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  1. ande

    Apiculture

    Next step, add the boxes with the new frames to the hives, so to expand the space available. I had my youngest son to "assist" meaning taking pics from a distance, and I got my phone ready to snap a few. Impossible task the bees got really aggressiv, so my son had to flea the place and I just quickly added the two new boxes, but got confirmed a nice level of activity in both colonies The next expansion I had some nice assist by my fosterson in full protection gear so I could snap a load of pics more 🐝🐝 to follow soon cheers
    4 points
  2. Interesting. You start with seeds? You prune them and they bush out with more mike's? 🤣
    3 points
  3. Copied from Nimbin Beekeepers group. (local home of the Flow Hive inventors) A FLOW HIVE CONFESSION. When Flow Hive launched in 2015 I was amazed and fascinated with the invention thinking, WOW this is going to be so good for the bees! Some beautiful people, many of them good friends, have a Flow Hive. During my five years working at Save the Bees Australia, I rescued bee colonies and helped mentor and set people up with bees for their Flow Hive’s. It is a hive that has made me feel uncomfortable and frustrated over the years. In the cold climate of Victoria, it was a rare occasion to have one work effectively and easily. So many issues including the bees taking a long time to move up to the plastic frames even when the bottom box has no room left and honey harvest taking hours to eventually drip out. Jelly bush honey is impossible to get out, sometimes they leak, and bees drown, frames warp and break, it’s common for ants to infiltrate areas of the frames and many have trouble finding freezer space to store the bulky frames over winter. One of the main ways bee communicate is through vibrations through the beeswax to one another and I have concerns that the heavy plastic frames may be effecting their language. At my last bee-centric beekeeping workshop half the attendees already owned a Flow or were interested in owning one. In my heart it was not a hive I resonated with, but in fear that I would offend someone I remained positive, thinking “this hive has generated a lot of interest in bees, the more backyard beekeepers the less power giant honey corporations have in exploiting bees and controlling the industry and honey price.” Regretfully a month ago I bought a Flow Hive super with the intention of adding it to a Langstroth hive. To me I saw it as a 'learning tool' for those who are interested to see how it works who come to my once yearly Introduction to Bee Guardianship workshop. Then show them many other beautiful natural alternatives and hope they resonate with a more bee centred design. REALITY AND EGO CHECK A colony if bees is one being, the hive is the skin, honey is blood, and the wax is the body's cellular structure. I think it’s unfair for humans to deprive bees their ability to create, instead inflicting their petrochemical waste on an insect that has been living in harmony with the earth for millions of years. There are over 70,000 plastic hives out there now that will eventually add to the already devastating plastic waste issue we have. In my opinion the hive is terrible for bees. It is in no way bee-centric, it is a human-centric hive. I am aware this will be confrontational and get a lot of hate from the many faithful Flow Hive fans, but for the bees I am compelled to tell people to avoid the Flow Hive. More fuel to my fire is their recent partnership with the Wheen Foundation, an agricultural charity that takes no stand against bee killing chemicals such as Glyphosate and Neonicotinoids. They support large scale monoculture farming. Flow Hive is green washing this partnership by calling it their 'Bee friendly farming program' After seeing endless promotions from paid influencers only praising the positive and withholding the negative. Enough is enough, F the flow, go natural, go plastic FREE!
    3 points
  4. ande

