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John E Windsor
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What to add to a new system

Started this discussion. Last reply by RupertofOZ Aug 22, 2012. 4 Replies

Our system is doing well after the first three months. The plants are doing okay, but I know they could be doing better. We only get a few tomatoes, but the lettuce does well. Spinach is still a…Continue

Adding water daily?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Polta May 17, 2012. 12 Replies

I have a 275 gallon IBC fish tank, 4 IBC gravel beds (16" deep) and an IBC sump tank. The FT and sump are covered with shade cloth. I am using an EcoPlus Commercial 3 air pump in the FT, so it is…Continue

Started cycling one week ago.

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx May 17, 2012. 4 Replies

I was expecting this cycling to take longer than a week. Maybe the system isn't ready yet.You tell me.Day 1 - I added enough ammonia (Ace Hardware's Janitorial Ammonia) to raise the level to 4-5 ppm.…Continue

Time to buy an air pump.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Fleming May 3, 2012. 11 Replies

I am using a 275 gallon IBC tank for my fish tank. The Outdoor Air Pump 9720 was recommended by Aquatic Eco Systems. After doing some reading online I am now leaning toward the EcoPlus Commercial…Continue


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I am simi-retired, but not tired of working. I have some plant nursery experience, but no aquaponics history, yet. My plan is to turn the old greenhouse into an aquaponics farm. I am excited to be taking a tour of Green Acres Aquaponics in the near future.

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At 1:59am on June 2, 2014, Kinshala said…

John, what did you do for your tadpole problem? i've had my system for four years and never had a problem before until now, my system is loaded with them!

At 11:20pm on June 29, 2012, Chris Carr said…

Cool John. I was just curious if it was for a specific reason you ran into why you chose to do that, or if it was a "that just made sense" sorta deal. My only reasoning for considering the sump beside the FT for my design consideration is that the footprint is the same and assuming the surface is level (often it isn't) the gravitational potential of the water is the same, so the advantage is only in pumping back to the FT. If the ground isnt level, it may be much easier to allow gravity to only work in one direction like you have.

Either way I really dig this setup design. Can't wait to get it finally built. I agree with TC in avoiding the U siphon if you don't need it. Looks like you already have plumbing for a direct drain line already plumbed and capped no?

At 5:17pm on November 18, 2011, Sahib Punjabi said…

Welcome John,


Hope that you learn a lot from this forum and start your own system soon.


God bless,

At 4:34pm on October 22, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome John,

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 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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