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Adam Shivers
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Cleaning new stock tank

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Shivers Jan 9, 2012. 10 Replies

What's the best way to clean out my new stock tank? I've used vinegar before and rinsed well. is there a problem with that?Continue

What plants are the easiest to grow that are the most ounces of consumable food?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Shivers Jul 29, 2012. 15 Replies

I love herbs and spices but I am on a quest to feed my family from home. What high volume plants are there for these purposes? anyone? I have about three months to try and become self sustaining and…Continue

AP Inspiration. What Inspired You To Do This?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Shivers May 22, 2011. 14 Replies

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3            I…Continue

Curriculum For AP

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Shivers Feb 20, 2011. 9 Replies

I was wondering if anyone had access to something that could become hard copy curriculum for teaching and tracking. I Help home school my kids and leave it to my wife and I to transpose an abridged…Continue


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How did you find us?
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Tilapia
How big is your fish tank?
55 gal
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am an involuntary urban farmer. I feel that even when I get to the country, I will be able to help people grow food in town and even inside!

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At 1:19pm on February 17, 2011, Nate Storey said…

Hi Adam,

I'm glad you like the towers.  They're my own design.  I'll post more photos for you soon.  It looks like you're on your way!

At 7:59pm on February 15, 2011, kent wardecke said…
I have about 6 irons in the fire which is down from about 12.  I try to keep the big picture in focus
At 7:32am on February 15, 2011, Ron Bollschweiler said…
I am planning on setting up a trial system in a spare bedroom using some extra plastic totes,
At 7:33am on February 14, 2011, Ron Bollschweiler said…
Thank you for the welcome.  I am planning to get started putting my first system together in the next few weeks.  I have liked reading about your new system.
At 6:59pm on February 8, 2011, matthew ferrell said…

I raised tilipia in a 55 gallon barrelponics system for almost 2 years with no tests. I had 15 or so tilipia, and was able to harvest numerous crops including green beans, basil, lettuce, and tomatoes.  I don't know how long you "primed the system", but if you don't push it hard there is no need for test if you just want a little fish and some produce.  My system was taken off the web (search barrelponics).  There is no reason you should not have success using your tank instead of a barrel.  In fact I never did a water change on purpose (since most of the time I left the water hose on to long since I have no attention span).  I used city water with no treatments on tilipia.  The best thing to do is build your fish population slowly at first, and then go all out.  Once the bacteria is there it takes little to no time to adjust to the new inputs.  Your grow bed might be just to small if it was a water quality issue, or it might be something totally unrelated.  I was using 55 gallons of grow bed to 55 gallons of fish, but I was using pea gravel as the bed.  The only difference between our systems besides the tank is the media. The only difference between the different media is that hydroton and pea gravel take up different amounts of space and the surface area for bacterial growth.  You might have run into problems(most likely not) from the plants not being able to uptake nitrates fast enough since the plants in your pictures seem small(if not seedlings). 


If your system is really new:

The most likely cause of the death is not cycling properly. 



Keep running the thing.  In a few days add 5 fish.  Wait a 5-10 days and add some more.  Make sure you buffer to 80-120ppm alkalinity and hardness (baking soda) so that carbonic acid does not become an issue when you get closer to full capacity.  And for a cheaper way to kill fish, use feeder goldfish.  They are only 10-20 cents each.

At 3:49pm on January 14, 2011, Nick Rizzo said…
Yes Adam we have met and yes thats my meetup groups chicken swap.  Just started to put more Coturnix quail in the incubator for the spring
At 11:58am on January 14, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…
At 8:30am on January 14, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Adam,


I love "involuntary urban farmer"!

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.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please add a profile photo, 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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