    Ibc Tank system

    Hi 4juli Welcome to APN/HQ It would be cool if you introduced yourself, in the welcome wagon. It makes it easier for other members, to respond to your system(s), if they can identify with your system(s), specie(s), climate..........etc. Also your location is interesting on a lot of matters, eg I live in south of Norway, (Europe). Rules, regulations, available equipment, climate (weather pattern) temp. C/F................ in my case, might not be relevant at all for you in your location, I have no idea where Ist is ? Is it short for Istanbul ? or is it somewhere in the US ? or maybe Asia ? A lot easier for all/anyone to toss in tips & trix experience made in a similar environment to yours if one have/feel a slight sense of fellowship . Anyhow thanks for sharing pics/video You say your Koi is 1.5-2" Thats 3,5-5cm, yet you have chosen food made for Koi in the 15-35cm range. That can become a issue unless you grind the food down in size http://www.koifoodshack.com/what-size-pellet-do-i-need/ I think you might encounter a density problem as the koi grows, 20 koi requires a lot of space (water volume), witch again might create another issue for you. Weight Water and grow media in high volumes might not be compatible with a balcony system, be careful to check out the limitation of your balcony, so that you don't end up in a financial mess do to a building collapse. cheers
    3 points
  5. 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
    3 points
  6. My principal concern about veganism is the limited thinking that goes with it. For the world to adopt a vegan diet would require the continuation (indeed expansion) of the industrial farming system...and that's something that cannot be countenanced if the planet is to survive. The other issue I have is that the vegan movement is not concerned with the truth. In its quest for the prohibition of meat consumption, it seems happy enough to decieve and propagandise.
    2 points
  7. I take a landscape ecological view of things. It would be tragedy for the rangelands, that are currently contributing to the global food systems, to be transitioned from livestock, where they coexist within the local ecosystem to cropping, with practically zero ecology or biodiversity. I'm against grain feeding livestock, this is the equivalent of global veganism, fed by plant protein i.e soy & corn etc. Just look at any plant based protein product from the supermarket to check the ingredients. The ideal behind veganism is noble, but in a world of 'systems of systems' the unintended consequences could be catastrophic for our remaining biodiversity if we all became Vegans based on the current model. Personally I am progressively migrating to vegetarianism, which I think is quite sensible the older we get in life. Nigel Grier
    2 points
  8. GaryD

    Read any good books?

    My current audiobook is Sacred Cow by Diana Rogers and Robb Wolf. I didn't realise that, in some countries, it's illegal to feed a vegan diet to babies or young children.
    2 points
  9. 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 points
  10. 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 actually use Microponics, as a search term, to seek info of the kind you find here in this forum, if you do use that search word on google, you will get 581 000 results, and also find a nice explanation or origin of the word Microponics at the bottom of the 1. page in this link : https://garydonaldson.net/2009/05/the-origins-of-microponics/ Quote: ................................ Integrated Backyard Food Production became too much of a mouthful and so it became Microponics. The name suggests its own origins…..the combination of micro-livestock, micro-farming and aquaponics. I subsequently discovered that the name is also used to describe an obscure grafting method using in hydroponics............................................ Quote end So I have now sheared my opinion cheers
    2 points
  11. 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
    2 points
  12. 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 (and Jellybush in Australia) are thixotropic honeys. This means they do not run or flow unless agitated. To date, we have not had any success removing Manuka from Flow Frames. This includes trialling a ‘honey loosener’ as used in commercial Manuka extraction. from here: https://support.honeyflow.com/do-flow-frames-work-with-manuka-jellybush-honey/ I have been visiting different Apiculture farms this summer, and seen a few flowhives in use, here and there. One thing that is common advice where ever I talk to the operators is: - It does not work with heather honey, but is great with "summer honey" So why is that ? Well it's for the same reason as Jelly honey wan't work in a flow hive. Ling heather honey has unique qualities and is very jelly like and will not run, so extracting is a problem because the honey will not spin out of the combs in the normal way. It is thixotropic which means that it is normally gel-like and firm, but it will become temporarily liquid if stirred or agitated. I think this article is a balanced review/opinion on the "flow hive" (still just a opinion and not a fact) https://beekeepinglikeagirl.com/is-the-flowhive-bad-for-bees/ Mean time I'm really fond of my traditional hives and enjoy the experience of keeping honey bees that way cheers
    2 points
  13. 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
    2 points
  14. Hi Gary I belive picking all those "low-hanging fruits" are really important and to often overseen We have a saying here in Norway : "Mange bekker små, gjør en stor å" directly translated : "Many small streams, make one big river" I think it's real cool to see how you in fact make a difference, in your over all environmental footprint cheers
    2 points
  15. Day 8 of the Environmental Challenge - Donate old clothes to the local charity shop. Outcomes: Recycling (Re-use) - Less Clutter - Extends the life of the clothing - More space for me. My wardrobes and cupboards contain clothes across a weight range of 90kg - 113kg. To keep the larger sizes suggests that I might achieve the top weight again - a notion that I reject...so a couple of bags of my overweight past went to the community goodwill store. The wardrobe is already looking better.
    2 points
  16. ande

