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  1. Hi RWF, Welcome to APN Enjoy. Cheers
  2. Hi everyone, When I first started aquaponics I was happy to find I could grow vegetables and fish using a symbiotic relationship between the two. In my uneducated way I was thinking this was starting to be one of the best ways to grow things. I can say now, I question that thought. Is it???? So here's some questions I'd like to throw out to people and get their thoughts. Is there any one particular best system? Do you need multiple different system to make your food production the best? What knowledge do you need to have to run a system? What's the cost of setting up a system? What's the cost of running a system? Do you need to be around the system all the time to cater for things to keep it running, are you tied to the system or can you go on holidays? How successful will the system be? My answer is aquaponics is not the best single system. If I want to go on holidays then the fish become problematical so in this instance maybe just having a home vege patch is the best system, maybe a hydroponics system is better, maybe a wicking bed setup with a way to make the reservoir fill up on it's own added. So there are a few of my thoughts. What do others think? Cheers.
  3. Hi Jejanov, Maybe you may need to add another grow bed and add some more plants in that grow bed. I wouldn't be doing to many more water changes, you may effect the chemistry of your already matured system. I'd be testing my water daily and logging it, doing maybe 10 percent water changes every week or two now and gradually work on settling and bringing the nitrates down as well as adding another grow bed. I know your system is mature but I wouldn't be to bothered if my nitrates were 100 even 180 at the moment and depending on your fish, as I suggested I'd just work on gradually trying to even them out and gradually reducing them to the levels you want. A couple of questions, How long have you stopped feeding your fish for? How old is your system? What's your pH? What's your fish tank water temp? What plants are you growing and What type of fish do you have? Cheers.
  4. Hi Benson and welcome to APN, Tell us more about how you are thinking about applying this to your situation. Some questions off the top of my head Are you thinking about just investing in a small home scale turbine and only applying it to your aquaponics or applying it to your home as well? How will you get the water flow needed to run the turbine? Do you have a river or are you thinking about some sump arrangement with a pump to create a head and flow? Do you have a suburban house or property in the country? On a whole of house scale, I don't have a country property with flowing water running through it. About 9 or 10 years ago I did think about a property with the view of adding hydro so I could stay off grid. The conclusion I came up with regarding hydro is you really need to be an electrician to be able to maintain the electrical side of a hydro plant, plus by the time you invested in hydro and the extra effort you needed at the time to run it it was easier to run on grid, so I did not continue my research into the hydro side of it. Like solar and solar energy storage things may of changed now. Co incidentally, if you are interested in looking at another alternative energy you may like to look at my thread called bigdaddy's alternative energy. I have recently posted what I have been doing in that regard. I'd be interested in what you do so please keep us posted. Cheers.
  5. HiJecha, What are all of your readings? pH Ammonia Fish tank temp Nitrates Nitrites. Also, if you could describe your system and maybe post it in the aquaponics systems section so we can see what you have in it, that would be helpful. Cheers.
  6. Hi everyone, Some more pics of my new backyard setup. All grass and dirt up and out, road base in, reo mesh and storm water set up ready for concreting. Concrete down, channel drains down, vibrator in ready to compact the base. 600 x 600 x 30 granite pavers going down. A snapshot of how my back and side corner will look with the fake grass down. I can put my fish tank and grow bed here with a nice drain built in to the set up if I wish. Chanel drains up and out and granite going all the way to the back fence, a much better look. Cheers.
  7. Hi Jennifer and welcome to APN, Typically the aquaponics we talk about here is using a RAS system. This means we have a fish tank( which can be filled by your water from your steam), with nutrients added by fish, then the water goes from your fish tank to a or some grow beds(bio filter) to feed your plants, then to your additional filters and returns back to your tanks. First of all the fish tank is cycled, at the same time plants are added to (typically media filled) grow bed and once the system is cycled the water is kept in what can be described as a closed loop. After some time the level of the water drops naturally, either by evaporation, transpiration, cleaning or all, then top up water can be added (from your stream). sometimes in a mature system if the testing is too high a partial drop( approx 10 percent) may be needed and a top up added. I like to drop the water 10 per cent occasionally. Hope this helps, Cheers.
  8. Hi everyone, I have started my iVAs with on a completely blank canvas. I thought I'd post my journey in some sort of chronicle order and maybe give some ideas for those who may be thinking about a system and/or for those who already have systems. I feel good planning is the key to building. I have spent many hours thinking sketching measuring and using whatever else I have at my disposal. My aim is to build and run the most efficient, productive system I can, making the beat use use of the space I have. I have several challenges. Below is a list which is not conclusive. I can break down these items to further explain but will not for now. Cost Looks Very small backyard Suburban living Weather Maintenance Time My backyard measures 4.8 metres by 5.0 metres Here are some pics from the the start. The original side with my beloved citrus trees with the left side 2 sitting on the slab where my air conditioner originally was. My new pergola. The original rainwater tank New slimline rainwater tank and system ready to be re plumbed and reinstalled. Air conditioner and rainwater tank installed around the side out of the way where noise and size will be minimized. My original line of thinking about a small iAVs system. Another view of my original backyard, this time to the back fence with the back garden removed. A more current view of pic 1, backyard opened up with all the screening up and roof addition to pergola. More to come. Cheers.
  9. Hi CrazyBasenjiLady and welcome to Aquaponics Nation. I look forward to watching your new project. Cheers.
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    Hi Daniel and welcome to APN I think this is a good solid site with plenty of shared ideas. I've found it very useful over the years. Why don't you head over to the build section and post a bit about your build when you are ready. And yeah, Pics..... We just love pics. I look forward to seeing what you have done and following your journey. Cheers.
  11. Hi everyone, Just got my first bill since installing the battery and signing up to a VPP plan...Very pleasantly surprised... I got a credit of 370 dollars plus for a 38 day billing cycle which includes a 150 dollar welcome credit because I'm in the RAA and 25 days of a $5.00 per day payback because of the VPP. This credit will definitely help with the expected increased power bills over winter. The litnus test in the winter months is still to come. So far so good. Cheers.
  12. Hi bkardon and welcome to APN, Looks interesting. Why don't you head over to the Aquaponics Systems section and start your own build thread. Then tell us your issues and we'll see what we can do to help. Cheers.
  13. Hi Everyone, Over the last couple of weeks the east coast of Australia has had a lot of rain and flooding which has helped the bushfire situation in New South Wales and Victoria. They are hoping that it will extinguish all the bushfires in New South Wales by the end of the week. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/10/rain-deluge-in-eastern-australia-set-to-extinguish-nsw-bushfires-this-week https://www.ecowatch.com/fire-in-australia-rain-2645065503.html Here in South Australia the fires are all contained. Weather has been superb in my opinon 27 -34 degrees C mostly dry, with the odd (rare) humid day, which is normal weather behaviour at this time of the year. Cheers.
  14. Hi Phri and all, Sorry about the delay in responding, had troubles downloading pics and got busy. Here are a couple of pics as the system sits now. I totally agree about the weather, that's why I asked for the solar inverter to be put around the side as it is more protected there and one day when finances and priorities allow, I will eventually have a roof there. For now that is more than adequate. I also insisted on the battery being put under the solar inverter and payed more for the extra work, that way it did not need bollards around it to protect it from the car, I had more room in the drive way and the battery was also reasonably protected from the elements. Certainly more so than on the side of the driveway under or around the meter box. Now I have a roof over the top of the meter box providing protection for the gateway and more importantly providing protection for people enering my home. Although it is somewhat expensive, hopefully all this extra thought and expense will pay off in the long run. Cheers.
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