Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Aquaponics Garden is Put Up for the Winter

Hey All, Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man.

Just stopping by to let ya know what is up with the Aquaponics Greenhouse.

Well I cleaned it up and straightened It out some. I still want to put a new layer of wood chips up in the Greenhouse before I quit for the winter.

Plus I would love to rebuild the sump pit box and get a lid on It, back fill and landscape It some before the snow starts to fall or the ground freezes solid.

I took some pictures of It as it sits on the 15th of November 2013




I moved all the tanks to one end and mowed the weeds down. Picked up all of the cut offs and PVC scraps and put them in and behind the East end flower box.

I flipped the troughs over to keep rain water and ice out. I emptied the large tanks and rotated the large fish tank to keep water out as well.

I will flip this little Pond liner here in this picture and put it in the Greenhouse upside down until spring.

If we get funding we will do our best to get things put together before Spring if we get a warm enough day or two to work especially with plastic sheeting. It tends to tear when too cold.


This is the North side of the Aquaponics Greenhouse. The height of the 1,200 gallon tank when It is sitting on the dirt box is just under ten feet.

The Green house is seven and a half foot tall at Its highest point. There are fourteen different style tanks, three six foot round by 18 inch deep kiddie pools, two one hundred gallon troughs, and two fifty gallon troughs; as well as 90 foot of 4 inch PVC pipe.


The whole Garden area will sit upon a 20 x 60 foot section of this backyard. When the Aquaponics Green house is fully operational it will hold over 3,000 gallons of water that is less than one tanker load of water that we use to drill an average 75 foot deep water Well.

She is not design to raise fish but to operate on them. As little as about five hundred adult fish. Will supply this garden with enough nutrients for an average four acre soil garden. 112 feet of flood and drain covered inside a Green house and 480 running feet of raised soil beds outside of the green house.

Not including the Seven pocket Towers we will crowd into and out of the systems Green house areas.
 

This is the West end of the Greenhouse looking towards the East so far she has a small foot print as everything is compacted together. When complete their will be another 30 x 12 by ten foot tall Greenhouse directly in line and behind this one.

Which will hold our flood and drain troughs. Between these two Green houses will be a covered Breeze way that will enclose the large section tanks.

This Greenhouse has cost so far about two hundred dollars. When sheeted I am guessing it will be close to four hundred and when fully enclosed about five hundred fifty dollars.

That is for a Green house that is 30 foot long by 12 foot wide by 7 1/2 foot tall. This was purposely built this low for heat conservation.


Here you can get a good look at the size of those new raised bed planters that I picked up from a customer of the Well Service. After I get the Garden cycling I plan to build a dozen or so more of this size Planter boxes.


Here you can see some black Polly scraps both one inch and two inch tubing. And if you look behind the planter you see a pile of four inch PVC pipe.


This is the East side looking towards the West. I will be laying down some more wood chips as soon as the ground stiffens up or freezes some.

From the edge of the Greenhouse back another forty feet towards the East. Plus I'll drop a load or two off for the inside of the Greenhouse itself.


This is a four foot deep by 4 x 8 foot box made from treated plywood CDX and some old 4 x 4's


That was a complete walk around the Green house plus I was showing you all that the Sump pit is empty again but they are calling for rain so whats a guy gonna do?

TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for stopping by.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Sunday, November 10, 2013

An Update at the Sowles Aquaponins Garden Build Nov. 7th 2013

Donald Beres Jr
 Recorded on November 7, 2013 using a Flip Video camera.A quick look at the gift of concrete blocks, and patio blocks from our sponsor plus the first look at the raise beds I picked up  from one of our customers. Still here still kicking still given it what I got to spare at this moment in time. TTFN CYA Later Taters. Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

I have another short video for this Update My flip cam loves to eat Double A's and The cold doesn't help the life of the ones I am using.



 Donald Beres Jr
Recorded on November 7, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Quick look at we we have available to use at the Aquaponics Garden Site.

