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Adrena lee
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Tree Resin as Fish Tanks

Started Apr 8, 2018 0 Replies

I have a small group of people and we are about to build a new system. My question is, is it safe for fish and the grow beds to use tree resin to build the fish tanks? One of our guys wants to do…Continue

adding crushed egg shell to your Tilapia tank

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrena lee Jun 10, 2012. 10 Replies

A friend of mine is telling me if I add egg shell that is crushed to a powder it will be good for my fish. Calcium, he says is missing from the fish with the plants only. What I'm wondering is will…Continue

bell siphons not always working

Started this discussion. Last reply by Todd Sowell Aug 22, 2011. 17 Replies

I have had my system working for a couple weeks now. Everything is working pretty good, but I have a problem with my grow beds not always draining and filing. Sometimes I have to twist the siphon and…Continue

Acover for my fish pool?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gina Cavaliero Jul 22, 2011. 5 Replies

I was wondering what are the reason for a cover for my fish pool in the summer. A fish farmer told me if I have small ones the birds can come down and eat them, and I guess the water will evaporate…Continue


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At 10:56am on September 1, 2012, Aqua Botanical said…

Hello fellow St. Louis member!  I like your set up you have so far!  It's good to see other people doing aquaponics so close to us.  We are almost done with our prototype.  Check out our website 

At 11:58am on April 26, 2012, Chris Carr said…

I would be afraid of screwing up the holes in the tank and ripping it. I guess that's a perfect job for a duct tape repair job though :) Logs under the barrels is smart. No need to cut anything extra. If you had to do it again with barrels, check the "The Barrel-Ponics® Manual" Doing something similar for framing the barrels but extending it beyond the 2 barrels should work well and will be very cheap if you can use mostly scrap material.

At 8:49am on April 26, 2012, Chris Carr said…

Thanks for the reply. I don't see anything wrong with the tank you built if its functional and especially affordable. I am not a fan of over spending for aesthetic reasons.  I noticed you have plumbing through the side wall. How did you seal that? I am curious because this might be a viable option if I cannot find IBC totes after the move. Also why do you say the barrels are such a pain? Looking back now, would it have been easier to have put them directly side-by-side? Why did you space them? Thanks again for sharing!

At 9:47pm on July 28, 2011, Jenn Gray said…
LOL Yes I would think the other fish would be mad. Your suppose to have a separate tank for them once they are at an eatable stage. to be able to not feed them. As for the duck weed yes you have to stay up with it regularly, but it seems worth it.  I'm happy to hear your so close to planting though. That is wonderful. We have some peas I am trying to save from my outside in ground garden. The heat is killing everything.  I will let you know if they make it. Once we get those growing we will be putting in fresh starters of tomatoes, lettuce, some more peas and different herbs. We are rather excited to do so and having it in our basement will make it easy for the fall coming up so fast.
At 10:20pm on July 26, 2011, Jenn Gray said…
We are starting with guppies and gold fish too. We plan on using tilapia and catfish for ours and possibly koi. The tilapia and catfish are to eat and sell to eat, but the koi we figure we can sell for peoples ponds and fish tanks. A suggestion for the tilapia when you do get to them is duck weed and any other natural food you can. We read that it produces taster fish. Also that before you do eat them that they should not be fed for a few days prior and it takes the gamey taste out of them. Just some tips we picked up today. My boyfriend and I are doing as much studying as we can on it, well obviously since we are trying to build a company based on it lol.
At 11:22pm on July 24, 2011, Jenn Gray said…
We have one small starter system we just started actually. We are new to this also, but we love it so far. We are wanting to go much bigger though. It is very interesting. So what type of fish are you using?
At 6:50pm on July 24, 2011, Harold Sukhbir said…

Hi Adrena,

Its called a floating raft. Its basically a lined 1 ft deep box filled with system water with the styrofoam floating on top. I have 2" net pots placed in holes 8" apart growing lettuce. Lettuce is really by far the easiest thing to grow in AP. If you'd like to know more go here.....................

At 12:01am on June 23, 2011, Growzay said…

Ok now this is weird- Well not really- Just  today I saw a bee on one of my spinach plants & I said the same thing to him as you did to your bee friend- I also checked on him and said a silent prayer for him not to die and hoping/wishing him great health-

Last year I was finding so many bees dead or dying- personally (I think it was from Chemtrails).

At 11:45pm on June 22, 2011, Growzay said…

Sweet! I'm def- gonna try that for sure. I started my garden from seed the day I put the fish in - Day one... I did have uh uh a few losses a couple ok several ah, well a whole lot of them died (gold fish) feeders & then I ended up with ICH in the tank & had to treat with Sea Salt to kill off the paratsite ich- (don't use feeder-fish) to cycle the system(or use Sea salt from the beginning. Your right the garden won't be getting any nutrients till the fish are in there. Oh, I also added benificial bacteria (bottle from pet shop) to speed up the nitrification process -  to the system along with Seaweed extract Organic kelp to supplement the Potassium and Phospherous. & micro nutirents for early vigorous plant root growth along with Great-White Mycorrhizae bacteria & Trichoderma for root explosion- It might have been a mistake (roots are going crazy!)  

I aded Koi after it balanced out. I am planning on raising Tilapia for the plate- i will be getting them very-soon.


At 11:10pm on June 22, 2011, Growzay said…

Conspiracy radio - NICE!!! You can say i'm into alil of all that!

I don't have any idea how to set up the bell siphons or the anything other than my design- which doesn't operate the same as any (other) APsystems- In my opinion , my design is easier than most to set up. I wish I can offer you advice on which way to go but.... I can't sorry. I noticed what looks like eggshells on your counter - Are they used to sprout seedlings? 


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