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    Run a small fig farm with 350 varieties of figs and aiming for 600 in a couple years. Adding an aquaculture system of 28 IBC totes.
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    Figs, Gardening, Greenhouses, Aquaculture

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    Inverness, FL

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  1. Well.....I hope this is ok to post here. This is a link to the thread on the fig forum I own, ourfigs.com with the full story. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-home/312677-well-it-has-been-an-interesting-couple-of-days
  2. I did have to endure almost being arrested and a prison break (not joking) for that GH extension:)
  3. Never enough GH room:) On the GH shown above I added an extension to it, the new GH is 36' x 30' I had to lower it a bit to match up as well as I could to the existing GH so it is now 86' long. I finished that GH a couple weeks back and started on the next one which is 75' X 22'
  4. It is a bit awkward. The stove comes with a long handled ash scoop, in fact mine came with 3 of them:) They were wrapped together and I assume the employee doing the packing did not notice?? So picture a metal dust pan welded to the shaft of a metal golf club. It works and there is not that much ash. In the aprox 30 days I burned it I believe I cleaned it out 3 - 4 times, took a couple minutes each time. I might have got a 5 gallon bucket of ash total from all the clean outs, wasn't much. Not like a normal wood stove where you are burning a lot of volume of wood. Each fill is like 3-4
  5. Early, I apologize for invading your thread but Andre wanted some pics of the setup. The heater inside the tote. The surround I mentioned, before the gap was filled with perlite. Btw i filled it with loose perlite, not perlite cement. From memory I think it took 16 cf. Looking down in the burn chamber. The air enters between the side wall and that metal plate and the plate extends to about an inch from the bottom so air is forced under the fire, though there is no bottom grate.
  6. Ande. I will post them for you, I had a thread on it on my fig forum so already have the pics.
  7. Had posted this today in greenhouses but saw your post and thought it might help.....if cross posting is not allowed just delete. his may not work for you but........ I have two greenhouses, a 24'x50' A frame about 15' tall at the peak and a 20'x30 arched. The larger GH holds 28 IBC totes with tilapia, 14 totes down each side plus two more IBC totes that each contain home made RDF filters (that are AWESOME) down the middle of the GH are 6 600 gallon lined tanks. I use the water in the tanks to not only raise tilapia but also to heat the GH. I own a fig nursery and start
  8. So going on two years since I installed the first homemade RDF and I LOVE it. A couple of observations.....I took the advice and added a screen of sorts, PVC standpipes with small holes in them to all 28 IBC totes that have fish to prevent fish entering the drains because as was pointed out they will and did:) . I never got a blockage though as if a fish did lodge in the holes that go inside the RDF the water level in the tanks would all rise and the pressure would pop them out, they would be dead of course but did not happen often. Mostly I just got tired of having to net the fish out of
  9. This may not work for you but........ I have two greenhouses, a 24'x50' A frame about 15' tall at the peak and a 20'x30 arched. The larger GH holds 28 IBC totes with tilapia, 14 totes down each side plus two more IBC totes that each contain home made RDF filters (that are AWESOME) down the middle of the GH are 6 600 gallon lined tanks. I use the water in the tanks to not only raise tilapia but also to heat the GH. I own a fig nursery and start about 2000 fig plant cuttings a year for spring sales and they like to root with bottom heat and they sit on shelves over 3/4 of the top of e
  10. Ravins, I will check the temps, maybe you are right and there is a variation in temperature among the tanks. Just a degree or two could cross the tipping point. Vkn, I'm pretty sure it is not phosphate as I am on a lime rock well and they mine (or use to) phosphate here in central Florida.
  11. Ravnis, That was my first thought also but the tanks are side by side one thriving one dead.....same temperature as they are all plumbed together. I can't figure it out.
  12. I'm not 100% sure this is the right forum for this and if not Mods please feel free to move it. I have 28 300 gallon totes plumbed together. 14 have tilapia in them and the other 14 have duckweed and azolla, no fish. On the plant side of the greenhouse the pumped water comes back to those tanks a couple inches below the surface so no splashing. The azolla has grown amazingly well could not be happier with it except for some reason that baffles me a tank of it will start to show a little brown and within a couple of days the entire tank of azolla is dead and gone but the duckweed mixed i
  13. Just as an update.....the RDF has been running for almost 2 months now I guess and has performed flawlessly. Not a single issue has popped up so far.
  14. Cecil, I went the other direction and bought a whole house propane generator. Not as fast as yours as it won't come on for 30 seconds but it will do the job and as a plus keep the house AC units running:)
  15. Phri, Hmmm........you are right that if a fish larger than 2.5" gets in that pipe I will have an issue. I will cut out the section between two of the 2.5" holes on the next one to correct that, perhaps I should just install a downward facing 4" T in place of the 3 2.5" holes. The piping of the shaft itself is glued but the 90 degree at the intake end connected to the shaft is not so if it happens I can pop the pipe off to get the blockage out. I have complete access to the inside of the drum. The fabric is held on by wiggle wire in wiggle wire track. I can open the drum up and cl
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