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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 05:30 PM
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Nice setup!

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Who needs a car in the garage when you have a setup like that!!! One word - Beautiful... Great setup which helps provide for you and your fish. I would like to have the space and money to do this one day. Keep up the great work.

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My green beans are flowering And the flowers are being guarded by this little fella.


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Lettuce starts to grow really fast:



Same for the tomato plants:


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Who needs a car in the garage when you have a setup like that!!! One word - Beautiful... Great setup which helps provide for you and your fish. I would like to have the space and money to do this one day. Keep up the great work.
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Car still fits, but its to cold outside and would lose a lot of heat if I open the garage door. The heat of the engine would prob make up for the heat loss, but its nice to have space in the garage.

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The tubs are filled with 200gals of water. The water is constantly pumped into the growbeds is a big heatloss. I prob need 2 500W heaters per tub to keep the water temp at 80F. I don't feel like investing in heaters.

The temp in the garage is at night now 70F and during the day 74.
I was thinking if you count up all the heater cost in your tanks. You might actually save some money. Some insulation around the 200gl tanks might solve a lot of heat loss. If you young space blankets around the grow beds you would capture/contain more heat. Heck you might end up needing a fan.

Another option might be Native Catfish in the IBC tubs they will do ok in mid 70degree water. The plus is they are a food source. I have to think warmer water is beneficial to the grow bed plant roots.
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I was thinking if you count up all the heater cost in your tanks. You might actually save some money. Some insulation around the 200gl tanks might solve a lot of heat loss. If you young space blankets around the grow beds you would capture/contain more heat. Heck you might end up needing a fan.

Another option might be Native Catfish in the IBC tubs they will do ok in mid 70degree water. The plus is they are a food source. I have to think warmer water is beneficial to the grow bed plant roots.
I just ordered 4 space blankets. Do you think this is actually a good isolation material to just use like that instead of using Styrofoam?

I am looking into getting catfish or (rainbow) trout, but it seems like its unavailable in smaller quantities. Does anybody know a source in GA where they would sell in small quantity? Around 50 fingerlings trout or catfish?

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I don't think a space blanket can compete with styrofoam as an isolator. I think it works for human as it seals our body heat around us. So more the windbreak effect vs. insulator.
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You could get a few hot water tank blankets to cover the tanks.

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You could get a few hot water tank blankets to cover the tanks.
Good Idea, or I can wrap wall insulation around it and use industrial plastic wrap to tighten it around the tank...

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I added 12 Rainbow Trouts to one of my tanks.

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Update, Installed some space blankets for reflection:

Lettuce is doing great, I have green beans growing and the tomatoes are growing up fast.











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And my angels have double fry, 12 days old in the jar and wigglers hanging on the glass and the jar:






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My first harvest: Oak Leaf lettuce.


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Nice! All your stuff look like it's growing well. How do you like the space blankets so far? I felt they made an instant improvement on my system.


I think my Oak leaf is maybe two wks out yet. Just starting to get that crown shape going. I'm hoping to time to be on the table for ThanksGiving day.
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Nice! All your stuff look like it's growing well. How do you like the space blankets so far? I felt they made an instant improvement on my system.


I think my Oak leaf is maybe two wks out yet. Just starting to get that crown shape going. I'm hoping to time to be on the table for ThanksGiving day.

The space blankets are awesome, they reflect so much light, even the spots where I didn't see much light before, its like now there is a light shining above it. ( sorry for the bad English)

The only downside is maybe the heat, my lettuce doen't really like it and some herbs neither. But, I don't feel like running a fan, I'm trying to keep the cost down, I calculated my bill and its between $60 and $70 for the lights and the heaters of all my tanks and aquaponics.

Couple days ago I bought 2 more IBC totes, I am setting them up outside, i want to see what I can grow in the colder months here. Thinking about growing onions, green onions, spinach and lettuce in those totes. one will be with river pebbels, the other one will be a floating raft for lettuce and spinach. I will keep more rainbow trout now I found a supplier for it.

Do you know where you can buy Trout food? I'm feeding them Organic Tilapia pallets for the moment.

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How cool is this

Green beans:



And I have hundreds more flowers and tiny green beans,

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