    Earth Overshoot Day

    Hi all cut/paste : Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2021, it falls on July 29. We know it can be overwhelming to think about the various impacts of global ecological overshoot such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and extreme weather events (to name a few). However, thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. For 100 Days of Possibility, we’re highlighting ways for each country, city, or business to ready themselves for a world increasingly defined by overshoot. These responses also #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day. Check out the solution-of-the-day (at right), or explore solutions from 100 Days of Possibility that have already been unveiled (button below). 100 DAYS OF POSSIBILITY https://www.overshootday.org/about-earth-overshoot-day/ cheers
    2 points
  17. Hi All here: https://thefishsite.com/articles/high-hopes-for-aquaponics-system-inspired-by-sewage-treatment Quote: In a recent study, researchers demonstrated that the system could improve nutrient remineralisation for the plants, while removing excess nitrogen and carbon from the system, creating a healthier environment for fish. The study, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, was undertaken by researchers from the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg and involved the production of rainbow trout and lettuce. cheers
    2 points
  18. Hi All Latest from W Lennard here : http://www.aquaponic.com.au/index.htm Quote: Our Brand New Aquaponics Book is Here!! Aquaponic Solutions is pleased to announce that our new book, "The Symbioponics Aquaponic Method" is now available for free download! The new book outlines our unique aquaponic system sizing and buffer proportioning/formulation model that we use for the accurate sizing and management of aquaponic systems (fully recirculating or de-coupled designs). Please simply click on the image directly to the left for an instant download of your free copy. cheers
    2 points
  19. ande

    Working Dogs

    Hi I took this pic at my mums house the other day And here is her "working dog" It keeps my mum alive, fit, and kicking, as she walks the dog, 3 times a day at age 88, summer or winter, sun, snow or rain I can not imagine anything else that would do "the job" IMHO it's the ultimate working dog cheers
    2 points
  20. Hi Tariq Welcome to APN/HQ Nice if you took the time to introduce yourself in the welcome wagon. No that's not possible https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_motion However low energy systems (LEAP) have been discussed on the forum here is one thread cheers
    2 points
  21. Gary, thanks for the great info. A little more about my system... it's continuous flow system with bell siphons (specifically, its an "Aquabundance" system). I wouldn't think this would make any difference for transitioning to Maxicrop or other hydroponics option. I'm very interested in the Sandgarden ideas and will read up on it. I wonder if it would work with our bell siphons, however. The siphons have slits large enough to exclude the clay pebbles, but much too large to keep out sand. Our greenhouse is maybe 3 by 7 meters. We do grow a variety of other plants alongside the aquaponics system.
    2 points
  22. Im not sure exactly what you are trying to put togerher. I'm assuming you plan on a F/D system using gravel or some other medium. The siphon can be tricky. If you are running a pipe straighr from the growbed (GB), then maybe the volume of water running directly down the drain line is greater than the flow of water being sucked in at the leading edge of the siphon pipe deep in the GB. That will allow air to enter the down pipe and eventually work its way up to the top and break siphon when the intake water volume slows. I havent used a siphon drain in years so i might be a little rusty, but i can think of 4 possible solutions 1. Reduce the volume of water traveling down the down flow pipe by putting some sort of reducer on the end of the down pipe 2. Put a loop in the hose going down to the fish tank to help prevent air from traveling far enough to break sophon. 3. Extend the end of the down pipe into the fish tank so there is no air available to enter the down pipe. 4. Consider setting up an iAVs system and drain directly into the FT with no siphon problems. The sand will filter your FT water, no siphon issues, no need for any additional filtration before the water enters the growbed(s), no need to have a pump running 24/7/365. A small air pump will do fine if there is a DO issue. Personally I am biased towards the iAVs solution. I had a media based FD system that didnt take long to start going backwards due to lack of additional filtration. I switched to iAVs 4+ years ago and have been quite pleased with the results and ease of operation. Just my opinion ...... since you asked. 😎
    2 points
  23. ande

