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Reading about cycling the aquaponics system and one thing they recommended was to use some media from an established system.
Any idea how much? Colin Roger MacLean, do you have a clue? :)
I've got mine started and have about a bucket's worth of media left over so could do a straight swap with some established media, whether it's a liter of media or ten.
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I think this might need an experimental version, but for a large scale aquaponics grow I think we can eliminate some (or all) of the need for fish pellets for food, something that may become short supply and expensive in the future. With the oceans expected to be a desert by 2050 at the current rate we'll probably be the only hobbyists and businesses producing fish.
Anyway, pet stores sell soft-shell crickets for feeding reptiles. They have much less chitin than the crickets around here, and mealworms and other feeders. They can be fed vegetable waste, such as cuttings or discarded root systems from harvested plants.
So we could be using the fish-water to feed the plants, the plant to feed the crickets, the crickets to feed the fish.
We'd still probably need a fish meal, but this could offset it.
Plus there's also the option of farming crickets for food as well. With a lot of immigrants from countries where insects are a staple in the diet, cricket products would not be looked down on. More protein than steak too.
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Hello all I just became a member on Saturday. Any makers have experience refurbishing a one half horsepower single phase motor? I suspect the centrifugal switch is occasionally sticking in the running position thereby making the next start a no go. I might take er a-part on Saturday. There's also a crusty sounding back bearing. Motor runs a woodworking jointer but sat idle for about 17 years. ... See MoreSee Less

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An Excerpt from the December Economic Development Office Newsletter / City of Summerside

- Posted on December 8, 2015 by

Summerside Economic Development is set to partner with community leaders, to open up the first Makerspace in Summerside. A makerspace is a workshop that provides tools, materials and space in a community environment where youth and adults alike work independently or collaboratively on creative projects in any area – computer programming to woodworking, painting to mechanical engineering.

Participants pay for membership and members offer classes on focused topics for a small fee-per attendee, to raise funds for supplies and other costs including rents and utilities. Corporate members are welcome as are donations of time, treasure and talent in the form of expert advice, donations of supplies and working tools and/or in-kind services.

At the makerspace, people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network and build. The availability of real working tools and nearby colleagues putting them to practical use opens the doors of thinking big and testing ideas while the culture of do-it yourself, sharing knowledge and experimentation grows the capabilities of the group. Makerspaces are zones of self-directed learning in a shared setting. The makerspace is the ultimate workshop for the tinkerer and the perfect educational space for individuals who learn best by doing.