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Chad Olberding
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How did you find us?
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valley premaculture
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
6 mos - 1 yr
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am a massage therapist and registered nurse

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At 12:58pm on July 15, 2013, David Schwinghamer said…

I am having second thoughts about your swirl filter question. Yes worms do help but I discovered something last night that changed my mind. Well it did but then again my fish load has been waaayyyy to much with also explains why I havent had the best luck with growing. Anyway I discovered that the solids in my water bed was super thick! The water first gets pumped into my gravel bed and then drains into a water bed where the solids settle. I have been running this system for 15 months. I noticed all my fish were on the surface panting for air to get away from the ammonia from all that poop. I did a 50% water change and only lost one fish. So please do not make my mistakes, you dont need alot of fish or a swirl filter.

At 9:29pm on July 14, 2013, David Schwinghamer said…

Thank you for inviting me to see your system. Remember, adding red wigglers to your grow beds is a great way to remove solids plus their waste is good for your plants.

Malabar spinach is from Kitazawa seed co.

At 7:40pm on May 23, 2013, David Schwinghamer said…

I may be able to help you, I started indoors also so I can recommend some things to you.

At 2:47pm on May 12, 2013, Robert Rowe said…

My problems have not included "not enough light"

At 8:39pm on February 2, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Chad,

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 join in.  Always thrilled to have experienced growers join us – please post some photos of your system!

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 Home page.

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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