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Radial Flow Filter Problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Nov 14, 2016. 2 Replies

I have a 65 gallon filter tank that I recently switched from swirl to radial flow because I felt like the swirl wasn't catching enough of the solids. The RFF definitely catches lots more of the…Continue

Using Fish Water To Fertilize Gardens

Started Jun 13, 2016 0 Replies

I read about adding nitrogen to soil gardens but there aren't any suggested levels for nitrogen in the form of nitrates. If I want to use fish water to fertilize my gardens what level of nitrates…Continue

Can I eat the Tilapia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Mar 23, 2016. 2 Replies

I had a power outage and lost 47 lbs of Tilapia to lack of oxygen. Are they still edible? If so how do I store them while waiting to fillet them? Seems like all the big ones died.Continue

White bugs... millions of them

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Stevenson Dec 20, 2016. 15 Replies

I've been battling fungus gnats lately and thought I was catching up with them. Today I ran my fingers through my media and discovered hordes of tiny white bugs. When I first uncover them they move…Continue

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Jeff S replied to john mark's discussion tilapia in the group Michigan Aquaponics
"Yaacov We chatted last year. I still have Tilapia if you need them in Garden City."
Monday
Jeff S replied to Blake Allen's discussion Adding more sump tanks - question! in the group IBC Aquaponics
"The water bridge is operated as a water level equalizer. Once it's primed (by filling it with water) it operates by gravity and keeps the level in the 2 tanks at the same level. If either end of it goes above water level it looses it's…"
Feb 27
Jeff S replied to Blake Allen's discussion Adding more sump tanks - question! in the group IBC Aquaponics
"If you can put in the second sump just do like Jim said and put in a larger tank and just use the one sump and one pump. You don't have to bury it all the way, just below the grow bed level. The original sump can be used for make up water. "
Feb 25
John Stevenson replied to Jeff S's discussion White bugs... millions of them
"I use Steinernema feltiae. They are effective and are the recommended greenhouse pest control nematode. They are an excellent choice to control fungus gnats in the system. Steinernema feltiae are also used to control: Beet Armyworm, Black Cutworm,…"
Dec 20, 2016
Jeff S replied to Jeff S's discussion White bugs... millions of them
"I haven't noticed anything in the grow bed media yet. The fliers aren't taking over yet. What kind of nematodes did you use? "
Dec 19, 2016
John Stevenson replied to Jeff S's discussion White bugs... millions of them
"Great news."
Dec 19, 2016
Robert Cionni replied to Jeff S's discussion White bugs... millions of them
"Fan working somewhat , dunks helped a little, nematodes did the trick. After 2 days almost no gnats!"
Dec 19, 2016
Jeff S replied to Jeff S's discussion White bugs... millions of them
"OK new year same problem but this time I'm on top of the fungus knats. Hopefully I won't have the white bug infestation again. Vacuuming up the fliers and soap spraying the plants. "
Dec 18, 2016
Robert Cionni replied to Jeff S's discussion White bugs... millions of them
"We are having a similar problem with fungus gnats in our indoor aquaponics system. Have added mosquito dunks with limited success. Will add the Steinernema Felita nematodes today. We are hopeful this will help."
Dec 17, 2016
Jeff S replied to Jeff S's discussion Radial Flow Filter Problem
"Yeah Tilapia, 100s of them. I was having problems with floaters when it was a swirl filter. Now with the RFF at least the solids all gather at the top of the inner tank and I can scoop them out and keep them out of my beds. The filter tank is a tall…"
Nov 14, 2016
David replied to Jeff S's discussion Radial Flow Filter Problem
"Let me guess, tilapia? A lot of tilapia poop floats and it is affected by feed. I'm not sure why but I see it a lot in my tilapia tank but not at all with my catfish - same feed. You can try some bird netting in your rff to capture those…"
Nov 14, 2016
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Radial Flow Filter Problem

