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Root Slime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Moore Jul 29, 2012. 13 Replies

Starting late this past winter I began to notice a gelatinous substance (clear 'slime') on the roots of the plants in my NFT system.  I posted some photos of the most recent manifestation/infestation…Continue

Tags: wilt, rust, blight, NFT, slime

Anyone Used Cedar Shield from

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thom Mueller Mar 18, 2012. 3 Replies

I am planning to build a greenhouse this Spring on the concrete pad formerly occupied by an old steel garden shield that I torn down and recycled last fall. I want to protect both the wood, the…Continue

Question of NFT System Root Health

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Feb 29, 2012. 2 Replies

While I was away in Tampa last week for EV Expo (…Continue

Ratio of Fish to Plants

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vlad Jovanovic Feb 14, 2012. 3 Replies

There is a fair amount of information on the ratio of fish to tank capacity, but I've not seen any discussion on the ratio of fish to plants.  How do you keep fish waste and plant nutrient needs in…Continue


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Re-configuring My Fish Tank Filer

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 9:38am 0 Comments

Redesigned the 5 gallon fish tank filter. The original system used a combination of NaturAire commercial furnace filter material and three types of rock: red lava, pea gravel and lime stone aggregate sandwiched between the filter medium.

After a week of operation, I decided to re-confirgure the system, removing all the stone material.  It their place I created two  sand filters made out of a pair of my wife's old panty hose legs filled with sand. So now the both the grow bed and fish…


Controlling Ammonia Levels By Feeding

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 9:31am 0 Comments

Learned today that the way to control ammonia levels is to stop feeding the fish.  We were overfeeding and that drove ammonia levels really high in the 8+ ppm range (tubes on the left of photo). Taking what I learned in Knoxville, I stopped feeding the fish for two days and the tubes to the right illustrate how depriving the fish for two days dropped…


How I Nearly Boiled My Goldfish

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 7:49am 1 Comment

Made major mistake last nite. Left new tank heater running since it appeared to be keeping temp stable at around 74F. This morning water was too hot. Didn't take time to measure but likely in the 120F range. Immediately started pouring cold tap water in tank. One fish died, others survived near cooler water inlet from NFT system. 

Two huge mistakes on my part. The heater is suspended in the top volume of water, about 5-8 inches below the surface. The temp probe was temporarily siting…


Testing pH of Buildex Expanded Shale Pebbles

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 2:27pm 1 Comment

One possible grow medium that might be considered somewhat comparable to Hydroton (expanded clay pebbles imported into the USA from Germany) is Buildex, an expanded shale product produced at a quarry located between St. Joseph, Mo. and Kansas City, which is only about 150 miles south of my location near Omaha, Ne.  The company sent me a 10 pound sample of the material to test. Today, after several weeks of letting a handful of the material sit in pH neutral snow melt (see attached photos), I…


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At 1:28pm on January 13, 2012, Vlad Jovanovic said…

Yeah, I was kinda bummed when I figured it out, as I only live a couple hours drive away and wanted to go out there and take a tour/check it out   ...

How's the NFT working out for you so far? Lookin' good in the pics!

At 12:34pm on January 13, 2012, Vlad Jovanovic said…


Hehe...Did you want the impressive greenhouse photos, or the fish in a plastic baggy pics?

The greenhouse pics were all culled from different places pixel per pixel.. A couple were  from China, El Salvador, one from France and another from Quebec. Those are hydroponic greenhouses mostly built by a company called Hydronov that specialize in lettuce growing systems, mostly Boston Lettuce. The accompanying text was taken from fishyparmacy and the University of Arizona. You probably get the idea by now...

At any rate you can find most of those pics here should you still want to show your friend...

At 8:45pm on March 28, 2011, Robert Gardner said…

Welcome Bill, I'm just getting started and this looks like the place to learn and share


At 6:06am on March 27, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Bill,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.  

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Main page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.



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