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  1. 2 points
    I started this forum (as Aquaponics HQ) in collaboration with Murray Hallam back in 2007 or thereabouts. Murray eventually peeled off to build his business and to become the most widely-regognised face of Aquaponics in the world...and I carried on as the sole owner of APHQ. In 2013, Google destroyed our Page 1 ranking and I ran out of steam. I gifted the forum to Kellen...who assumed its stewardship, and put it back on a sound technical footing. Long story short...a few days ago, he offered it back to me...and I accepted the offer.
  2. 2 points
    Hi all https://globalnews.ca/news/7584482/aquaponics-first-nations-food/ cheers
  3. 2 points
    Aufin

    Mineralization tank

    Here's an idea for mineralization, sandgardening/iAVs. No need for a M tank and you might be able to do away with the sump, depending on how your system is set up.
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    I want to talk about the operational status of the forum. In so doing, I want to be very clear. I infer no judgements...and I assume all due responsibility for its current state. I have no undue feeling about the past seven years...the period of Kellen's ownership. I can make no judgments about the failings of others when it comes to taking on too much. I live in that zone. Whatever acts of fate conspired to cause Kellen to choose the precise moment to reach out to me...and for me to be of the mindset that I was...I am grateful beyond words. Everything that we say about the history of APHQ/Nation is for the purposes of benchmarking and the quest for ongoing improvement. There is no good or bad...or right or wrong...there's simply what can be learned. Kellen is currently giving me all of the time that he can to help me get APN sorted from a technical standpoint. I'm making good use of his counsel...and I really appreciate his generosity. With his help on the back end of the forum, I can focus on the front. In the meantime, I'll stay focussed on content and enhancing the visitor experience. The vision is still unfolding but it's becoming clearer. I'll share that with you soon.
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    oldelbow

    Mirror Carp Stocking Density

    Hello all, I have been reading through the forum and many other papers and articles on this topic. Even after taking a two day course in AP i still can't get my head around stocking density. my current small backyard system specs are. 900l total volume, 300l fish tank with aeration solids filtration moving bed bio filter with 50l of K1 media fully cycled without fish no plants as of yet one media bed will be added that measures, 1400mm x 500mm x 300mm using clay pebbles I intend to use mirror carp starting at 2-4" around 1 ounce or 28g This is a test system that was started August of 2020. The difficulty I have in my research is that most of the information on stocking is around tilapia. Here in sunny England they aren't going to work for me! I'm trying my best to figure out the maths on this and any help would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks J.
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    GaryD

    Compostimg Worms

    Arguably, one of the best foods for composting worms is what's left after black soldier fly larvae have worked their way through it. It apparently retains something like 50% of the original protein levels of the what fed to them. The best feed for BSF larvae is pig or cow manure.
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    GaryD

    Compostimg Worms

    Here's a useful little video that explains in light technical terms how worms compost organic matter.
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    GaryD

    Pond liner

    Murray Hallam (Practical Aquaponics) sells an LDPE liner that is very similar to Duraskrim. I've used it for several years without issue.
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    GaryD

    Mirror Carp Stocking Density

    Hi Oldelbow...and welcome to Aquaponics Nation. You could also try rainbow trout. They cope much better with colder temperatures. I don't know enough about mirror carp to say whether they will eat in cold weather. It's one thing for fish to survive, but plant growth is only possible if the fish are eating sufficient food to produce enough waste...to provide the nutrients the plants need. The K1 media has the capacity to process the waste from a predetermined amount of fish. I think I recall 50 litres as being capable of handling around 250 grams of feed. With that number, you can work backwards to establish the total weight of fish that your system can support...working on the fact that the fish will be eating 1 - 2% of their body weight each day. Let me know if you need further help with this.
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    bigdaddy

    Sous Vide

    Hi Ande, You've done all the hard work now and no doubt can figure out where you can do better, now it's just a matter of refining things then maybe trying different things, meats, cuts, even veges! I've done veges before and they turned out very nice. I've noticed your house doesn't have the odor of the food hanging around like it does when food is cooked normally. Cheers.
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    ande

    Sous Vide

    Bullseye never tasted better And I got wife/kid home early, do to weather changes in the mountains, so they got to eat/taste it as well and shared the opinion. I'll get back with recipe, when pics upload is restored. 4 days of cooking sounds a lot, but the actual work is limited it's most plan/wait then, munch cheers
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    ande

    Sous Vide

    Hi again I can't upload pics now so I provide a link from the web, to what it's supposed to look like in the end It's one of the traditional Christmas dishes here in Norway called ribbe (pork steak with a crispy skin) so it has to be right. I'm home alone, wife and kids gone on winter holiday, so I'm making a test of a 1,6kilo steak The plan is to cut it in half after the SousVide bath, put one half in the oven and use a burner on the other half to see/test for best results, there is no shame/blame if I fail being home alone I have a moose & a lamb steak ready to role after this, so I gain some experience before the family gets served And I can get stuffed as a test pilot
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    bigdaddy

    Sous Vide

    Hi Ande, https://sousvidesupreme.com/pages/cooking-guides This is my go to guide. Cheers
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    ande

    Sous Vide

    Hi again I got a 15 liter, not double walled but "food safe" and can handle -40 °C til +120 °C , I just have to cut a hole in the lid, and then wrap it in some towels if I want to insulate. Got the meat in brine in the fridge for two days so I'm ready to go I'w tried to upload some picks but something is wrong with the forum ? cheers
  15. 1 point
    GaryD

    Is Aquaponics the Right Choice?

