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Raymond Nunez
  • 55, Male
  • Pasadena, CA
  • United States
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Can anyone tell me what black spots on leafs are .

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Bacteria Growth

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Feb 8, 2012. 1 Reply

I have a 275 gal tote with two 6x4x7 grow beds .And have been flooding my beds continuous since start up.  My qestion is will bacteria grow faster if I flood my beds continuous or if i flood for say…Continue

Tragedy hit again

Started this discussion. Last reply by joe Feb 5, 2012. 17 Replies

  I came home to find my 275 gal tote was almost empty . The sump pump in my return tank stopped working causing the water to overflow .  Overview of my system . I have a flood and drain system . 275…Continue


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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, vertical, combination
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Less than 6 months
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Goldfish, Tilapia
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Goldfish 3 inch Talpia one to two inch
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I have worked in the landscaping field for
twenty years. I enjoy working in my garden
Exploring new  ways to grow organic fruits
And veggies. 
When I first heard about Aquponics from
My Brother in law in was instantly intrigued  
And that same week I started collecting 
supplies needed to start a system with my 
Brother in lay. We are three months in and
Loving all we have learned and can't get enough.

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Posted on January 18, 2012 at 11:07pm 1 Comment

Today I came home to find 75 % of my 275 gal tote had overflowed .

This is not the fisrt time this has happened- this would be the third time .

Overview of system: I have a flood and drain system 275 gal tote 600 gph pump to beds with about 100 sf of grow space .

My return tank is a 40 gal brute trash can with a 1000 gph sump pump I purchased at a garden warehouse .

The pump has stopped working three times leading to overflowing .




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At 5:43am on January 6, 2012, Rob Nash said…

Hi Raymond,

The Uniseals are at Aquatic, or a well stocked hydro shop.


the heater elements are in the water heater area at home depot.

the ones at Lowes dont screw into the pvc parts very well, so i dont recomend them.


Caution! These elements are made of nickel plated copper and SHOULD NOT BE USED! not good for fish. It took two seasons to wear off the nickel, so you may be ok for one winter with the Home Depot unit.


To be on the safe side and save money, you will need to order a stainless steel one online.

the rest of the formula is the same.

make sure to order and use the $49.00 (the $100.00 one is water proof) thermostat from Pex supply and you will be very pleased with the constant temps.



At 8:21pm on January 1, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Raymond,

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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