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The Basic Layout of my Three Aquaponics / Aquatics Systems in Video

This is our core system with a heart of two 330 gallon recycled IBCs, running 2 ebb and flow beds, 8 soil based beds and one deep water bed.

This system could be expanded to have dozens and dozens more wicking beds. Still running on a single pump.

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This system is far more an aquatic system with aquaponic elements unlike the first system. Still it shows what can be done with only one small energy input. This system could expand almost infinitely with wicking beds.

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The third system is built on the timber frame pond concept we developed last year. This system is growing a ton on thing on shelves in the pond, it is also running 3 wicking beds and one ebb and flow bed.

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Indoor Aquaponics Set Up – Episode Eight

Today’s episode covers a few updates like progress on microgreens, lowering the grow lights a bit and moving fish indoors. Mostly though it is a Q&A edition.

I answer the following questions today…

  • How is the height set by the bell siphon, does anything change when you add media?
  • What is my water height vs. my media height in my systems?
  • How is the smell of and indoors system?
  • What is the cost of the system in this series?
  • How do you ballance fish vs. vegetation?
  • How small can you go with ebb and flow?
  • How do you cycle a system?
  • What pump am I using and what would I recommend?
  • Choosing a variety of fish?
  • Do you need a swil filter/solid seperator?

Pump I think is in my current temporary system. https://www.lowes.com/pd/smartpond-560-Gph-Submersible-Pond-Pump/3510010

Pump I would use for this sytem if you wanted two pumps http://amzn.to/2E5NIzv

If you wanted one pump and lots of room to expand I would go with this pump, I have this running in one of my systems, I love this pump. http://amzn.to/2CiOI2z

Dirty water pump I use in larger systems, warning this must go in a bucket or exclusion bag or you will chop up fish with it. http://amzn.to/2llHvXu

Indoor Aquaponics Set Up – Episode Five

Follow this entire project on this playlist http://bit.ly/indooraqua

Here are the vise grips I show in this video http://amzn.to/2kTWKqA

We cover a lot of stuff on wicking beds today, show how to change water depth in them easy, etc. We also discuss “celery disease”!

 

Planting Out Aquaponics Beds with Grocery Store Produce

Note that in this video I specifically say that this is not how I normally do this.  In general practice I simply take any viable cores as they become available and add them to ebb and flow beds to regrow them.  To expedite this project and give some interest to the project I went out and picked up a bunch of stuff that works for this type of thing.

Also while three of these came out in three days it will likely be about a week before it is time to do another one, so enjoy these for now.  Again you can follow the entire playlist at http://bit.ly/indooraqua

 

The Indoor Aquaponics Grocery Store

So this weekend I set up my planned indoor aquaponics system.  The truth is all I really needed to do was set up a 100 gallon tank and one small ebb and flow bed this year to grow tilapia fry until spring and get a jump start on growing them.  However always wanting to give you more, I have turned this into an educational project.

I am using a 300 gallon rubber maid stock tank, along with rafting, a 50 gallon ebb and flow and a small wicking bed inside one of my out buildings.  Setting up a lighting array and heating the water with 300 watt aquarium heaters.  Each spring we will drain this tank and move all starts to our main systems.  We can also starting next year over winter aquatic vegetation such as salvania or duckweed with it.

This really isn’t to show you how to do this indoors just how to set up a system and get it producing fast.  Using the components in this system you literally have a roll your own kit by visiting Lowes and Tractor supply.  As this project evolves I expect many aquaponics hold outs will realize how easy this is, how well it works, and will finally take the plunge.  You can track the entire playlist at http://bit.ly/indooraqua and below are the first two videos.

I plan to go to the “winter time plant store” later today and film episode three soon.  So what is the winter time plant store, oh you call that the grocery store and no, I am not kidding.

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Some New Videos from Our Homestead

First up is this 20 minute property walk explaining our new plant starting system, new timber frame pond and wicking bed installs, indoor aquaponics, grow bucket system, updates on the bantam hens and more. Here are links to the items featured in this video as well

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Next up is a video I made to better explain the second segment of the video above.  It is best to at least watch that segment first to better understand it if you haven’t already done so.

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Next up is a video of me but not on my channel.  Justin Rhode brought his 50 state permaculture bus tour to Nine Mile Farm to learn about my duck operation.  I have to say he did a fantastic job with this 16 minute mini documentary.

