I mentioned to you that we were now 100% solar powered, and here is how we did it.
100w folding solar panels, 100Amp/Hr deep cycle battery, and a little inverter and hey presto!!
We are now running a 20watt water pump and a 10w air pump and that is all.
There are also a few photos thrown in there to show the weather during our first week of testing!
This system will still cope with another 10watt air pump.
http://www.solargods.com.au/solar-shop/portable-folding-solar-panels/premium-bosch-100w-portable-solar-panel/ at the bottom there is a great little video and all the specifications that may interest you.
Check out Solar Gods, chat to Spencer, if your thinking of going solar with your own system, then his systems make it reachable.
How your pet goldfish can help grow kitchen herbs
Back to the Roots, a company started by two UC Berkeley graduates, focuses on making products that promote sustainability in food. They’re behind those mushroom grow kits you may have seen at Whole Foods and now they’ve developed a product that uses aquaponics to grow plants. Above is a really great explanation of the science behind aquaponics food systems.
Heiko Bleher discovers: Rainbowfish and blue-eyes
Heiko Bleher reveals new species of rainbowfish and blue-eyes found in the rivers and lakes of Australasia.
Male Etna Bay Melanotaenia sp. 2 (picstured above)
Origin: Sungai Ambalanga, Etna Bay, West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia.
Water: pH 7.8, conductivity 195 μS/cm, temperature 25.3°C/77.5°F at 11am.
Habitat: A clear water creek that was 3-5m/11.5’-16.4’ wide and at the deepest place about 1m/39” in depth. The ground consisted of gravel, pebbles and sand, as well as leaves and driftwood. The surrounding area was almost entirely primary rainforest and overhanging Pandanus plants; there was no aquatic vegetation.
Notes: I wrote extensively about the genus Melanotaenia in a PFK issue in 2010, but since then a few more have been described. On a recent trip I found another six species, which are being described as new this year, from West Papua and the Aru Archipelago, Indonesia. It’s possible that in a few years there could be more than 100 species of these fantastic fishes.
Aquarium: This is a very beautiful, large species. I found specimens of 16cm/6” in TL; they need a tank of 120cm/47” long or more. They are peaceful fishes and good for a community aquarium as long as the biotope is correctly decorated with sand, gravel, rocks and some well-watered driftwood. The aquarium should have a slow water flow.
For mates I suggest blue-eyes — the Pseudomugil species. They also live with halfbeaks, Zenarchopterus, gobies and gudgeons.
Anyone know a good rainbowfish tumblr? I mainly only see fish ones devoted to bettas or goldfish
Rainbowfish is the common name for fish from the Melanotaeniidae family. They are super colorful and easy to keep in planted aquariums. They are native to the rivers, lakes, and swamps of northeastern Australia and the islands near by. Rainbowfish range in size from about 2.5 to 8 inches in length. They are pretty hardy and really thrive in planted tanks.
Heterandria formosa is also known as the dwarf livebearer or least killifish (despite not being a killifish). This diminutive fish earns its name at an average size of 1/2 inch. Unusual among the livebearers, the females give birth to only a few young at a time over a period of 10 to 14 days. It is found in the south eastern US and is sometimes kept by livebearer enthusiasts.
“The collapse of a shark tank at The Scientific Center in Kuwait. Share this because it’s probably the only time in your life you will see something like this.”
I am VERY VERY into this photo and will reblog it MANY MANY times.