    Apiculture

    Hi So 5 days ago we did our first practical training Nice to finally get some hands on experience This is a native brown bee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_honey_bee a bit aggressive compared with buck fast, so being allergic I will go for buck fast my self, when I get going with my own bees. https://wicklowbeesandhoney.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/native-bees-vs-buckfast-bees-do-we-have-to-pick-a-side/ 🐝 cheers
    2 points
  24. bigdaddy

    Sous Vide

    Bigdaddy was under pressure last night so he got the bit between his teeth and got cracking. I left my run to late for my liking but compromised for convenience. Coffee machine being descaled, dishwasher on, Sous Vide set on to 62 C. Breast fillets out, didn't have much time so some bought satay sauce sufficed for tonight as opposed to the much better one made from scratch. Vacuum sealer out, I used bought pre made sous vide bags this time for convenience. I normally just wait for the water in the sous vide to heat up on it's own but I was going out and had to be there at a certain time so I did my little trick to speed up the heating up process. I have two kettles so I filled them both up with water from the water oven and when they boiled I poured the water back into the oven, stirred the water up and repeated the process, I did that 2 or 3 times and within 5 mins my water was at set temp. I also do this when I cook meat and ramp the temp up from 58 C or so to 82 C for vege cooking. Breasts diced, some satay sauce into sous vide bag first about 1/4 of the diced chicken in more sauce in and hands into the mix to thoroughly mix it in repeat until all the chicken is in. A little trick with the bags. Fold over an inch or two from the end so you get no wet ingredients on that part, which is used for sealing. Bag of ingredients into sealer and double sealed, to make sure none of your sauces escape during cooking. Once food was cooking, a quick refill of the kettles ready for a cuppa in the morning or whever, a quick wipe, wash and sanitize of benchtop cutting board and knife. As an aside, rinsed coffee machine as descaling was finished, and refilled the water, then off for a quick shower and clean up ready to go out. After an hour and 15 mins of cooking It was just a matter of removing the bag from the water oven, like shown cutting the top and pouring the ingredients out into dish/dishes/ storage containers. adding a sprinkle of chili flakes and you're good to go. I was happy as it was but if you want the sauce to be thicker you can always use thickener to finish. All done and dusted in an hour and a half with a few other things done as an aside. You could also make steamed rice in that hour of cooking but I thought I'd watch my carb intake so didn't do it. Breast fillets ready for prep. Breast fillets chunks, 2 kettles, satay sauce sous vide stuff and the microwave photo bombing lol. Double sealed satay chicken ready to go into water oven. Cooked chicken in a bag. Water oven doing it's thing. Satay chicken ready to be eaten. Verict : Yum yum and yum...The chicken was very tender and tasty. Improvements to be made: I'd jack the temperature up to 63 degrees Cheers. Next time just to have a little more doneness. This dish would be nicer if you also added steamed veges to the mix, but it was just so good as it was.
    2 points
  25. bigdaddy

    Sous Vide

    Hi Ande, That pipe we have...Could you send some of that meat down it to me and be sure to add plenty of crackling please. That looks so, so good mate. I agree, The actual overall work is less IMO, you might have to plan a bit more and change your mind set, but if you keep to the principles and keep it precise, It's very good. Did you know you can sous vide veges? They taste so, so good. Cheers.
    2 points
  26. ande

