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Flooding and Draining a Grow Bed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair Jul 27, 2014. 1 Reply

I am looking for new ways to flood and drain a media grow bed. I am very familiar with the auto-siphon technique but I can find it very frustrating to get the components just right. What are some…Continue

Is styrofoam food-grade?

Started Jun 29, 2014 0 Replies

I am building an AP system for my Grandfather and was planning on installing a simple RAFT growbed. We are really concerned about food grade materials for this tank because we want the entire system…Continue

Aquaponics In Las Vegas, NV

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharonne Jaeger Nov 2, 2014. 2 Replies

My Grandfather and I are finally building an aquaponics system in his backyard. Living in Las Vegas in the heat of the day where temperatures can soar up to 110 degrees F proved to be a challenge.…Continue

Do you think I can convert a commercially bought Tower Garden into an aquaponics system?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Berg Apr 10, 2014. 7 Replies

Some years ago, a student at my school was working on a sustainability project and bought this expensive hydroponic growing kit. …Continue

 

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Sharonne Jaeger replied to Joel Berg's discussion Aquaponics In Las Vegas, NV
"Hey Joel hope things have been going good in your aquaponics here in Vegas. Now that is November, how did your system do in the heat?  Hopefully well see some pictures of your project. Thanks!"
Nov 2, 2014
Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Joel Berg's discussion Flooding and Draining a Grow Bed
"I developed a siphon  called the EZ-T Siphon. It is simple to put together, reliable and great for small grow beds. http://youtu.be/PnZRklJxAeQ?list=PLIJ5U9TbuWLFpmkrrT3JU-HIjHGqnNSUn"
Jul 27, 2014
Joel Berg commented on Rick Stillwagon's photo
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"Hey there! What are you doing with the input of water? Why is it flowing on a pipe on a lever?"
Jul 26, 2014
Joel Berg commented on Japan Aquaponics - アクアポニックス 日本's photo
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"How well does your U-Siphon work? I have wanted to experience with a siphon like this, but I feel like it might require constant adjustment. "
Jul 26, 2014
Joel Berg commented on Maria Briones's photo
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"I recently bought one also! I am so excited to get it up in running within the next couple of months. It can be difficult to find the right fish for the system though. I am considering using guppies or mollies (2-3 fish) and putting a small heater…"
Jul 26, 2014
Joel Berg posted a discussion

Flooding and Draining a Grow Bed

I am looking for new ways to flood and drain a media grow bed. I am very familiar with the auto-siphon technique but I can find it very frustrating to get the components just right. What are some other techniques you use to flood and drain a grow-bed? Ideally, what do you want out of the flood and drain action? So far, all I can think of is:reliabilityquietnessconsistencyability to flood and drain a grow bed while consistently running a pumpBut for experienced growers, what else do you want in…See More
Jul 26, 2014
Hank Paloci replied to Joel Berg's discussion Aquaponics In Las Vegas, NV
"That's a challenge. I have similar problems in SoCal but maybe by half. You should probably plan on having the whole thing covered all the time with that white material they use to make hoop greenhouses (shade cloth). Maybe rig it up to the…"
Jul 10, 2014
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May 31, 2014
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"So Excited! Just received my Aquaponicals system from Sylvie's store! Can't wait to get it up and running!"
May 28, 2014
Joel Berg replied to Joel Berg's discussion Do you think I can convert a commercially bought Tower Garden into an aquaponics system?
"It would be interesting to find a way to make a tea that could then be transferred into an aeroponics system. No solid particles, only solution...."
Apr 10, 2014
Joel Berg replied to Joel Berg's discussion Do you think I can convert a commercially bought Tower Garden into an aquaponics system?
"That sounds like an interesting Idea. I think Aeroponics is a new and fascinating place for us to explore. I just love finding ways to save more and more water."
Apr 10, 2014
R.K. Castillo replied to Joel Berg's discussion Do you think I can convert a commercially bought Tower Garden into an aquaponics system?
"I'm actually in the process of trying to figure out the same thing for myself.  Not necessarily with this specific tower but with using Aeroponics in Aquaponics.  I posted something a week or so ago about how Glenn is using a fitting…"
Apr 9, 2014
Leo White Bear replied to Joel Berg's discussion Carbonate Ions in Water, Should I be worried? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Joel-   IMHO-   You should add an acid to combat the basic water of your system.  Depending on the species of fish, if they are from a local stocking buisness chances are that the fish have been bred in the hifh pH water and it…"
Apr 3, 2014
Jim Fisk replied to Joel Berg's discussion Carbonate Ions in Water, Should I be worried? in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Here are 74 pages of info on carbonates right here on our forum. HERE"
Apr 3, 2014
Joel Berg added a discussion to the group Aquaponics For Beginners
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Carbonate Ions in Water, Should I be worried?

Hello Aquaponics Community!I go to Westminster College in Salt Lake City and our school is trying to get a large utility aquaponics system on campus. One of the questions that I have stumbled upon many times is if I should try and avoid using tap water because it is slightly basic. The pH of our tap water is approx. 8.3 and I suspect it is because of limestone in the mountains where our water comes from (springs mostly). The compound Calcium Carbonate may be acting as a buffer in the system…See More
Apr 3, 2014

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How did you find us?
Aquaponic Gardening Book
If you found us through a referral or a newsletter, which was it?
Rebecca L. Nelson's book Aquaponic Food Production
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Other
How big is your fish tank?
5.5 gallons
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
dorsal fin
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and I learned about aquaponics through my high school, The School of Environmental Studies. For two years I have been interested in aquaponics but only recently it has become a specialty of mine. I have been researching the topic through books, scientific journals, and online videos. I finally completed my first system with my 5.5 gallon tank. It's not much but I am limited to the amount of space I have. I also move on and off campus every year so I can't have anything permanent.

My ultimate intent is to bring aquaponics to Westminster College, to Salt Lake City communities, to give people an opportunity and interest in subsitance farming.
I know it may sound far-fetched but my dream is to be an aquaponics farmer, growing fresh high quality veggies for the public. I also wish to educate people on the potential aquaponics could have on their lives.

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The pH Story

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:11pm 4 Comments

My API aquarium water tester and my new air pump arrived in the mail today. I immediately began testing my water to see how it compared with the test strips I had been using. To my surprise my pH level was at 8.2! What the crap?! The test strips gave me a neutral level this whole time! No wonder my sprouts have been dying off. I immediately knew I had to decrease the pH somehow. I began to think back and formulated a problem in my head. Here we go, back to general chemistry.

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At 3:36pm on July 17, 2013, Randy Mann said…

Joel my indoor system is about 3 months old and it is running pretty good right now.  I had a bumpy start and have lost a few fish.  Glad I got cheap ones. My system seemed to turn around when I put some tank bacteria in that I bought from Walmart.  I have 5 fish that are growing and eating like crazy. I have 3 basil plants, 2 tomatoes, and 1 sage in my grow beds.  I think more plants the better. Right now working on my outdoor system. Will post pics when I finish.

 
 
 

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