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  1. What are the best heaters for an unheated hoop-house style greenhouse? I am referring to water heaters, not air/space heaters. I was hoping to heat the tank, and have that act as a thermal mass... Thanks!
  2. We have a commercial sized 1280sf dwc Aquaponics system including all equipment along with a 35x96 Atlas Greenhouse for sale. It is 4 1/2 years old and must be sold in order to sell our home and property. Would like to sell as a complete package however will consider selling AP system and greenhouse separately. We are located in Western NC, Polk County. Please call for details 828-817- seven four four six
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    I noticed that the link to this doc./pdf didn't work any more in the post/thread disscusion. I decided to upload it here instead of fixing the link in the post, the links seems to have a limitid life and this doc is to good to get lost again IMO cheers
  4. Hi All, Just finished this system up for a friend. 12' x 18' greenhouse with 3' x 12' wicking bed, 4' x 12' DWC trough, radial filter, bio filter and fish tank. Just cylcing the system and hope to have it greening up soon. Best, Clint
  5. Hi there, Looking to size a climate battery / SHCS (subterranean heating and cooling system) but noticed that the calculator from Sunny John has gone missing (numsum no longer exists). Does anyone have a copy? Or another sizing tool? Thanks!
  6. Hi everyone I'm planing on building a new set up. I live in Belgium so the main concern for an aquaponic set up is maintaining the temperature during the winter. So my idea was to build a passive greenhouse with an integrated chicken coop. There are two main advantages in this design : chickens will heat the greenhouse during the winter. I've read that 1 adult chicken gives 15w of heat, so 4 chickens give off the equivalent of one 60w lightbulb. There is also carbon dioxide release witch is beneficial for plants. The plan is to construct a GH facing south and have a chicken coop attached to one of the sides (preferably the north side). There would have to be a adequate air ventilation in order to circulate the heat trough the GH. I would insulate the 5 sides of the chicken coop that do not join onto the GH, so that more of the heat makes it out into the GH. When the temps get up in the summertime the two vents on top of the GH automatically open above. This is a drawing explaining the general idea: But I have several questions concerning installing a aquaponic system in a chicken coop greenhouse: Will the ammonia in the chicken manure kill the plants or harm the fish? I read that “birds are warm-blooded animals, so they frequently harbor E.coli and salmonella bacteria in their intestines. You will need to keep your birds away from your aquaponics garden to prevent these dangerous bacteria from contaminating it.†Although there will be no direct contact between the chickens and the plants is contamination possible though the air exchange? The heat transfer will happen in both directions, so on a sunny day the hot GH will overheat a well insulated chicken coop. Chickens get stressed in very hot conditions leading to health problems and death. If there is excessive summer heat in GH will I need to cool down my GH or are the automatic vents enough? Here are some Chicken coop greenhouse pictures I found on the internet: Thanks in advance for your shared thoughts on the subject.
  7. Hi there, My name is Jeremiah. I've been growing using aquaponics for a little over a year now, and I'm hooked! I live in Wisconsin, which means that I have to deal with very cold temperatures (as you can see in the pictures). This makes it hard to grow without spending all your money on heat. I really care about energy efficiency, so I'd like to find ways to do better. Over the years of looking, I've found that there's not much out there on this topic. Most people grow in warmer climates, or just heat their greenhouses. So I started writing a blog recently and am active on a couple of other forums, trying to gather and promote best practices among those of us who grow in cold weather, and to celebrate those who do it well. There are so many awesome people in this movement! Hopefully I can learn some things from you all As for my system, I have a 450 gallon backyard flood and drain system, with media beds, in my backyard hoop house. In my fish tanks I currently raise trout, perch, and catfish. I plan to start rotating trout-tilapia every 6 months in the future, as recommended in this month's Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine. I grow spinach and greens in the winter, and basil and different greens in the summer. As I'm sure many of you do, I like to do things on the cheap if I can, though as I learn more, I am coming to realize that sometimes you have to spend money on reliability too. Some unique things about my system: I use a product called "rock bark" for my media, which is similar to but about 1/10 the price of hydroton if you buy it by the truckload. I don't have a sump tank or bell siphons, but use an indexing valve and a powerful pump to flood one bed at a time. My system is very well insulated and air sealed. I use converted freezers for my fish tanks and make my beds out of insulation (on all 6 sides). Enthalpy is my friend. I use a homemade controller that runs everything automatically, posts data on the internet, and sends me text messages when it has problems You can find some pictures of my system taken by a photographer friend here (Pictures) and I've copied a few below.
