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  1. I'm new but can offer some help. To the 1st question, you need to read up on cycling your system. I didn't do it with my first system and everything went fine, but with a larger system able to hold more than a few goldfish, I would. They don't start the system with fish all of the time, sometimes they use other things which can help get the bacteria culture started, so you don't end up killing the fish you have. Those down in Australia use a product called seasol, but from what I've read you can actually pee in the system to get that ammonia started. Don't pee in your system though if you are on medication, that can be a problem. I have a small system and have planted lettuce. Plant leaf varieties and you can harvest at will when ever you have the need. Just pluck off leaves that are on the outside of the plant. I really like the ideas of using plants that you can harvest a bit at a time, but some veggies will need to be harvest all at once, but you can still stagger the planting of these. Theres some help.
  2. Nice photos Kellen. How are the Reds? I was looking over your site a few weeks ago and thought about the 4th of July with a dinner of red, white and blue tilaia, lol.
  3. How would a system like this differ from a deep water culture system? I know you'd still want an air pump, but you wouldn't have to worry about pumping water through the system. I barely looked into the idea, so I don't know how you build the bacteria culture in a DWC or anything yet.
  4. I'm new too, built my first system back in July. For fish, I'd look at cheap goldfish. They are dirty little fish, producing lots of waste to feed your plants, plus they are cheap and durable. Can't beat the goldfish. As far as tank to growbed space, from what I've read you can do more with a heavier amount of fish, but your basic systems try to balance a 1:1 ratio of water to growbed. I bought a small fountain pump at the local hardware store, it does 370 ltrs an hour up to 560 ltrs. It can do more than the volume I have in my tank. Being in the US the pump is set for 1/4 or 1/2 inch pipe, I think the smaller would be better. Then just run it the length of your pots. Drill multiple holes in the pipe where it runs over each pot and cap the end of it. When buying a pump make sure it can pump the water up to your desired height, mine maxes out at 4 ft or 121 cm. Mine is on a timer, water runs out 2 overflow tubes which cause a waterfall effect to aerate the water. Its on a timer, so it last 15 minutes each hour. You don't have to aerate the water for goldfish, but in the event that you decide to raise something else, its always good. Hope that helps. I'm a newbie too, but so far I'm able to grow lettuce and peppers just fine in my system. Wish you the best of luck.
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    The iPad

    My wife is going to school to be a nurse. Next year she needs a PDA for school, and so she is looking at ipads or maybe just an iphone. I know I will be a little jealous of her having all the new tech stuff.
  6. Cool thanks for that information kellen. That podcast host was saying to cross breed the fish so that you don't have them spending energy on mating, all energy could go to them growing and better food production. Nicer way to do that than using chemicals sterilize the fish. Thanks again.
  7. Hey Kellenw, I heard in a podcast that you can breed two different types of tilapia and end up with fry that are mostly male. The host didn't say which breeds, just that it would be a great way to keep your fish from mating in your fish tanks. Was curious from an actual breeder if you've heard of this and what breeds do this? Thanks.
  8. I have a continuous flow in my system. Its not bad, and doesn't take up much space. You can pretty much have a system like the pictures above. Main thing to watch is where you put the drain pipes, you'll want to keep some water at the bottom of the grow beds. Its simple to build, just have your grow beds above the fish tank, no sump tanks or bell siphons, just a simple drain hole. Mine is on the side, keeps about an inch of water in the beds at all times. The pump is on a timer, but once it kicks on, water instantly drains from the grow beds back into the fish tank, so the fish keep a constant water level. If someone is worried about space, or wants something really simple, then I'd suggest this. I've read that they aren't the most efficient at nutrient distribution. Depending on the depth of the grow bed, you could end up with dry spots on the top, so starting seeds would be a problem. My beds are shallow, so the top is moist under the top layer, but I worry about root rot seeing how the roots don't actually have much room to stretch. This could limit what plants you grow. My lettuce is fine, but I have a small pepper plant that is top heavy, it can't anchor itself down well in the shallow bed. Theres a few things I've noticed. Great for space and simplicity.
  9. Great looking system. Mine has many of the same items for growbeds and fish tanks. I have a pepper plant growing in mine, and am trying to get some tomato cuttings to root. Curious to watch your results.
  10. Thats sad about your friend. Best wishes for him. My system is similar. I used plastic storage tubs found in most any big box store. The growboxes are small clear plastic tubs, the kinds that fit under a bed. They seem to be working fine, though they do seem a little small for great root growth. I did spray paint the sides black to keep down the algae growth. In mine I put a 1/2 in pipe coming out the sides which drain the water back to the fish/sump. I can run this system in a constant flow, but only do it for 15 minutes an hour. I have the down side of always having water take up space in my small growbeds, but the boxes allow for a constant water level for the fish. Still new to this, but I'd look at how the auto siphon fills your growbeds and the amount of water left for your fish. I remember reading about barrelponics, the they guy said at most he had 20 gal of water in the fish tank, and was able to raise 4 tilapia to .5 lbs. Some of the other systems I've seen that just run from the fish tank to the grow beds do so with a NFT type of grow bed. That will help keep a constant water level. Look forward to see your system.
  11. Hey GreenFinFoods, Another Kansan here. I am a member on another forum, but its soooo nice to see other people from the same region or state around here. Its nice to have locals who share the same climate and conditions. Sorry to hear about the tilapia. Good tip to learn, thanks.
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    hello JoshB, I've seen people in many different places do great things with AP. Start small and learn how to do it, then grow as you learn. Welcome aboard.
  13. I've thought about that, but I'd say it would mostly be a supplement feedstock to your fish. Might be easier to raise some type of bug instead of fish. Red worms popular with vermicomposting, or black soldier fly larva are two popular ones. I only have 9 goldfish, but they love grasshoppers. I found a mating pair of grasshoppers tonight and tossed them into the tank. Before I even took a step back, the goldies where tearing into the bugs. They've gotten big off of those bugs too.
  14. Another one from Kansas here. I'm from around the Wichita area. Here is my intro. I started a AP system back in July. Made it out of storage tubs and goldfish. Growing lettuce and a banana pepper. Things are going good. Built a greenhouse today, mainly wrapped up one of those backyard canopies with plastic. I'm not done, but getting there. Also started expanding the system to 55 gal drums. Will get a few bluegill or some catfish to start in that. In spring I'll probably order some tilapia from one of the members I've seen around here from KC.
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