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Old 04-12-2013, 12:16 PM   #21
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30% usually does the trick up my way.... 50% might be more realistic down your way. I've got both.... it does depend.
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1 thing you might not want to skimp on would be fans.... get the best you can afford because humidity will destroy them and the last thing in the world you'd want would be a mechanical failure on a day when it's 100 in the shade. For a 100 footer.... I'm thinking you'll need at least 8 to keep the air moving. Ask the people at FarmTek what they think.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:46 AM   #22
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Hey Biig blue...Did you ever get a green house up and running this year for your herbs and such or are you still in the planning or cancel out that idea stage?
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #23
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As far as I know the greenhouse is still in the plans. Hubby got a good deal on pipes for work, so he bought the whole lot. When they are through with their project, we'll buy the rest from them. He has a welder lined up, to do the frame and I already have recycled plastic sheeting in hand.

A greenhouse is only useful here from September-March. And our first frost is usually mid-November. So there's still time. Keeping fingers crossed.

I'm leaning heavily toward going with aquaponics. Just have to decide what type of fish to use.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #24
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Wish you well in your project. Will you be raising any fish in the mix?
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:22 PM   #25
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Yes. The fish provide the fertilizer for the plants. They use tilapia here a lot. Which is a good reason to consider something else. Could be catfish, perch or any number of other fish.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:35 PM   #26
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I don't know much about Aquaponics but you can get a degree off Google before investing $$$ in the fish stock and tanks.

Each species of fish has different dietary needs with the Tilapia putting on weight with grain based protein which is one of the reasons people can raise them economically

Each species has different shall we say oxygen needs...You'll really want to be careful here since the fish waste breaks down rather quickly with lots of fish and displaces the 02 the fish need to breath. I've never inquired but people fish farming consult the pros about what filters and pumps to install.

Of course if your not going to have hundreds of fish you can use a simpler system to keep the tanks clean and your herbs watered.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:43 AM   #27
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A catfish will eat you out of house and home. Pure Gluttons!
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:08 AM   #28
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Hava - the more they eat, the more they poop, the more fertilizer for your plants.

Sprucetree, Aquaponics takes care of a lot of the issues that either aquaculture or hydroponics have. The grow bed with the plants is your filter for the fish waste. You just have to go through the process of getting the right bacteria growing in the growbed before you add the fish and plants. Pumping water through the system once an hour takes care of adding oxygen.
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Sometimes can be TOO much so until you discover its balance point.
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Yes, it's a balancing act.
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