  8. to all whom can help or learn, i have decided to build a fully autonomous solar powered greenhouse aquaponics system. i am completely new to AP and this will be my first system, so needless to say i will be grateful for any and all help. there seems to be a lot of threads trying, or at least thinking about a solar powered system, but very little in the way of actual success (if you know of any please provide links). i am hoping to change that, and with the help of this forum try to keep from making to many costly mistakes as this system is already quite expensive. criterion for the build: - autonomous...it has to have no outside sources of power, water, fish (except original stocking and the introduction of genetic diversity) or food (explanation in a later post). my house is on solar power with rain catch water, so the residence will not be much help. - year round production...i want this system to function continuously with only minor modifications between summer and winter. - production capacity...it needs to produce as much food as possible, hopefully enough to sustain a man, woman, small child,dog and nutritive sustenance for the rabbitry (20-60 rabbits, bulk feed will come from pasture grass on property). - greenhouse...framing of the greenhouse has already begun it is 30' X 20' (~9 x 6 m for people who use the better system) which is limited in size by various structures (pictures will come soon). the gh is intended to house fish tanks and all winter growbeds with potential dwarf citrus trees in the future. i might expand outside of the gh during the summer - but this is a long way off for now. i am in central california - fairly mild climate with light occasional frost so the growing season is in my favor. it will be an insulated studded knee wall bottom (this is to even out unlevel ground and while also sealing the gh below any frost line - it is 12" into the ground) with a hoop house - 6ml UV resistant polyethylene cover. the north end wall be solid and insulated and the south end will be poly (drawings will come soon). - power...i have elected to go with solar for now but am open to all suggestions aiding in expansion, improvement or cool factor. the system i currently own, but have not yet installed is as follows: 4 - helios 250 W panels (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. outback charge controller 80 amp (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. 4 - 6V surrett deepcycle batteries wired for 12V (Surrette/Rolls Batteries for off-grid & backup power systems panel installation and wiring are also purchased - reply if interested. this should be enough battery power to run one pump (see below) for 2-3 days with no sun. i also have a trickle charger that can be used as a very limited supplement (Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger : Amazon.com : Automotive). - pumps...12V pumps are hard to come by and expensive when you do. i currently own but have not installed 2 - Oase 12V pumps (OASE AquaMax 1600 (12V) Filter and Watercourse Pump : Filter and Watercourse Pumps). - aeration...i would like to think i can get enough DO via water movement but have hedged my bets and purchased 2 - 12V baitfish tank aerators (Marine Metal Power Bubbles B-15 Air Pump). - fish tanks...these have not yet been purchased. i plan on buying 2 - 300 gallon, and 2 - 100 gallon rubbermaid stocktanks. the 300 gallon tanks will be for growing out fish that are at different stages of maturation, a 100 gallon for breeding (this can be bigger if need be) and the other as a sump and duckweed tank. this is all still being planned - help is definitely welcomed. the tank supports will still need to be built, substantially i might add, so the tank format needs to be decided within the few weeks. - growbeds...i plan on using a combination of things but again i am still planing so suggestions are welcomed. toughboxes (Tough Box from The Home Depot - Model#:207585) and 4'' pvc (not sure what you call flowing water growbeds - sort of a dwc). all growbed supports will still need to be built so the tank format will need to be decided on within the next few weeks. - grow media...will be mostly expanded clay and dwc. - fish...i want tilapia but i live in a bankrupt state with way to many rules, so they come with a $10K per fish fine - so tilapia are out. thinking of combining largemouth bass or bluegill and catfish with some crayfish for good measure. i want to be able to breed my own fish so i need species that breed well in tanks - i don't know if the ones listed do or not, i am still tenaciously researching and so far they seen feasible. as always help and suggestions are welcomed. - timeline...i want this system cycled and running by or before december. if you made it this far i hope you decide help and or pay attention to the build. i will continuously update and include drawings and picture when possible. thanks
  9. to all whom can help or learn, i have decided to build a fully autonomous solar powered greenhouse aquaponics system. i am completely new to AP and this will be my first system, so needless to say i will be grateful for any and all help. there seems to be a lot of threads trying, or at least thinking about a solar powered system, but very little in the way of actual success (if you know of any please provide links). i am hoping to change that, and with the help of this forum try to keep from making to many costly mistakes as this system is already quite expensive. criterion for the build: - autonomous...it has to have no outside sources of power, water, fish (except original stocking and the introduction of genetic diversity) or food (explanation in a later post). my house is on solar power with rain catch water, so the residence will not be much help. - year round production...i want this system to function continuously with only minor modifications between summer and winter. - production capacity...it needs to produce as much food as possible, hopefully enough to sustain a man, woman, small child,dog and nutritive sustenance for the rabbitry (20-60 rabbits, bulk feed will come from pasture grass on property). - greenhouse...framing of the greenhouse has already begun it is 30' X 20' (~9 x 6 m for people who use the better system) which is limited in size by various structures (pictures