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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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So Long Winter, We Hardly Knew You

- Posted on March 2, 2016 by

Everything is coming together for Summerside Makerspace! Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about our soft opening (1 to 2 weeks).

January was a slow start as we worked to get everything lined up legally to enter into a lease agreement for our space. The organizers are very proud to say that Summerside Makerspace, Inc. was registered as a provincial non-profit corporation on February 5th! We have acquired insurance coverage and opened our bank account too, all in the last 3 weeks. We have been busily prepping the space for members and guests by putting some donated paint and supplies to good use. Check out our work-in-progress:


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Organizing Committee Meeting Minutes

- Posted on January 6, 2016 by

We met just before Christmas to make some plans. We try to have an organized meeting with motions and votes and everything. For some of you, this may be the first thing you can learn about from the Makerspace. Meetings of governments, corporations and many groups including the United Nations operate under these same rules of order. Go to a council meeting sometime and check it out!

You can read the unofficial minutes of our meeting of December 23, 2015.