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Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I got as high as 93 but I have it down to 80-82 right now and that's without having to add ice any more. "
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Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"first thing in the morn and my water's up to 90 degrees already.  what's the hottest folks have kept their water with the fish fairing ok?"
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Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"that's great cuz it might take different avenues to scare birds.  the fans might even work on insect control to some point!"
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Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"that's cool.  You can do all kinds of things with these sensors - alarms, noises etc.. that's why I like to play around with them.  Even get into basic robotics.  It all comes down to what you want to do."
11 hours ago
Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Matt, check this out:  motion sensor with an…"
11 hours ago
Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Matt, if that is a hobby of yours, sure i'd love to have more direction.  a pond guy told me to get a sensor and hook it up to a radio.  i guess it depends on the bird or animal cuz the pigeons in my backyard don't seem to be…"
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Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"here is a link to what I was thinking.  Imagine the motor having ribbons on it when a bird or something triggers the motion sensor.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJfnMMq0Q38"
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Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Hey Kim, I'd probably do the wind sock out of all of them, I wouldn't mess with any type of chemical just to be on the safe side.  Since I'm blowing a 12 volt fan on my plants right now putting up the wind sock (or simply just…"
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Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"matt, i figured someone who does ponds must have built a motion sensor unit to scare away birds so i looked on amazon.  check this…"
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Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Hey kim, I never got it implemented, but it would easy to create. It would be a simple cheap motion sensor that could be set up to a cheap motor that would have ribbons or reflective material that would be spun by the motor when the motion sensor…"
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Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Matt, i am reading through posts from last summer trying to get a sense of what the heck will grow in the systems in the summer.  u had posted something about coming up with a unit that will turn out with a motion sensor when birds go near the…"
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Jeff S commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"I'm not in AZ but couldn't you bury your water line(s) 3-4' down and take advantage of a constant ground temperature?"
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Matt Miskinnis commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"This summer has indeed been a bitch.  Last weekend I went all out to cool my system.  I have the plants - 9 + pepper plants in my tall grow bed and they have been stagnant in the heat, they are alive but not producing flowers. My second…"
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Azwildbill commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"Hi has anyone ever been to the shrimp farm at Gila Bend?  I think it's parcel number 402-03-011w  on the http://maps.mcassessor.maricopa.gov/ web site. It's owned by az-wood holdings. It is listed as agriculture/vacant…"
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Arlene Boyle commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"@Timothy: I'll try giving you a shout on Wednesday, since I am busy running errands and taking take of crap I couldn't get done while working. @Matt: video kind of dark, but hopefully, you have something left after the storm. The north…"
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Kim Romen commented on David Schwinghamer's group Arizona Aquaponics
"John, what were u able to grow last summer?  the only thing that's making it in my garden, really, r okra, sunflowers, and marigolds which while using them for pest contril ironically had white eggs on them. Matt, did your greenhouse…"
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Im a designer by trade, in architecture and landscaping. I started traditional gardening about one year ago and am always looking to improve upon my harvests. Im currently building my first aquaponics system, you can read about it at www.creativewatertrends.com/aquaponics.php and would love any feedback I can get.

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At 5:43pm on June 30, 2013, Chad Olberding said…
You sent me a message a few weeks ago and said you make it to the I-17 and thunderbird area sometimes. Was hoping maybe we could touch base and try and set up a time for you to check out my system give me a tip or three. Please call or text me at 602-909-6858. I'm sorry I lost the message that had your phone number.
At 8:09am on June 7, 2013, Russell Weight said…

David,

Yes I still have blocks.  How many are you looking for? I just went to check to see how many I actually had left.  Turns out I only have 28.

They are 8"x16", and have been stored inside since I bought them a few months ago.

Give me a call or text if you are interested.

Thanks,
Russell
480-737-8045

At 7:14pm on April 25, 2013, Charles Scholl said…

David, Thanks again for your offer to come by while in Columbia. I regret that I won't be available. Please congratulate your son and thank him for his sacrifice and commitment to our country. Steve

                                                                                                                       

At 8:28pm on April 22, 2013, Wendell Ford said…
David give me a shout when you get to Colombia. It's not that far to Goose Creek from there.
At 5:43am on November 8, 2012,
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TCLynx
said…

Well if you are getting a heavy accumulation of fish poop in your raft beds, then you probably need better filtration before your raft beds or less fish.

I'm not sure if there are any detritivores that would eat huge enough ammounts of fish poop from a raft bed.

However, gammarus might be able to help you some http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gammarus

At 7:35am on November 6, 2012, Kirsten Udd said…
Thanks, David! I would like to visit with a few friends on Monday, Nov 12th. Will get a head count if this date works for you.
At 2:47pm on September 16, 2012, Dawn Jamison said…

Hey David, I just have two aquariums ornamental fish: Angels, Zebras, Cats and fin tails (algae eaters).  One tank is 10 gal and the other is 30.  I've had organic gardens my entire life until this year.  I recently had to sell my house and move to an apartment.  No outside room to experiment.  Not many jobs for administrative assistance these days.  I'm still diligently looking for temporary so I can stash away $$ for the move.  I too want to get totally involved in setting up aquaponics at schools and helping to educate students about it.  Show Low will be within 30-60 minute drive of where we probably will be so I think it would be cool to work help each other launch.  If everything happens how I want, May will be when we can start building and installing everything.  Keep me posted and I'll do the same.

At 7:29am on September 16, 2012, Dawn Jamison said…

David,  I will need a lot of assistance.  I will be attending two SCORE workshops, one related to all aspects of putting together a business plan and the other for managing your cash flow.  I will get Will's book today. Glad to hear first hand that it was helpful.  I'm going to try to plan a drive out to Arizona hopefully before winter, say late October and I would love to include a tour of your aquaponics set up and of anyone else's if possible.  I would eventually like to do this on a large scale so I will contact Dr. Brooks. Thanks again.

At 7:48pm on August 30, 2012, Nathanael said…

Hey David, Thanks for the add. Glad to connect with someone local to AZ. You mentioned you have a connection with someone for all size Tilapia. What breed and do you know what their asking price is?

What are your thoughts regarding the different species of Tilapia?


Thanks again

At 11:43pm on August 28, 2012, Waylon said…

hi david sorry i missed you my life has been all over the place and no Internet

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Living Water Organics Aquaponic Journal

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

March 16 visit 10 am

Wenhang Lin came over to see myself and my aquaponic system. He is a photographer wanting to capture the people behind growing their own food. Him and his wife are into permaculture. He wants to write an ebook and eventually get his pics published.

 

Outdoor aquaponic garden shade structure completion

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:30pm 16 Comments

March 15th was the completion of my new outdoor aquaponic garden consisting of a 10' long dual metal rain gutter system that flows into an existing filter box then onto a nft tube then back into the fish tank. I covered it with 40% shade cloth I got at Amazon for a steal.…

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