will come soon). the gh is intended to house fish tanks and all winter growbeds with potential dwarf citrus trees in the future. i might expand outside of the gh during the summer - but this is a long way off for now. i am in central california - fairly mild climate with light occasional frost so the growing season is in my favor. it will be an insulated studded knee wall bottom (this is to even out unlevel ground and while also sealing the gh below any frost line - it is 12" into the ground) with a hoop house - 6ml UV resistant polyethylene cover. the north end wall be solid and insulated and the south end will be poly (drawings will come soon). - power...i have elected to go with solar for now but am open to all suggestions aiding in expansion, improvement or cool factor. the system i currently own, but have not yet installed is as follows: 4 - helios 250 W panels (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. outback charge controller 80 amp (Sorry, but the page you are looking for does not exist. 4 - 6V surrett deepcycle batteries wired for 12V (Surrette/Rolls Batteries for off-grid & backup power systems panel installation and wiring are also purchased - reply if interested. this should be enough battery power to run one pump (see below) for 2-3 days with no sun. i also have a trickle charger that can be used as a very limited supplement (Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger : Amazon.com : Automotive). - pumps...12V pumps are hard to come by and expensive when you do. i currently own but have not installed 2 - Oase 12V pumps (OASE AquaMax 1600 (12V) Filter and Watercourse Pump : Filter and Watercourse Pumps). - aeration...i would like to think i can get enough DO via water movement but have hedged my bets and purchased 2 - 12V baitfish tank aerators (Marine Metal Power Bubbles B-15 Air Pump). - fish tanks...these have not yet been purchased. i plan on buying 2 - 300 gallon, and 2 - 100 gallon rubbermaid stocktanks. the 300 gallon tanks will be for growing out fish that are at different stages of maturation, a 100 gallon for breeding (this can be bigger if need be) and the other as a sump and duckweed tank. this is all still being planned - help is definitely welcomed. the tank supports will still need to be built, substantially i might add, so the tank format needs to be decided within the few weeks. - growbeds...i plan on using a combination of things but again i am still planing so suggestions are welcomed. toughboxes (Tough Box from The Home Depot - Model#:207585) and 4'' pvc (not sure what you call flowing water growbeds - sort of a dwc). all growbed supports will still need to be built so the tank format will need to be decided on within the next few weeks. - grow media...will be mostly expanded clay and dwc. - fish...i want tilapia but i live in a bankrupt state with way to many rules, so they come with a $10K per fish fine - so tilapia are out. thinking of combining largemouth bass or bluegill and catfish with some crayfish for good measure. i want to be able to breed my own fish so i need species that breed well in tanks - i don't know if the ones listed do or not, i am still tenaciously researching and so far they seen feasible. as always help and suggestions are welcomed. - timeline...i want this system cycled and running by or before december. if you made it this far i hope you decide help and or pay attention to the build. i will continuously update and include drawings and picture when possible. thanks
  10. I'm sure many readers may have clicked this hoping for the said list, but I too am on the search for one. If one had the money, what could the total potential crop variety of an aquaponic system be? I've heard of people doing tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries. Anyone had experience with anything more interesting? How about types of trees? What if you planted an avocado tree in a large DWC in a greenhouse? Similarly, what plants grow well together on the same reservoir? Obviously that's the first limitation to what you can grow on the same tank, so we'll assume I'd have multiple tanks. The root of my question is, is there anything that has an absolutely low chance of aquaponic survival?
  11. Hey hey...I hope this thread isn't redundant, but I have loads of questions that I feel are fairly specific. I am in the process of building a small scale aquaponic system for testing and understanding exactly how it all works, but I wanted to post in regards to an idea I had for the future. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Anyway, the idea I have is basically a fairly large greenhouse (residential) about 16 x 30. Inside the greenhouse I want to build an aquaponic system as full as I can. By full I mean stocked with a variety of produce and little wasted space. The greenhouse (as I picture it) will harvest rainwater, and utilize solar panels. Some questions I have for guidelining: What is going to be my greatest challenge? What will be energy requirements be? (approximations of course) (About) how much produce might I expect? Enough for a family of 4? Any leftover to sell? Is aquaponic produce certified organic? Limitations on produce? I live in Virginia....I was hoping the greenhouse would take care of most limitations. Any recommendations on system types would also be appreciated as well - I was thinking of going with ebb-n-flow due to the size and relative ease. This project would need to be as little-maintenance as possible. Thanks in advance
  12. I have a 150 gallon aquaponics system inside a greenhouse that I started in early May (greenhouse just closed in this month). I have 4 grow beds which equal 150 gallons and a 150 gallon underground fish tank with about 35 tilapia which are now 5 to 6 inches long. Everything has gone beautifully -- I've had an incredible crop of tomatoes, peppers, okra and basil. My fish are healthy and the water perfectly clear and balanced. I have red wriggler worms in all the beds. My problem is this morning I have an explosion of aphids in two of the beds, covering the gravel and the pepper and okra plants. Obviously I can't spray anything on them that could get into the water for the fish. Anybody have any ideas of what I can do? There are very few adult aphids (green) but thousands of white just-born ones.