Hey all! How you Doing ? I am doing okay I guess. I have been busy trying to get funding for our own Aquaponics Green House, Learning Center, and Store. I am busy trying to raise funds to get this thing up and running as well as working to get it supplied and cycling. I have started a project with Kickstarter.com for this purpose of funding the garden and learning center. Here is that link so you can check it out :  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/502642684/aquaponics-green-house-and-learning-center

Kickstarter.com is a crowd source funding group it is really cool I never knew about this type of funding before I seen it on TV of all places a show called Two Broke Girls. I like it its about a rich girl who ends up being broke and meets a girl named max who was dirt poor all her life  and their trying to start a cupcake business and their lives as they work at a diner. Well I was board one night and typed kickstarter in and low and behold there was an actual crowd funding place there. So He I am trying to get funding for My Garden and learning center which is kind of an artistic way of growing Food Fish and Veggie together to create hormone free pesticide free, and chemical free fresh organic food. You know the stuff that doesn't give you cancer or diabetes. Stuff that is truly good for you to eat. And stuff that taste like real food use to can you remember those days? 

When food was cheap and green and tasted good? I can and I haven't been seeing any for a while now so I want to teach people mostly my children and grand children how to feed themselves and the world around them which they live. We have basically killed the farm lands we have been growing on these last few decade they posses nothing but chemicals this is why we are all overweight and sick in Our Country today another of the Governments big blunders farm control. We should have seen it coming.

And brother It is here today and in full force and growing. I am hell bent on learning to grow our own foods as I have had and do still remember the good green and healthy foods from the recent past say forty years ago when fresh milk was still delivered in glass bottles Farm fresh eggs one or two days old. fresh free range beef pork and chickens. The was and is no comparison to those foods of the past. Image stepping out your back door and clipping off fresh herbs for cooking and/ or fresh flowers for the table.

A small vineyard of green red grapes, picked along with cherries, apples, peaches, pears, and plumbs from your own trees that you feed with the waste water from the Fish you grew in your Aquponics system well this will take a little time fruit is a wonderful thing to have but they require pruning and feeding.

Ever hear the story when you were a kid about the Indians teaching the Pilgrims to grow Maze [corn]?
Well even back then they knew a fish was worth more then the meat off its back. Yep they taught the Pilgrims to bury a fish with every seed of corn and the Pilgrims to this day are eating corn every day and know it not. Fish are a source of natural fertilizer and are healthy when grown correctly with chemicals.

Preservatives and these chemicals are what is killing us off or making us sick for the Pharisaical compies to relieve us of our Money and their illnesses.  

Now I am not a Conspiracy theory nut but I am starting to be an of the kind of one as Alex Jones check him out!

I too think that The world is changing because I am a Bible believing kind of nut bag. This stuff is all making more and more sense to me. Cancer, Diabetes, Al-timers, some-Timers you name It people didn't get all this crap as often as they do now why? because they whom ever they are have gotten damn good at their delivery systems. Their transportation systems, advertising systems, and their infrastructures are enormous.

So Grow your own foods and use your own fresh water and fish to grow them with. You won't be sorry that you did.

Well I got to run because I am under the gun.
TTFN CYA Later Taters
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Update on the Rocket Stove Heater Build




Donald Beres Jr

Recorded on October 28, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Here is a quick look at what I got built already, but I need to tweak it already.

As it is throwing the smoke back out the feed tube. I think I made the system here to compact. I believe I will have to extend the tank to let the inside riser create a stronger drafting effect.

I'll get to it as soon as I get some other stuff done for my cousin since I am using his equipment and scrap I guess that is only fair. Once I get It working correctly I'll do some grinding and painting on It.

I am creating videos for those who are interested in Sustainable Living, Alternative gardening, Organic foods,Growing their own fish, and much more.

 I belong to several like minded Meetups and I am trying to start and run one of my own called "Living & Growing for Our Tomorrows, Sustainable Healthy Foods" You can the link for It in past post and I will be putting a direct link here soon in the side bar.

I am still trying to wind down from the season of Well Service work and looking to creep into some Gardening and some more experimenting with gizmos and gadgets such as these Rocket Stoves and Gassifiers. Until next Time Angels.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Meet Up Group For the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Services


Hey all! How have you been? Me I am still Busy, busy, busy. Going a hundred miles an hour and only getting ten feet up the road on a full tank.

