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  1. Thanks Gary. Denggue fever is really a scary desease at this moment so we're more on renovating our garden to remove any threat of mosquito breeding there. A good friend of mine died several year ago from denggue, it was really a shock. We even gave away our two feet long koi fishes to friends since we need to remove the fish tank. In some pvc tanks there's a space in the wrinkle of the rim for water to collect. Even on a thin film of water those larvae could easily be present...damn mosquitoes. So now I'm back to the drawing board. Need to study more on mosquitoes breeding behaviour and how
  2. Thanks, this going to be an interesting challenge. Found out it's also hard to find any square hollow pvc pipe at the local hardware. Either look for it at the main cities or order it at the port. Not sure if coconut fibers would also wok, we have a lot of them here. I've been born here and it's first time I knew they've been using it to stuff furniture, matresses and car dashboard.
  3. I've seen the hanging method use by http://brightagrotech.com/home.html since it's useful for urban setting. Recently I have dismantled our aquaponics system at home due to avoid hazard of aedes mosquito breeding there because of the water in the growbed. There have been several death from denggue fever in my neighbourhood and I don't want to contribute to the risk of death to others. Although health inspector have checked my system and found no mosquito larvae still there's a lot of place the larvae could hide. The hanging system of by brightagrotech to me seems like a better option since th
  4. True, true, true...my thirsty bamboo and I and my loveable mother have nothing for you but gratitude for putting forth this idea. The only nagging thing is that I can't see any of the pics posted here...maybe there's something wrong with the forum (btw nice forum makeover, I like the greenish hue) or maybe my internet explorer needed an upgrade download or two...nevermind...maybe it'll sort out later.... Anyone got any advice how I could make the growbed box? We got serious termite problems here though I did read somewhere that they cover the plywood with fiberglass...CAN WE DO THAT? Sorry fo
  5. Thanks for the wicking bed idea, although I was incapable to implement it as a growbed but it was useful as a sort of life support for my plants. I buried a plastic container filled with rocks and covered with coconut fibers. Clearly the plants are looking more luxuriant and they no longer wither when I forgot to water them in the evening.
  6. Thanks for the info on purging the fish. We've had a lot of myth regarding to fish purging mostly due to trial and error method. I guess fish purging haven't become much of a scientific method where locals have a lot of their own traditional ways...
  7. I'm sorry for jumping to conclusion, Arach. It's not what I read about tilapia being sensitive but from what I and many people have experienced here at home. Probably the situation might vary regarding to location. Recently here in Temerloh we have been experiencing shortage of tilapia since a lot of tilapia fingerlings reared in cage in the river died due to something in the water (All of them actually and they've stopped stocking tilapia for a while). I heard it was a parasite or something related to the weather, not really clear on that. Anyway, I wasn't referring to their mortality rate.
  8. By the way Ravnis, I use corals and shells for my biofilters so the pH might be balanced around neutral. No help for that unless I change my biofilter medium. As for the other, I don't think I can find any. Here in Malaysia people are too focused on dirt digging since the land is too fertile. I've read a british engineer's memoir while he was building the railroad in Malaya (what Malaysia was known back then) in the 1900's. They had driven pilings into the humus for a hundred feet before it was obstructed by a log--an ancient log!!! So you can imagine the level of fertility of the earth here.
  9. Oh Dave, it's the gluey stuff that makes me crazy for it;)...slice it up and fried with chili and minced ancovies...oh my mouth is watering and that was yesterday. For lunch today I had them with scrambled eggs and fried golden only the cook made them a little bit too salty for my taste. Be sure to pick them up before they harden. By the way I've read in wikipedia that people did try to ground their seeds into coffee...not sure how it'll taste. Well, haven't much to worry since mine had the same growth as yours, Dave and we're planting lots more since my grandmother wants them for salad. Earl
  10. Could you elaborate on this and give some example? I think I'm a little confused. Does it mean that it is easier to maintain suitable nutrient and dissolved oxygen level and remove solid from the system or does it mean that it'll take less time and effort to manage water quality?
  11. Thanks for all the help. I was planning on going commercial in a few years and I was a bit worried about suspended solid in a large system. I've visited a friend's canvas fish tank a month ago and it seems that his fishes are doing fine in muddy water with some water lily or something floating on the water to deal with ammonia issue though it's no where near to aquaponics (they had never even heard of aquaponics so I was being polite not to mention it). He had stocked around 6000-9000 catfish in four 10X4 feet (just an estimation of the dimension, had a fuzzy memory on this) canvas tank at 3
  12. I could let solid particles to settle into sludge inside the clarifier and regularly removed them but how do I capture suspended solid? Does a clarifier is also effective to capture suspended solid? Or should I install other type of filter like fine netting (or bird netting like they use in virgin island university)? Would allowing water to flow through a duckweed tank could also capture suspended solid or does it only work like a clarifier and collects only sedimenting solids? I know solids is bad but how bad could suspended solid be? Anyone got a good suggestion for this problem or am I j
  13. I don't know wheter to laugh or cry... Politician are a funny species after all. You just can make them see reason even if it bit their legs... Sometimes the decision made are just to spite opposition to show people who's in power and sometimes they just had access to bad advisors (experts, scientist, sycophant)... Well, hope you'll get better luck in the future...
  14. Sorry for the late reply, been busy lately... Well I guess it's a rule of the thumb and a big no-no here to spray your plants with water at noon or at any time the sun at its hottest since those droplets of water instead of nourishing your plants, becomes hundreds of tiny magnifier that intensify sunlight and sunheat. Think of it like you are lying under the sun and someone uses a magnifier glass to focus sunlight on your skin, I guess the plants would feel the same too. Maybe, I'm not sure about it but I have my own suspicion that oil does the same and a layer of oil on your plants could c
  15. Soap water with oil and spray them evenly on your plants but make sure you use mineral or vegetable oil and use soap which is safe, not the kind with an antiseptic solution, it might endanger the fish. Though our local botanist told us to use laundry detergent. By the way, try to keep ants away from your plants. Ants and aphids are like shepherd to a sheep. Ants actually protect aphids and harvest food (sort of like nectar) from aphids. I even heard that ants spread aphids...not sure if it's true...ants, wonderful insects aren't they?
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