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  • Birthday 01/16/65

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    Enjoys,good easy to use hi tech equipment.
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  1. Hi Willroy, When I first started off with aquaponics, forums were the go...I was a very active member of 3 forums. there were many active participants and many more "sleepers". I feel the biggest contributor to forums being inactive along with consistent changes in personal living and lives is the advent of other social media platforms becoming far more popular.In general, the new school people just like to look at pictures maybe post a couple of short comments maybe post a picture of their own and move on to the next thread. In these type of forums we are far more involved than that and because of that we are far more technical and get the most benefit IMO. As an example, one of my businesses are listed on twitter but I just don't get how that works yet others love it. Pintrest is interesting for pics and maybe some particular Thai recipes but it doesn't give you the experience of cooking, the whys where and how does this work. I enjoy YouTube, but do not understand the monetization side of it, yet my son completely understands it and is right into it. So yeah,I agree,these forums do display a lot less "visual" activity then in days gone by. Sometimes you do find that people do move to other things and some do actually come back and become active again. As for me, my life has changed since I first started and I have become far, far more busy with life and actually struggle to find time to be on all the forums I used to be involved with and certainly to the extent I used to be and even at times struggle here but I still enjoy forums for their technical aspect better. That's my opinion anyway. Cheers.
  2. Hi Brushhippie, I don't know the answer to your question but I have a suggestion and I understand where you are at. Why don't you go to the supplier of your pex and explain what you want to do to them? Hopefully they will have a solution for you. Cheers.
  3. Hi Sheana and welcome to APN You're welcome to ask any question/s you wish at any time. Plenty of info to read here... Feel free to post in the build section when you are closer to building your system or if you already have one we'd love to see it....We love pics... Enjoy... Cheers.
  4. Remembrance Day. Cheers.
  5. Cool song. Enjoy. Cheers.
  6. Hi Johnny and welcome to APN, When you are ready, flick over to the aquaponics systems section and let's know what your thoughts are. There are a several different ways to have a growing system, ranging from an iAVs to the less efficient and somewhat bastardized media filled growbed systems. Enjoy the journey. Cheers.
  7. I  just looked at the list on GFM and yes, that (your) name does show up on it.   I had not recognized he name as being you.   Thanks for the support.   FWIW, I have yet to actually receive ANY of the GoFund Me donations and have zero clue as to when I might.  I'll just have to trust that I will at some point or another.  Yes, they do extract a pound of flesh (perhaps twice).  Paypal.me takes about 1/3 than GFM does and e-checks/wire transfers extract none TMK and I actually get those almost immediately.  Crowd funding appears to be form of legalized cyber theft but it is what it is.  Thanks again.

    1. bigdaddy

      bigdaddy

      Your welcome Mark, As soon as I learnt what happened to you I donated on whatever was available, unfortunately Gofundme was the only one that I knew of. If I knew about paypal I would of gone that way. It makes sense you wouldn't of known my real name.

      It's only a small donation in your bigger world but enough for me. Monetarily, I am finding it tough at the moment, going backwards rather than forwards but thems the breaks as I think you know so well, so can't donate more as I'd like but sometime soon the cycle will go around and I should hopefully be able to donate more. (No promises but will try) I know you expect nothing but just saying....

      I'll be getting my little iAVs going when I can afford the materials and sand. As mentioned the monetary situation is holding me up and frustrating me no end. My mate is a pool man so when I get the coin him me and his other mate can get building the tank and growbeds. (thing is everything has to look really nice and blend in with the very small back yard so keep your eyes peeled in the next 6 to 12 months I spose.I know me, once the infrastructure is in I will be keen to get the sand in and get things going so I just have to be patient at the moment. I would like to get it so I can run six months with barramundi and 6 months trout alternating.Not fussed on what veges I grow.

      I digress sorry.

      Look forward to communicating with you again sometime...Take care...

      Cheers

      Anthony.

  8. Hi Mark,

    I was very sorry to hear of your recent "very bad luck" and my heart went out to you sir.

