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Astronomical nitrate levels

Started Sep 9 0 Replies

I did a water change several months ago due to excessive ammonia. I put the water into a container, added a gallon jug of hydroton with an air line inserted to see if I could preserve and use the…Continue

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

 

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Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"I've heard of it, I think in one of Sylvia's videos but I have never worried too much about it. I've tested it but didn't make any changes. There are 2 schools of thought for controlling PH, carbonates and hydroxides. Sylvia…"
yesterday
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"You don't need any special water for germination. Seeds have plenty of nutrient for the initial growth. I do use the system water because it's convenient and I don't have to worry about when to switch over to system water. I…"
Wednesday
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"Why slope your bed instead of centering the siphon?"
Wednesday
Jeff S replied to Larry Miller's discussion I didn't know this was a place to advertise your products. I'm out!
"Frank. Don't let one persons opinion affect your enjoyment of this forum. Every once in a while someone will try to market something on here. Just ignore it and follow what you like. I just wish it was more active like it use to be."
Tuesday
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"Wish I could redo my space. 1st I'd double the size. I'm curious too why you chose not to use bell siphons Yaacov. I'd stick em right in the middle and drain from all directions. I've recently seen a video of a guy who just has…"
Monday
Jeff S replied to Frank's discussion Newbie needs advise.
"I have the same setup and beds, even the same block supports. My sump is 200 gallons and in ground. 300 gallon FT. A single feed to the beds will be sufficient. As I said before it will be difficult to feed the beds evenly from all corners/sides.…"
Oct 14
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"That'll never work. It;s just too darn neat!"
Oct 14
Jeff S replied to Frank's discussion Newbie needs advise.
"Welcome Frank. Not sure what you're referring to when you asked how many holes to flood beds. When I first started I put water in at 4 points on the beds but it was hard to regulate. I've since switched to a single inlet. Flow can be…"
Oct 14
Jeff S replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"Water level is a biggie. On more than one occasion I've had a catastrophic leak in my system but with a sump the fish tank stayed full even though the sump was empty. The sump is also a great place to add nutrients. The sump will give you…"
Oct 14
Michael simonzi left a comment for Jeff S
"Jeff I'm not a frequent visitor here as of yet but as my garden develops further I will be in a position to contribute as everyone's experiment is unique. I built a permanent greenhouse that incorporates the concept of the Walipini ( I…"
Sep 17
Jeff S posted a discussion

Astronomical nitrate levels

I did a water change several months ago due to excessive ammonia. I put the water into a container, added a gallon jug of hydroton with an air line inserted to see if I could preserve and use the nutrient water in my outdoor gardens. Today when I measured the nitrates they were off the scale with a ppm of 1330. I kept diluting the water until finally getting the test water to change from dark red to just red...8 to 1. Of course the ppm's dropped to 210. Is there such a thing as too many…See More
Sep 9
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"It's been a while since you posted. I'm surprised no one has replied. If your ph is 7.4 it's too high for good plant growth as you probably know. I have a similar problem and similar system. I use muratic acid to lower ph in low…"
Sep 9
Jeff S replied to Yaacov Levi's discussion My little system
"Congratulations Yaacov. Will the beds be flood and drain? What type of media (if any) will you use? As for lighting I wouldn't worry too much about LEDs initially due to the cost. Florescent fixtures will work fine until you better understand…"
Sep 5
Jeff S left a comment for Tom Royce
"Hi Tom. Will be happy to help out. I'm not an expert but will try not to steer you wrong. "
Sep 5
Jeff S commented on Jeremiah Robinson's group Cold Weather Aquaponics
"I have pics in my photos on my page. It's more of a concept than design. There's no doubt in my mind that this is how I would go if I did it again. The design shows multiple FTs but can be done with one. Not sure how familiar you are with…"
Sep 1
Jeff S commented on Jeremiah Robinson's group Cold Weather Aquaponics
"Right now I have okra, tomatoes, egg plant and peppers in the greenhouse. I'll switch to cool weather plants for the winter. Just grow for fun and personal use. Don't have much on it but you can check out my Facebook page "Fish House…"
Aug 29

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You Tube video info
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 8:42am on September 17, 2017, Michael simonzi said…
Jeff I'm not a frequent visitor here as of yet but as my garden develops further I will be in a position to contribute as everyone's experiment is unique. I built a permanent greenhouse that incorporates the concept of the Walipini ( I have a 5' deep poured foundation ) with a more functional roof design to catch as much light as possible. I set he design 15* to the southwest to improve winter exposure. It's set at 45* spans 20 feet and is made of 18mm double wall acrylic panels. The north face is at 65*, spans 18' and is standard roofing. I ran a 100 amp service to the building and have my own well. I've built my medium grow beds and have the material to Build and play with some grow towers. My project today is to complete my swirl filters and start to get the plumbing going? You seem to have a lot more experience. What made you try aquaponics, what are you growing and what type of setup do you have?
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

 
 
 

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