I have started a Meet Up Group to try and get others interested in Our Aquaponics Garden build. Here in Indiana. The Site is Located in Hebron and is a private Home owners Lot. Which I am currently building our first Test run of the Aquponics System.

We both have had gardens in the past and a Traditional Garden is so much more work and the pay off is a hit or miss for most of us backyard Gardeners. The Weather,  the Time, The effort, and the Labor is some times to demanding for us. With the Weeds, the Birds, the Rodents, and the Bugs not to mention the possibility of disease.

I have set two Meet Ups already in the first month of starting the Group and so far Only I and my Sponsor have showed up. I know it will take some Time it always does. To build a following let alone a tight knit Group dedicated to seeing this Venture through.

I know many don't want to do the dirty work that I am currently doing by myself. And getting things ordered up and running is always a drag. But this is where I am at today. Out of Money and lacking time to get everything done. The Season is changing and I am running out of good working weather.

So I am looking for others in the Greater Chicago Land area or even the Tri-State area to Share Ideas with, to teach, and learn from others with. I am sure there are many backyard Gardeners that could teach me many tricks and tips. As I can show them some as well. But I am looking for the new and Organic way of producing Healthy and Nutritional Foods Organically. And on a smaller piece of land or even in Ones own Basements, Back porch,  or in their Garages.

I have some pictures up here at Our Meet Up Page on what I am doing and the conditions of where I am at with the Aquaponics Build.  Here is the Link to the Meet Up Home Page: http://www.meetup.com/Living-Growing-for-Our-Tomorrows-Sustainable-Healthly-Foods/

Here are some recycled Pressure tanks from the Well Service Company. I help out from time to time to pay for the use of the land I am using to Build this Aquaponics Garden on. I have turned these seven tanks into my Filtration system. I have access to these use tanks from time to to time. I will get a video up as soon as I can. Most likely after I  get them installed and working. We are Saving money and being as Green as possible as often as possible.

I have several Blog posts here at this Blog on the  Aquaponics Garden Build check them out. I also have a couple of Hubs at Hubpages.com. In the side bar here is a link to my Hubpages Profile. You can scroll through my Hubs there.





Here is a Rocket Heater I am trying to build for the first Time for our Garden's Green house. These are some of the metal tanks we come across and haul away for our customers. We usually just scrap them out but if we can build something worth building we might do it if we can find the time. And it is worth our wild to do.

I have a Youtube Video here in one of my older posts that shows where I got the Ideal for our Green house. We built at the Aquaponics build site at Sowles Well Services. It cost Us under three hundred dollars. It is a thirty foot by twelve foot Green house. Here is that post:
http://waterplantsandfishgrowyourown.blogspot.com/2013/04/greenhouse-homade-with-cattle-pannels.html


Well I got tons of other stuff to do so I got to run .

TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for stopping by.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Come One, Come All, I am Calling Out to You!


Hey All, I have created a Meet Up Page or Account in hopes of starting up a group interested in Learning and sharing their Aquaponics secretes with each other. It would be for those of us in the greater Chicago land area mostly but everyone is welcome to join to share and learn of what we have to offer.

So far as of today Oct. 06 2013 we have five members. We have had one Meet up so far and two of us showed and so Its begun. We have a Meetup scheduled for  tomorrow Oct 7th at 6:30pm at the Aquaponics Garden build site in Hebron IN. This is short notice I know and I am sorry I will work on getting better.  You can go to Meetup.com and search for our group Its called "Living & Growing for Our Tomorrows" Sustainable Healthy Foods. There you will find all of our pictures and past Meetups But we are New less than a month old so far and we are just figuring things out both with Meetup and the Garden  too.

I am the organizer so I will be posting here and there as I do with everything I am doing so come and check us out. We are hoping to button up the Green house this month and I have started messing around with a rocket heater just this past Friday I have it roughly figured out and will get pictures and maybe a video soon of It. It is made from two recycled metal pressure tanks and some square tube stock that we had lying around in the scrap pile. I will also start selling some recycled Fiberglass tanks to be used in your own Aquaponics filtering systems or your Pond filtering systems. I'll be placing video here soon of these tanks and how we are using them in our system.

