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Nitrate levels

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vlad Jovanovic Jun 17, 2013. 3 Replies

Still looking to raise nitrate levels (almost non existent) pH levels are raised, nitrate level continues very low, as are ammonia and nitrite level.sOther information: I'm a classroom teacher, only…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Vlad Jovanovic Jun 9, 2013. 6 Replies

Hello All, I'm new to aquaponics and a teacher. I have a small, flood-drain system for my classroom - 70 gallon growbed, 50 gallon tank. It's for educational purposes. There are 10 fish in the tank,…Continue

Tags: imbalance, pH, and, nitrates


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At 3:01pm on November 8, 2012, Brent Wheeler said…

Paul Sommers,

I saw your quastion about PH on the chat area....   

why would you want the pH up? 6 is not bad let your system mature, as it runs it will balance out... unless it keeps dropping then I would worry... part of the problem is the small size.. just like it is easier to run a 500 gal salt water vice a 10 gal system... watch what you feed the fish..   make sure you have not added anything (rocks decorations) that maybe the problem.... 

At 10:16pm on May 15, 2012, Brant Moore said…

Paul, I saw your inquiry on chat about AP supplies for a classroom. I will be putting up a system in my wife's classroom this fall, a 5-6 class in a small private school in the Portland, OR area. I will base the system on a design from Portland Purple Water called the VEG system: Constant Height One Pump system- 50 gal fish tank, 50 gallon sump, 4- 25 gallon beds, made from food-safe barrels. the manual is $8, I think.

If you do it, and it seems appropriate, there may be some cool ed-ops to be harvested, classroom to classroom.  My first system, built with cannibalized props from her school drama productions, was planted last week. The fish go in next week.

Good luck. brant

At 7:37pm on November 29, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Paul,


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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