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Check valve recommendation

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Aug 29, 2015. 4 Replies

I want to incorporate a check valve into an existing airlift pump.  If you know of a reliable one, suitable for aquaponics, please identify it.thank youContinue

Danner 18 pump

Started Jan 4, 2015 0 Replies

I've gone through three impellers in less than a year at $40 each so that doesn't work for me.  One impeller failure I'll take the blame for due to gravel intake but two is still too many.I installed…Continue

pole beans not setting fruit

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Sep 20, 2014. 3 Replies

Tremendous vines, loads of flowers but very few beans.I supplement with Calcium Hydroxide, Potassium Bicarbonate, iron and magnesium.Any suggestions or thoughts?Continue

Beans as living shade and a question about steel rebar stakes

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Sep 22, 2014. 4 Replies

Can you tell me whether it is a hazard in any way to use steel rebar for stakes in a grow bed?  I have a supply on hand and would like to use it, if feasible.  I could also drive them in the ground…Continue


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George replied to Kelly Boyle's discussion Not sure what is doing this
"Could be cutworms (1)  Shine at night and kill them by hand.  This is my preferred method.  Be persistent.  The key is finally being there when the cutworm is feeding. (2) Flood the bed to drive them to the surface.  Feed…"
Apr 18
George replied to StevedNETN's discussion Remind me again "Why Fish"????
"If well water PH is 7 then how did your system water go from 6 to 8 or 7 to 8 (you wrote it both ways)?  My answer is, it didn't.  PH in aquaponics goes down, not up.   Nitrite spike probably killed your fish - goldfish are much…"
Jun 21, 2016
George replied to Theresa Wharton's discussion Keeping plants alive when fish have died
"pee in the tank"
Jun 13, 2016
George replied to Michael Welber's discussion Necropsies?
"I suppose the zinc is coming from your cistern tank. Salt water shouldn't be a problem for tilapia. Are you using an API test kit?"
May 26, 2016
George replied to Michael Welber's discussion Necropsies?
"If it is a virus then possibly the survivors are immune.  Thai is a scary thought that it might be your water."
May 26, 2016
George replied to James Reid's discussion Any advice for first timers
"It's a big subject and there is a lot of material archived on this site - participation has died down here and moved to facebook, or so I've heard.  Take a look at Smoky Mountain Aquaponics - Jim Fish is in Tennessee.  He may…"
May 25, 2016
George replied to Michael Welber's discussion Necropsies?
"O2 is probably OK or they would all be dead.   If it's not nitrite, then you might want to read up on tilapia virus that is affecting some commercial systems.  I'll see what I can find. Have you introduced fish recently?"
May 25, 2016
George replied to Michael Welber's discussion Necropsies?
"What are your PH, ammonia and nitrite levels?"
May 24, 2016
George replied to Larry Dale Smith's discussion Saw this, never did think many store bought fish were very good.
"Yes, I'm all for growing good food.  I don't know of a commercial fish food that might raise Omega 3 and I also don't know of anything I can produce at home that will raise Omega 3 levels in fish.  If anyone does know,…"
May 18, 2016
George replied to Larry Dale Smith's discussion Saw this, never did think many store bought fish were very good.
"4. Low Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratios From your link - be aware that this is the result of the food you feed the fish, not the species or origin.  How can we raise the Omega 3 levels in our farmed fish?  Aquaponics fish are farmed fish.…"
May 18, 2016
George replied to Heath Lambeth's discussion High Nitrite problems
"Since you are fishless, I would add ammonia to feed to feed the bacteria which feed on it.  There is a lot of information on this site about cycling which you might be interested in - try searching.  "
May 5, 2016
George replied to Heath Lambeth's discussion High Nitrite problems
"The presence of nitrate indicates progress.   Try to be patient.   It might happen faster if water was warmer but I wouldn't be concerned. You're going about it properly."
May 4, 2016
George replied to Andrew's discussion Building system help/questions
"Whatever your mind can conceive, you can build but you must have sufficient aeration and bio-filtering.  Media Beds can provide lots of bio-filtering but whether adequate would be determined by fish load and feeding. Should you go with a media…"
May 4, 2016
George left a comment for Alan Fugate
"Spider Mites - Blast them off with a hard spray of water, repeating every other day for about a week.  You must repeat because the mites will continue to hatch."
Apr 25, 2016
George commented on Wesley Singleton's photo
Apr 22, 2016
George replied to Sanu Maiya Maharjan's discussion Nutrients
"Are you still using seeds for media?  If yes, possibly that is the reason.  Did the plant roots rot?"
Apr 13, 2016

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Cycling as of 10/26/11. Bluegill stocked 12/2011. Interested in food quality and safety, permaculture. Gardener for many years, fisherman. As system matures, looking forward to comparisons between ground garden and aquaponics. 2014 fish stocking - bluegill, one largemouth bass, one catfish. August 2015 stocked tilapia. Tilapia grew rapidly and survived the winter but didn't feed for 2 1/2 months.

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At 10:22am on July 3, 2015, Charles Kiplinger said…

George. Thanks for the reply. Am running a 100 gallon tank, any idea how much I should use?

At 8:59pm on October 30, 2014, Jim Joy said…

Sorry I did not see your post.  I am heating my tank water to 75 degrees.  The heater runs for a little while in the early dawn hours.  I'm hoping to keep the tilapia growing through the winter.  Will see if warm roots helps too.

At 6:35pm on May 19, 2013, Donna Warmack said…

Would love to come take a look at your set up. I am still trying to decide on raft or medium system


At 7:42pm on May 15, 2013, Omari Jaffe said…

george thanks......... it been a lot of fun setting up  and i really like looking a the ƒish in the tank. you know what is the best thing i found out about AP, the learning never stop.

thanks again

At 12:41pm on August 29, 2012, Wade Sample said…

Hi George, thanks, glad you like the system.  This is my first time at aquaponics, and I am really happy with the results.  We fired the system up for the first time December 12th 2011, and have harvested a lot of produce already, and have had a few fish dinners. 

At 3:55pm on August 28, 2012, Rick Stillwagon said…

Hi George,

You can get a pot still for just distillation, living in florida you probably dont need the heat for a greenhouse.  Look up Rainier Distillers on the internet.  He built the distillation component for my stove.  He builds all kinds of stills and can fix you up.

At 7:43am on January 30, 2012, Mike Vann said…

No My father grew it in his garden but I did start the plant for him in my basement in January then he planted it in May.

At 7:07pm on October 24, 2011, TCLynx said…

Hum, I guess it must just take one nut to know another.  Or you aren't as nutty as you think?

good Luck with it.

At 7:42pm on October 22, 2011, TCLynx said…
Sometimes the bulkhead fitting isn't tightened up all the way when you get it.  Usually you just need to give the nut a slight tighten up.  But you might want to make sure there is no grit between the tank wall and the gasket or the gasket and the flange of the bulkhead fitting on the inside of the tank.  Make sure it's all clean and then tighten it up again.
At 4:31pm on September 9, 2011, Sahib Punjabi said…

Welcome George,  


Great hobby and a fantastic way of growing food naturally,


God bless


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