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Holding tanks for nitrite to nitrate bacteria..

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Feb 12, 2012. 4 Replies

. A idea came to me this afternoon. Had always intended to solar pump the fish pond water up the hill to 3 holding tanks and then circulate it thru the growing trays back to the ponds. Thought was…Continue

Using established fish ponds for AP..

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carey Ma Feb 11, 2012. 7 Replies

Over a period of several years we have developed a large fish pond area on our land (we are now building a sustainable community on this land- …Continue


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Lots of info on us on our blog.. (first post is on aquaponics) Have been developing this ecovillage effort for 7 months now..Have a protected growing tray area as part of the plan..Ponds I excavated after building a berm along the river two years ago. Fish population-tilapia-have been there over a year now so figure the ponds must have balanced themselves as no dead fish. Water enters the ponds underground from the river-so water is same level.Will solar pump water to tanks on hill behind complex and gravity feed it thru gardening areas and growing trays- and back to the ponds. Great to find your website- nice to connect with others that recognize what a closed system between fish & plants offers.

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At 7:01am on May 14, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Hey Rick, How are tings going in your world? I'm doing A OK here so just curious. Anything I can help with?

At 10:22pm on February 18, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Yes temp/ shading would effect growth rate of phytoplankton growth.

I know it would cost more than simply digging or using existing ponds but I suggest maybe building a lined pond to control the rate of water flow so you can control the nutrient potency, otherwise you will be loosing a lot of valuable nutrients and cause pollution (ammonia won't collect in the pond for plant use on the hydroponic side. pH control would be near impossible in an underground flow-through system. 6.5 is good.

I am simply spread too thin these days...arrrrgggg... you know the saying "when it rains, it pours". Two, three years ago I had nothing but time. Now all these pokers/ irons are hot and ready, all at the same time. I sleep four to five hours at night with cat naps during the day whenever I need (if I'm on my farm).

I don't know when but I am still convinced that poop will be a hot commodity in the future. It makes no sense to me to flush all this nutrient down the drain to continue supporting the growth of chemical companies.

Cheers my friend.

Talk soon.

At 9:15am on February 7, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Thanks for the add and for yor support. Nope. Couldn't/ can't open your link. will try Friday after i get back from my garden.


At 7:11am on February 7, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Hi Rick, sorry where are the drawings? I don't see them

At 4:43pm on January 22, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Rick,

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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