  13. Date: August 13, 2011 Hello to everyone. We are sixty-five year old retirees, living in the country on 10 acres in Ontario, Oregon. (about 60 miles from Boise, Idaho and 60 miles from Baker City, Oregon in the opposite direction). This means we live in eastern Oregon, USA. (Yes, there really is an eastern side.) Our side of Oregon is drier, higher in altitude, and colder than the western side, (which is where everyone seems to think of when they think of "Oregon") Not our side is where all the trees grow, the weather is more temperate, and they get lots of rain. We might get 8-10 inches of moisture a year, compared to the eastern side receiving 60-80 inches. Our side of the state is quite warm for a month in the summer - mid-nineties to mid-100s. It is also cold in the winter - in the single digits (even minus-digits, sometimes) a few days many winters. Depending on the year, we can have almost no snow -- or on other years we can receive many weeks of snow. Last year we had 12 inches of snow from November through about February. The year before we had a few days of scant snowfall. We want to convert an abandoned inground swimming pool into an aquaponics greenhouse. I think I have figured out how to manage cold through a combination of heat-generating sources, and by planting cool-weather crops during the coldest weather. I think we can also manage the very hot days, as well, with venting, a fan, or maybe even an evaporative cooler on the hottest days. Together with planting warm-weather crops during the warmest weather. The greenhouse will be on the south side of the house, where there is almost no shade. It will face the south on the front, and run lengthwise east/west. The only close tree is 15 feet tall, on the east side, that has very little shading impact on the pool area. Hubby has bought into the advantages of having an aquaponics system and is ready to make it happen ... if I can provide him with information about building a greenhouse top to the pool that will withstand snow loads and wind (we also live on a hillside.) I found geodesic designs, which seem to deal with these issues. I, personally, like geodesic domes a lot, and think they are wonderful. However, hubby is correct to say we can't justify spending thousands of dollars on any system to save a few. And, I don't think he wants to build one. (Though he could -- he can do almost anything. He's very capable.) He also wants a reasonable payback time. Does anyone out there in Aquaponics HQ cyberspace have experience in an evironment such as ours? I'm thinking someone from Idaho, eastern Oregon, Colorado, Utah, etc., would have similar weather and issues. Australia, as wonderful as it is, just doesn't seem to have quite the same weather issues as we do. The only thing preventing my husband from being willing to begin a build right now, is that he needs to understand how to build a greenhouse that will withstand the environment we have, cost-effectively. I need to provide my very smart and capable husband with information that proves someone else has dealt with the same issues, successfully. He would also appreciate reassurance that someone, in a like environment, is already successfully doing aquaponics. If anyone out there is doing aquaponics ... or thinking about it ... maybe we could get together once in a while (kind of like our own "meet-up", or club) share information and experience. I'm very eager to start. My dream would be to have a cover built in a couple of months, and start the inside set-up soon after, so the system is finished and well-underway by February. So .. this is our introduction of ourselves to you. It is nice to make your acquaintance(s).
  14. I am new to Aquaponics but have done a little with hydroponics. I have grown some food indoors using an ebb and flow setup and a light. I want to build a small outdoor setup that I can use year round. I live in North West Missouri or zone 6 -23 to -18c or -10 to 0 F. So I will need to build a greenhouse to protect the water from freezing during winter months. I just moved to a new house that I am working on rehabbing and would like to build a Lean-to greenhouse / system out back. The spot I have selected is 8’ x 14’ I am looking at attaching a greenhouse on the south side of my 1905 carriage house. My first question is would you recommend that I build a pit style greenhouse by digging down 4’ to 6’ building retaining walls before making the lean-to? This would kind of help the thermal mass retain heat during the winter and keep it a little colder during the summer. It would also allow me to get a little more head room on the south side of it. The second question is on tank placement. Would you recommend putting the fish tank in the greenhouse or in the unheated dark garage (with a water heater in tank)? My thought is if I put it in the greenhouse the water will pick up some of the heat during the day and keep the fish happy and healthy in the winter months. During the summer I will need to keep windows open / fan to vent the heat. I also have read that I need to keep the water out of the light so that algae does not grow fast. Thanks, Brad