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Should I lower pH before I start cycling?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yaacov Levi Jun 23, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi All, I'm Finally ready to start cycling. I've been testing the water daily just to get in the habit and my pH is consistently 8.2. Should I lower it before I start cycling?Continue


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At 9:30pm on October 22, 2016, Dan Vega said…

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At 6:32pm on September 1, 2016, Michael Hughes said…

Winters are mild with a few below frost point nights.  I built a three barrel filtration system included with the three planters.  The first is a swirl filter while the other two contain media.  I was thinking I will insulate and wrap the barrels with black material and maybe even add some heaters to the last two barrels.  I know tilapia like warmer waters and this would also keep the plants warm as well.  The system is not in a green house.  Again, due to the leak I have not fully gone through a winter with the system completely up and running.  Without the above measures in place, my pond which is quite deep (seven feet) still got to 50F which is too cold for tilapia.  

At 2:05pm on August 26, 2016, Michael Hughes said…

Nice to meet you Loretta, yes, I'm still building my aquaponics system.  I have built a system in my backyard that is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.  I have the planter dumps going into waterfalls into my pond.  Unfortunately, my pond keeps on leaking and I have had a horrific time finding the issue.  I am still troubleshooting it so I have not been able to properly plant and get my fish yet.  Let me know if I can help.  I'm learning on the fly like most after reading and getting Murray Hallam's teaching dvd's.   

At 6:54pm on August 23, 2016, David Ward said…

HI Loretta,

What part of the country do you live in? I am working on a system but my expertise is building control systems to monitor and adjust things like pH, water flow, temperature and humidity, etc. I would like to collaborate as I am working on building a complete set up but not quite there yet.


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