i hadnt thought about doing that, it'd a pretty good idea.
I placed mine in an old water bottle that is floating on top the tank. i't gets gently agitated by the aerator and water return.
i can see several sprouting roots after a couple of days. once there bigger I'll just empty them into the tank.
so Ive got my second system up and running and am waiting for the fish to arrive.
this system goes to the filter system and then feeds into 3 beds 36" x 24" and 8" deep with bell syphons.
these are filled with hydrogenated clay balls. I've put several plants in these just to see how well they work.
But ive noticed my clay balls are shifting and the plants are migrating towards the center.
I cant be the only person with this issue.
how have you guys fixed your balls from moving around?
i would also check grocery stores near you to see if they have anything that's not in condition for consumption. some will let you remove it for composting.
local farms are also a good source for free manure, often they have more than what they know what to do with.
i've looked into getting a couple of the small Chinese wind turbines
they may not be very effective here in Ohio this time of year, but during the winter when we don't receive a great amount of sun the wind certainly picks up to make them worth while .
So i've got to the stage were i have my 2 tank/ponds built. the larger tank feeds tubes along the North wall that will have neti pots in.
i'm not sure though which way to go with the other tank/pond. floating trays or flood beds with bell syphons
Nancy Reading wrote:It's worrying that people like that exist. Unfortunately the Police probably don't have an offence to charge them with except maybe erratic driving? Nothing that could make them take their car keys off them and lock them up. I really don't want to get inside that mind.
Lucky that's not the case here, the local DNR officer will chase up anyone that deliberately harms/kills wild life around here.
i wish i could say stuff like that doesn't happen here.
I've seen people aim for turtles crossing the road. if i see the critters I'll stop and get them off into a field.
good idea about the dash cam though.
i built something similar a few years ago using a window from a sliding door someone was throwing out.
2 wooden frames 1 for the glass and 1 for the base.
It gets hot enough to dry anything and kill all the bug eggs that the shop bought ones dont.
i think the highest temp I've seen it get too is around 150.
i wish i had thought about putting wheels on it though
time for a little modernization......
For example my new aquaponics endeavor. I didn't know that water Ph was so important to fish. I knew it was for plants.
so i had to find out about water testing. i bought a multi water tester and I have high Ph levels by what the meter is reading at the moment.
But before i make any changes i need to make sure that the unit is calibrated correctly. so i Have to get certain chemicals' of specific Ph values to do the calibration.
i know i can reduce the Ph value in the pond by adding different elements. but which ones, are some better than others, will some effect the fish adversely or the plants?
i'm also trying to use solar to heat the water. the water i'm using is untreated well water which comes out the hose in the low 50's. so to get the water temp up i'm trying to figure out the best way to warm the water.
i built a frame backed with a sheet of ply and some insulation. 100 foot black hose and a bi-wall poly carbonate sheet. but i don't know if i should paint the inside of the frame black, keep the insulation shiny ( it has a reflective covering)
leave the poly carbonate transparent, Paint it black for better heat absorption. ?
the problem is experimentation cost money. so does getting it wrong.
being unemployed at the moment doesn't help as it limits resources i can throw at the problems
the problem with goats is there smart, strong and will eat anything.
can you make a small area with a couple of pallets or something that the ducks can get into but the goats cant. like in a corner.
Do they all bed down together? if the ducks have a house of sorts that they sleep in you could feed them in there
I would suggest putting it in an area that the goats cant get too.
poultry food isn't good for goats as it is very high in calcium and can cause serious urine track problems that can be very costly to fix and fatal to the goats.
Phil Grady wrote:the only thing you can do is get a vet to check it out.
and if you know who's dog it was give them the vet bill.
Its a weird situation, they're not my goats and I don't have a reliable way to get a hold of the owner. They belong to the neighbor of the farm I work at, but he's rarely around it seems and these goats.have been getting sporadic care for at least a few years now. I'm open to doing a little to help the poor little goat but I've been really not wanting these.goats to become my problem at all.
Michelle, we have a propane heater in there and also a diesel heater, these are meant to be used in the automotive industry.
it's a small unit and pumps out a lot of heat for its size, they can be bought off ebay for about $100.
our green house id quite large at 24 x 36 and 10ft in the center and it cost us about $100 per month during the worst part of winter.
Thank you all for the complements on the plants. i cant take credit for those, that's my wife's hard work. i just make the space.
Thanks John, the flow is pretty good. its connected to a 400 GPH pump. i could add another 100 ft of hose with out any problem as there is plenty of empty space in there.
all i'm using this for is to heat up the water in the pond. not so much for the summer time, as being in the green house will do that, but gaining a little extra heat for the fish in the winter could make all the difference.
the new( built last year) greenhouse is doing great this year.
all the plants are ready to get planted as soon as were past the frost season.
Chilies', Thai eggplant, green beans, yard long beans. Celery, carrots. and many other things the wife grow's that i don't know the name of.