Our system build has fallen way off of schedule as we have been plagued with mechanical breakdowns and many repairs to our vehicles at the Well Service these last few months. Right now our 1,000 gallon holding tank is being used to drill Wells with as our water truck is going under a major brake overhaul. Here is the link to our photo albums at Meetup.com http://www.meetup.com/Living-Growing-for-Our-Tomorrows-Sustainable-Healthly-Foods/photos/

Well I will be getting back here soon with more pictures and hopefully some videos of the rocket heater and the Aquaponics Garden Build @ Sowles Well Service.

I've got to run now because I am under the gun and Time is slipping away.
TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for stopping by.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Update of Our Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service June 4th 2013




Published on Jun 4, 2013
 
Recorded on June 4, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Hello All I lost about four minutes of this clip because I trimmed the wrong way. Sorry about that. Yeah I am still learning to use the FlipCam and It's Simple software.

Hey I told if I can do It you can too. I am No rocket Scientist thats for sure. But I never claimed to be. I will need to do some more work on the sump pit box and I still want to get the other two tanks cut and their bladders removed and cleaned up and ready.

I will be looking at some Bulk head fittings that we have here at the house. We got a couple lots at an Auction a while back and I'll have to see what I can dig out out the creates that I can make do the job. There is not a lot of pressure in these systems. Everything can be unglued and hand tight; well mostly everything.

I got the longer cut offs up to the Green house and I still need to fit them together as the other cut offs were just to much to piece together. I was losing my mind trying to figure it out. So now it is easy three ten foot pieces for each thirty foot run and two couplings for each pipe. They'll sit nicely on the cement blocks and it will make it easier to clean out when the time comes.



As I said this is being done on the fly nightly after work and I work on It when I can to the beat of a different drummer sort of speak. As I don't drive I have to work around the boss's schedule.

But It will get done eventually. The box is just some thing to keep the dirt out of It. The ground is mostly clay kind of like modeling clay soft and mold able when wet or moist. Hard as brick when dry. So I will line the bottom of the pit with patio blocks and cover it with a lid. This will help keep It cool in summer. Warm in winter and keep debris from entering the tanks as well.



As I was saying I laid out the piping for the feed troughs that will be outside this year. If I get them in time. I don't have a whole of time left to get this part up and running for this years growing cycle. But if I do run with it. I can always throw a quick Hoop house up with this cattle panel stuff. Its fast and easy and very reasonable. But I think I'll use six by six's instead of the Telephone poles if it come to rushing this Green house build. They are much lighter and easier to set. But I am cheap so I'll have to see how fast it needs to be slapped up.



I should just cut four more telephone poles up shouldn't I, Hum. I might do that and have them ready or even set them. First I want to see if I can grow anything. Speaking of I need to start my seeds this week.

I pressure washed the holding tank and the large fish tank as well I got the top cut out of the fish tank. I did that with a grinder and a cutting wheel. It was very easy; messy but easy. I used the dirt from the sump pit to refill the dirt box and placed the rest in front of the dirt box so I could climb straight onto It with out a ladder. I'll Land scape that up some and then I'll get some more dirt from the dirt hills from the pond. And then I'll do the same with the sump pit on two sides, the front and the right side or the west side. On the east side is where the well is and the south side faces the Green house so I'll keep them level, but I will use only wood chips on the Green house side as this is where the plumbing will be.



Getting closer YouTube I have tons to do still, but most of this stuff will go rather quickly once I get the tanks plumbed. I found my fish for this year. I am not sure if there Channel cats or Bull heads. But there are three balls in my uncles pond right now as of today. But if I wait to long the bass will devourer them before I get them into a tank. And the water is way to cold for me to brave It. I'll need a John boat or canoe and a net.

There is usually about hundred Frys in a ball like the ones in the pond, but as I said you don't have much time to catch them before the bass or some other fish or bird eat them up.

The pond is all open water no trees and not many places to hide in for these little guys that's why they ball up the way they do. Protection!

I have a large fifty gallon metal trough I could drag it over there and try to snag about fifty or sixty or even more. And keep them covered at the waters edge. I'll see. I don't have too much Time on my hands, but we'll see what we can do.




If their Channels I grow them Out for eating. If their Bullheads I'll cut them lose in the river or give them to the neighbor for his pond.