I have a 65 gallon filter tank that I recently switched from swirl to radial flow because I felt like the swirl wasn't catching enough of the solids. The RFF definitely catches lots more of the solids however most of them just continue to float at the top of the tank. I have to scoop them out with a net every 2-3 days. It's my understanding that the solids should be sinking to the bottom where they can be drained. While I do get a substantial amount in the bottom I think I'm getting more from…See More
Nov 13, 2016
Jeff S replied to Timothy's discussion Tank leaked
"As an example of Tilapia hardiness I recently pulled some fry out of  one tank and dropped them into a new tank with no problems.  I just made sure the water wasn't too cold and the pH was somewhere between 6 and 7.5."
Nov 13, 2016
Jeff S replied to Michael Welber's discussion How big do tilapia need to be before they'll eat Black soldier fly larvae?
"I don't know anything about BSF but I do know Tilapia will eat just about anything but take time to adjust to it. Everyone says they love duckweed but I find they prefer fish food. If I put them both in the tank they eat around the duckweed…"
Nov 11, 2016
Jeff S replied to Timothy's discussion Tank leaked
"When I first started out all I heard was be very careful about water changes, pH swings, temperature changes ,etc.  I tried to follow directions but after battling ammonia spikes and similar water loss situations like yours I came to understand…"
Nov 11, 2016
Jeff S replied to Borje Eliasson's discussion Pond in a green house
"Nice setup. Looks like you put in a lot of work. I'm sure you thought about it but you cheated yourself of raised grow beds. As long as you're eliminating all those other bad things about soil gardening they would make sense lol.  I…"
Nov 5, 2016

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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft
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2 yrs or more
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Tilapia, Other
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275 gallon
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Gill
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Started aquaponics for self sustainability but really am getting interested in all the possibilities. Great hobby. Watching videos is my new entertainment.

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At 9:40pm on January 21, 2016, Douglas Wozniak said…

Your not exactly all alone but pretty close. I started this Michigan aquaponics group, but I get no help from anyone. I have requested someone else take it over, but no luck.

My operation is stopped and in disrepair due to a stroke. With no hopes of resurrection.

At 9:44pm on December 13, 2015, Moe said…

hello Jeff,

I saw the pictures of your system.  Awesome! 

At 3:03pm on January 9, 2015, Gene Parbst said…

Wow! that's great, are you using your greenhouse now?  There are others selling Tilapia in MI on craigslist.  They sell for $1-2 each around here.  I want to buy from a certified fishery, because of the legalities.  I don't heat the basement side of my house, its like 36.  My greenhouse is 32.  I'll wait til Apr when the greenhouse is 45-50.  I have two 275 gallon ICB totes and plan to start with 60-70 fingerlings and hope they don't breed.  Also have an old 7x7' hot tub that I'm going to put in the ground and use for a sediment tank.  I'm going to post my plans soon.

At 9:49am on January 9, 2015, Gene Parbst said…

Hi Jeff, I'm learning how to use this forum, looks like a good place for info and questions.  There are several fisheries in MI that have Tilapia planting stock.  I found this list, but not sure how current it is:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/mda_aquaculture_192478_7.pdf

I'll be looking to buy Tilapia fingerlings like beginning of April.  I have emailed Mud Lake Farm, Zeeland, MI, but no response yet.  Are your Blue Tilapia pure breed stock?  I plan to raise the Tilapia April - Oct and shut down for the winter.  Have you harvested some of your Tilapia, I'll bet they're good eating.  I'm 6 miles from lake Michigan, near Saugatuck, time to get snow blowing done over a foot of snow here!

At 9:37pm on December 8, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hi Jeff,

Currently I'm running a 4" flex duct to a small hair dryer into low tunnels over my grow beds. It keeps the air in there about 73 %RH during the day.  There are a couple of lights in there too, so I might be okay with just a little fan (no hair dryer).

Your idea could work.  You'd need to use copper pipe I think, and make sure the water got really cold before you recirculated it.  Probably glycol would work better.  Really creative.  I like it!

At 1:43pm on May 4, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hi Jeff,

Sorry to hear you had trouble.  

Thanks for letting me know.

I guess if I start again I'll include a link in the message.

Jer...

At 10:24am on February 27, 2014, Jim Fisk said…

Wow that took awhile to accept your friend request. The "Accept" button would not accept. It is finally working today.

At 10:09pm on February 16, 2014, Ria Follett said…

Ok will do. I don't know if this is related, but there is currently an issue with my hosted server, so I won't be able to do it until it is resolved by the hosting company. Will let you know as soon as its done.

Regards

Ria

At 6:22am on January 15, 2014, Mike Elliott said…

What kind of fingerlings will you have?

 
 
 

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