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Smoky Mountain Aquaponics System Up and Running

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Fisk Apr 30, 2013. 13 Replies

Now that we are actually "fished" I guess we are officially a system. So here is an "as built" plan as opposed to the original plan that evolved as we were building.…Continue

Tags: Mtns., Smoky, system, ap, Aquaponics

Calling all AP gurus. Here's a hoot.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Fisk Aug 12, 2013. 6 Replies

Anyone else ever notice a voltage potential between your ibc fish tanks. I kept noticing a cactus like feeling when I leaned on my tanks. One forearm on one , etc. You get the idea. So, I got out the…Continue

Blue Gill Fin Fungus?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Wheeler Oct 1, 2012. 18 Replies

We picked up our first bluegills 4 days ago and 2 days in we noticed what appear to be white fungus on the dorsal fins. Water quality is right on and clear. Me thinks it was on them from the fish…Continue

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Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Beautiful part of the country indeed Peter. The mountains are our favorite part of TN though. Wonderful cool temps here while it swelters on the flats. Great trout country here as well."
Jul 7
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Hey Peter, welcome to the group. You are about 4 hrs from here (Shady Valley). We may have to put a NETN gathering together this Summer."
Jul 7
Jim Fisk replied to David's discussion New Member Roan Mountain in the group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Cool David. Been working on the GH today and "vac'd" the FTs with the wand I showed you and now I am about to get rid of the reducers in the GB distribution line with a straight 1 1/4 thinwall all the way to the end. Thanks to you…"
Jun 28
Jim Fisk replied to David's discussion New Member Roan Mountain in the group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Hey David, enjoyed visiting your mountain hide away today. We are 2 peas in a pod. I suggest getting your layout on paper or do it on the computer even better. Some things will always change but a written plan sure does help for starters. See you…"
Jun 27
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"StevedNETN, I have no idea. I rarely ever put more than 25 trout in one IBC and we have 5 IBC FTs so there is no reason to crowd and trout don't like crowding. Of course they get thinned as we harvest. We only grow for our table."
Jun 27
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Jun 27
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Hopper Rd. Southern end of the valley. Help is here ;-)"
Jun 27
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Hey guys, sorry I got my Stephens mixed up. StevedNETN I checked your pics out and you seem to be up and running. Lots of Dutch buckets. Looks great."
Jun 27
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Hey Stephen and welcome. We spent half a day with a couple Aquapons from Roan Mtn and AU on Saturday at our AP system here in Shady Valley so we aren't so alone anymore and we have a new aquapon (Dana) in Rogersville coming to visit soon. This…"
Jun 27
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"This is our basic flow. The last beds to the left may or may not be built as I want the hot tub and composter more."
Jun 24
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Note the composter that will help to heat along with all the other methods mentioned below. That and the hot tub are not installed yet but soon as time allows. We are still building our house as well so can't do it all at once AND there is no…"
Jun 24
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Having done hot compost many times I think you are dreaming as to heating by that method. It only stays hot for a few days unless you keep replacing it every few days. We heat with a wood stove I designed and built to heat the water and the air…"
Jun 24
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"BTW we are in Shady Valley and we raise trout. Wish we could edit on the comments."
Jun 24
Jim Fisk commented on charles alan crabtree's group rural tennessee aquaponics
"Welcome Stephen. You do realize there is a difference between hydroponics and aquaponics? I am in NE TN in the Smokys and here we have been running our 2500g AP system for nearly 5 years and raise lots of fish and veggies. Discussions should stay…"
Jun 24
Jim Fisk replied to Blake Allen's discussion Got my IBC system up, having a plumbing problem... in the group IBC Aquaponics
"I used a 15g barrel. Traps sinkers and floaters just like a septic tank is designed to do. KISS"
Jun 12
Jim Fisk replied to Blake Allen's discussion Got my IBC system up, having a plumbing problem... in the group IBC Aquaponics
"Blake, any air gap will do. I use a T in the common drain (I have 5 IBC 12" media beds all running into a common drain running below the beds) and I run a 1" pipe over and up the back of the beds at each bell drain entrance but others just…"
Jun 12

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Homesteading in the Smoky Mtns of NE TN. Setting up 5 ibc fish tanks and 10+ ibc grow beds in a 20 x 24 pole building greenhouse with an insulating wall between the "hot house" and the "fish room".

