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Aquaponics For Beginners


Aquaponics For Beginners

This is a place where Beginners can post questions and find answers.

Advanced Users are welcome to help the Beginners out.

Please KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) .

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Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2019

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A few fish for sale or good home

Started by Linda Logan. Last reply by Linda Logan Feb 2, 2019. 1 Reply

I need to shut down my indoor system for a few months. I have 2 mature Shubunkin, 1 albino Hypostomus to clean the aquarium. There is another small fish living in the sump.I live in SE Portland and…Continue

Aquaponics system as filter for swimming pool

Started by John Wilson. Last reply by Wade J Rochelle Jan 25, 2019. 3 Replies

Hi all, we've just purchased a property with a large indoor swimming pool. Around 80,000L with a greenhouse roof and plenty of room around it for grow beds. However, this is far too big for us to…Continue

Not for human consumption!?

Started by Nichelle Hubley. Last reply by Nichelle Hubley Jun 30, 2015. 7 Replies

Well, I think I messed up big time. I've been feeding my precious tilapia koi food (I like in a small place and it was all I could get... :( ) for about 2 months and last night I read on the back of…Continue

Help!! Help !!! with new filtration and set-up.

Started by Henrique Miguel. Last reply by Wayne Mcbryde May 14, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi,I have a set up of 2 55 gal  blue barrel with Tilapia and  guppies separate.   I have young ones and they are growing well. Issue of overcrowding and feeding. 1. I would like to use a water…Continue

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Comment by Anthony Payne on July 31, 2017 at 6:17pm

well that was a drive, but I now have found the muratic acid.Just added 1/2 tea spoon into the system dissolved  in 2 gallons of tank water. 1/4 tsp in 1 gallon then again. i'll let this cycle and see what is going on I'm pushing about 575 gallons so not quite sure how much to use just doing it slow. 

Comment by Jim Fisk on July 31, 2017 at 4:12pm

Our Okra is great in stir fries as well. VERY good for you too btw.

Comment by Jim Fisk on July 31, 2017 at 4:10pm

And that is why we chose to retire to NE TN in the mountains. Low 70's here today and 50's at night. Hard to beat the heat. Also we have an artesian well with no pump and about 55F water from about 250 feet down. I let that run when the water goes over 70F in the system. Sorry to make it sound so easy but here it is TG.

Comment by Anthony Payne on July 31, 2017 at 11:47am

I'm a NW boy what does that do? I've just heard of this stuff you call okra. I've been told it's a southern thing along with grits.

Comment by Anthony Payne on July 31, 2017 at 10:52am

ok this will just be a waiting game thanks 

Comment by Anthony Payne on July 31, 2017 at 10:35am

well this just is not going well. My well water is at 8.2 ph temps running in high 90's topping off is not helping my Ph problem. Have spikes in heat of day 8.4 to 8.6. I'm reading that RO filters don't really lower PH. Just trying to say out of pouring money into acids. My rain fall in not going to happen for a month or so and it won't be a lot. plants are just not doing well. Does anybody have a a tip to toss my way it would help me thanks 

Comment by Jeff S on July 25, 2017 at 7:25pm

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.

Comment by Anthony Payne on July 25, 2017 at 4:10pm

yes Jim you are correct I did get it from a landscape place. They offer pond supplies and water features too. This made me think when I told them I was making a bio-filter that they would understand what I meant by I need granite with no limestone in it. Not crushed river rock. guess not. Onward I go with a lesson learned.  

Comment by Anthony Payne on July 25, 2017 at 4:02pm

yep and this last test I found the little culprits. I thought it was crushed river rock after I was cleaning it and tested some no bubbles but the ph would not go down. So I picked through the rocks and pulled the ones I thought looked not granite or neutral, and they bubbled. so off the the clean out of the beds. Turn of a valve and off line they go adjust ph. It's coming down nicely. I'm making a bio-filter out of a barrel Found some floor buffing pads on close out this will have a load of surface area.

Comment by Jim Fisk on July 25, 2017 at 4:01pm

Jeff; The bubbles are a chemical reaction between the vinegar (acid) and the Limestone (alkaline). If you get bubbles you will never control the Ph. Simple test. Anthony says he did not test a large enough sample. There were limestone gravel pieces in the mix that he missed. Sounds like it came from a landscape supply or such where mixing of the gravels is bound to happen.


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