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Emergency/Disaster Preparedness.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrea Mills Dec 6, 2012. 5 Replies

Have you thought about preparing for a disaster? In the SF Bay we haven't had a Katrina, Haiti, Mid-West or Fukishima Japan level disaster in a while. Because of that we have become pretty…Continue

Water Hyacinth as supplemental water filtration.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ellen Roelofs Oct 17, 2011. 12 Replies

Anyone use Water Hyacinth as supplemental filtration? I'm thinking that if my grow bed is too small for the fish density I would add some water hyacinth to help keep the water clean. I can pull the…Continue

Any of you use Indian Almond Leaves?

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx May 12, 2011. 9 Replies

I use it as a tonic for my aquarium fish. It lowers the pH slightly and provides tea colored water which helps with algae control. Here is some info:…Continue

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Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I understand your cautious approach. Unlike ammonia, acid doesn't have quite the impact on 500 gallons of water and like I said if pH drops too much just add some of your 8.3 water. Would be interesting to see if the pH raises back up on…"
Aug 1
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I could only get powder form. so I just put in two full teaspoons going to check is here in a bit. It seem powerful I took a gallon of the water put in a 1/4 tsp and it dropped of the chart so I'm feeling it out. "
Jul 31
Randall Wimbish commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"T Boone Pickens likes to say "Don't rush the monkey, you get a better show." instead of me  posting links, Google the above. Does that mean "slow down"? or "take it slow??"
Jul 31
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"My system is the same size as yours Anthony. Go ahead and put 3-4 ounces of muratic acid in  it. Won't hurt a thing. Even if it drops too far you can always add water lol"
Jul 31
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"well that was a drive, but I now have found the muratic acid.Just added 1/2 tea spoon into the system dissolved  in 2 gallons of tank water. 1/4 tsp in 1 gallon then again. i'll let this cycle and see what is going on I'm pushing…"
Jul 31
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Our Okra is great in stir fries as well. VERY good for you too btw."
Jul 31
Jim Fisk commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"And that is why we chose to retire to NE TN in the mountains. Low 70's here today and 50's at night. Hard to beat the heat. Also we have an artesian well with no pump and about 55F water from about 250 feet down. I let that run when…"
Jul 31
Randall Wimbish commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Stewed okra and tomato's. It is the main's vegetable in Gumbo's and I eat the small spears right off the plant and in salads. It is about the only thing producing in our 100 degree temperatures right now."
Jul 31
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I'm a NW boy what does that do? I've just heard of this stuff you call okra. I've been told it's a southern thing along with grits."
Jul 31
Randall Wimbish commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Try some okra in the system. This is okra time of year."
Jul 31
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"ok this will just be a waiting game thanks "
Jul 31
Randall Wimbish commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Like I said before, once your system gets really established the bacteria will always be pushing the ph down. I have used muratic acid from a pool supply before and a little goes a long way, but now I just leave everything alone and thing still…"
Jul 31
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"well this just is not going well. My well water is at 8.2 ph temps running in high 90's topping off is not helping my Ph problem. Have spikes in heat of day 8.4 to 8.6. I'm reading that RO filters don't really lower PH. Just trying to…"
Jul 31
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Trial and error can be a fun part of aquapnics but not when the error requires so much work to rectify. Wouldn't be any fun if it were plug and play."
Jul 25
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"yes Jim you are correct I did get it from a landscape place. They offer pond supplies and water features too. This made me think when I told them I was making a bio-filter that they would understand what I meant by I need granite with no limestone…"
Jul 25
Anthony Payne commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"yep and this last test I found the little culprits. I thought it was crushed river rock after I was cleaning it and tested some no bubbles but the ph would not go down. So I picked through the rocks and pulled the ones I thought looked not granite…"
Jul 25

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At 6:04pm on June 22, 2015, Sly said…
Hi chi, I'm a newbie and a fellow SF Bay Area. It's nice to know someone nearby who knows aquaponics!

I recently built an ibc tote system and now looking to change my gold fish to tilapia and catfish. Do you have any or know someone who might consider sharing some or selling some. I would greatly appreciate it!
At 8:09am on June 23, 2013, Jon Parr said…
Likewise, Chi. I know you're moving, but will you still be in Saratoga? I'll drop you a line when I head that way again. Or vise versa. 831-251-9211
At 11:57am on February 27, 2013, Jamie Jang said…

Hey Chi!

I'm exploring the possibilities of aquaponics with community outreach in an urban food desert. I've attempted aquaponics a couple times, myself, without complete success. So for this venture I'm definitely looking to compensate somebody who has experience creating successful, thriving aquaponics systems.

Let me know if this sounds at all interesting to you. I'm only in the stage of exploring what resources are available to me, right now. So this would be many months in the future.

 

Thanks!

At 9:31pm on January 6, 2013, TCLynx said…

Hi Chi, Haven't seen you online much lately, Hope you are doing well.  Happy New Year.

At 4:43pm on November 29, 2012, Jay Wolf said…

Chi brah!!!!!  What's shakin' brotha?  Have my space and started building about three ago.  We should catch up soon.  Let me know what is going on in your world

At 9:40am on July 16, 2012, Jay Wolf said…

Hey brah!!!  Long time.  Just checking in to see how you are doing.  Hope all is well!

At 7:48am on June 13, 2012, Allisyn Wood said…
I think it's amazing what you're doing over there. All the good fortune in the world! Thanks for sharing all your experience and knowledge.
At 9:22am on May 26, 2012, Dave Mannina said…

Trying to tweak my bell siphon. It ether takes long to start the siphon or long to break it. But it works.

At 8:32am on November 30, 2011, Mike Creuzer said…

The big cray is still going strong. One batch of babies (2 that I pulled out) didn't make the trip in other tanks. I am still trying to get a handle on my crustaceans.

At 5:53pm on July 28, 2011, Jay Wolf said…
Hey brah.  Haven;t chatted in awhile and just checking in to see how you are doing.  I hope all is well!
 
 
 

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