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Friday, January 7, 2011

The Wet Weekend Here Again

Yes the eastern seaboard of Australia is still recieving more than it's share of water and I thought I might show a photo or two to give you some idea:

We have roughly a half a kilometer of winding road from the front gate to the house and the last 60 metres includes a bridge over a "CREEK". This creek normally has a trickle of water at most two metres wide by a few centimetres deep as it passes the house and that trickle is five metres below the bridge.

So......Here it is at 4.00pm today....:
The patch just behind the dog in the first image, is the far end of the bridge with water just passing over it.






Fortunately we can get to the Aquaponics area so work goes on, as it does here as well:

Aquaponics – The Basics of Aquaponic GardeningGardening 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 expense or maintenance...

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SO close to done! So far this weekend, I've gotten the rain-barrel connector pipe glued in, the standpipe glued in, the growbed full of 400 pounds of clay pellets, the overflow pipe drilled and installed, the fish tank drained about 3/4...

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When it comes to food, greater Milwaukee is doing it right. The growing emphasis on locally produced meats and vegetables, their creative preparation and manageable price points are making a difference in kitchens, both at home and at area restaurants. Best of all...

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Lynchburg Grows has no shortage of New Year’s resolutions.
On its list for the coming year? Chasing down self-sufficiency, protecting its property from the developer’s bulldozer and creating an entire ecosystem.
“We’re feeling good,” said executive director Michael Van Ness....
 

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From Murray Hallam and Ecofilms, Aquaponic systems run pretty well for the most part, with minimal supervision needed once all the plumbing is connected and the fish are happy and the seedlings are all planted out. As a food production system, they work exceptionally well. Occasionally however...

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To shatter the myth of artificial food scarcity, enabling worldwide food abundance and prosperity. This goal will be achieved by using aquaponics, utilizing fish waste as fertilizer, to grow an abundance of food. A little goes a long way with aquaponics. My effort is to build aquaponics systems worldwide. If you want to donate to my cause, or have questions, send me a message . Abundant, Organic Food with minimal effort...

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Aquaponics has been revolutionizing the way many gardeners are growing their own food, as well as some commercial food producers. What is aquaponics? Aquaponincs combines growing fish (aquaculture), with growing plants without soil (hydroponics).
This creates a mutually beneficial system that closely mimics natural cycles. The fish waste provides rich nutrients to the plants, while the plants remove the fish wastes from the water to create a healthy environment for the fish...

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Whether we are talking about plans for industrial-scale warehouse aquaponics, Growing Power's community-focused urban aquaponics, or the wealth of DIY backyard aquaponics enthusiasts, there is no shortage of people dreaming big about the potential of aquaponics (the marriage of aquaculture and hydroponics) to help feed the world sustainably. Nevertheless, most practitioners I've come across still seem to be figuring out how to make it work—and how to make money doing it. One Colorado outfit, however, looks further along the line than most...

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In an old industrial building on Milwaukee's south side, five college students are developing something they hope can provide fish, vegetables and business opportunities for people in Haiti.
In theory, it's not complicated: Fish, raised in a tank, would produce plant food through the waste they excrete in the water. The plants would filter the water for the fish, creating a mini-eco system.
The five Milwaukee School of Engineering seniors want to create a small-business opportunity for an orphanage in Haiti that could sell the tilapia to nearby restaurants and hotels. The orphanage also could produce vegetables for its residents and local markets...

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Starting with a perlite bed from my mini aquaponics system rather with lots of bell pepper seedlings now with their 2nd set of leaves and a mint cutting taken 3 weeks ago now with quite a bit of a root system having developed already. In my Mini Garden, all in containers, many still seedlings but now they have formed additional leaves finally on tomatoe plants...

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Aquaponics Starting Tips Hey Guys!\

Here are some Beginners' Startup Tips i came across while surfing the net.

