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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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"I came upon an old Trout raising book and thought this quote to be of interest. Source at the end. I think it is safe to say that sluggish flat water at 70 is dangerous,if not fatal, to trout ; while they will live in vigorousrapid water which…"
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"I came upon an old Trout raising book and thought this quote to be of interest. Source at the end. "I think it is safe to say that sluggish flat water at 70 is dangerous,if not fatal, to trout ; while they will live in vigorousrapid water which…"
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Jim Fisk commented on Sylvia Bernstein's group Trout Growers
"I came upon an old Trout raising book and thought this quote to be of interest. Source at the end. I think it is safe to say that sluggish flat water at 70 is dangerous,if not fatal, to trout ; while they will live in vigorousrapid water which…"
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Jim Fisk replied to sticky's discussion supplementing nutrients
"For starters I have been using wood ashes to keep the ph up as the bacteria are constantly bringing it down in order to break down the minerals. We use granite so that is rather neutral. The wood ashed are natural in nature and buffer slowly and the…"
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Jim Fisk commented on Rick Stillwagon's group Northwest Aquaponics
"Interesting and true all over the US. Our Trout come from rolling streams and never see the lakes. I have heard no such reports of the mountain streams being contaminated. The TVA lakes are showing levels but so was Moosehead Lake in N. Maine as…"
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"Hey guys and TY for your replies. Still asking :are charr any tastier than trout? If not I see no point in chasing them down since trout are doing so well here and we love the taste. I will try to find the NC hatcheries as they must be near here in…"
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"There is always a new "Murphy moment" waiting around the corner my friend. I use a simple siphon to flush my bio-filter that helps clarify the adult Trout tank (without changing overall system flow). I know full well I sucked it dry, with…"
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Making A Zero Backpressure Check Valve

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm 4 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 5:11pm 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.

 

At 12:28pm on April 4, 2013, Brad Moreau said…

Jim

hows it going? I'm getting closer the start up system, I was wondering if I could use stainless steel tubing to cool water in freezer, or do I have to use vinyl / pvc 

Brad

At 9:45am on March 22, 2013, Nick Scud said…

Thanks Jim, your wealth of knowledge is much appreciated!  I should be receiving my IBC's (and hopefully a plastic 55gal drum, for a sump) this weekend.  I like to have a good game plan before just starting to cut & build..  so I'm sure I'll be in touch to verify some plumbing details, and other stuff, before I just try slapping everything together.  Thanks again for the warm welcome, I look forward to learning and cultivating.

At 5:51pm on November 19, 2012, Bob Campbell said…

Jim I've been telling Silvia about the break down in notifications.  Vlad also noticed it, and I think it is happening to a lot of people but few are saying anything.  Please tell Silvia about the notifications that you are missing.   I started a discussion and thought no one was interested until I checked it.  I had missed 5 replies!

At 11:56pm on August 19, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Jim!

 

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members--no question is too basic. 

 

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

 

Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

 

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.

 

Sylvia 

 
 
 

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