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helomech, April 21, 2012
Posted November 20, 2012
When done we should have at least 3k gallons of water, and over 100 grow beds. Also hoping to do some DWC tanks.
Compared to what are you doing, I'm like a kid playing in sandbox.
I can't wait to buy some land and turn my plans into reality.
I have a good bit of land, 65 acres. Got all my animals and aquaponics on about 3 acres the rest I just use for hunting and growing pine trees.
Well almost done with the temporary greenhouse. Just have to pull it tight in a few spots. I am trying to not make any cuts in the covering because it is large enough to cover the entire structure when I get it finished.
It is a little further along than in this pic, I took care of all the extra covering laying on the ground.
Posted November 21, 2012
Do you have frost and snow there?
It's looking good Helo.
I went back and read your entire thread. With all respect, I remember seeing some of those first pictures when you had just begun digging. I remember thinking, "This guy's a little crazy, or really ambitious." Now I realize you are both. Great work on the structure. It is very impressive. I am sure it will be more impressive once finished.
Snow only a couple times a year and usually only a few inches. We do get frost a lot during winter.
It's looking good Helo. I went back and read your entire thread. With all respect, I remember seeing some of those first pictures when you had just begun digging. I remember thinking, "This guy's a little crazy, or really ambitious." Now I realize you are both. Great work on the structure. It is very impressive. I am sure it will be more impressive once finished.
LMAO, thanks. I figured we just as soon do it right the first time. I was hoping I would be finished with the building by now (11 months after I started) but it got more expensive and bigger as we started building.
Posted December 10, 2012
Had the first cold spell since I put up my greenhouse. It got down to about 35 F/1.6C last night and my greenhouse never went below 53F/12C. Tonight it is supposed to get to about 27F/-2.7C we are going to add some supplemental heat by using a gas burner to heat 40 gallons of water. Looking forward to seeing how it does. Right now it is 83F/28C and 43F/6C outside. So it is doing great.
Posted December 15, 2012
Had some more fry yesterday, and have another female with eggs in her mouth.
This Fact Sheets on Greenhouse Management and Engineering | UMass Amherst Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program
might be a cool link for you ?
Any progres on identyfing cause on your fish kill ?
No, no idea. Fish appeared healthy other than being dead. No spots, gills nice and red. Just dead.
Posted December 17, 2012
Your greenhouse & system is looking great.
Hope you get good night temps from all your efforts.
Well Done !
Thanks, the lowest temp I have seen so far inside the green house was 48F, and it got down to the 20's that night.
Your system along with your home food production is really looking good. I am envious of your ability to have Tilapea and the fact that you can breed your own fingerlings. Thanks for your video.
Thanks Joey, I am cooking one of our geese right now and it is tasting good already.
Posted December 18, 2012
We just moved another female with eggs to our 10 gallon tank, and moved the one with the live babies to our 55 gallon tank. So we have 1 female with over 100 babies, and 2 more females with eggs. After the babies stop going in the moms mouth we will move the mom back to the main 55 gallon tank where the breeding occurs. All the new babies will stay in the 55 gallon tank to grow for the winter.
Posted December 19, 2012
Was testing to see if I could post.
It must be cool to be able to have fish that give birth..I'd particularly like to do tilapia but our tough environmental laws in the state of SA prohibit anyone running tilapia...Also we have cool water down here, I'm not sure how they'd survive anyway.
Posted December 20, 2012
Thanks, that was the only reason I went with tilapia. Hoping to try some different breeds soon.
Maybe some rainbow trout for your winter?
What other breeds do you think?
I think with my greenhouse I can keep the tilapia alive all winter. If not I have 25 adult tilapia inside and they are having babies so I can replenish for summer.
did I mention I was envious of a nice greenhouse? sounds like a decent setup helo....
Thanks this green house is just temporary. Hopefully my permanent one will be finished before next winter.
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