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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hello Guys and Galls.....

Just a little addition to last issues focus and of course for first time people who missed it. (It's under this one).
The range of FREE food for omnivorous fish includes the Duckweed, Black Soldier Fly Lavae, Letuce, Water Cabbage, Worms (if you're rich)* plus the crusty water dwellers. There are plenty of videos on Youtube.com about collecting and preparing suitable mixes. Oh yes algae:

Most of the plants that live on the intertidal rocky shore, or under the water along our seashores, are algae. Most people call these algae plants seaweed, or kelp.
Because of their location (Remember they make up a major portion of the worlds natural salt water aquaponic systems)they don't need roots. As I just said Major portion the rest basically are sea grasses which do have roots. 

The algea feed through their leaf-like fronds taking neutrient from the surounding water. They have "Holdfasts" which is a near to roots as they come.

Again, Algea reproduce differently to flowering plants. They are more like ferns, mosses, lichens and liverworts because they give off spore. 

Anyhow there is a wealth of information on the net and it is really interesting stuff. So if you have some time up your sleeve, why not Google algea and have ten minutes of learning. 

Now let's do the thing:
 The Brooklyn Grange, sits six stories above the sidewalks of Queens. It has over a million pounds of soil and spans an acre, with a view of the Manhattan skyline in the distance. The rooftop farm is the first of many the founders of Brooklyn Grange plan to build; they hav.... 

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OK, what have we been doing in our Garden Ponds? Hum…Fish and Plants, yes; you have been doing Aquaponics without even knowing that you were on the cutting edge of “new” practices. The newest part of this process is that most people who are doing this are using vegetables and fruits such as: leaf lettuce, tomatoes, and sugar baby watermelons (I would suggest that you drape the growing leaves over the edge of your pond), and any other vegetables that use lots...

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Here's a video about aquaponics organic gardening system fully automated all you do is clip and eat.continual food production, family fun....

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Plants: The selection of plants that will adapted to the hydroponic culture of aquaponics is related to stocking density of the fish tank or tanks, along with the subsequent nutrient concentration of the aquacultural effluent.
Biofiltration and Suspended Solids: Effluent from aquaculture contains dissolved solids, nutrients, and waste byproducts. Aquaponic systems can be designed with intermediate filters and cartridges if needed to collect suspended solids in fish effluent, and to facilitate the conversion of ammonia and other waste products to...

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(CNNMoney.com) -- Forget the conventional wisdom that says veggies must be grown on vast farms in the Midwest. What if commercial-scale crops took root inside cavernous city warehouses, without sunlight or soil?
Call it urban farming 2.0. Over the past decade, city agriculture has largely been the province of non-profit organizations, school groups, renegade gardeners and restaurants sowing seeds on rooftops. But the newest breed of city farmers are businessfolk. In their hands, urban agriculture is scaling up to meet a rising demand in city centers for safe, organic and locally grown food.One such indoor farm opened in September in Vancouver, growing lettuce and spinach inside an....

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If you are thinking of setting up your own aquaponic system but are still not very aware of what this presupposes, then here are some things which will help you understand better its requirements. The first thing you will need to know about this system is that it combines the principles of aquaculture with those of hydroponic gardening, thus resulting a new and highly effective way of growing plants and fish at the same time. With a tank of no more than 20 square feet and some netted pots you will be able to grow enough....

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Aquaponics Quarantine system:
Finally, I moved the waterfall tank back by the two North Grow beds on my big system and turned that into my new Aquaponics Quarantine system. Tank over 200 gallons and about 200 gallons worth of grow bed.
That should be enough to make a decent quarantine system I would hope.
Trick with a small aquaponics system though is that there needs to be enough flow and aeration to keep the dissolved oxygen up for the fish as well. The choice of pump for such an aquaponics system is very important. I found that with too many fish, tilapia would not eat well if I didn’t have supplemental aeration in that tank....

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Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB)
The Aquaponic Source, Inc. today announced that it has opened for business with the unveiling of its unique website designed to serve the burgeoning North American home aquaponic gardening community, http://www.theaquaponicsource.com. The Aquaponic Source offers a wide range of products selected to meet the needs of aquaponic gardeners from novice to expert. To meet these needs, the Company has sourced products from most every growing discipline including hydroponics, soil-based gardening, aquaculture, and aquaponics. The company will be introducing a complete indoor / outdoor aquaponic....

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Gardening by the use of an aquaponic system will enable you to cultivate plants along with aquatic life, and starting out at a small scale will allow you to get started without the need for significant amount of expence or maintenance. Understanding the benefits will help you to determine what type of system is best for your needs.
Whether the system is for outdoors or indoor use, the process of effluent water circulation in which the plant and animal life help each other is the same...

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Simplified Aquaponics Manual. Water is becoming a commodity that will be worth. more than oil. There is a ... Aquaponics is the gentle blending of Aquaculture, fish farming, with Hydroponics, soil-less production of. plants. Aquaculture, as .........

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Green-Acres, Nelson and Pade, partners - Kansas City Aquaponics Project
This week John and I travelled to Kansas City to meet with Ms. Carol Coe and the Green Acres Community Garden group. We began talking with Ms. Coe over a year ago about expanding their community garden program into aquaponics and education. A group from Green Acres toured our greenhouse in November of 2009 and, now after a great deal of planning, working and collaborating, they are funded and ready to start the project.
Green Acres has partnered with the City, the school district and other organizations to put this plan into action. The project will utilize abandoned (but very nice) greenhouses at East High School to launch an aquaponics program...

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Some might ask me how I manage to use an indexing valve on my big system CHIFT PIST set up when my pump runs constantly. Well this might not be the best layout for using an indexing valve but I’m managed to make it work.

I designed a low pressure aquaponics automated valve that can still work with only about 18 inches of water column. The indexing valve in question has a gravity modified stem and with a huge flow of water with that 18 inches of water column it has been working well for about a year and a half.

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Experts estimate that the global population will reach nine billion by 2050.  Our oceans are in trouble now, but by 2050 our oceans are expected to be essentially fish-free.  Over 40% of the earth’s land has already been cleared for agriculture, and this agriculture uses most of the potable water on the planet for irrigation.  Continuing our current approach to agriculture suggest...

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I think I have finally found a suitable pump for our new aquaponics system. Not that the MD5 pump won’t do the job, but I haven’t found one for sale in Europe. The pump I found earlier is an internal one and the head of the Fish Department (my girlfriend ;-) ) would prefer if the pump was placed outside the fish tank to get a cleaner look, and I agree so I was off to find an external pump. People around here working with aquariums refer to such a device as a “bucket pump” so I searched 

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MEADVILLE -- Meadville's historic Market House may date back to 1870, but there's nothing out-of-date about its offerings. Visitors, for example, have been able to learn about aquaponics -- a state-of-the-art approach to modern agriculture that combines the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals to create a mutually-sustainable environment -- both formally and informally since the summer of 2010.

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There's a wealth of information in this lot so Enjoy yourself until I return...
And be good to each other and yourself...
Soon
A U S S I E



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