Well I got to run. I need to get showered and go to bed. Busy day tomorrow if I want to catch some of those Frys I'll need to be rested.

 
 
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Update of Our Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service May 28th 2013




Donald Beres Jr
Published on May 28, 2013
 
Recorded on May 28, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. This one is another short one. My batteries were about drained. I just wanted to show you all I got the major part of the sump pit dug today. And that I straitened up some.

Well I got to run because I am under the Gun.

 P.S. Sorry the Video stopped suddenly because the Battery died. I was saying I'll have to take the one thousand gallon tank down and add some more dirt and then water it down and pack it down into the dirt box. I should of known better, but I am doing this all on the fly after work And I am tried after the day is done. Again I'll do better as I get some extra time. CYA !



Well I finally got it over here for ya's guys. I am stuck for cash right now so I'll need to find some more. I need to order some stuff from off the Web.  Mostly uni seals. I'll need to get some treated plywood  three 1/2 inch x 8 ft x 4 ft about three sheets; to line the sump pit.

 I still need more cement blocks about 12, and some 2x2 patio blocks about 8 to put a floor into the sump pit for the tanks to sit level upon. But I did get most of the grass cut today  May30th 2013. And then the mower started to act up. I think we'll need to flush the fuel lines or clean the tanks out even. It's a Big mower a Dixie Chopper a good mower to have for large lawns. 

I truly need to get my seeds going too. Maybe I'll get to it this weekend. Sunday maybe. Well I have the advantage of the Ponds water to jump start our system here. But for one guy it is a lot of work to do. Especially when you are disabled somewhat. But I am lucky to have the tools and equipment at my disposal as some of you may not. Hopefully you have a couple of strong backs and a weak mind or two you can tap into. LOL

It shouldn't be long now. I'll get something done here soon, but I am worn out already and I haven't even begun yet. But this I hope is the hardest part of this Aquaponics stuff; the build. I hope anyways. Well I talk at ya's soon.


P.S. I posted these videos first at youtube and leave them there a day or two. So I can search them out and then place them here. Plus it takes these older computers of mine so long to upload videos. I am ready for bed by the time there done. And I have a bad memory as well.    

 
 
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service~ May 20th 2013 {Part I of IV}

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Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service~ May 20th 2013 {Part I of IV}



Donald Beres Jr
Published on May 20, 2013
 
Recorded on May 20, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Well these next few videos are chopped up some my battery was dying and I am still under a 10 minute limit plus I don't have any extra editing software yet. But I said I'd try and post when I get something done so here it is. I will however place them all in the same Blog Posting so you can find them.

 Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service~ May 20th 2-13 {Part II of IV}



Published on May 20, 2013
 
Recorded on May 20, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Sorry I have still got a Ten Minute Limit on my videos and I lack the editing skills and software to edit this videos, but I am working on it too. Yea I got out of square a little I was using a rope and not string so That may of through me off a bit. Funny how things work my other cousin came by after the Cattle Panel was up today and Gave me a big spool of string. Well its good cotton string and I'll use it to tie tomatoes and beans etc. I had to trim three minute off this video to get it to load from my FlipShare software.

As soon as I get the uni seals and the NFT Pipes glued to the same length and all the holes cut I'll put water in the one thousand gallon tank. But before all that I 'll need to get the six Inch drain install as well as the sump pit and all the filtering tanks. Well I got to run because I need to make some more dough.
TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

 Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service~ May 20th 2013 {III of IV}


Donald Beres Jr
Published on May 20, 2013
 
Recorded on May 20, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. I am sorry I am not that skilled yet at making these videos but I'll keep trying until I am. Here is the 400 gallon Fish tank and my zone tanks. I am also doing all this on the fly after work as I don't drive my cousin picks me up and take me home at his convenience and I don't always have the time to get everything in here But I will try and update the videos at the Blog later when I get the spare time to think and plan. Well I go to run because I am under the gun.

TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

 Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service~ May 20th 2013 Part {IV of IV}


Published on May 20, 2013
 
Recorded on May 20, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Here I am showing my taller sump tank and describing what I still need to do to It.

