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Wolfenhawke replied to TCLynx's discussion Media
"Yeah.  Probably the marble mixed in the aggregate.  I am giving up on the coco-coir nuggets -- makes the water too brown. Could be because I am running deep beds also.  I run 4" aggregate, 8" coco-coir and 2"…"
Apr 3, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to TCLynx's discussion Media
"No did not pre-measure.  I have another spare water tank -- I will do that experiment.  Before, then after soak.  Good idea."
Mar 28, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to TCLynx's discussion Media
"Update on the coco-coir.  I washed/soaked mine over a period of 10 days or so.  I did a large batch soaking, and further rinsed small batches 5 times.  My tank water is brown colored -- about a "8.0" on the API High…"
Mar 28, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to TCLynx's discussion Media
"Thanks Dave. I had a bag of briquets in an plastic shed for 2 years, and the briquets basically powderized.  I suspect the hardwood would breakdown more slowly in water -- I don't mind taking care of some sludge, but if all my…"
Mar 14, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to TCLynx's discussion Media
"I think I will slowly replace my coco-coir with hydroton as the coir wears out. Maybe layer with charcoal.  When you use charcoal, what format is it in?  Charcoal briquets? :-)"
Mar 12, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to TCLynx's discussion Media
"Going to try the Coco-coir croutons.  I want to keep the weight (and cost) down. Here is another source -- though their server is slow : here is source of more info (seems like an initial rinse is a good idea):…"
Mar 8, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to Chi Ma's discussion Red Claw Crayfish.
"Nice.  They are big enough to not be eaten by the tilapia.  I can see some in my fish tanks with maybe a waterproof security camera down there to keep an eye on the activity :-)"
Jan 12, 2011
Wolfenhawke commented on Jeff Givan's group California Aquaponics
"Peter, just noting your "local tour" idea in November.  On another thread there was an idea of doing a community AP.  That is, different people grow different produce and share.  Maybe we can plan a get together at least…"
Jan 10, 2011
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Jan 10, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to Michael sanders's discussion I want to monitor my AP system from a web site
"Michael, has a method to get your data onto your network.  The main problem is getting the sensors at a decent price in order to collect the data.  I can help with hardware and/or programming if required."
Jan 10, 2011
Wolfenhawke replied to AJ Grottke's discussion Fish Food Fiasco
"I've been growing my tilapia fingerlings in aquariums through the winter waiting for spring to put them in an AP setup.  I've studied them while they have been there.  One thing I found, is that they will eat almost anything…"
Jan 9, 2011
Wolfenhawke commented on Jeff Givan's group California Aquaponics
"Hi Chi. I am in San Jose area also. Just started in the fall. Have my fish in aquariums for the winter and will be moving them outside to aquaponics in spring. Welcome."
Nov 25, 2010
Growitright Aquaponics and Wolfenhawke are now friends
Oct 22, 2010
Wolfenhawke commented on Jeff Givan's group California Aquaponics
"Bay area. Setting up an indoor aquarium to hold 50 fingerlings over the winter. Will migrate to outdoor aquaponics system in spring. Fingerlings due on Wednesday from Tilapia Momma. @Growitright, what do you do in the winter? I was thinking of doing…"
Sep 27, 2010
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California Aquaponics

Had the great pleasure of meeting a fellow CA Aquapon, Andy from Santa Barbara. Got me to thinking we shouldn't be left out. There is a Florida and Colorado group so there has to be one from CA. Besides we can share links, ideas and suppliersSee More
Sep 27, 2010
Wolfenhawke replied to Two Jay's discussion Heating Water
"Faced with a similar problem -- heating water in the winter for fingerlings -- I have decided to raise my fingerlings indoors in a fishtank that is more easily heated, and move them into their big tank outdoors in the spring when they will be a…"
Sep 20, 2010

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Washed and disinfected Macro-bin 27 to be used for fish tank. I have 2, but will only use 1 to start. Filled with water to allow it to air out and lose its chlorine. San Jose water is supposed to have chloramine so I got some "NovAqua+" today also. Anyone have any experience with this conditioner? Target is Mossambicus Tilapia in tank in 4 weeks (Oct. 10).

This year I had an excellent ground crop of soy beans, long beans, tomatoes, red dragon peppers, spring onions and beets. Fruit crops were apples, asian pears, figs, oranges -- still waiting on kiwis and persimmons. Now, I want to add fish to that haul.

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Removing chloramine

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 10:15pm 0 Comments

Just realized i have an old Fluval 303 pump/filter system. I will use that with all three stages running activated charcoal to get rid of the chloramine. I filled my tank (250gallons) yesterday and am letting it sit. I will run the filter for several days to convert the chloramine to ammonia. I should have my chem tester in by then to see if it works.

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At 9:28am on September 12, 2010, Sylvia Bernstein said…
Hi Wolfenhawke,

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 Main page.

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Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.


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