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Koi vs Goldfish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirk Ellern May 14, 2012. 3 Replies

I want to use koi or goldfish in my aquaponics system.  I have narrowed my selection to these two fish because they can withstand a wider temperature range (neccessary in Missouri climate) and mostly…Continue

Bio-bale?

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Apr 25, 2012. 8 Replies

What are your thoughts on bio-bale?  I'm researching how to make a biofilter and ran across this biobale.  It seems rather cheap for it's volume and size (1 gallon / 35 square feet).  Has anybody…Continue

 

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Jul 15
John Cubit replied to georgia washington's discussion How are your goldfish doing? in the group Goldfish Growers
"I have 4 comets in a 20 gallon tank and they are doing great.  One suffered ammonia burns but has since healed.  They range in size from 2" to 5" and are growing rapidly.  The one that is 5 inches was 3 inches 7 weeks ago.…"
Nov 1, 2012
WaterFish22 replied to georgia washington's discussion How are your goldfish doing? in the group Goldfish Growers
"Yeah,  I like gold fish because they are really cheep and pretty easy to get any any pet-store, plus they look good in an out door pond. I have 3 gold fish that are around 4 inches long. One however looks like it ate a golf ball but, I have had…"
Oct 26, 2012
Margaret replied to georgia washington's discussion How are your goldfish doing? in the group Goldfish Growers
"I started with a gold fish pond so my experience has been really good. I am starting to expand into a floating raft system. I just use feeders for my pond as I don't grieve the expense of them if I have to start over due to predation or…"
Jun 23, 2012
TCLynx replied to georgia washington's discussion Why do we 'flush' our poo? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Saltwater aquarium operation is different. And most aquarium are not as heavily stocked as some aquaponics systems. There are of course exceptions to every rule but.  If you have twice as much grow bed as you have fish tank volume (and you…"
May 22, 2012
Tony Gilliam replied to georgia washington's discussion Why do we 'flush' our poo? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Thanks TCLynx, I totally forgot about the worms. I'm still putting my system together, so i will make my beds bigger than needed, cause i'm not sure of my fish load yet and don't want to run out of bio- filter. Yesterday i spoke with…"
May 22, 2012
TCLynx replied to georgia washington's discussion Why do we 'flush' our poo? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"In flood and drain media beds and gravel beds, the solids or fish poo that collects there gets mineralized by bacteria and worms and isn't a problem as long as there is plenty of gravel bed to support the added load on the system.  By…"
May 21, 2012
Tony Gilliam replied to georgia washington's discussion Why do we 'flush' our poo? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"This is the way i see it working. The fish poo in the water which contains ammonia, The ammonia is suspended and moves freely in the water. The poo settles out and begins to build up in the gravel beds or filters. By removing the solid matter, you…"
May 21, 2012
Kirk Ellern replied to georgia washington's discussion Koi vs Goldfish
"Basically same thing.  You'll compare the weight of fish to the amount of water in your system.  Koi are bigger, obviously.  Koi CAN get up to 30 lbs, I'm told.  If you have a lot of space in your fish tank they are…"
May 14, 2012
Carey Ma replied to georgia washington's discussion Koi vs Goldfish
"I'd go with goldfish esp if you don't plan on eating or selling. You can pack more small fish in a tank than the larger koi but need a good robust filter and more oxygen. And if something goes wrong, it's cheaper to replace."
May 1, 2012
TCLynx replied to georgia washington's discussion Koi vs Goldfish
"Koi grow bigger which is why you need more water per fish.  Bigger fish smaller fish, it is the overall total weight of fish that kinda dictates how much they eat and how much they poop for you."
May 1, 2012
TCLynx replied to georgia washington's discussion Why do we 'flush' our poo? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I don't flush my poo, nor do I flush my fish poo! http://www.humanurehandbook.com/ The only systems that remove fish poo are the ones that have some means of solids removal or settlement that they have to clean out regularly.  Now those…"
May 1, 2012
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How are your goldfish doing?

I'm thinking of using goldfish in my aquaponics system.  For those of you who have chosen to use goldfish, how has your experience been?  Why did you choose goldfish?  Are you glad you chose that fish?  Are there any positive or negative aspects of goldfish that you have learned about since you started?  Would you have chosen a different type of fish?  Just curious before making my final decision.  Thanks for your thoughts.See More
Apr 29, 2012
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Goldfish Growers

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Apr 29, 2012
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Koi vs Goldfish

I want to use koi or goldfish in my aquaponics system.  I have narrowed my selection to these two fish because they can withstand a wider temperature range (neccessary in Missouri climate) and mostly because they are known to produce a larger quantity of waste (ammonia).  The more ammonia, the more nitrates (provided sufficient bio-filter capacity) which should allow for more plants.  I want to maxamize my limited fish tank capacity by choosing the right fish that will produce the most…See More
Apr 29, 2012
Jordan Erickson replied to georgia washington's discussion Why do we 'flush' our poo? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Hey, to answer your question, the reason is that they use the filters to create a space to filter the poo and create an area for the bacteria cultures to grow on the filter surfaces, so they can convert the fish waste to a use-able form or nutrient.…"
Apr 27, 2012

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At 10:35pm on April 14, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome James,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

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