Rob Lineberger wrote:As someone who has raised fish for years and done large-scale and small-scale aquaponics, I agree 100% with everything you said. Some things I would add:
1) consider "peeponics" to kick start the tank. ie, add a cup of urine to the grow bed to start the nitrogen cycle.
2) Load up the tank with fish, or the plants will suffer.
Nice to see an aquaponics thread going. Looks good to me, I'm a fish keeper as well as as an APer (aquaponics person.) One thing I'm learning about recently that I'll add to the discussion on fish feed types. Since in aquaponics the fish feed also feed the plants it is important to look at what is in the feed. Does it have the minerals necessary to feed the plants. This is a bigger concern if you want to grow vegetables you can eat of course. Goldfish food for the most part is plant based with little protein and minerals here is an example from a quick search "Fish Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Torula Dried Yeast, Feeding Oat Meal, Shrimp Meal, Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil, Fish Oil, Algae Meal, Sorbitol, Lecithin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C). Artificial Colors Including Yellow 5, Red 3, And Blue 2. Ethoxyquin As A Preservative.
Nicole Alderman wrote:One of my husband's co-workers just can't believe he's better without any meds. He was SO sick just a year ago. He couldn't walk, was pooping all day, anemic, having kidney failure, bleeding out his bottom, weak and tired. Now he's almost back to his pre-crohn's self, and off all of the meds. Good food does that!
We are watching Ultimate Beastmaster games season three on Netflix and the American said he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and through diet he is able to compete one year later! I hope the audience hears what this really means and not just as a sympathy point. Listen up Americans, even though our medical professionals say we should give up and take drugs, there is actually hope. Yes, it is our diet that is torturing us! Grow your own food! "Hip hip horray," that accomplishment!
Your mention of the worms reminded me of when my husband and I were newly married, and he hadn't taken out the kitchen trash in weeks. One day he opened it up and found maggots. Maggots. I was totally grossed out. He, on the other hand, was super excited, saying, "Free fish food!"
Nicole Alderman wrote:
It's pretty and all that, but it also costs over $130, for a three gallon aquarium with a pump and some trays!