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Fishy's Dome - a special slideshow


It is an odd thing, to feel "called" (for lack of a better word) to teach people. "Teach" is not even the right word, they just need to remember. Right now, many people just don't want to know... and whatever calling I may feel, I am not ready to give instruction or aid. I am still scrambling to make up for too many years "living the American dream." Still day by day, we plod along trying to flesh out our vision and manifest it the best we can. Over the years, a surgeon and a Native American elder have told me the same thing... "Teach what you need to know." In that vein, I made videos are we plodded. Until my camera died.

I am incredibly proud that my beginners AP video and the fodder feeding one have so many views. They are not that great of videos, but it indicates how much hunger there is for this kind of knowledge.

I have a pretty impressive internet brain trust I hang out with - most of the things we are putting into practice are things we picked up here at the dailypaul. I guess there is a bit of synchronicity to this. My first video with my new camera will be dedicated to someone here who thinks the videos are worthwhile enough to make it possible for us to keep doing them.

This dome is something my husband and I have talked about since we met in 1979. It is truly the manifestation of one of our earliest shared dreams. The slideshow is made with the last images my old camera managed to focus in on, the video function was already gone. It is offered in a spirit of thanks and love for the many little miracles that seem to spring from the DP.

Together, we are learning to be the change we want to see.
Some days we do better than others.


(((THANK YOU TwelveOhOne!!!)))

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This made me smile

It's wonderful what you and your husband are doing, and they're beautiful shots you got. Thanks for sharing this, and thanks to 12:01, too.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


you are monopolizing the top right "originals" box... move over damnit let someone else in there will you?


So nice to see whats going on in the "real" world. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see what comes out of your dome:)) Sure looks like a pretty spot.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Love is so here


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Thank you

Your comment brought tears. Love.

On the way home last night, I heard that song with the chorus "Where oh where can my baby be, the lord took her away from me, she's gone to heaven so I've got to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave this world" (just looked it up, "Last Kiss" by Wayne Cochran, not the Pearl Jam version).

Anyway, I have heard the song before, so I started singing along to it. When the chorus hit the first time my eyes started leaking, and as the song progressed I was bawling, not just weeping but could no longer sing.

We're getting married in May. I mentally put us into the song, and released a bunch of pain. I told my fiancee about it and she told me she loves me so much that I can feel so deeply. Now I'm crying again, and thanks, Queen of Liberty (fiancee is my Proud Queen). :)

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Your generousity is not wasted

Congratulations on the successful video since you gave fishy the camera! BIG Congratulations to you and your Queen's pending marriage. THAT is VERY exciting!!! :D

Thank you for all the generous and productive contributions on DP, very uplifting and appreciated!


Need a photographer? ;)

That song was still popular when I was young, and my sisters and I used to parody it every time it came on - to keep from crying!

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In fact we do!

We do actually need one, will discuss via email.

I read this at lunch, and while driving back that song played again! Now I sit in the car writing this while tears dry. ;)

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OK, like this

You hold your nose so you sound all nasally when you sing, you grab a goofy stuffed animal and sing to it like it is your "baby,"
You can get through this...

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.


I thought, "Need a caterer?" But I won't get my license and permit until end of April, and that's only for my county.

It's also funny, I need a photographer. I want to have my picture taken around some of the beautiful outdoor environments here, and I think it takes a special camera eye to be able to "catch" the landscape and a person. Now it could be the pose.. I have noticed that young women in bikini's diving off the back of a sail boat usually have good landscape shots as well, but I'm not willing to wear a bikini and dive off a sail boat or anything, into the NORCAL Pacific (I might do the polar plunge, but everyone always looks pained in those pictures).



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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


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Excellent! That's the knowledge dissemination we need and we'll never have enough of.

The good old camera served well her duty! :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Good job! Bump.

Good job! Bump.

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thanks for lifting my spirits

Question for fishyculture

I plan on growing tomatoes in aquaponics raised beds, the water will return to a small pond. What kind of bed media is best to use? I have some pea rock left over from a Foundation repair job. There is a gravel pit close by that I can get different sized washed rock any time with my trailer. I plan on building a least 6 beds, I have a sump pump on hand for pumping the water. Do I need to pump into each one in parallel or can I daisy chain them to together?

The pond which I will build in spring (50' X 100'), will most likely be home to a dozen ducks and be used to help water two acres of garden also. What kind of fish do you think would be best in this type of environment. I do have two 50 gallon aquariums that can be used to help fry fish grow before releasing into the pond.

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That sounds amazing!

Bedding media: Hydroton is very popular, but expensive. It is nice to work with, easy on the hands, but some balls will float so you will need to put screens on water outlets.
Expanded shale is also popular and slightly less expensive.
You can use coco-peat, but it will keep your water murky.
Gravel is the easiest and cheapest BUT - you run the risk of getting something in there that will mess with your pH levels - forever. There are tales on the net about people who had to completely empty grow beds and start over because there was something leeching into the water. We are going to use granite which other users are reporting no problems with. What hawkiye said about using slightly larger rock is correct. Pea gravel will work, but you may find the smooth, small stones fit together too well and leave you with oxygenation problems. Whatever you choose, I would recommend getting a bucket, fill it with a sample of the rocks and water, let it sit for a while, then check the pH every day for a week or so, see if it stays stable. You can adjust it up or down, but if it just keeps leeching you will want to pick different rock.