    I do not want any public acknowledgment at all nor do I expect any acknowledgement from your good self but I think you should know I donated a small donation of U.S.$100.00 through gofundme. (Which cost me $A144.09) by the time they ripped me for conversion plus a U.S.$15.00 (A$21.61) for gofundme costs. (I would of much prefered all the money go to you but there is no point in worrying about it now) Point is. Did you receive the money from Anthony Bridgewater? I would prefer no public acknowledgement as It's not about me it's about you. Just wondering if you have received the $100.00?

    Also I would like to personally extend my thoughts to you and what has happened to you and wish you all the very best from now on.

    Cheers

    Anthony.

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  9. Hi Rav, Thanks for that info on the pool filter sand. Just as an interesting comparison a 22lb bag of kiln dried pool filter sand down here has cost me around $8.00 per bag retail. or $250.00 plus then add delivery for a 1 ton bulka bag. In the future, I'll be every interested to see and here how your sand performed. Cheers.
  10. Hi Dizar, Ammonia should be kept at a trace. There are charts around you can use as a useful tool to indicate toxicity of your water. I do not recommend cleaning your grow beds at this early stage, you may have "washed away" your good bacteria and maybe your system is doing a "mini cycle" to catch up so your ammonia may be spiking. If it is, your ammonia should rapidly come down after a day or so. The aquaculture people here can help you with your calculations for FCR but as a backyard hobby person I would aim for at least, if not more, equal (500lt plus) of "wet media" to fish tank water.. I would also add filtration to your system. I like a combination of a MBBR and a radial flow filter. I found 18C to be the "sweet spot" for running rainbows but do not be concerned if the temp drops down...Remember where they came from? Cheers.
  11. Hi everyone, In an effort to keep this thread as tidy as we can I have cut and shut the following posts to a new topic in the aquaponics section. Cheers.
  12. Hi Mark, I felt for you when I read about your current circumstances. My thoughts and feelings go out to you and I wish you all the very best in your efforts to recover. I don't know what I can do but if there is anything, please ask. They (whoever they are) have taken everything from but your spirit, dogs, guitars and hard drive...Your spirit lives on and you are a survivor...Once again all the best... Cheers.
  13. Hi iteach, Welcome to APN, Don't forget to post pics of your build and progress in the Aquaponics Systems section. We look forward to watching your progress. Cheers.
  14. Hi VKN, Thanks for that info, It's a good read. Similar to the MSDS sheets we have over here. If you are exposed to airbourne sand contaminants for large periods of time without the appropriate safety measures in place you may get silicosis. Silicosis effects the lungs and is not a very nice illness to have. Pre seventies and eighties many people died from that. It is my recollection that in the late seventies and early eighties, over here, government enforced safety laws were brought in to force commercial operators to put appropriate safety measures in place when operating a business which involved using sand blasting. This led to a move toward grit blasting. Grit blasting used a different media to sand. Appropriate safety measures still needed to be in place but the use of sand was eliminated thus the risk of silicosis was eliminated. I can not remember the exact details because I've been out of that area for quite a while but I think only family or 1 or 2 people could commercially run sand blasting businesses. I used to get my personal products sand blasted because of the finer finish sand gave. Fast forwarding to using sand in our operations today. The risk of breathing in airbourne sand fines and having enough on your clothes to cause any type of issues would be extremely low. If working with sand causes you concerns, then a proper risk assessment of your job can be done. Over here, if you are doing anything commercially you must carry out complete risk assessments which would include assessing the risk to health moving sand may cause and appropriate safety measures must be put in place prior to production. I have only mentioned using silica for sand blasting as I think that is an appropriate example of silica sand causing safety issues. There are many other industries using sand including the mining of it. I'm not sure of the mineral sand mines safety specifically but you can be assured that in Australia, all of these companies would be well and truly all over it. To summarize my thoughts. I think it is very good to be aware of the health and safety issues but we should be level headed about it. I don't think in a home context it will be to much of an issue I think we should do what we can to keep the dust down and be reasonably practicable when working with it. IMO this is good standard practice anyway. Hint: Did you know a good way to keep the dust down is to wet the sand? or be gentle with it moving moving it dry? Once again, thanks for sharing I enjoyed reading that info. It's always good to find out possible risks to health when using a product. Cheers.
  15. Hi mamakat, and welcome to APN There's lot's of information here at APN so have a little scroll through and don't be frightened to ask questions. Enjoy... Cheers.