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How We Build Our Solids Lifting Outlet (SLO) At Smoky Mountain Aquaponics

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 1:30pm 16 Comments

There are many ways to skin a cat or in this case get the poop out of your fish tank (FT). Here is how we make ours for our full size IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) FTs. We wanted a true family…

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Making A Zero Backpressure Check Valve

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

I have a portion of my bypass water going to the SS heater coil in my woodstove and since it goes high above the rest of the system in order to clear a doorway I ran into some issues. All goes according to plan once I force the water up and over. However if there is a power interruption either by me or the power lines I immediately loose the prime and the coil is emptied and soon overheats and melts the pvc fittings.

So what I needed was a check valve that would not create any back…

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At 5:21am on November 2, 2014, John Pink said…

Hi do you know what the flow rates for D.W T. system please

At 1:02pm on September 20, 2014, Max Gfx said…

I'd say you're right about things in common...You work on commercial washers, the company I work for operates on them (Ellis brand). However, I work on floor machines in another department of their business.

At 9:55am on August 18, 2014, N.G. said…

Thank you so very much!!!! You are awesome!

At 5:08pm on August 17, 2014, N.G. said…

Hi Jim, I saw on a previous post that you know a lot about bell siphons. I am a newbie and have built my own, but am having difficulty with it. Now I can't get it to work and I'm not sure why. It has a 3/4 " standpipe, 2" bell siphon with 1/2" holes along the bottom all the way around... The bell is an inch taller than the stand pipe... It should work and it did a few times but then stopped, leaving 5 inches of water left in the grow bed. I'm using a 130 gph pump for a 55 gl tank and going up 4ft. Do you think its my pump? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions :) Thanks

At 9:45am on June 19, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hey Jim,

If the air is warmer than the water, it's a tossup in my view.  The sweating might help a tiny bit, but very little of the heat absorbed will come from the plastic of your tanks. That's why I was thinking it's not worth the effort, though I'd love to hear the results of an experiment.  If you had metal tanks it might be different.

Thanks!

At 8:54am on June 19, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hey Jim,

I wouldn't.  I don't think the sweating would be worth the convective heat gain.  

At 8:05am on June 18, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hey Jim,

Thanks for asking.  Yeah I'm a dad now.  Same story as you - long induction and a c-section.  I just about lost it in the hospital.  Really good to be home.  Not much sleep yet but hopefully soon as she gets back up to birth weight.

Here's a link to some pictures.

At 5:11pm on March 4, 2014, samsjoy89 said…

Wow, Jim, looks like you have the perfect setup.  Great property for an awesome AP system!   I'm small scale, sub-division in town.  AP system, a couple raised beds and some young fruit trees.  Thanks for all the posting you do.  Helps us newbies learn.

Sam

At 3:48pm on December 11, 2013, Ken McCown said…

Nice. What did you end up covering the hot house side with? The video shows it covered with plastic.

At 3:24pm on December 6, 2013, Shelia Hoyt said…

Hi Jim,

  Thanks for answering my question so promptly. Sorry I took so long to reply but I waited to respond because I wanted to see how the heat exchange my husband built for my yesterday was going to work. It works well. We  had to use cast iron 90's  because that is what he had on hand. I had a mishap shortly after we set the heat exchanger up- I slowed the flow too much and went inside and cooked dinner.  When I came back the pvc had started bending so I pulled it apart and drove quickly to town (13 miles in the freezing rain and sleet) picked up more pvc and when I returned my husband modified the exchanger( to try to prevent me from damaging anything else LOL ) by taking the s.s. across the top also and then connected to the pvc and increased the flow and the temp was 76-78.

  Today  I added some steel on top and in between of the s.s.   then I was reached temps of 87 on the out put and the tank was around 67 or 68 so I increased the flow and until it was a temp of 74 and now both the pond and the fish tank (about 700 gallons) is at 71. the air temp is around 60. So I am pleased with the heater.  Now we will see how well everything does if it gets down between 8 and 0 over the next few days.  Missouri is definitely experiencing winter weather, but thankfully we did not loose power.

Thanks for posting pictures of your heat exchanger. We had been talking about several options and after I heard that your s.s worked well we decided to make this heater.

 

 
 
 

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