TTFN 
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Friday, May 17, 2013

Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service~ May 16th 2013

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 Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service May 16th 2013

Published on May 16, 2013
 
Recorded on May 16, 2013 using a Flip Video camera. Oh Happy Day! The Big tank is set and ready to be filled. We have the Greenhouse rails. Pressure treated 2x6 and 2x4's. They still need to be installed upon the poles and the end will need to be temporarily braced until the Hoops are installed.

We are going to be using Cattle panel fencing to create our Hoops As they are cheap fast and easy and they appear to be much more sturdier then the single pole Hooping.

There is a posting here at the Water, Plants, and Fish? Blog Called Greenhouse~ "Homemade with Cattle Panels" : http://waterplantsandfishgrowyourown.... You can Kind of see what we are trying to duplicate here in this video. Well I will be posting this new Video there soon I got to get a shower because I stink.

TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Well Mother Nature Got me again today rain rain go away come again some other day Little Donnie Wants to Play with His Aquaponics Garden. Yeah a I am a little off or out there some times but aren't we all ? You got to live a little.  

Well I will get some help tomorrow and we will see about getting the rails up and Maybe get some more bricks and some re-purposed wood for shoring and leveling the beds and NFT Piping. I will also see If I can't get some wire run and buried and A Box to power the Green House Lighting. I will be trying to find 6 mil. Plastic at least 50x25 for this House and If everything goes well and I get some more support and help with this Venture. Then I will invest in a standard Greenhouse cover. 

I am still looking for Fish and If I missed out on the seasons offerings. I will go Sane the near by creeks or start off with a ton of cheap gold fish and use them for feeders later. I spotted a metal through over at my uncles. I'll see if I can't talk him out of it for a worm bed to raise some Red Wigglers to eat the algae that will grow in the rock beds [the flood and drain system] part of our build, but I won't need them for several weeks or even a couple of months. Which will give them time to reproduce and get acclimated to the trough. Then I'll see if I can't find some good buckets and try to build a couple of Solider Fly traps also. These both will help fed the fish as they grow and offset the cost of feeding them. as both of these are free and easy to catch and gather quickly out here in the country.

I talked to my cousin also about building an old time Ice House since we have all the available requirements to build one. The dirt mounds and a pond near by. There will be more talk on this later, a combo Root Cellar Ice House would be a nice thing to have if the Grid every did go down fully or for a longer length of time.  Or if the prices jump off the scales overnight.

Well I am still a ways away from pluming and turning the water on. But I do want to start my seedlings this coming week. Maybe that will set a fire under my butt, will see. I have got to run. I am way behind posting into my other Blogs, but as I have said before. I do believe this to be a greater priority just now.

TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks for watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hey All How you Doing? An Update of the Aquaponics Build @ Sowles Well Service

Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service May 14th 2013

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Published on May 14, 2013
 
Well the grass has been cut and the yard is dry and I have built the dirt box. Which will raise the one thousand gallon water tank up to the three foot level at Its bottom and about eight foot tall at the very tip top of the tank. Which will allow me to gravity fed the grow beds and everything else below the eight - to three foot level of this tank.

I wasn't able to get to the lumber today and I will need to cut the tallest corner pole level with the top of the dirt box. I will leave the other three to lock the tank in position when It is empty. It could possibly be knock off the box by some of these freak winds we have been getting around here as of late. No worries once It is filled and cycling.

I will put some water in it to check the levelness of It about two inches and if that looks good I filler up.
TTFN
CYA Later Taters
Thanks fer watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

The Dirt that Filled the Dirt Box

Published on May 14, 2013
 
From the Video of May 14th 2013 Aquaponics Greenhouse Build. This box of dirt is a stand for a one thousand gallon water tank that will supply this green house in case of a prolonged power outage. I might think a bit on a little windmill for two reasons one to aerate the system and two to keep the one thousand gallon tank filled in case of a power outage. This will be part of a blog post eventually here soon. You will be able to find all this garden's build postings here plus many others done by many other Aquaponics Farmers.

Well I got to run and buy some Lottery Tickets for the Mega Ball & PowerBall. Tonight It is my turn to win.

