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Astronomical nitrate levels

Started Sep 9, 2017 0 Replies

I did a water change several months ago due to excessive ammonia. I put the water into a container, added a gallon jug of hydroton with an air line inserted to see if I could preserve and use the…Continue

Radial Flow Filter Problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Nov 14, 2016. 2 Replies

I have a 65 gallon filter tank that I recently switched from swirl to radial flow because I felt like the swirl wasn't catching enough of the solids. The RFF definitely catches lots more of the…Continue

Using Fish Water To Fertilize Gardens

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Oliphant Nov 5, 2017. 1 Reply

I read about adding nitrogen to soil gardens but there aren't any suggested levels for nitrogen in the form of nitrates. If I want to use fish water to fertilize my gardens what level of nitrates…Continue

Can I eat the Tilapia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Mar 23, 2016. 2 Replies

I had a power outage and lost 47 lbs of Tilapia to lack of oxygen. Are they still edible? If so how do I store them while waiting to fillet them? Seems like all the big ones died.Continue

 

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Jeff S replied to Jeff S's discussion Michigan Tilapia in the group Free Fingerlings for Aquapons
"Tilapia still available, all sizes. Downsizing my system. Detroit area."
Apr 16
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"I can weld but definitely not a welder. I drilled 2 holes in the side of the wood burner and installed a makeshift 3/8" copper tube heat exchange loop inside the heater. I run the water 32' to the fish tank through insulated pex where is…"
Feb 4
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"They are all different sizes. Must still be breeding cause there's some smaller ones in the mix. Haven't grown them out in a hurry because of the waste that would be generated. The greenhouse roof is double skinned. The walls are single…"
Feb 3
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"I too try to go with standard length lumber to dictate building size. The less I have to cut the better. My next modification to the heater is to enlarge the water tube in the wood heater to try to get more heat to transfer to the fish tank. I only…"
Feb 3
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"Just a side note, the V bottom in your tank is cool but my IBC tank bottom stays pretty clean too. Everyone says a round tank is better to circulate solids but my rectangular tank works fine. Might be that it's overstocked and the fish keep…"
Feb 3
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"You obviously did your homework before you started. Problem is you've done all the right stuff upnfront so you're going to miss out on the re-engineering part of this hobby LOL. I took the other route and tried to build on the cheap using…"
Feb 3
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"I have Blues. I keep the water at 66 in the winter. Not interested in breeding or fast growth so that's how I get away with the temp.  I could make it warmer but I'm already spending about $70 a month on electricity just to heat the…"
Feb 2
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"I'm raising Tilapia here in Michigan. It's a struggle to keep the water warm. 1000 watt bucket heater and a water coil from my wood heater but only works when I burn wood. What kind of fish are you using?"
Feb 2
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"I don't have any recent pics. The ones I have on this site are real old. The GH was 8x10, now it's 8x32. I also have 3 small systems in my basement, mainly because I' m not smart enough to combine them. I think it's just keeping…"
Feb 1
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"You have quite a unique system there. Pretty extreme for a newbie LOL. Potassium sulfate will be fine for your system. You really need your ph around 6.5. You can add a small amount of muratic acid and that will lower the ph. Go slow, it works fast.…"
Jan 31
Jeff S commented on Jeremiah Robinson's group Cold Weather Aquaponics
"Wood stove is nice but lots of work even if you have a wood source. Best of luck with your setup. Keep it simple."
Jul 18, 2018
Jeff S replied to Bright Future Farms's discussion Steps to take for selling tilapia at farmer's markets?
"Back in my younger years I fished salt water fish and sold them to a fish market where they were just put on ice and not processed in any way. That might be an option. It will be hard to justify the labor involved in cleaning the fish with imported…"
Apr 23, 2018
Jeff S replied to Bright Future Farms's discussion Steps to take for selling tilapia at farmer's markets?
"I've recently done my second harvest and filleting of some of my fish. I've been doing aquaponics for over 4 years but rarely harvest fish. The processing takes more time to me than it's worth. I would guess that if you could somehow…"
Apr 22, 2018
Jeff S replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion How to handle Potasium/ Calcium supplimentation when Ph never goes below 7.4
"I use the API kit. I've used ph meters in the past but the calibration isn't stable enough for me. The problem with the API kit is that it doesn't go lower than 6.0 so when it's yellow you don't really know how low it is so…"
Mar 13, 2018
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Charles, I've been doing aquaponics for about 4 years. I have 500, 100, and 50 gallon systems. Not a day goes by that I don't think about what I would do differently if I did it again. I'm a believer in go big or go home but Jim is…"
Dec 30, 2017
Jeff S commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Start small. Don't get too excited by all the neat things you see. Like Leo said, look around and decide on a system that looks like it will work for you. A Tilapia farm with vegetables is sorta reversed aquaponics. I see aquaponics as more a…"
Dec 29, 2017

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You Tube video info
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft
How old is your system?
2 yrs or more
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Tilapia, Other
How big is your fish tank?
275 gallon
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
Gill
Please tell us something else about yourself.
Started aquaponics for self sustainability but really am getting interested in all the possibilities. Great hobby. Watching videos is my new entertainment.