    My biases are just chafing at the bit to get out. Something like a standalone recirculating system that is easier and more cost-effective to build than an RAS. Something like an aquaponics system...but easier and cheaper to build and operate than an AP system. Something like a hydroponics system...but able to produce clean fresh ORGANIC food - unlike an hydroponic system. Something like those methods....but more productive, resilient and sustainable than recirculating aquaculture, aquaponics and hydroponics. Something like iAVs Sandgardening, perhaps?
  16. 1 point
    bigdaddy

    Sous Vide

    Yeah ha! Get yourself a nice big stainless steel or whatever pot and go for it. If you can get a double walled pot with a lid on it top stop evaporation that would be good You can use any waterproof container with a lid on it it's just if it's double walled you can save heat escaping that's all. Now you'll have to get a vacuum sealer and special vacuum seal roll so you can seal your meat. You can also use ziplock bags in a sink of water. Meat into the bag, bag into the sink of water, the pressure of the water around the meat pushes all the air out then do up the zip lock. When cooking I would keep the ziplock seal out of the water and make sure the meat is covered by the water just in case the seal didn't work. Double sealing on a vacuum sealer saves any hassles that way. I tend to brown the meat with a butane trade hand burner you can use a cooks burner if you want but my way is cheaper.
  17. 1 point
    bigdaddy

    Ph Levels, somewhat of a new system

    Hi GGore and welcome to APN, I wouldn't do anything yet. We do need a few more details. What type of filtration do you have, e.g. how big is your grow bed and what is your media? What is the tank temperature what are your Nitrites reading? What are your Nitrates? Do you have any plants in your system? What is your water source pH? Do you have any fish, what type are they and how many do you have? Cheers.
  18. 1 point
    Hookedonponics23

    Mineralization tank

    I have a small in home system and I'm struggling to find a mineralization tank to purchase or build to suit me my need. I have approx 70 / 80 gallons of water between fish tank, sump, and grow beds.. I feel like I have a good understanding of everything, except mineralization. If somebody could please give advice, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks
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    ande

    Mineralization tank

    Hi Hop23 Welcome to APN/HQ Mineralization have been discussed widely across quite a few threads earlier. I did a general search with the frase "mineralization tank" and got these 159 hits http://aquaponicsnation.com/search/?q="mineralization tank"&updated_after=any&sortby=relevancy also did a search on a passive members profile that was very in to this http://aquaponicsnation.com/profile/3612-thedictator/content/?type=forums_topic if you plow thru this, I think you will get a fairly good "general knowledge" on the matter. cheers
  20. 1 point
    GaryD

    Every Thing Old is New Again.

    Ann Reinking was beautiful, shockingly talented and gone too soon...but if you have to have music for the post, let this be it.
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    Hi Gary, I'm still playing around in the sand pit. Cheers.
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    Aufin

    Every Thing Old is New Again.

    Not much. Just hanging around watching the world go to $ hit. Enjoying my sandbeds, working just enough to keep mama happy and out of her way, and reading the forums wondering why anyone starting down the AP path would opt for any of the high maintenance systems when iAVs is so simple. I'm sure they have their reasons.
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    Aufin

    Every Thing Old is New Again.

    😎👍
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    Hi Sounds good, I just flagged 3 new bot signups that registered the last hour 🤬 cheers
  25. 1 point
    Hi Gary Still here 😀 cheers
  26. 1 point
    In the coming posts, I'll update you on what I've been up to for the past six years...and what led to my decision to resume stewardship of the forum. I'd like to get a sense of the state of things before we start to breathe some life back into APN. First, I'd like to get a sense of how many of our old members are still standing...and to pay my respects to our moderator team. Feel free to chime in...and let me know you're still here.
  27. 1 point
    Aufin

    Some iAVS concepts and ideas

    I doubt the idea played out very well, or we would have seen by now. I talked with a guy trying to work with sandbeds and sand filtration. As we looked over his system and talked, he didn't want to hear that I thought his sand was too fine (playground sand he bought in bulk) and suggested where I got my sand. His system today is in a big pile in a back corner of his lot. Mine is going along just fine beginning its 4th year of operation.
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