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Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Well while I am sitting here still waiting on my Videos to load and become available for posting here at Blogger I will go ahead and tell ya all where we're at with the Aquaponics Build.  The greenhouse poles are in and ready to be plumbed and packed. I have to get some uni-seals about fifteen to get started. I'll get them Online I think. I will still need to line up Fish, decide on which ones and what size. I still need to start my seedlings going, but I want to make sure I have enough of the system plumed and cycling correctly before I start the seeds to growing. As I am planning to use Pond water to water my starts and jump start the system here. I expect they will have no problem catching up if I can get them in the system by the end of May.

I still have a lot of work to do. Leveling and cutting holes for the NFT system of the Build and I will need to raise the Six foot by 15 inch swimming pools to about  20" inches off the ground. These will be the DWC part of the Build and I need to set and level the Flood and Drain troughs, the Fish tanks, and much, much more. I'll need to find some old planks 1X4x10's most likely to place under my cement blocks to aid in this leveling process as the wood chips are a pain at times to get leveled.

I still need to place a sump pit in which most likely will be a trench. I'll dig it with the Mini-Excavator. Then I'll frame it out with some pressure treated plywood. This trough will be the lowest part of the system and the one thousand gallon tank will be the highest part of the system.

Well I have got to run I need a shower and some time to surf the net and post some twittering.

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Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Update of the Aquaponics Build at Sowles Well Service May 2nd 2013

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Published on May 2, 2013
 
Ah here we go the Garden thats what you wanted to see. I have a lot to do when I get some time. I'll be building a mound of dirt or wood chips supported with cement blocks and a couple sheets of 3/4 treated plywood top with 2 inch foam sheets which will hopefully let the tank self level. I am raising the tank so as to be able to have the ability to make it gravity fed which will limit the amount of electrical power to push the water around to the tanks and beds. Well wish us luck this is a big project and it won't take much to change it over to a commercial or small business Venture if it works out some of our youth takes an interest in it. TTFN CYA Later Taters! Thanks fer watching. Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Here is a Hubpages.com Hub I wrote about this my New Venture or at least my try at It.

http://sinbadsailorman.hubpages.com/hub/Well-I-Am-About-to-Start-Another-Adventure-The-Aquaponics-Garden

I am steadily trying to get this up and running but I can only work on it after work  an hour here and there. So I think I got quite a bit done with very little help so far except for some heavy lifting  I have done most of what you see so far If I can do It so can you where there is a will there is a way.

P.S. The 4 inch white PVC pipes are call NFT System

Nutrient Film Technique or NFT is a hydroponic technique wherein a very shallow stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth is re-circulated past the bare roots of plants in a watertight gully, also known as channels.

In an ideal system, the depth of the recirculating stream should be very shallow, little more than a film of water, hence the name 'nutrient film'.

This ensures that the thick root mat, which develops in the bottom of the channel, has an upper surface, which, although moist, is in the air. Subsequent to this, an abundant supply of oxygen is provided to the roots of the plants.

A properly designed NFT system is based on using the right channel slope, the right flow rate, and the right channel length. The main advantage of the NFT system over other forms of hydroponics is that the plant roots are exposed to adequate supplies of water, oxygen and nutrients.

In all other forms of production, there is a conflict between the supply of these requirements, since excessive or deficient amounts of one results in an imbalance of one or both of the others.

NFT, because of its design, provides a system wherein all three requirements for healthy plant growth can be met at the same time, provided that the simple concept of NFT is always remembered and practiced.

The result of these advantages is that higher yields of high-quality produce are obtained over an extended period of cropping. A downside of NFT is that it has very little buffering against interruptions in the flow, e.g., power outages, but, overall, it is one of the more productive techniques.

The same design characteristics apply to all conventional NFT systems. While slopes along channels of 1:100 have been recommended, in practice it is difficult to build a base for channels that is sufficiently true to enable nutrient films to flow without ponding in locally depressed areas.

As a consequence, it is recommended that slopes of 1:30 to 1:40 be used. This allows for minor irregularities in the surface, but, even with these slopes, ponding and water logging may occur. The slope may be provided by the floor, or benches or racks may hold the channels and provide the required slope.

Both methods are used and depend on local requirements, often determined by the site and crop requirements.

As a general guide, flow rates for each gully should be 1 litre per minute. At planting, rates may be half this, and the upper limit of 2L/min appears about the maximum. Flow rates beyond these extremes are often associated with nutritional problems.

