aquadave

Hello from Denver, CO

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I've recently had to retire somewhat early from my normal vocation due to Multiple sclerosis.  Grand scheme of things I'm doing alright but I am trying to figure out a way to be gainfully employed and stay that way even if I end up in a wheelchair ( or at least gainfully preoccupied ) and so far indoor/greenhouse Aquaponics seems ideal: temperatures shouldn't get hot enough to make me ill, only sporadic heavy lifting, no weeding, flexible hours, and a lot of steps can be fully or partially automated.

 

I've already built the Japan Aquaponics (http://www.japan-aquaponics.com/micro-aquaponics-plans.html ) IKEA/micro AP system ( 50l FT, 25l GB ) and while it hasn't been a resounding success due to poor lighting ( Spinach, radish, and the lone cucumber plant have bolted somewhat badly ) it hasn't been too much of a failure as I've learned a lot.  

 

I have a new system I'm building ( 55 gallon blue barrel for fish tank, 15 gallon cooler for sump tank, and grow bed is being assembled but goal is about 30 gallons ).

 

I don't have any plans to stock either system with anything but goldfish for now as I've already had a few accidents and its been somewhat less painful as I've only lost $3-4 worth of fish and not multiple $3-4 fish.

 

 

My goal next Spring 2015 is to build a slightly larger scale greenhouse system ( 1:2, 1:3 - fish tank:grow bed system ) but I'd like to be able to pretend I know what I am doing before then.

 

 

 

 

 

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welcome to the forum.  You have come at a very good time as Dr. McMurtry has shared some of his valuable expertise that I'm sure will be of interest to you.

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I've had just a wee bit of problems with lighting, originally I hoped that I could get enough off a south facing window but almost everything bolted.   Since then I've scrounged what I can to provide some sort of lighting.   Ignoring the bolting issue, I may need to get some iron as from front to back - radish, spinach, one token cucumber.  The radish seem a bit pale and iron is the only thing I haven't put in, ever.

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Hi AquaDave! Since you're in Denver - do you know about the store "Aquaponics Source" and their AquaponicsFest coming up in a couple weeks? Both are in Longmont, CO. Looks like it'll be interesting - I'm going!

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Hi AquaDave! Since you're in Denver - do you know about the store "Aquaponics Source" and their AquaponicsFest coming up in a couple weeks? Both are in Longmont, CO. Looks like it'll be interesting - I'm going!

I just visited their facility last weekend for a tour and it would be a blast to attend Aquafest but two issues is if I have the physical energy to attend and then figuring out if they still have a volunteer position I can do in trade for admission.

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I'll be presenting on Sunday on water testing - if you end up there say hi!

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