Its very informative and would probably save us a lot of valuable time as well.
1) System type – Media bed is recommended for new, Hobby growers.
Why not NFT or Deep Water Culture (AKA raft or DWC)?
A media bed performs three (3) filtering functions;
1 mechanical (solids removal)
2 mineralisation (solids breakdown and return to the water)
3 bio-filtration
Because the media bed also acts as the place for plant growth...

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Already, almost half of the fish we eat comes from farms rather than the wild ocean.
And with the human population set to expand by about two billion people between now and the middle of the century, and with yields from fishing flat-lining as stocks decline, that proportion is set to increase dramatically...

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Aquaponics: Saving Haiti one aquapon at a time.

Just to be clear, there’s no such thing as an aquapon. (But there should be.)
I read an article about some college students in Wisconsin designing an aquaponics system for an orphanage in Haiti, to help with relief and rebuilding efforts after the big earthquake about a year ago. I’ve heard of hydroponics, and wondered if they were related...

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 How To Create an Aquapoics System
  Welcome! I've put together this page to help you find the best information on Aquaponics, a great organics gardening system that produces fantastic results using fish. I've basically just listed all of the best resources that I could find to help you in your quest to set up your first aquaponics system, and start reaping the best quality vegetables faster. I've included aquaponics how to guides, aquapon...

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How to grow Tomatoes in Aquaponics
Aquaponic systems grow fish in a water tank and use crops such as tomatoes to filter the tank water before it returns to the fish. The crop gets its nutrients from the tank water. Due to the somewhat experimental status of aquaponics, as of 2010, and the initial expense and the wide variety of set-ups being used both for research and for commercial production, you should have aquaponic systems...

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The Hawaiian Islands are often called paradise. But living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean comes at a price. Supermarket chain “Wholefoods” is known locally as “Whole Paycheck.” And with a cost of living 30% higher than places like New York, the island is jokingly called “the palmed prison” because some people simply can’t afford to leave.

To break this dependence, some residents are looking to aquaponics – a system that combines aquatic farming with hydroponics.
and attached is video of one such system....

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What Is Aquaponics? And How Is It Revolutionizing the Way We Grow Food?

Author: AM Wilson
Many home hobbyists, gardeners, and commercial food producers are starting to discover the advantages of aquaponics. This revolutionary system is a way of producing both fish and vegetables, using a fraction of the water, and eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers, and virtually eliminates harmful wastes.
What is aquaponics? It is the combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants with their roots directly in water without soil. Aquaculture is the process of growing fish. Both of these types of systems can be very efficient, but there are disadvantages associated with both.

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Aquaponics entrepreneurs looking to turn a big idea into an even bigger business

Written and photographed by Duncan Kinney
With their array of exotic ingredients, spices and sauces, not to mention the take-no-prisoners approach that their regular customers sometimes deploy in the aisles, Asian supermarkets offer a stimulating sensory experience that the big box stores and national chains can’t match. But it’s the Asian supermarket’s fish section, and its visceral blend of sights, sounds and smells, that truly sets it apart from its more sterile peers. That’s why, when a hair-netted employee brings a heavy white plastic mallet down on the head of a live tilapia and starts scaling and gutting it, you’re....

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Growing Power

Sorry no pictures on this one, Growing Power doesn’t allow it.
First let me say that I think Growing Power is a wonderful organization and I love what they are doing in general. However, I don’t think people new to aquaponics should attempt their Aquaponics System design methods of growing fish.
It isn’t that their methods don’t work, because they are obviously working for Growing Power. However, when one without much experience with Aquaponics tries to mimic their methods and doesn’t get it exactly right, the results tend to be tragic.
Now I did not take one of their Aquaponics Workshops so I don’t know exactly...

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So endeth the 83rd lesson. I hope you guys and Gals are learning as much as me....
Well there will be more real soon
Take care and be good to yourself
O Z Z I E

1 comment:

  1. Its really a great Blog. Indoor gardening is a fascinating concept whose final outcome is a delight to watch with growing lights. Viewing the beautiful plants and flowers in your garden will certainly give you a lovely feeling,

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