Episode-2088- Lessons and Planning from the first 3/4s of 2017

The Timber Frame Pond – AKA “Miyagi Pond” is the Nine Mile Farm Home Run of 2017

Here are Nine Mile Farm we have pretty much settled into our selected systems on a lot of things at this point almost 5 years into the journey.  Our ducks run on a clock work like system, feeding, paddock shifting, egg collection, etc are all quite fine tuned at this point.

The trees require very little maintenance and most of our desired infrastructure is now installed.  Still we are constantly trying and testing out new things.  This year we have found some really great gems of knowledge and we have also come up with some quite refined plans for our future.

A lot of the new stuff is going to be built in winter, because here in north Texas that is the most pleasant time of year for construction work and out door projects.  Today I am going to do an old school sort of “chat with Jack” episode on what has worked well this year and where we are taking that knowledge to in the future.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • The aviary and aquaponics system has become a great asset in need of tweaking
  • The timber frame pond (Miyagi) is the most trouble free aquatic system I’ve built
  • Thai water spinach is an amazing and delicious plant
  • Peppers do fantastic at 60% shade here in Texas anyway
  • Tomato blight continues to be the bane of my existence
  • Elevated ponds and gardens are the way forward due to the ducks
  • Our in ground pond is pretty much a disaster, we may have to nuke it
  • Bluegill and other sunfish are about the most trouble free and economically viable protein here in Texas
  • Bullheads do not seem to be a good aquaponics option
  • A Steven Harris Battery Bank and a cooler make a great live well
  • Plans for this winter
    • Build a bigger, better Miyagi
    • Grow out koi for the Miyagi’s
    • Develop a large wicking bed system that is 100% duck proof
    • Design a planting plan for the new and old systems
    • Meat chicken run in 2018, no new ducks this time
    • Take another go at the orchard that failed
    • Duck Free Zones and an Outdoor Kitchen
    • Look to simplify systems and automate everything
  • Final thoughts

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Timber Frame Pond Update for 7-18-17

Today we take a look at the timber frame pond about 3 weeks into it being filled. The biology is doing very well, despite some surface algae the water is clear enough to see the fish and the bottom (about 3.5 feet deep).

Episode-2022- Aquaculture for Sustainable Protein Production

This is something I am delving more and more into as time goes on because the return on energy input is so effective.  I am working a great deal now with native fish species and I think this is truly the way forward for such things.

Sure you can break your neck trying to breed tilapia, once you get it right you have 6-7 months to grow them out and either they die in the cold or you have to provide heat to keep them alive.

When we look at using local species we can collect them for almost no cost, adapt them quickly to systems or small ponds and simply grow them out to harvest size.  I am also not separating aquaponics from aquaculture today because in reality aquaponics is a form of aquaculture the two disciplines have some differences but in the end both can produce fish or shellfish for our consumption.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why grow fish in the first place
  • Why grow local fish over faster growing exotics like tilapia
  • Why tilapia still have their place
  • Why I feel wicking beds are the ultimate tool to combine with all forms of aquatics
  • Ebb and flow beds are useful in any system for filtration
  • Plants can be grown directly in ponds as well
  • Options when it comes to feed
    • Floating, sinking, dual
    • Why feeding “organic” can be almost impossible
    • Natural feeding – minnows – worms – snails – other options
  • Harvesting fish for your system (pros and cons)
    • Rod and reel
    • Netting (cast, seine, dip, etc)
    • Trapping
  • Species I highly recommend
    • Bullhead and Channel Catfish
    • Sunfish/Perch (bluegill, pumpkin seed, green sunfish, long ear sunfish)
  • Housing Options
    • In ground ponds
    • Stock tank systems
    • True aquaponics systems
    • Timber frame lined tanks
  • Some thoughts on automating system functions
  • Why this is a truly sustainable an even regenerative solution

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New Videos – Converting a Sig 239 – Planting Bloody Dock and Baby Bird Updates

In the first video I show you how to simply swap out the 40 S&W Barrel in the Sig 239 to 357 Sig.  To get a barrel like this the only source left seems to be directly from Sig Sauer

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In the next video we are hanging out with the aquatics system and planting “Bloody Dock”  (rumex sanguineus).

I also discuss  Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation from Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc along with Dr. Earth 4-4-4 Fertilizer

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Then in Episode 19 of season three of The Duck Chronicles we start off with the babies.  They all did good over night except one polt we lost.  Losing one or two birds is a normal part of things especially on the first day or two.  A day later we have had no more losses and everyone seems good to go.

We then head out to the front pasture and food forest to visit the ducks, we check out the effect of the swales and moderate irrigation vs. the rest of the property and pray for rain to come soon with out tornadoes.

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