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Verna Gross
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pH problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by R.K. Castillo Feb 24, 2014. 11 Replies

After months of battling a low pH (6-6.6) I finally got my KH from 0 to around 5 but now my pH is high at 8 and I am afraid to do much more adjusting for fear of losing fish.  I lost 9 fish in 2…Continue

Fish banging in tank

Started Oct 7, 2013 0 Replies

My Talipia bang into the walls of the IBC tote at night. It is really loud. I have only witnessed this after the sun sets and the tank room us dark. My fish are inside any ideas? Might I have a bully…Continue

Dead fish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Verna Gross Oct 6, 2013. 3 Replies

Any ideas why this fish died? We have 8 mo old Talipia and 4 goldfish I found this one floating this morning it looks pretty bloated

Fish not eating

Started this discussion. Last reply by Verna Gross May 4, 2014. 2 Replies

Does low pH affect fish feeding? Our fish have stopped eating for the past week. We haven't changed anything like temp 77, but I have been buffering my pH to get it up


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What is that smell?

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 9:17am 3 Comments

After almost 3 months of awesome aquaponic success, no dead fish, great plant growth etc it all hit at once, almost overnight! One morning I had a pool of water in growbed #4 at the water inlet. I decided to "stir it up". I was rewarded with a disgustingly foul odor similar to old gym socks. I began pulling out old black roots and slime. Water chemicals maintained in the acceptable range and everything continued to grow. Having thought I had resolved the issue I flooded the bed with fresh… Continue

In the beginning

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 3:11pm 5 Comments

This all started about 9 months ago. After using over $1,000 in water for a small rooftop dirt garden in SW Colorado one summer we needed a way to grow a productive garden with limited water.

Still unsure just how the Aquaponics idea emerged but I'm sure it was due in part to the Internet and ideas from a few marijuana growers we know who use hydroponics.

We started with John hand digging a 8x8 hole off the back deck for a "fish room". He labored weekend after weekend with shovel and… Continue

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At 12:46pm on November 25, 2013, Keith Rowan said…

70's water temp should be fine for all your fish..

yellow perch fed a little more aggresively when it got cooler

At 10:38pm on August 26, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Verna!


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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