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PostPosted: Apr 1st, '10, 15:33 
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me again

jaymie if you could move my worm farm into

from south africa i say hi to all.

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HI SYNAPTOMAN

NEW MEMBER TO THIS FORUM
I CAME ACROSS "A SOUTH AFRICAN SYSTEM" TODAY
LOOK'S GOOD

MY BEGINNING

I started after reading an article on aquaculture in the farmers weekly a local magazine here in South Africa.
From never growing plants or fish I started.
In my garage
250 tilapia for +- 1 year
I kept the fish in 2 baby pools that each could hold +- 1000 litters water.
Had a bio filter and when my nitrates got high let the water on my grass.
Replaced water as and when water parameters got out of hand.
Learning the water chemistry side of things as going along.
Never really killing fish but believe me as learning more you realize
How much you did wrong.
Then another article on Aquaponics in the farmers weekly.
I added a grow bed and I grew tomatoes 3 m high.
From here there was no stopping.
The bug had bitten
I started doing research on line (min)
Printed some of Dr_ James Rakocy study’s on aquaculture and Aquaponics
Then designed my system as basic as possible.
dam/grow beds/duckweed sump/pump return on a level switch.
Min/water and electricity.
Gravity fed 24 hours per day.
In my grow beds I used from small (6mm-25mm)
Not removing solids with filters but daily by hand in my grow bed where the water entered into my stone’s in my tray. (I have now added plastic baskets that works well.)
My stones in the grow beds now are 25 mm (going up size for size to find what works best for the water flow and filter.)
With this I find that it is better to plant your seedling into a small plant holder of sort,
to help with the anchorage of the plants.
My grow beds were +- 1.2 meters wide and 6 meters long.
That I then changed to +- 300mm x 200mm x 6000mm.
Makes a lot easier from the management point of view.
I do everything myself and only spend min time with system.(+-2 hours per day and that will be travelling to get there included.)
My system runs like a merc no problems and min maintenance
This is a hobby that has grown into a monster that I love.
I have never had to buy fingerling again.
The system runs itself and min cost and time.
In the system i have grown peppers,tom,spinach,beans,garlic,lettic,sweetcorn,bazil and more .........
Into my grow beds I added earthworms (red wrigglers) and that is a plus for my plants and fish.
The worms do good in the system as long as there is fish waste to eat.
Vermiculture was another article in the farmers weekly that grabbed me.
I now have a small earthworm farm. I feed worms to the fish and sell to the locals. (compost bins.)
I make my own vermicasting which in turn I use as mix/spray on my plants.
Sustainable
Now
+- 3 years later I find all these Aquaponics forums on line.
What a bonus
Me being new on these forums I have learned and verified a lot of unanswered questions.
This is a path that I walked with no help +- 3 years and to be in the company of people that are trying/and doing the real thing is very good and helpful.
I will be posting photos as soon as I have worked out how



THIS IS THE POST I USED IN MY INTRODUCTION

HERE ARE SOME LINK'S TO PHOTO'S OF MY BEGINNING

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... %20garage/

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... l%20setup/

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... mmer/2008/

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... mmer/2009/

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... mmer/2010/



http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... %20system/

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac14 ... RM%20FARM/


hi jessy
can you please delete this post for me
i reposted
if possible

thans

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is it just me or is that a whole LOT of fish, too many in that FT anyone else think?

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is it just me or is that a whole LOT of fish, too many in that FT anyone else think?

do you think so
i want to do this on a big scale
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Hi there,

great to see this post, I was in Thohoyandu in 2000 to instruct in just this with Tilapia.

Where are you located ? I would very much like to hear more of your system.

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Seriously, this cant be healthy.
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francois,
Please tell us more about these grow beds.
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What material are they made out of. It appears that you have supports holding it together or something? How are the ends constructed, it almost looks like a heavy sort of stiff liner of some sort. I'm very interested. How are they plumbed?

You are doing great things, we want to hear more.

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Bonjour Francois

more info please, you seem to be doing great, we should be learning from you.

How large a FT is that? How long a growth cycle are you running? Your feeds?

You are doing great sir, share with us please.

Where are you located? I was two years in North Province, not far from Louis Trichardt. I dearly miss Kruger Natl Park where I spent most weekends.

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CLEANED MY OUTFLOW END OF MY DUCKWEED/SUMP
LAST CLEANED +- 1 YEAR AGO


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[quote="TCLynx"]francois,
Please tell us more about these grow beds.
HI TCLynx
THE LINER I BOUGHT IN A ROLL OF 3MX30M AND 2MM THICK
CUT AND FOLDED THE ENDS TO FORM WATERPROOF END

WHEN I STARTED I GREW TAM/ 3M HEIGH IN A 80 MM GEYSOR TRAY SO DEPTH TO ME HAS NEVER BEEN A CONCERN
MORE WHAT GO'S INTO YOUR GROWBEDS

SO THESE TRAYS ARE IN HEIGHT 150MM X 300MM X 6000MM X 2MM WALL
WITH THE COARCE STONES AND THE TOP TIED ARE NOT GOOD.
TRAYS ARE BALLOONING SO THEY LOOSE DEPTH
BUT VERY EASY WAY OF DOING AND VERY CHEAP

WORKS FOR NOW.................
HOPE THIS HELPS.

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