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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. Hi everyone, The purpose of this thread is for members to post any music they wish, within reason off course... I'll start with this one... Cheers.
  6. Cool song. Enjoy. Cheers.
  7. 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.
  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.
  16. Hi HA and welcome to APN, Yes Nice mess...I look forward to seeing your progress in the future. Cheers.
  17. Looks nice VKN, Cheers.
  18. Hi folks, What's with Donald Trump and his advisors? He wants to whack a 25 percent tax on all imported steel for the sake of a few american steel jobs???? How does that work? The battered stock market reacted negatively to this news. Whack a 25 percent tax on imported steel and what's the first thing steel suppliers in the U.S. will do? I'll answer that...They will increase the price of steel to the consumer...Let's talk about only one industry...The Automotive industry...What's going to happen to the price of producing cars? What are they going to do? So this will put the jobs of all those car workers at risk... OK lets take another industry...Construction....And on we go... And retaliatory measures will hurt... For a wealthy business man to think a tax like this will solve things, one wonders.... Hasn't he seen recent history when President Bush did the same and within 2 years the tax was removed? Anyway, I'm not involved in U.S politics...What do others think? Cheers
  19. Hi Sagir and welcome to APN Feel free to start your own thread when you decide to build in the aquaponics systems thread. I look forward to watching your progress Enjoy... Cheers.
  20. Hi Ande, Great Capture indeed...I enjoyed watching that...Thanks. Cheers.
  21. Hi Ande, This saddens me.... As an interesting twist on this, I saw a programme on T.V. maybe a year ago on the plastic and rubbish being washed up on the shores of Somalia, I think... The locals were so poor that they would go to the beach and scavenge amongst this rubbish to see if they could find anything useful to make things with, they would take this home and make some trinket shoe or whatever and sell at the local markets...The only way they knew how to survive... I'm saddened at how us humans are so inconsiderate to everything around us and insist on being that way that we are deliberately killing this lovely planet we have been so lucky to live on. Cheers.
  22. Hi Glenn and welcome to APN, We look forward to watching your build and progress in the new build section...Feel free to ask any questions you wish and I reckon someone is bound to come up with an answer. Enjoy the addiction. Cheers.
  23. Watched the video, and my thoughts are that's all very good to say that except, my understanding of the U.S. which I admit is limited, you can not say what you wish... I'll give you one example and am happy to be corrected...I understand that teachers can not talk about Christianity in schools for fear of being taken to court, plus losing their jobs. I know in Australia the times are not as free speech as they used to be...The discrimination laws here are tough on what you can and can not say...For instance....One can not say certain things which may offend others...Now we are starting to get very complex, I really don't want to get involved too much there because it will lead to no where...I just try to manovre around these laws, not get to worried about them because that will waste what limited time I have left on this earth and try to have a peaceful, normal life.... Here is something else to lighten up your day...*****WARNING******VERY BAD LANGUAGE ALERT***** Pretty much sums up things over here too... And here's something else you may like to watch***Warning***VERY BAD LANGUAGE ALERT*** One may or may not agree with these two characters but I think they sure make you think about things in a different light...Whether the place is ruled by Obama or Trump I think we are still doomed and in the end greed and selfishness will undo everything IMO.... Cheers.
  24. The media are talking up peace on the Korean peninsula ....Like usual...Jumping the gun way too early....Plenty of things to go right before they are anywhere near peace...And one thing that needs to go right is the North Korean dictator to keep his word...Past experience of both him and his father is they do not keep their word.... We'll have to wait and see if things are looking up there. "Strange things happen when Trump is president" That reminded me of this. "Strange days indeed...Most peculiar momma" Not really on topic but here's a little something to lighten up your day. Cheers.
  25. Hi, I'm a middle aged guy brought up in a middle classed area. I started my apprenticeship on my last day of my 15th birthday... When at school, any money I had, I earned...I spent my school holidays working.... Amongst a myriad of other things, I was brought up to respect your elders, Women and family. When working , if anyone was teaching you something you'd respect them...You'd automatically sit up, listen, take notice and learn.... Whilst it wasn't something shoved down your throat, you would definitely respect people I love our young people of today but I don't think the respect is there nor considered as important as it was in earlier years.....I actually think we are losing something of great value to our society going down this path..... I'm just throwing it out there....I'm wondering what others think?.... Do you think we are gradually losing it? Do you think it is important? Do you think it is still there, but shown in a different way? Any other thoughts?... Here's something fun to listen to... Enjoy... Cheers