Depressed growth rates of many crops have been observed when channels exceed 12 meters in length. On rapidly growing crops, tests have indicated that, while oxygen levels remain adequate, nitrogen may be depleted over the length of the gully. As a consequence, channel length should not exceed 10–15 meters.

In situations where this is not possible, the reductions in growth can be eliminated by placing another nutrient feed halfway along the gully and reducing flow rates to 1L/min through each outlet.[1]


Well I got to run Because I am under the gun.
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CYA Later Taters
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Donnine/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Green Acres~ "Organic Aquaponics"


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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2011
 
Join me as I travel to Green Acre Organic where Tonya and Gina have built a fantastically abundant commercial Aquaponic system. In an Aquaponic system Tilapia are grown in a closed loop cycle along with plants.

Bacteria break down the Tilapia's waste into food the plants can eat. This system is totally safe, water smart, and energy efficient!


Well I am quite a bit away from cycling or even adding the water. Mother Nature is fighting us every step of the way.

We got more rain and a tighter schedule for the coming week. Still working on the Service Truck and cleaning up the property.

So the county can come and do their yearly inspection as we are housing our equipment at home. I think it is just a way to get extra money from us myself. 

I did get two larger tanks ready and was lucky as a local gas station needed a new system. And we hauled the old one away.

So that is about all the tanks I can think we will need. Even if we decide to try and go small business or even a commercial garden.  

If and/ or when the ground drys out. I will start setting the Telephone poles and framing out the rails for the Cattle Panels to sit upon which will be the top for the Greenhouse.

I am not to worried about Plastic just yet, as the summer air will most likely be here before I am up and cycling.

My Uncle lives right next door and has a small one acre pound.

We might try and catch some Blue Gills, Channel Cats and whatever else that is in there and start our system with them and some of the pond's water to help with getting the nutrients up and running in our system as I am way behind schedule . 

Well I placed some of the things that I will need in the Carousals and Ferris wheels from Amazon on the site today and I will place them on my "A" Store page also at my website along with all the others from the other Blogs and from the site Its self.

Well  I was going to use the Green Acre's song, but these Ladies bet me to It. Looks like they are making their system work. So If they can do It we should be able to, too right? I hope so!

I got to run because I am under the gun.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Aquaponic Food Solutions~ "With Owner Rob Nash"

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Published on Apr 6, 2013

It is your right as an American to grow your own food. So lets get the Ball rolling people wake up and smell some roses.


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First Look at Our Aquaponics Garden Site

The Aquaponics Build Brought to You
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Donald Beres Jr
Published on Apr 25, 2013
 
Sorry this was a fast video after an ugly day at work. We lost our engine in the Service Truck and that set the pace for the rest of the day, Towing Fees, New engine cost, and new Install kits; Hoses, belts, oils, etc. this stuff ain't cheap and it means someone has to work the weekend...

It is about 5:00 pm here in this video. It turned out to be a nice day weather wise.

Here is some of the stuff that I have so far gathered together to make our Aquaponics Garden. I am trying to be as green as possible and as cheap as possible Big family big garden or at least the need is there for one and it should justify It's cost and maintenance fees.

This is our first Aquaponics Garden ever. We are trying this out because the old style garden was just to rough to maintain by ourselves. And with our busy schedules. We are forever running kids and chasing jobs.

I will do better as things slow down in the coming weeks. Not that we are wanting them to slow down. But it often does.

Well I said I would get a video up and I have. I am still learning to use this Flip Cam and the little camera I got off of eBay.com

I will do better as things slow down and I get some time to sit and think We were rushing the kids around and we were tired as the day was a rush to catch up for time lost because of the blown engine. Excuses yes I know, but they are valid ones. 

I am hoping the weather stays nice and drys the ground out. I am not sure if you can see and hear how wet it still is here in IN. but I will work on this Aquaponic System every chance I get these next few weeks.

As we have to get the yard straighten out any way and the boss wants to get  the camper set up and the Barn floor poured and the insulation done and tons of other stuff.

I am wanting to focus on the Aquaponics garden and I am hoping as It gets set up and running that the rest of the gang will get a notion or take an interest in It too.

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