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De-Cluttering is Not Just about Stuff

At the heart of de-cluttering (on the way to simplifying our lives) is the notion that we should identify the essential - and eliminate the rest. While we generally think of clutter as having a physical form - like objects that you can see and touch - it also extends...

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De-Cluttering

De-cluttering is the pathway to minimalism...and simple living. The notion that underpins minimalism is that we accumulate stuff...but we eventually get to the point where that stuff owns us. It determines how and where we live...and what we have to do to buy more of...

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Sayonara Aquaponics

In recent weeks, I’ve been reflecting on aquaponics – and its impact on my life. I wrote the Urban Aquaponics Manual back in 2007 – and then revised it three times – and I’ve been endeavouring to roll out the 4th Edition for several years…but I struggle to make the...

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Hope for the Best but Act for the Worst

My recent hospitalisation achieved two things.  Firstly, it served as a timely intervention for what might otherwise have been a life-threatening situation - and it provided the opportunity to think about things. Since this is not the first time that Mother Nature has...

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Are You Part of the Solution?

The United Nations has stated that, if we are to meet the food needs of the projected population, food production will have to double by 2050. A formidable task of itself, this goal is further complicated by some serious environment factors including: Desertification...

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Part 1 – Introduction to the RAS Build

This is "Part 1 - Introduction to the RAS build" of  Chapter 8 of the Urban Aquaponics Manual. Chapter 8 is where we build the system...and its a big one...so I've broken it down into a series of sub-chapters: Part 1 - Introduction to the RAS Build Part 2 - The IBC...

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Part 2 – IBC Fish Tank

This is Part 1 of Chapter 8 of the Urban Aquaponics Manual. "An intermediate bulk container, IBC tote, or pallet tank, is a reusable industrial container designed for the transport and storage of bulk liquid and granulated substances, such as chemicals, food...

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Selecting the Components

This is Chapter 7 of the Urban Aquaponics Manual. In the last chapter, we developed a design specification for a small recirculating aquaculture system (RAS).  Now. it's time to select the components that we'll need for the build. Before we go too much further, I need...

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Designing Your RAS

This is Chapter 6 of the Urban Aquaponics Manual. Designing any food production system starts with the question... "How much food do you plan to produce?"  The design of an urban aquaponics system begins with questions. too... How Much Fish? We're going to keep it...

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Things to Think About

This is Chapter 5 of the Urban Aquaponics Manual. In previous chapters, we looked at what recirculating aquaculture is - and how it works in a basic microbiological sense.  Most importantly, we should have connected with the fundamental notion that aquaponics starts...

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The Aquaponics Fork in the Road

This is Chapter 4 of The Urban Aquaponics Manual - 4th Edition. In a Chapter 2, we looked at how aquaponics works from a basic microbiological perspective...and I said a properly-designed aquaponics system was a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to which growing...

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Understanding Filtration

This is Chapter 3 of The Urban Aquaponics Manual - 4th Edition. In the previous chapter, we looked at how aquaponics works from a basic microbiological perspective. In this section, we learn how to optimise the conditions under which the beneficial bacteria work - in...

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