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Pieter Swanevelder replied to Blake Allen's discussion Adding more sump tanks - question! in the group IBC Aquaponics
"Hi Jeff - yes - you need a U-bend at each end of the water bridge to keep it from taking in an air bubble if one of the ends are exposed. It also makes filling it a lot easier as you don't need a high volume flow to get the air out. Blake - a…"
Feb 28
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Blake Allen's discussion Adding more sump tanks - question! in the group IBC Aquaponics
"Hi Blake Not sure how much space you've got available to sink your extra sump - but you can use a water bridge to connect the two sumps. Just an inverted U with a U bend at each end to keep water in the bridge in the event the sump runs…"
Feb 27
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Alex's discussion Too much seaweed?
"Hi Alex - just clarify - is it Seaweed extract or Seaweed?"
Dec 9, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Aqua Dan's discussion new strawberry growth curling and burning
"Ok - glad you could pin the problem. Hope you've got a bumper crop."
Dec 5, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Aqua Dan's discussion new strawberry growth curling and burning
"Hi Dan Figures seems OK - the pH could be a tad lower though? - strawberries prefer pH 5.5-6.5 according to literature. If possible - do a few pH readings during the 24h day (including sunset/sunrise in your data set) as it's diurnal - it…"
Nov 29, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Aqua Dan's discussion new strawberry growth curling and burning
"Ok - how long since you 'cleaned out the system' - is your system again fully cycled?  Maybe post your amonia, nitrate, nitrite, pH, KH, GH levels?"
Nov 25, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Aqua Dan's discussion new strawberry growth curling and burning
"Not sure Dan As I remember Calsium mask Magnesium deficiency.  I ussually add egg shells to increase calsium slowly and add epsom salt for magnesium. struvite is also a good addition - but don't tell my wife.... Just mulched over the…"
Nov 25, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Aqua Dan's discussion new strawberry growth curling and burning
"Hi Aqua Dan Here is a link on nutrient deficiencies http://www.mybsl.co.nz/Strawberry%20nutrients%20deficiency%20symptoms.pdf"
Nov 17, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
""alea iacta est" - good luck with the buikd! an interesting read https://university.upstartfarmers.com/blog/commercial-hydroponics-should-i-build-a-diy-system"
Oct 12, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"Hi Darlene Look up Upstart Farmers - https://www.upstartfarmers.com/- if you consider commercial system later - there is a few systems going in the Philadelphia region (<50km) - I"m sure they'll be willing to show you around.…"
Sep 29, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"Ok - If you're starting out - maybe visit a few set-ups in the vicinity? Always good to hear/see first hand from other people. The area between DWC and Pump not clear? photo clipped? depth of GB & DWC? Also look at accessibility - i.e.…"
Sep 23, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"gb implies ebb & flow - so you'll either require variable speed pump or sump tank to keep water level in dwc bed sane height. do you have drawing of your proposed system with dimensions, flow rates?"
Sep 22, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Darlene Cerullo's discussion Need Help Settling A Disagreement-Sump Tanks
"A sump tank has benefits in operation/maintenance. - rather the sump tank run dry than the ft or dwc trough. - if you've got more than one flow line - you can easily isolate part of the system for maintenance - the more water volume the more…"
Sep 21, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Eric Burch's discussion Is my math correct?
"Hi Eric - http://blog.brightagrotech.com/zinc-in-aquaponics/ has some info regarding galvanised containers. Regards,"
Aug 23, 2016
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Jul 20, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder replied to Colin Harding's discussion Aquaponic farmer (South Africa)
"It's a stone throw away. Will contact you shortly."
Jul 16, 2016

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How did you find us?
referral from another website
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
1 - 2 yrs
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia
How big is your fish tank?
1000L
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
gill

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At 12:30am on September 16, 2015, Mr. Python said…

Ja vir seeker, nou net 'n paar nuwe plante ingesit.

At 4:15pm on January 7, 2015, Jack Dunbar said…

Hi Pieter. Welcome to the Aquaponics Community.

 
 
 

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