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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 Larry Miller's discussion I didn't know this was a place to advertise your products. I'm out!
"When I got started in aquaponics I found this forum very helpful. As I've learned I've tried to pass on what I think I know to others newbies as they join in. This and other forums aren't just for getting information but aso sharing…"
Aug 4
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
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
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
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Isn't the media suppose to bubble if it's not good for pH?"
Jul 25
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"The best I can come up with on hydroxides vs bicarbonates is the bicarbonates buffer the system and slows pH changes. My system is the same size as Anthony's and once they're established will maintain a more constant level of pH. In…"
Jul 24
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I'm not familiar with Maxicrop but even after your system cycles you'll need to add Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate), potassium sulphate, calcium, and iron chelate to your system on a regular basis so you could start there. You could use…"
Jul 24
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"Don't know if that's your final configuration but you're going to need some room on both sides if the grow beds so you can reach the rafts for harvest and planting. What type of lighting will you be using?"
Jul 9
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"That's good news. I'd like to see pics of your setup. My system runs from the fish tank to the radial filter then to my 2 media beds and DWC then to the sump where it's pumped back to  the FT. I feel this lessens pump problems…"
Jul 9
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I use muratic acid to lower pH. some folks use lemon or lime juice. Vinegar will work too but the acid is more potent. I'm running about 500 gallons and always have to lower pH for some reason. Took about 8 oz. and I wasn't at 8.2. Your…"
Jul 7
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Not a bad idea to have a media guard large enough to get your hand in for service purposes so a 2" bell with a 1" standpipe wouldn't be out of the question. But Jim Fisk is the resident bell siphon guru so maybe he'll give you…"
Jul 2
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Anthony,  I'd put weed cloth in the bottom of the cups. I've been using peat with weed cloth and haven't had any problems but I moved up to 16 oz.  solo cups. to give the roots room."
Jul 2
Jeff S replied to john mark's discussion tilapia in the group Michigan Aquaponics
"Nice site. Lots of options. I would go with an inch or larger. Keep in mind it will be hard to justify the cost long term unless you start breeding them and that's easy to do. A 1 pound fish only yields less than 1/2 pound of meat and you…"
Jun 26
Jeff S replied to Jeff S's discussion Adding New System in the group Michigan Aquaponics
"Just finished my outside garden (for the most part) yesterday. www.facebook.com/GardenCityAquaponics/"
Jun 7
Yaacov Levi replied to Jeff S's discussion Adding New System in the group Michigan Aquaponics
"For tomatoes and such I set plants out, with cover from Mid May, but I am in northern MI, Saginaw and area is in a warmer temp zone. Seeded stuff a week or so earlier, but chard and similar by May 1rst."
Jun 7
Yaacov Levi replied to Jeff S's discussion Adding New System in the group Michigan Aquaponics
"Kinda time for some activity isnt it ?"
Jun 7

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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
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia, Other
How big is your fish tank?
275 gallon
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
Gill
Please tell us something else about yourself.
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 8:23am on May 28, 2017, Yaacov Levi said…

Hi Jeff

What kind of Tilapia do you have ?  I am looking for Nilotica, but also some Blue to set up a couple pairs for hybridizing. These will go into house tanks for control. Or as much as I can get with Tilapia.

I am planning a hoop house, with a couple of totes, and about 4-6 inverted ones for grow beds. Where did you find your totes? I havent located any food safe ones yet.

enjoy,

Jake

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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