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At 8:42am on September 17, 2017, Michael simonzi said…
Jeff I'm not a frequent visitor here as of yet but as my garden develops further I will be in a position to contribute as everyone's experiment is unique. I built a permanent greenhouse that incorporates the concept of the Walipini ( I have a 5' deep poured foundation ) with a more functional roof design to catch as much light as possible. I set he design 15* to the southwest to improve winter exposure. It's set at 45* spans 20 feet and is made of 18mm double wall acrylic panels. The north face is at 65*, spans 18' and is standard roofing. I ran a 100 amp service to the building and have my own well. I've built my medium grow beds and have the material to Build and play with some grow towers. My project today is to complete my swirl filters and start to get the plumbing going? You seem to have a lot more experience. What made you try aquaponics, what are you growing and what type of setup do you have?
At 8:23am on May 28, 2017, Yaacov Levi said…

Hi Jeff

What kind of Tilapia do you have ?  I am looking for Nilotica, but also some Blue to set up a couple pairs for hybridizing. These will go into house tanks for control. Or as much as I can get with Tilapia.

I am planning a hoop house, with a couple of totes, and about 4-6 inverted ones for grow beds. Where did you find your totes? I havent located any food safe ones yet.

enjoy,

Jake

At 9:40pm on January 21, 2016, Douglas Wozniak said…

Your not exactly all alone but pretty close. I started this Michigan aquaponics group, but I get no help from anyone. I have requested someone else take it over, but no luck.

My operation is stopped and in disrepair due to a stroke. With no hopes of resurrection.

At 9:44pm on December 13, 2015, Moe said…

hello Jeff,

I saw the pictures of your system.  Awesome! 

At 3:03pm on January 9, 2015, Gene Parbst said…

Wow! that's great, are you using your greenhouse now?  There are others selling Tilapia in MI on craigslist.  They sell for $1-2 each around here.  I want to buy from a certified fishery, because of the legalities.  I don't heat the basement side of my house, its like 36.  My greenhouse is 32.  I'll wait til Apr when the greenhouse is 45-50.  I have two 275 gallon ICB totes and plan to start with 60-70 fingerlings and hope they don't breed.  Also have an old 7x7' hot tub that I'm going to put in the ground and use for a sediment tank.  I'm going to post my plans soon.

At 9:49am on January 9, 2015, Gene Parbst said…

Hi Jeff, I'm learning how to use this forum, looks like a good place for info and questions.  There are several fisheries in MI that have Tilapia planting stock.  I found this list, but not sure how current it is:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/mda_aquaculture_192478_7.pdf

I'll be looking to buy Tilapia fingerlings like beginning of April.  I have emailed Mud Lake Farm, Zeeland, MI, but no response yet.  Are your Blue Tilapia pure breed stock?  I plan to raise the Tilapia April - Oct and shut down for the winter.  Have you harvested some of your Tilapia, I'll bet they're good eating.  I'm 6 miles from lake Michigan, near Saugatuck, time to get snow blowing done over a foot of snow here!

At 9:37pm on December 8, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hi Jeff,

Currently I'm running a 4" flex duct to a small hair dryer into low tunnels over my grow beds. It keeps the air in there about 73 %RH during the day.  There are a couple of lights in there too, so I might be okay with just a little fan (no hair dryer).

Your idea could work.  You'd need to use copper pipe I think, and make sure the water got really cold before you recirculated it.  Probably glycol would work better.  Really creative.  I like it!

At 1:43pm on May 4, 2014, Jeremiah Robinson said…

Hi Jeff,

Sorry to hear you had trouble.  

Thanks for letting me know.

I guess if I start again I'll include a link in the message.

Jer...

At 10:24am on February 27, 2014, Jim Fisk said…

Wow that took awhile to accept your friend request. The "Accept" button would not accept. It is finally working today.

At 10:09pm on February 16, 2014, Ria Follett said…

Ok will do. I don't know if this is related, but there is currently an issue with my hosted server, so I won't be able to do it until it is resolved by the hosting company. Will let you know as soon as its done.

Regards

Ria

 
 
 

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