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Catfish and koi

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve R May 21, 2014. 1 Reply

I have an 800 gallon tank with 12-14 koi in there.  I also have 5 small catfish.  They worked well to clean out the bottom of the tank, but now they seem to be attacking the koi.  I have had 3 die in…Continue

Raising ph

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harold Sukhbir Jul 29, 2013. 1 Reply

I am looking to raise ph in a 600 gallon tilapia tank.  I grom mostly lettuces in a raft bed.  The current ph is around 6.  I see people use calcium carbonate and potassium carbonate to raise the ph.…Continue

High nitrites

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Hillestad Jul 25, 2013. 7 Replies

I have a tilapia tank with +/- 40 tilapia in a 600 gallon tank.  I have it draining to a hydroton bed (2' x 3') and then to a raft bed (3' x 14').  Lettuce and kale doing well, tomatoes have started…Continue

Water change

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Goddard Sep 10, 2013. 6 Replies

I have a +/- 600 gallon tank with tilapia that has gone quite green.  I have tried covering it, feeding the fish less, etc.  Nothing is clearing it up.  I think I need to do a drastic water change to…Continue


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At 11:51am on February 24, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Brian,

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.  

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