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PostPosted: May 11th, '15, 21:15 
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Can I ask what kind of growing media everyone ended up going with?


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PostPosted: May 12th, '15, 06:00 
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I went with washed river rock


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Any of you folks still around? I just moved into town and am starting the build on my second system.

It will be made from one 150gal Rubbermaid sump/fish tank, two 50gal rub grow tanks and one 55 gal drum for brewing compost tea/growing out the next batch of fingerlings depending on is needed most.

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I live in Daphne and work in Mobile. If any of you are still running an aquaponic system I'd love to see one. I've been wanting to build my own, but trying to find the space to do it. My wife isn't keen on adding anything else to the backyard, so I'm thinking about using a vacant lot I own down the road from my office.

One question: is a greenhouse setup reasonably do-able around here for tilapia? It gets hella hot in the summers, though.


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Here is a link to my system.

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I bet a well designed system would work for that here.

Check out Gothic arch on airport blvd. I bet they may know.

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Here is the link to their site. They also sell Dutch buckets and net pots and such for hydroponics.

I want to swing by to check them out.

https://www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com/

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You'd probably have to use shade cloth and might want roll up sides so that the greenhouse is well ventilated in Summer but could be closed in winter. There is also a company that sells inflatable vents that you can add - http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/poly-vent-ii-sidewall-system/greenhouse-cooling. They're easier to use but the downside to the poly vent at least in the northern US is that if the power goes out the blower stops working and the wall drops - not a good thing for most plants.


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That is true. I put some tinted polycarbonate roofing on mine. Got it from Lowes. The gravel under the slight shade from the roof is drastically cooler than when it hits the sun. I got light colored gravel for that side... and made it 2" above the water line to keep as much heat away from the water as possible.

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Great08, I checked out your system and liked it a lot.

Mine is going to be bigger, I think because m y tank is a 275g IBC. But can I ask 2 questions?

1. What sort of wood did you make the walls and lid from? It's very handsome, and I need a lid to keep my kids from jumping in.

2. What are you growing in that tank? Do you have any experience growing tilapia around here? If not, what do you recommend?


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Great08, I checked out your system and liked it a lot.

Mine is going to be bigger, I think because m y tank is a 275g IBC. But can I ask 2 questions?

1. What sort of wood did you make the walls and lid from? It's very handsome, and I need a lid to keep my kids from jumping in.

2. What are you growing in that tank? Do you have any experience growing tilapia around here? If not, what do you recommend?



Thanks!

Be sure to ask most questions on my thread. I am tending to check it a lot more.

1. I went to Lowe's for the wood. I believe the sides are only 3/8" thick and were 4' x 8' sheets with the pre-grooves in there that look like boards. They are weather treated. The same stuff they make their shed walls with. I added deck stain instead of paint. Either one adds protection. There is a hidden frame of 2x4s, 2x6s, etc. The lid is made of treated and stained 2" x 2" boards. I actually stood on it while painting. It is HEAVY. It will keep kids and raccoons out. However, it could kill someone if it falls on their head. Be sure to design in something to hold it up. Or go with lighter wood if no one is going to stand on it. My kids walk on it when planting and will when picking. I am going to get a car hood prop bar for mine. Lined it with screen to keep fingering suicide down... debris and such out.

Also, going off of experience. Keep everything tight and make concealed nooks for rodents. Virginia always had field mice move in for the Winter. I did not mind or notice except on occasion but they were likely taking their share. Lol

2. I am just getting started with goldfish and koi. They are good from freezing up to 95degrees. Channel Catfish have the same feed conversion ratio and growth as talapia. But are God from freezing up to 100degrees. You have a big tank that would be great for housing a bottomed school of catfish and hybrid Bluegill up top. That is what I would go for if I could. Was just going for bluegill till the family convinced me otherwise. The hybrid bluegill grow slightly slower and are tough. Tilapia will die off with less than 50degrees water... but will grow out in 8 months.

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Does anyone know a place around here where I can get expanded clay?


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Jeric wrote:
Does anyone know a place around here where I can get expanded clay?


Amazon

I got some rejects off of Amazon for my first system for cheap. I still have them. Still working perfectly defects and all.

Gothic Arch on Airport Blvd. might sell them. They sell supplies. Give them a call. Let me find their website....

https://www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com

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Jeric wrote:
Does anyone know a place around here where I can get expanded clay?


Amazon

I got some rejects off of Amazon for my first system for cheap. I still have them. Still working perfectly defects and all.

Gothic Arch on Airport Blvd. might sell them. They sell supplies. Give them a call. Let me find their website....

https://www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com

Marty


You can also see if you have a hydroponics store near you, I also love Growstone their GS-1 product is amazing.


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ToledoAquaponics wrote:

You can also see if you have a hydroponics store near you, I also love Growstone their GS-1 product is amazing.


I've seen Growstone on the internet and it looks amazing, but nobody sells it anywhere near me.


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Do you know a place around here I can get some duckweed?


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