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San Antonio Aquaponics

A place for San Antonio aquapons to gather local Knowledge and resources.

Location: San Antonio
Members: 58
Latest Activity: Oct 7, 2014

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Meet up on Sat. November 8th at 10am, at Rainbow Gardens (Thousand Oaks)

Started by Josh Goode Oct 7, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi y'all, we'll be meeting up for an aquaponics seminar & IBC tote system build on Saturday November 8th at Rainbow Gardens. Meet up starts at 10AM and we will have an interactive seminar and…Continue

Welcome our new moderator Patsy Taylor

Started by Patti Taylor Jun 5, 2014. 0 Replies

Patsy currently runs the san Antonio meet up group and comes highly recommended from the Texas Transfarming group I'm a huge fan of. She is a very down to earth person and enthusiasts about…Continue

Fearless Leader Wanted

Started by Patti Taylor Mar 20, 2014. 0 Replies

Looking for a Replacement to run SA Aquaponics. PM me if your interested.Thanks

Anyone out there?

Started by Robert Weaver. Last reply by Patti Taylor Mar 20, 2014. 3 Replies

Is this a dead group? Are their active members in the SA area. Austin is too far to travel to collaborate with othersContinue

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Comment by Patti Taylor on May 7, 2013 at 12:20pm

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Comment by Troy Smiddy on May 6, 2013 at 5:33am

Thank you Leisa, Randy, and Alex for all the information you shared with Kim and I yesterday. After going home we did the fizz test and found out our rock is not the right kind. So we emptied 4 of the growbeds and Kim is going to Keller material to get different rock. She is taking Vinigar with her. So when I get off work we will be cleaning and putting the new rock in the growbeds. Once we get the 4 done we will empty and fill the other 4. Then we are going to work on a pipe system of some kind. Thanks again.

Comment by Troy Smiddy on April 30, 2013 at 5:46am

So we have our system up and running now. We have 4 barrels cut in half to make 8 grow beds. We have a 110 gallon sump tank buried in the ground that the grow beds drain into. In that we put 4 crawdads (crayfish) to help keep it clean. The water is pumped from their up into a IBC tote fish tank. We pumped water out of our goldfish pond to the IBC tote to make sure we had good water to start with. We caught about 6 goldfish of different sizes to put in the fish tank until we get some Blue gill.


So far we have had the fish tank overflow because the drain to the growbeds clogged up. Then we had the sump tank overflow because 3 of the beds all drained at the same time. My wife spends a lot of time tweaking and adjusting the flow and says we will get it all ironed out soon.


Comment by Jonathan Jennings on April 13, 2013 at 9:05am
heating the water - running the water through a shallow black trey or grow bed will heat the water up. putting plastic over it should help as well.
Comment by David Smith on April 11, 2013 at 10:29pm

From what I've been told, but haven't researched, is that the meds for Ich may contain heavy metals (esp. copper) which allegedly might get back to us via the plants, or fish, or both - sorry I just don't know the specific effects of the meds. We know, of course, that they are used in plain ol' aquarium setups all the time.

Comment by John Michon on April 11, 2013 at 3:00pm

Thanks David.  However, I do not have a heated system.  What are the adverse affects of medication on the plants?  I only have a couple of mature plants remaining from the fall/winter.  Mostly seedlings plants right now. 



Comment by David Smith on April 11, 2013 at 2:04pm

Start raising your water temperature. I've cured it tanks years ago by raising to 85 degrees without meds (you would want to think hard before adding Ich meds to your AP system because of your edible plants). I haven't tried using salt but there is an article at you might want to look at.  A local fish seller mentioned to me that catfish have a high Ich rate in this area for some reason (something like 45-48%, I believe) in AP systems he knew of. 

Comment by John Michon on April 11, 2013 at 1:53pm

Hey guys and gals,

I put some small (4-6") farm raised Channel catfish in my system on 3/15.  They now have Ich.  Any suggestions on treatment for Ich for catfish?  300 gal IBC.  25 fingerling catfish, 50 feeder goldfish. 


Comment by Leisa McPherson on April 11, 2013 at 10:10am
I'm not sure what it is. Randy ordered it from Tractor Supply. We are planning to use solexx when we recover it. He just took the sides off recently.

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