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Hi,

My name is Curt. AKA Caveman. I have been reading and working on designing an aqua system for about six months. I have learned some hard lessons and some easy ones. I look forward to meeting many of you so that I can achieve consistent improvement in my aquaponic system. I will gladly put up pictures as soon as I am sure I don't get laughed at too much...

Curt / Caveman

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Welcome to Aquaponics HQ.. Caveman! Welcome aboard:) Nobody here laughs at others hard work. You will find many helpful members here that enjoy showing new guys the ropes. This is a great place to get solid knowledge in Aquaponics. You will find there is a lot more to it than you think but it is still easy as long as you follow the laws of nature.

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Welcome aboard, Curt.

Put your photos up. Any mistakes you think you might have made have been already made by many AP enthusiasts.

I've left too many pumps off and suffered too many blackouts......and killed too many fish.....to hold anything you might have done in contempt.

Gary

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Well I began to upload images that I have regarding my build. However I suspect that as a new member of this forum that most of my pictures are subject to review and perhaps even a size restriction on the server. I do not wish to abuse your servers and have dedicated server space of my own if needed. I have spent over 30 years in technology designing and developing browser based applications and websites. Due to suffering a heart attack and onset of Diabeties I have further triggered Retinopathy in my eyes. It is no longer practical for me to work on tech for the hours I used to do. Sooooooo I am trying to contribute to my family's grocery budget through growing some meat and veggies.

I am starting with Tilapia and Lettuce since everything I have read to date indicated that they were the easy. My studies to date have been divided between the two foundations of AP. I feel that by reading Aquaculture and Hydroponics seperately that I have grasped more information on the compromises made to accomplish AP. My current system is roughly 3,500 gallons of water, 1000 fish and the beginings of some plants. Well there is a little more about me. Perhaps one of you very nice gentleman can direct me in the album world and I will begin to ask some of my questions related to water chemestry, nutrient uptake, lighting, etc.

Thanks I am thrilled to have an outlet to discuss AP

Curt Sleeper

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Hi Curt,

You create your albums in much the same way that you add images to your posts......except that to create an album you go to your profile (click on your name against any post) and then click on Albums......and you should recognise the same process that you used to add photos to your post.

You have to tell us the story about that cave. Apart from indigenous Australians, and people who lived in mining dug-outs, I've never known anyone who had their own cave before.

By the way, learning about aquaculture and hydroponics is excellent preparation for aquaponics - and the more that you know about either, the better the aquaponicist that you will make.

Gary

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Hi Gary,

"indigenous Australians, and people who lived in mining dug-outs" Well I suspect I am much less rare in Australia. My wife and I purchased a 3 acre property about seven years ago that included a 1.5 acre Sand mine. ( Mining Dugout sounds like the same. ) We fell in love with the surrounding 45 foot rock wall on the property and "the cave" However bankers in America don't like to finance old mining shafts in poor neighborhoods much. So by the time we made a deal with the owners we had little cash left. While hanging out with my wife I said, "My love I can not afford to build you four walls but how about one?" That began a seven year oddesy that puts us here now. You can read more about it at http://www.Caveland.us

I created an album I started to upload images but could not get them to "drag" over the "drag here" zone and was unable to fill the album. Then I created a group of sub-folders. However after the images were uploaded it talked about assets...I will likely figure it out today after some sleep.

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Color me jealous!!! You have a cave house AAAAAAAAAAAAAND you are growing a kid in a GB! Nice set up. I wish I had a cave and land to build in/on.

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Well this makes a first for me at least, "Subterranean Aquaponics" next maybe a mushroom farm..:) Now this is so very cool in my book.

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Gfunk thanks. Yeah in my family every one contributes at all ages... "Growing a kid"

Pugo: I am frequently trying to determine the best use of my space. It has "natural" conditions that I modify to my comfort. Like very high humidity, a constant temperature of 68 degrees etc. My understanding is that it is very similar to the rain forest floor layer. I provide low light and my Vanilla orchids go crazy. However I also have to deal with a seasonal calcium drip in my main reservoir. I have an underground spring that runs under my cave and I can drop a sump pump in to a 14 foot deep reservoir to get all the fresh water I want. The fish love it although it is a little hard and high ph ( 8.5)

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Hi Curt,

"indigenous Australians, and people who lived in mining dug-outs" Well I suspect I am much less rare in Australia.

No.....you'd be still rare....even in Oz.

While some indigenous Australians (like some indigenous Americans) will have lived in caves in the past, they are much less likely to do so now.

Some Australians still live in mining dugouts (particularly in hot arid opal mining places like Coober Pedy and Lightning Ridge) these are invariably abandoned opal mines......or they will have been dug out specifically to provide accommodation.......so they're not actually caves as such.

Gary

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I am sorry if I mislead you. I live in an abandoned sand mine... While I have your attention. How much variance should there be in PH during a day. Mine seems higher at night than in the morning. Thanks.

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I also suffer from Ph swings from day to night.. you are not alone :)

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