Aquaponics PLUMB IT!
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Aquaponics PLUMB IT: A detailed step-by-step plumbing guide for backyard systems. 3 different plumbing diagrams are detailed. Photos and diagrams on how to build a bell siphon photos and diagram, netting system, bubbler, floating raft bed, vertical grow structure, and pyramid structure for shade clothing and greenhousing. Also included are inexpensive alternative for tanks and growbeds. This is the video we would loved to have had when we started building a system. We have had Commercial Aquaponics training and have installed backyard mini-farms. Free updates on our YouTube Channel as we enlarge our system, grow our crops and helpful green tips.
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- The diagrams that I was very interested in studying were very difficult to read and then there was no reference material to use afterwards. Maybe a key to a location on the web with the plans would be useful. My other people would have better luck with their screen resolution enough so they could actually read the words on the diagrams
- The narration was not clear. Entire words were cut off, words were slurred and hard to understand at times. Narration needed a lot of help - editing was not cohesive and it was just plain difficult to watch (I wanted to turn it off in the first 5 minutes)
- I expected VIDEO of systems - there were a few short video clips - but it was mostly still frames with a lot of narration. Interestingly, the parts that needed the most narration (the bubbler) got the least and the parts that needed the least (the netting/hole drilling), got the most.
It was difficult to watch the entire thing. Youtube has lots of similar info - free. The last few minutes of the "video" were advertisements of their systems that you could purchase - not exactly happy about paying to watch their commercials for their systems and hearing "go to [...]" so many times.
My advice - skip it. If I thought I could get my money back, I'd try it. This was not available for rental and there is no preview, so I took a big chance that it would be a worthwhile expenditure. My apologies to the authors of this work because I'm sure they have passion about this subject and can't see past their own excitement in building an informational DVD -- but the rest of us should not waste time or money on either the instant play or the DVD.
That's why I chose 5 stars - not because it's perfect or a glossy representation, but because I really felt these folks wanted to share this info, give credit to those who taught them, and help others. And something about her voice made me want to just sit and listen to her talk...:)
The info goes by quickly. You'll have to take screen shots or pause it to write things down. There's a lot to know on this topic, and no one video is going to teach you. While yes there are free videos on youtube, I like the way this was presented - it made it seem like someone's auntie or grandparents were doing this in their backyard...while at the same time it's clear from the narration that these folks care about sharing this info with schools and even far-flung places and helping other people get things up and running in an easy-to-recreate way. They even talk about getting supplies from ebay and Craig's List - right on!
It gets the wheels turning and provides really detailed diagrams (again, prepare to screen capture!) with a really friendly sounding woman talking you through things. Is it top of the line production? Nope...but I liked it a lot and got not just info from it but the sense that the woman doing the voiceover wants you to go out and do it, too, and then sets about trying to show you how.
I think if you look at it from this perspective it's a very useful tool, and one you can refer to for info later if you stay interested in aquaponics or want to share the info with others but aren't going to create your own instructional video.
One note though: their fish2food.com site is no longer active and I can't find more info on them or their operation after a few simple searches. I'm sure I could if I dug in...so perhaps their business model didn't work, or some other obstacle arose, but these folks put a lot of detailed info out in the world for beginners to use to set up their own home grows, which is a great gift to the rest of us.
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