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  • in reply to: Where are the students from Germany? #2291
    luke austerlitz
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    Were these students from Germany real or were they ghosts or were they a figment of Juan’s fertile and over-active imagination???

    Or were they kinder-garden students on a two week summer camp?

    Where are these phantom German students?

    in reply to: Toilets and Showers and Sinks. Why? #2288
    luke austerlitz
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    The humble plastic bucket which only costs 3 euros!

    One can do one’s business in a plastic bucket and then take it to anywhere in the garden or take back to Casa El Drac.

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1750
    luke austerlitz
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    juan, you keep asking the same old questions. Nothing has changed.

    Without water, nothing can grow.

    No water = no life.

    Ask the good people of Cervera. They have known these questions and their answers for 500 years!

    Don’t worry about “alternative” systems and measurements and theories:

    build a working aquaponics system and get it running with plants and fish.

    What will be done about the “fish and vegetables”???

    EAT THEM!!!

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1412
    luke austerlitz
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    Forget about saving the panda, the rhino, the European bear!!!

    Without insects, there is NO BIO-DIVERSITY!!!! There is no ENVIRONMENT!!! There is NOTHING!!!

    SAVE THE INSECT! The ants. The flies. The beetles. The grasshoppers. The mosquitoes. The cockroaches and the lice!!! They are NOT PESTS! They are all precious and deserving of LIFE!

    Without the insect, there is no life, for the entire natural food chain depends on INSECTS. Has centuries of European cultivation finally killed off the entire INSECT POPULATION? Has European mono-culture killed them all?

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1409
    luke austerlitz
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    I still do not understand what has happened to all the insects in this part of Spain!!!

    In Australia, there are a hundred insects under each stone or tree. They are everywhere!!! Australia is the land where the INSECT is KING!!! Here in Valencia Province, the climate is similar to Australia’s, but THERE ARE NO INSECTS!!!

    WHY?

    Have they been all exterminated with “Round Up” Pesticides??? It is a very big worry for me personally.

    Which supports my theory that Europe is a dying continent. It is old, it is tired, it is DYING!

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1408
    luke austerlitz
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    Hi Juan,

    I bought another 50L bag of Argex clay pebbles for 5,60 euros.

    I am not sure about the ceramic pieces from the beach in Benicarlo, though. They may be too big for the plants, but we can discuss this when you return.

    Perhaps we can have one grow bed of ceramica, one of Argex clay and the other, from another type of stone.

    We will go to the Peniscola wreckers soon to see what we can find.

    We will be in Cervera this week for two days.

    luke austerlitz
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    Hi Juan,

    I think the best thing is to wait until you return to see what materials you have and then, based on what you have brought back to Cervera, we will then know what else to get/scavenge locally.

    I will be buying more Argex clay pebbles in 50L bags.

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1402
    luke austerlitz
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    hi Juan,

    we will search these pvc parts for sure. So 40″ is 40 mm? or 40 cm? or 40 inches?

    Is 130″ = 130 cms???

    Can you please clarify so that Nafisa and I will start looking for them this week?

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1395
    luke austerlitz
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    Today Nafisa and I went to Benicarlo to search for clay pebbles off the beach for the grow beds. We were able top find a great amount of clay discards (for free!). Here is what we collected for the future aquaponics.

    By collecting discards and what is available for free, the project will be very cost effective! All the materials to build an aquaponics is available for very little money, or is free. It just requires commitment and a little effort!

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1393
    luke austerlitz
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    Hi,

    Made two useful acquisitions for the project at the Cabanes open air market last Sunday. Here they are. They were one euro each. I could have bargained lower to 50 cents each, but I was feeling generous that day.

    The whole idea of this project is to use only discarded/second hand materials to complete this project (one fish tank and 3 grow beds) for under 200 euros!

    Next time I will bargain harder.

    They are two 12-14mm elbow pipes bough from gypsies.

    elbow pipes

    Luke and Nafisa

    in reply to: AQUAPONIC – possible new working unit in spain #1372
    luke austerlitz
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    Hi all,

    The aquaponics is at last, making progress and steps are being made towards realizing it.

    Together with Juan, who has been a great source of inspiration and assistance, Nafisa and I are excited about this project of ours.

    Anyone can apply to join this unit and assist us at the conception and construction phase, OR once the aquaponics is producing great vegetables and fish, anyone can help to run and maintain it.

    Three days ago, I was able to find an auto car wrecking place and buy two 12Volt second hand car batteries.

    On the same day, I was able to discover a source of the clay pebbles needed for the grow beds. This source is in Benicarlo. The manufacturer of this product is based in Portugal. The website is http://www.argex.pt. This is a great discovery because it is precisely this material that is perfect for aquaponics. The expanding clay pebbles are the right size, light, porous, can hold water and the right bacteria and best of all, are completely pH neutral.

    It’s a great start. I can safely predict we can have this aquaponics (one 700 liter tank, 3-4 grow-beds) fully operational by the end of January.

    This project will eventually provide more than 80% of the food needs of Casa el Drac group for the future, which will not be hard as there are only two people in it!

    The surplus food such as lettuce, cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, etc can be given away as gifts to the villagers. This will foster good-will with the village and will rebound in a very positive way, upon Casa el Drac.

    All the best to everyone out there who likes their food fresh, without pesticides, and grown organically with your own hands, labor and sweat.

    Luke and Nafisa

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