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  1. Hi Gary/all I do I belive Microponics Nation is the better of the two (I would maybe ad HQ or use HQ instead of nation ?) A forum name really dosen't matter much, other than being hit or found by random, by people searching the www without knowledge of the forums existence. If the forum name contains Microponics the likelihood of being hit by potential forum participants are higer IMO If one do a google search using the word Microponics vs Have more for less, you will see what I mean or why I mean it. It is also very likely that someone would a
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  2. ande

    The story of stuff

    Hi All In Gary's 100-days sprint ...... thread he made this reference I never saw the video before, now I have, and feel it deserves a post with the video embedded, for all to watch, enjoy cheers
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  3. Day 50...Route the water from the washing machine to the back lawn. Outcome: Reduced wastewater. It would be grandiose to describe our grassed area as lawn but we do harvest it for composting material so using the washing machine to water it. I found a purple (greywater) hose in the shed so I'll connect that up to the washing machine and redirect the water. Day 50...the halfway mark...the low-hanging fruit...the easy part...and, as it happens, Part 1 of 2. WIth hindsight, a 100-Day challenge was probably unrealistic (particuarly given my current commitments) and I need to
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  4. GaryD

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    Hi BD, You're making this much harder than it needs to be . You could build your sandgarden out of 20-litre buckets...adding them one at a time/week...until you reach the size you want. Buying them one or two at a time makes the unit cost negligible. Each bucket would cost you around $15.00 (complete with sand and fittings)...so 50 such buckets would cost you around $750....and give you a substantial garden. That option requires little thinking about...and it can be implemented immediately. Your other option would be to buy larger containers than buckets...like 50 litre
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  5. GaryD

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    BD...that looks like the sand you need. How much was it a bag? I don't recommend the garden beds from Bunnings. I think you'll find them a bit too lightweight to contain sand...and they'll be a bugger to line. I'd suggest that you build your own beds if you have the necessary skills...or get someone to do it for you if you don't. That way, you can reconcile the aesthetics - which is clearly important to you - with the practicalities. I built sand beds out of treated pine sleepers...I've also used cut-down IBC (they can be clad in various disguises)...and you can also build them fro
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  6. bigdaddy

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    Hi folks, My next move, considering I haven't made a decision on buying sand yet was to go to Rayners building supplies at Thebarton in Adelaide and make a desision on what grade sand I would buy. I enjoyed the experience...They hade several different sample jars of different blended grades of sand which was right down my ally because I could feel with my fingers and hands which grade would be appropriate. They also had a laminated spec sheet to refer to which suited me to a tee. I decided to buy 2 x 20 kilogram bags of 16/30 grade which equates to a range of 0.6mm to 1.18mm. I now have
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  7. bigdaddy

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    Hi everyone, I have put this up for people to refer to when calculating sand requirements. I'm open for critique Gary, If you could proof read this for me and correct if needed. ok so I convert this to centimetres then L X B X H. 1.5 x .55 x .41 =0.33825 = 338.25 litres plus .95 x .55 x .41 = 0.214225 = 214.225 litres Total max volume of bed = 338.25+214.225 = 552.475 litres. 552.475 litres converted to sand weight = litre = 1.53 kgs beach sand = 844.845kgs beach sand so 845 x 2 = 1690kgs for 2 L shaped grow beds. so for me 1.5 tonnes of
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  8. Day 37...all screens off at 7pm Outcomes: Saves energy...provides for better sleep....reading affords enjoyment. This strategy is one that I've used successfully before. Like other lapses, this one falls victim to my addiction to convenience and laziness. Successfully reducing one's environmental footprint is more about the cultivation of good habits...and developing a greater sense of self-discipline and self-awareness.
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  9. Day 31...Make meals from scratch - don't buy processed food. Outcomes: Save money - better nutrition - reduced packaging I find that even when cooking for oneself, I'm often reaching for the packet, jar or can when, with a little more effort, I can make the entire thing myself...and it tastes better, too.
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  10. Hi Ande, I own the URL microponics.net (and microponics.nat.au)...so it can be just plain Microponics since we don't have to compete for the space. Both that name - and this forum - have a lot of history contained within. Microponics has its own heritage...much of it chronicled here. It has its own Facebook group I'll talk to Kellen about the technicalities involved in a name change....but - at the moment - it's got my vote. I think Joe suggested Microponics not so long ago.
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  11. This was intended to be a purely personal journey...tailored to my specific circumstances. Everyone will be different. I'm hopeful that a solar system is on our horizons, too.
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  12. vkn

    The transition from IAVS to IAS

    On August 29, 2015, I said this. http://aquaponicsnation.com/forums/topic/9498-our-experiments-with-iavs/?do=findComment&comment=74097 Six years later, we are nearing its completion.
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  13. Day 21 of the Environmental Challenge - Stop giving gifts...unless they are handmade. Outcomes: Save money - Reduced consumption - Reduced packaging I opted out of the gift market a couple of decades ago...kids excepted. The big marketing celebrations of Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Halloween and the other similar opportunities to spend money on baubles and bad food have huge impact on the environment...as the products wash ashore...get sold...and the find their way back into the drains and creeks. It's the little lapses that speak to the the extent of our
    1 point
  14. ande

    Apiculture

    Hi Struggling a bit with the pics in the previous post I decided early not to move my hives for the "ling harvest" (at least this 1. year) , but rather concentrate on learning my bees, behavior, reproduction ................. maybe try to expand and split the 2 in to 4 hives...... I never got to the point of producing my own queens, as the equipment needed for that, arrived to late in the season (so that's next years assignment now) . I have kept stacking new boxes on the 2 hives, so to keep up with the space demand and to avoid swarming, at this point in time I'm at 5flor
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  15. ande

    It's the beekeepers dream.

    Hi I have yet to try out the flowhive, so I have no personal experience with it. I do know I will buy/set up one, at some point, then I'll get back and share the pros/cons I see, compared with the traditional hives I have now. I think they are "to expensive" around here, how ever I do come across some "used"/secondhand (new), at half price or less, so I will eventually buy at least one, when the time is right. I find some of the criticism odd, like this (and other statements) If one reads the support pages the above should be obvious IMO Quote : Manuka honey (a
    1 point
  16. ande

    Read any good books?

    Hi I'm currently reading - Queen breeding (Køniginnenzucht), by Friedrich Ruttner. It's a nice book, however I have to read it a chapter here and a chapter there, as my understanding/experience develops. So it's more like a illustrated dictionary than a book, to me. But still a really good read on apiculture. cheers
    1 point
  17. GaryD

    Read any good books?

    Here's a list of audiobooks to which I listened prior to starting this thread. A recent 4,000km road trip to and from my old home town of Adelaide accounted for a few on the list. Audiobooks are pretty useful when you're traversing large tracts of Australia. The Fast 800 - Dr Micheal Moseley Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell Dark Emu - Bruce Pascoe A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer Coffin Road - Peter May Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown Teaming with Microbes - Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lew
    1 point
  18. ande

    Apiculture

    Hi All So last Saturday I brought my hives, to transfer the colonies after a thorough inspection. You can see Queen Elisabeth in the pic above (blue) Queen Ziegfried in the pic above (blueish) Both colonies looking good and healthy IMO so They where left to settle in their new hives until after sun down on Sunday I picked them up Sunday evening, arrived home about 01.00 in the morning Monday, a 3 hour drive both hives planted in their new permanent spots cheers
    1 point
  19. bigdaddy

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    Hi everyone, Here is a snapshot of my backyard at the moment. All the underground work is done Water is live Access to electricity Sorting solenoids and inlet for system. Cheers
    1 point
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