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Adjusting feed for cold weather

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Rowan Nov 14, 2013. 2 Replies

I have Catfish, Walleye, Bass, Bluegill, and a variety of minnows and gold fish...  Weather has turned cold and even with my heater, water temp is running below 60..  Mostly in the high 50s.  How do…Continue

Growing Fennel

Started Nov 1, 2013 0 Replies

Can anyone give me a hint of what to expect from fennel?  Mine is going crazy, taking over the grow beds (kind of like mint does in a garden), without starting to bulb.  Am I being impatient, or…Continue

 

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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
If you found us through a search engine, what search words were you using?
google
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, vertical, combination
How old is your system?
Less than 6 months
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Catfish, Other
How big is your fish tank?
two 230 gallon ibc's, two 55 gallon barrels
Name a part of a fish (spam blocking question)
fin
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I have had horrible luck gardening in Virginia, but started hydroponics this year with great success and transitioned to aquaponics in July. Still learning.

Hydro feed mix

Randy, I got the recipe from MHPGardener on youtube.  It is very similar to the Mittleiter recipe and others I've found.  Basically I use equal parts Masterblend Tomato Fertilizer 4-18-38 and Calcium Nitrate, plus a half part epsom salt.  Since my city water has chloramine, I also add 1/8 teaspoon of Ascorbic Acid USP per 5 gallons of water.  My mix ratio for fruit bearing plants is (in grams) 12-12-6, for lettuce and greens 10-10-5 for 5 gallons.  I also add a worm tea about once a month.  Though I have my own worm farm now, and get real tea, I find the worm power product below to be a lot cleaner and takes less effort.   For greens I try to keep Ph close to 5.5, but for everything else 5.5 - 6.8 seems to work great.

https://www.morgancountyseeds.com/store/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=487

https://www.morgancountyseeds.com/store/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=475

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-epsom-salt/ID=prod6169514-product

http://www.medisca.com/en-ca/Products/Search.aspx?c=CH&ProductID=0634-08&s=&p=4

http://wormpower.net/docs/2012_Uploaded_Files/Worm_Power_Shower.pdf

 

I buy all my water treatment products from Dee at Western Outdoor Aquatics

http://www.westernpond.com/index.html

Products I use to support healthy water in my Aquaponics system

Nite-Out II help regenerate bacteria

http://www.microbelift.com/products/pond-and-water-garden/sludge-remover-and-nitrifiers/nite-out-ii/

Photosynthesis Plus: Enhances photosynthesis and biological function

http://www.microbelifehydro.com/products/hydroponics/natural-and-organic/photosynthesis-plus/

Nourish L:  Helps plants absorbe nutrients

http://www.microbelifehydro.com/products/hydroponics/natural-and-organic/nourish-l/

Dechlorinator H:  Treat City Water for your system

http://hydrofarm.com/product.php?itemid=13254

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At 2:50pm on November 14, 2013, Larry Renegar said…

Robert,

My name is Larry Renegar. My wife and I live in the Brentsville/Nokesville area and are seriously thinking of doing aquaponics. I was wondering if we could meet and possibly pick your brain?

 

Thanks fro your time,

Larry Renegar

 
 
 

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