For a pond that big, I would look very hard at tilapia. They gill-feed, which means the filter the water through the gills and eat the algae. That means cleaner ponds, and less food you have to provide. It also means if something happens and you cannot feed for a day or two, they will live. The down side... Check with your Fish and Game people, they are considered "invasive" in some areas and you are are not supposed to put them in ponds. Also, if you live where it freezes, they will not make it through the winter. What we will do is raise them from fry starting late winter, harvest most of them in early winter, and put a breeding set into our greenhouse each year.

I agree again with hawkiye, that you may have a problem with nutrient density. Tilapia breed readily, so again, they might get you fishified fastest. Any other critters you can add to the system will help - crayfish, shrimp, goldfish, whatever you can get for free or cheap.

You will hear a lot about "cycling the system" and your ducks will fix that for you. You need a bacteria in the system to convert ammonia to nitrogen, and the duck poo will provide it. If you can, get the ducks at least a week or two before you use the water for your grow beds it give the bacteria plenty of time to colonize.

I want to see your video when you get this going - it sounds like an amazing project! If you want to, PM me and I will email you our phone number, and you can call with questions... We might even have answers for you.

You can daisy chain the beds together. We did find that the last bed got much less nutrient than the first bed, so you may find you want to make adjustments if your end of the line beds look puny.

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Pea gravel will work but 3/4

Pea gravel will work but 3/4 rock would be better. You might want to wash it again when you get home with it. One way to do that is to just put the hose on the pile and take the cleanest stuff off the top and work your way down.

Also that pond is huge in terms of aquaponics so not sure if there will be enough fish waste to feed the plants as it will get dispersed unless you have a lot of fish. The Ducks might help but hard to tell.

Fishy may know something I don't.

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thanks for sharing.

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.” ~Mark Twain


I'm so glad to get to see your project...Thanks for sharing!

OK fishy,

I'm downvoting everything you do forever, cause I'm jealous. Not fair, not fair. Beautiful pictures, loved the music, and your husband is more talented than me. I loved seeing this, but its just not fair. lol

I'm really proud of you

Fishy :)

Love It Fishy

Have you watched the TEDX video by Dan Phillips? I'd be willing to bet that you know about Cob building as well as Strawbale too. You seem to be the kind of free spirit that is into that sort of stuff. More power to you for your plans to teach, your willingness to live how you preach, and your awareness of the world around you. I commend you and wish my family and yours lived in close proximity so we could help each other build a better way of living and teach others to do so too!


We aren't talented enough

to build a dome, so my greenhouse is made out of PVC pipe, scrap lumber, and 6 mil plastic sheeting. :) We just bought the 5.4 acre parcel that joins the land we already own so maybe we can do something more in time. We have been looking into aquaponics... I think I definitely want to have that up and going by next spring. I'm thinking tilapia and channel catfish... gotta have catfish! :)

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

We started with a hoophouse.

It still stands, next to the dome. It is now covered with tarps and is our "shed."
I LOVE the hoophouses. If and when we ever get to where we can actually go out and help do builds for people, hoophouses are what we will offer as "entry level" units. Hawkiye has a slick way of bending conduit, so you can make the frame REALLY sturdy. And that shrink wrap stuff has been awesome. We have SERIOUS wind around here, and it has not budged. I got both ends blown out of my hoophouse one night last winter!
It is so exciting to see so may people getting systems up, or planning them. It is just so awesome - you really do build a little ecosystem, and once it gets going, life will start coming to it. We set our system outside on the back of a trailer last summer and we attracted bees, wasps, birds, frogs and a snake within days.
Keep me posted about your progress!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

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Hi Fishy! :)

I would be very interested to see pyramids incorporated.

Your comment about "life will start coming to it" resonated with something from "Source Field Investigations", that being the pyramids studied showed an ability to regrow life forms, changing their very DNA, creating new life where it had gone extinct, etc.

Okay I just watched it and was already crying from Queen of Liberty's post, and now I'm bawling again, thanks so much for the attribution, and the clock reference -- I got my user name from the book by Richard Lupoff that was made into a movie with Jonathan Silverman, Martin Landau, and Helen Slater, "12:01". I am generally reminded twice a day about that wonderful tale of learning and redemption, I think it's fitting for one who has made so many mistakes in life and is now getting married for the last time and learning so many wonderful things from this beautiful community.

Looking forward to many more videos! :) (((Fishy!!!)))

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cool Fishy!

Do you have access to any plans? I always wondered how to make those connectors. I want to get one built out at our bugout place by the lake, but IDK if the dome is necessary since we don't have snow. It's just a cool piece of design though.

If you need any used equipment you can PM me and I'll try to hook you up. It's usually about 50% less than retail.

Our plans...

were a soccer ball - LOL!
We are going to write out our plans as we build the next one. When we get them done, I'll let you know. Or, get a soccer ball and play with this:
If you decide to do it, let me know and you can pick my husband's brain about adjustments that need made.
Thanks for the encouragement and the offer!

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great photographs!