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mr dave

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About mr dave

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  • Birthday 10/02/1965

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    plants and fish
  1. Sam....I would definitely go with cold water fish where you live, have you considered trout? I know for a fact they are delicious Ravnis...41F is not going to help much, maybe for people with cold-water fish outdoors, just to keep the tanks from freezing There are aquarium heaters out there for big tanks, I'm going to put a link below, but they also come with big prices... http://www.jehmco.com/html/heaters.html I'm going to shoot for a heater that buffers against those sudden drops, but NOT one that maintains tropical conditions year-round, such as an indoor aquarium, because as Sam found out, you pay for every kilowatt hour that you burn. I would select a cold water species if I thought that I could maintain it during the summer months, but during that time the highs here are 90F plus, I know because I'm out there working in it every day, and its hard on me! Ravnis...you said your fish "seem to be adapting to the temperate climate". Are you talking about genetic selection, as in over several generations? Or are you talking about individual fish becoming more and more hardy as they become older?
  2. Sam, I've been following this closely because in the south we only deal with extreme cold snaps for only several days at a time, blame it on El Nino, whoever that is... I'm planning an outdoor set-up this spring, but not enclosing anything under a greenhouse, though I do plan on locating my stock tanks right beside my house for added protection. I live on the GA/FL border on a barrier island about .5 miles from the beach, so the weather is buffered by the ocean, BUT when an arctic cold front decides to push low the temps can get down into the upper 20's. I plan on installing one of these... http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/allied-precision-2002dp-universal-drain-plug-de-icer in my sump tank to keep the water above 45F for blue tilapia, but I don't think that I'll set the thermostat for any higher than that to keep them feeding all winter. I talked to a guy that has tilapia about 20 miles inland, where the lows can get 10 degrees colder, and he says that he tried a similar heater one winter and it raised his electric bill by $300/month, not worth it, imo. He says that now, during cold snaps, he trickles water from his well, which is 60F year round, into the system, which keeps it above 45F. I plan on circulating water through fishtanks/sump/biofilter during winter months, but not growbeds, unless I can enclose them in a heated greenhouse. good luck staying warm...
  3. thanks eternal noob....I can't wait to start cycling, but most of my stuff is on order. I live in a very small town, like Mayberry, only one hardware store, and no one has ever heard of aquaponics. The Little Giant filter box came in broken last night, what a waste of time and money, its like no one cares anymore, not even enough to put some old newspapers in the box to keep it from getting damaged during shipping. I called the customer service number and they asked me if I could fix it myself. I may look like a dumb redneck, but I know NOT to put superglue or any other CA into an aquarium. If you can smell it, your fish can too!
  4. thanks Ravnis...I tried nail polish remover, but unfortunately it didn't work. It must be too watered down, that's the second ingredient behind acetone. I'll pick up a a bottle of 100% at ace hdw. thanks Gary...I've never seen that product in the US, but I'll start looking for it. I bet it smells pretty good thanks yahoo2....another place to look, in the nail gun department. I worked on my growbed over the holiday, MLK day, and positioned it over the fishtank. I could only make it three feet wide to fit in front of the part of the sliding glass door that doesn't open. Its pretty heavy duty, but water and rocks are heavy too, and I don't want any "oh ____" moments to occur It will mainly be used to start seeds in one inch rockwool cubes n stuff like that.
  5. thanks Ravins...the rubbing alcohol took most of the oil off, but there is a lot of glue still left on the glass. I may try nail polish remover next...its turning into a real chemistry experiment now... ...but on to other things. I bought a concrete mixing tray at home depot to use for the grow bed. Its about 33 x 21 inches and about 7 inches deep. I'm building a wood frame to hold it above the tank with a one inch bulkhead fitting in the bottom. My goal is "no leaks" because its a hardwood floor
  6. hi, I'm new to aquaponics, but not to plants...I have a small landscape business in NE Florida, and not new to fish...I have maintained aquariums for the past 25 years. So, I decided to try to put 2 and 2 together and...I figured that I'd start out with an indoor system to grow out fish and start out plants. I bought a 40 gallon aquarium on sale at the pet store, then built a 12" riser just to get it up off the floor. I was cleaning the inside of the tank, removing stickers, that's when my problems first began. They used some sort of super glue to put a background paper inside the tank. It wouldn't peel off, so I put some wd-40 on it to dissolve the glue and used a razor blade to scrape it off. Most of it came off, but when I started cleaning it with windex, it just made a cloudy mess, hoping someone can steer me "clear" of the mess I made...
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