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AWESOME Sam! Congratulations!
Damon, Dr. George Brooks, here in Arizona, uses an above ground pool to grow his garden. It's the ultimate in DWC. Scroll down on this page and you'll see a picture. http://community.theaquaponicsource.com/group/arizona-aquaponics?co...
This may or may not work for you depending on your environment.
Just wanted to share the news: my first fiction project is live. It's a Supernatural Suspense novelette called, Isitoq's Hound. I'm psyched. Oddly my first homesteading book is being pushed back. I have at least two other books in the queue ahead of it now. I chose to do a short work first, to learn the ropes. Time to get marketing. Wanted to share the news with my "Grow Your Business" family right away.
Yeah, I've been throwing around what a big(ger) system would look like. I really like the DWC and NFT systems more so than the media-based systems
We started with a 200 gallon system, and it never fully kicked in, but part of that was design. I think it would have stabilized if we had known more.
100 is still rather small, but it depends on what the variables are. A small change in weather can cause a big change in plant growth, fish behavior, and bacteria action. That, in turn, can affect everything else. So the answer to your question depends on location, time of year, type of fish and media, types of plants, etc. But don't worry about that. Once you've played with your small system enough you'll be addicted and then you'll build a big one and will reap the rewards. :)
Great break on the local chef!
I test it everyday. The little system does seem less stable than it ought. When do you start seeing more stability in your systems? 100 gallons or more?
Sam, congrats on your chef opportunity! And Karen, congrats on your retailers! Sad to hear about the chickens and the dogs, but you have to do what you have to do.
Damon, I'll ditto Sam's comments about small systems. Small systems are great to get a feel for AP, but you will need to manage the water more. Just test and change as needed, but have fun learning!
As for the pull back and rethink, I'm right there with you! I've started my periodic get-rid-of-stuff process. Life gets overwhelmed with stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff.
As for business, it's slow, and I'm observing. I'm seeing people make very little money on teaching classes. It seems the classes have to be at cost or less to get people to come. They want the classes, beg you to run them, but then they come in dribbles. That said, I've also seen some people succeed by offering free classes that give some information, but mostly make people want the products they sell.
That's not what I want to do; I want to teach people valuable information. But, do I need to push products in order make it worth my while to offer the classes? Hmmm. Thinking...analyzing...evaluating...processing...
Karen, sorry about the chickens. Been there.
Damon, 1 tip on your AP experiment. One problem you may run into with a micro system (5 gallons) is consistent water quality. You'll want to test pH, ammonia and nitrites fairly often in a small system like that. The larger the system, the more stable it is. I speak from experience. I killed a lot of goldfish and a few crawfish with my smaller systems. It could have been avoided if I'd only checked water more frequently.
Forgot to tell y'all. We have been approached by a local chef to provide some veg for next year. He may be interested in fish and crawfish, too, if that experiment pans out.
Taking a hiatus from producing content at Greenhorn Gardening. It's time to sit down and go through everything in my house and donate and get rid of everything I don't need.
Decided to put together a little five-gallon aquaponic system to cut-my-teeth-on over winter. I'm having a lot of fun trying to design system and such.
Negotiated to have a extra day off from my day job. Now I can have a bit of extra time to spend planning and learning and such.
Reading a lot more these days. Just finished reading the Wright Brother's "Early History of the Airplane. I noticed they spent a good bit of time building expanding their hangar and building a workshop/machine shop prior to their experiments of their 1903 machine. The 1903 machine was the one they used fly for the first time 1903.
So in keeping with that I really need to structure an environment capable of letting me continue to learn and conduct my own business experiments.
I really need to find, build or make a product that people want to buy. So it's back to square one in a sense for me.
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