I ordered my red worms online and had them delivered to my home. I've never had to buy more worms since they have multiplied to the extent that I have them in abundance for new grow bed builds. I've read numerous posts, articles, and books in which the authors have stated that they build their systems w/out adding in red worms. They've stated that the grow beds will populate themselves with red worms. My question is how do these red worms work their way into their systems w/out being added? I imagine most systems like mine are up on stands and most tanks do not appear that they would provide much of a surface for a worm to climb. This has always been a mystery to me. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Dan Jerome - Palm harbor, Florida
  2. Hello everyone. I'm new to the concept of "Microponics". I have a couple aquaponics systems in my back yard. I'm also into Rabbitry and Permaculture as well. I've got a few chickens that lay me plenty of eggs and produce grade A fertilizer. I would love to know if anyone has some tips on doing Microponics in climates like mine. For starters we get crazy weather down here. One minute it's bone dry and then bam... Crazy rain storms with high winds etc. Another real big challenge is the horribly sandy soil. On the plus side it drains nice and cuts down on the root rot. We also have a problem with fruit rats. They are horrible. I use Tom Cat baits to work with them but there must be a better way. It seems like if you don't put out the Tom Cat poison, they will take a nibble out of every vegetable and fruit in your backyard. Last but not least... We've got bugs like no other place in country. They should make the mosquito into the state bird. The Tiger Mosquitos here are big enough to stand flat footed and hump a chicken. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Daniel Jerome Palm Harbor, FL
  3. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions oriented towards doing a microponics system in Florida. Growing anything around here can be tricky. I live on the Gulf Coast. We have unpredictable weather, enormous bugs, numerous fruit rats, and horrible soil. I have done a lot of different types of farming and sustainable living projects here. There has to be an easier way. Any input would be greatly appreciated, Dan Jerome Palm Harbor, Florida