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The Aquaponics Build (lots of images to view)

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If you ran it as a business, I guess that you would need to grow appropriate good cash crops too. - more income with very low additional costs.

I think that I read that some of the available fish are vegetarian? If so, can you grow their feed as part of the system?

 

With the size limitations for my system here, I will not be able to grow much. A few square meters at most. If I stick with Tilapia, they are easy to feed. I can give them black soldier fly larvae, duckweed, or commercial fish feed. I want to give them more natural feed, though. 

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Aquaponics build expenses I forgot to add: 

 

$7.50 USD for a hole saw kit, 15mm to 127mm. 

$187.62 USD ($233.90 AUD) for the Uniseals, shipped from Australia.

 

Total $195.12 USD

 

Labor? I haven't really been keeping up with labor costs. I usually pay the guy by the day or half day, as he works. I imagine that, most people anyway, would not be as lazy as I am, and would actually do all of the work themselves. I find it easier for him to be hired and me to help and direct him, as necessary. So far, that has worked out very well. As I have stated, he has a great work ethic, and knows what he is doing.

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What is the price for daily labour in Battambang Paul?

I know up country. I have people for the fencing! Way too hot to dig a half meter hole. And even hotter to dig 200 of them.

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What is the price for daily labour in Battambang Paul?

 

Don't know. At the farm, it is $5.00 / day. I pay him considerably more, though, between $10.00 and $12.50 / day. My choice. 

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Today, we paid another trip to the aquarium shop. Purchased the following, for the system:

 

Air Pump - 75 L / min - $45.00 USD

This will provide an ample supply of air to the flowing media bio-filter, and to the fish tank.

Water Pump - 2300 L / hr (607.5 gal / hr) - $33.00 USD

This was the largest submersible pump I could find locally. This will cycle the water through the fish tank and drums (filters) twice per hour.

 

Large Air Stones - $7.50 USD / 6 

Small Air Stones - $2.00 USD / 8

Air Hose - 18 meters - $4.50 USD

Air Control Valve - $2.00 USD / 10

 

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Purchased another 208 liters drum - $21.50

 

Total $115.50 USD

 

PVC plumbing tomorrow.

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Current parts & materials expenditure on this project: $599.12 USD

 

Labor so far: $22.00 USD

 

I'm over at this point, on my budget, by the way. I still have to buy the PVC pipe and assemble it, build grow beds, and the cover / greenhouse over the entire system.

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TBar123

That's outstanding.

Are you still considering moving?

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That's outstanding.

Are you still considering moving?

 

Did move, from the apartments you stayed at, to another location. This place has land adjacent to it for the system to be built on. In fact, I just learned of a house very nearby that I will check out tomorrow, to see if it is available, what size land, etc. If it is bigger, and as good as, or a better deal, we may move again. :D

 

Coming back soon?

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Been sick. Sorry. A bit behind on buying materials and getting things done. 

 

Yesterday, Chan went and purchased the PVC and necessary tools needed for the plumbing of the initial system. 

 

PVC purchase: $38.00 USD

Tool, tape, glue: $15.50 USD

Total: 53.50 USD

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Over the past few days, and considering the amount I already have in this system, AND, considering they strictly have limited me to 12 square meters of area, I decided NOT to build a full greenhouse from metal on this property. (I will wait until we start construction at the farm to do that.) So, after speaking with Tha (the guy doing the work), we decided to go with wood for the construction, and just make a leanto encompassing an area of 4 meters wide, by 3 meters deep.

 

Today, Tha and Chan went to purchase the lumber needed to build the leanto.

Total spent: $32.00 USD

 

Additional lumber will have to be purchased tomorrow. Here are some photos of what he accomplished today.

 

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A nosy neighbor looking on, while Tha works.

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