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Chip Pilkington replied to Michael Welber's discussion Fish staying small in nursery aquarium
"I use an old coffee grinder (the wife got angry when I tried to use the good one...) to powderize the same high quality feed I give the big guys. Flake food is ok for a goldfish in a bowl but your little guys need quality food. I find that they…"
Nov 16, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Del Roach's discussion killing algae, how to do it.
"What kind of swings have you measured during a bloom? Tilapia are pH tolerant as well...mine get some abrupt swings this time of year with our monsoon rains, as the rain water knocks down my normally high pH (7.8-8.0) to around 7, just in one quick…"
Oct 18, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to daniel zeigler's discussion Haven't seen this question before
"Good deal - please post pics, as you may have discovered a new option in tank construction. Fiberglass is not for everyone and like most building and construction methods, it takes practice and developed skills. I had the opportunity to work with…"
Oct 16, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Del Roach's discussion killing algae, how to do it.
"That is interesting, as Tilapia can live in green water quite well. Couple of things to consider...Something occured which caused the severe bloom and that needs investigation. Aside from that, the bloom wouldn't kill the fish if there is…"
Oct 15, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to daniel zeigler's discussion Haven't seen this question before
"Pond liners of good quality are probably the easiest. IMO, fiberglass is the best method of DIY tank construction (all of my tanks and half of my GB's are glass). I have experience with the rhino process - A company I worked for some years ago…"
Oct 15, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Fred's discussion Tilapia sizes
"Hi Fred, Plan on outgrowing that tank in the next month or two. Tilapia behave much the same as all Cichlids...they will chase each other around, nip at each other, get territorial, etc. They also eat and grow at different rates allowing bullies…"
Oct 10, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Michael Quinones's discussion Testosterone Laced Feed so that Fry will develop into males
"Hi Jon, It's encouraging that you've found a way to market, even with all of the regulatory challenges you all face. There are some things i really don't miss about home. I breed Tilapia freely, but don't tumble. I do have…"
Oct 8, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Michael Quinones's discussion Testosterone Laced Feed so that Fry will develop into males
"Hi John, How much difference do you see in growth for all male stock? Are you maxed on feed rates and growing conditions? As previously mentioned, I am curious as to what benefits would be gained in an AP application. Aquaculture is one thing, but…"
Oct 7, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Michael Quinones's discussion Testosterone Laced Feed so that Fry will develop into males
"Hi Chris, I think your due diligence and desire to keep it healthy are great. I completely agree with you about the testosterone consumption. What troubles me is that many of the developing countries which are currently flooding the US and…"
Oct 5, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Michael Quinones's discussion Testosterone Laced Feed so that Fry will develop into males
"Just looked again for my research and additional info on Methyl-testosterone and can't find my file. If you search just Methyl-testosterone, you should find all pertinent info. The food production I observed involved sun drying the…"
Oct 5, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Michael Quinones's discussion Testosterone Laced Feed so that Fry will develop into males
"Interesting discussion. Couple of comments caught my attention. First, and this is silly but quite unclear to many... whether something is "organic" or not, means nothing in AP...and it's irrelevent. AP has the ability to produce…"
Oct 5, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Bob Vento's discussion When should Tilapia have babies?
"I have used a clay flower pot, flat, clay tiles and PVC pipe. They sometimes use them and sometimes just nest on the bottom or in the gravel (in my breeding tank). They really aren't picky and pretty much work it out when and where to breed.…"
Oct 4, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Khmer Aquaponics's discussion Gammarus
"They range from under 3/8" to just over 1/2" or so. You can basically tie them any size your ability allows. The goal is to find out the size and color the fish are actively feeding on, then match it as closely as possible. The picture I…"
Oct 3, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Khmer Aquaponics's discussion Gammarus
"These are two of many colors and variations.    "
Oct 3, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to Khmer Aquaponics's discussion Gammarus
"Hi Bob, Yes, they do live in cold water. Several years ago I spent a great deal of time fly fishing mountain streams and high altitude lakes in Colorado. The best and most consistent fly patterns in many of those high lakes were scud patterns. Both…"
Oct 3, 2012
Chip Pilkington replied to John Wilson's discussion Ammonia
"Hi John, Sorry, I misunderstood you, thinking the filter material came from a fish farm. Regardless, your concerns are both valid and proved out by your personal experience. I was hesitant to discuss the filter sharing concept, though I'm…"
Oct 3, 2012

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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
If you found us through a search engine, what search words were you using?
Aquaponics
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, NFT
How old is your system?
6 mos - 1 yr
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Koi, Tilapia
How big is your fish tank?
1500 Liters and 500 liters
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am an American living in working in Thailand.

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At 9:16am on August 18, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Chip,


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 Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.


Please add a profile image, 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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