    Sous Vide

    To me absolutely, the actual work/time, is less than cooking this dish, the traditional way. The timing to get it done right,, at a set serving time, witch can be a demand at a Christmas dinner is also much easier But even if it had involved more work the tase and end result would make it worthwhile cheers
    2 points
  27. kellenw

    Sous Vide

    Sous vide is awesome. It's particularly amazing to me how you can turn a relatively low/mediocre cut of meat into something special with a little time and love. hehe. We put a half a cow in the freezer every year, so we always have a lot of cuts that you have to get creative with. I turn chuck roasts and similar into steaks that rival a nicely aged prime ribeye, seriously. It's like magic. haha
    2 points
  28. ande

    Sous Vide

    Steak out of fridge/brine and let it drip of Measure thicknes for setting cooking time/temp Ad two tablespoons of home made garlic/herb butter vacum pack control weight for choosing cooking time/temp put in box, I dropped in a grating, to keep the steak of the box bootom for better water circulation, also I cut the vacum bag long enoughf to lock it to the box top, with the boxlid Fill the box up with hotwater from the tap (at my house thats about 68-70 C ) Set the chosen temp/time I set it at 63c 30 hours based on weight/thicknes Then I marked the water level with a pice of tape, to get a sence of any evapouration and refill if needed end of day two
    2 points
  29. ande

    A Day of Global Action

    Hi The idea for Global Recycling Day was first announced at the 2015 World Recycling Convention by Ranjit S. Baxi, president of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). http://www.bir.org/ The date selected for its launch March 18, 2018, was symbolic, marking the 70th birthday of BIR. https://www.globalrecyclingday.com cheers
    2 points
  30. ande

    Sous Vide

    So here goes: out of the freezer I let it thaw a few hours (2-3) on the kitcken desk I allways cut the skin before freeze, so the meat thaws faster in the fridge, you can also rubb in the salt/spices almost at once then. You have to cut properly thru the skin, in to the fat ,but avoid gettin in to the meat .This is also important for the skin to drain propperly, and become real cruncy crackilgs not soft/chewy, in the final cooking stage. salt pepper cinamon Then in the fridge for furher thawing skin side up 3-6 hours. When thawed I brush the spices of the skin in to the box, and rub the skin in with a teaspoon of hjortetakksalt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartshorn this is important to break down the skin in a way that gets all water out for prima crakling (also the skin will stay crispy this way, even on any leftovers stored in the fridge for days without geting moist/soft/chewy) I then put the steak back in the box (wich now have a brine of meatjuice/spices from the thawing) skin side down, ad salt/pepper/cinamon on the meat side, and leave it in the brine/fridge over night (12hours) end of day one, more to come cheers
    2 points
  31. Hi all https://globalnews.ca/news/7584482/aquaponics-first-nations-food/ cheers
    2 points
  32. 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.
    2 points
  33. 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.
    1 point
  34. 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 commitment. When you look at a list of thirty or so green-living strategies and you see how many you've already committed to at some point or the other...but not having actioned in recent days or weeks...well challenges like this can help to keep us focused on the job. If we cut ourselves out of this waste cycle we not only save lots of money but we avoid piling up the paper, Styrofoam, single-use plastic and all of the packaging that goes with the big outpourings of fealings that giving the garbage.
    1 point
  35. Hi Gary, Intersting article Ande put up I've been intersted in this type of thing for a long time. I've been following your progress I'm doing it somewhat differently with a big investment in my solar panels and solar battery, which, By The Way, is paying me back in spades. This investment has "forced" me to change the way I do some things. For instance I now put the dishwasher on during the day, preferably just before or after lunch when the solar panels are working full tilt and the battery is charging. This is your thread so I wont list all the different things I do but sustainability does cause one to think differently about the way they do things. The weed burner thing you have...They work well, I would keep a keen eye it for the fire it may cause. I can tell you from experience they are good at lighting fires. You are smart picking the low hanging fruit first, remember, we advise people starting off in food production to start small first, it's no different here IMO. Cheers.
    1 point
  36. GaryD

    The Future of the Car

    Fast forward six years...and it's looking increasingly likely that the internal combustion is losing ground to the EV. I subscribe to Medium and I found this little series of articles that probably provides a more contemporary view of where cars are heading. https://mondaynote.com/the-car-reinvented-from-scratch-4486564c086e
    1 point
  37. Hi again Lukeboshier made some flowthru systems that worked cheers
    1 point
  38. Here's the set up. Round spa buried in ground is fish tank. All other tubs drain to fish tank. Fish tank overflows to sump which is 1/2 blue barrel and contains a submersible pump.
    1 point
  39. kellenw

    Music

    1 point
  40. GaryD

    Bamboo

    We currently grow three varieties of bamboo. We use the foliage as fodder for our chickens...and we use the poles for trellising plants. Offcuts are used for fuelwood and, this year, I will make our first bamboo biochar. Bamboo is a grass that has many of the uses of a tree but grows like a weed...a very versatile plant. I've even used cane sections as the infil for a bug motel. I have yet to eat our bamboo shoots but I'm told that fresh shoots are very much better than the canned variety.
    1 point
  41. GaryD

    Compostimg Worms

    Here's a useful little video that explains in light technical terms how worms compost organic matter.
    1 point
  42. 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.
    1 point
  43. 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
    1 point
  44. Ann Reinking was beautiful, shockingly talented and gone too soon...but if you have to have music for the post, let this be it.
    1 point
  45. Hi Gary Still here 😀 cheers
    1 point
  46. Cool project! How to you plan on regulating the temps for the fish? Trout and bass like colder temps. By the time you get the water warm enough for tilapia to thrive, it's likely too warm for the other two to thrive. I don't know what your budget is but you'd probably have to use something like a water to water heat exchanger. Also, I'd monitor the temps in your garage pretty closely before setting anything up. We have an insulated detached garage and while it never freezes solid (Boulder, CO area) it never gets terribly hot in the summer either. Couple that with the fact that little to no direct sunlight will be hitting the water and you've got some pretty cold water year round. Takes a lot of BTUs to warm up a 330gallons of water. I'd probably just ditch the tilapia and stick w/ bass and trout. I think you're probably going to need more grow beds but I'll let the people with actual experience speak to that. I'm still in the planning stages of my build as well. Good luck!
    1 point
  47. Hello all, I've recently moved and am looking to re-use equipment from my reef tank for aquaponics. I've thoroughly cleaned the equipment I'm planning to re-use with vinegar / bleach / muriatic acid as required and left outside after rinsing for a couple months to make sure there aren't any remnants from the saltwater setup. I'm curious if I could replace the solid waste export portion of my aquaponic system. I've got a skimmer that's rated for 525GPH flow and is able to drain waste externally (hopefully so I don't have to collect sludge). It is a Skimz Monster SM202 external protein skimmer. This is my first aquaponic tank so if I'm missing something obvious please let me know. I'm in the early planning stages of my build and trying to pull together a bill of materials. Thank you
    1 point
  48. ande

    hello everyone

    Hi RWF Welcome to APN/HQ cheers
    1 point
  49. GaryD

    Post Order

    Hi, When I go to a thread, the first post that I encounter is the oldest one. How do I reverse the order to view the most recent post at the top?
    1 point
  50. GaryD

    Music

    Hi BD, I concede that The Proclaimers are a better music act (although Billy plays a mean banjo). For those sufficiently broad-minded, Billy Connolly is a tonic for the alleviation of the suffering that day-to-day life occasionally heaps on us. Gary
    1 point
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