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We have a 500 gallon tank with about 100 fingerling catfish. The ammonia is in the harmful to dangerous range (I don't have a more specific measuring test). We have lost about 10 or so fish. They are…Continue


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At 12:46pm on September 22, 2011, Attie Esterhuyse said…

I sell handheld XRF analysers which are being used by companies like Paladin Uranium for grade control purposes. We can test your granite next time I'm in Nigeria. It might be that I will not travel all the way up to Jos. But I am sure it will be possible for you to send a sample to the Protea hotel in Abuja. Let us stay in touch.


Do you have any projects going in Lafia?

At 1:59am on September 22, 2011, Attie Esterhuyse said…

Hi Brian, just one more thing. I see that you are using granite chips. Do you know what the uranium content of the granite is? I was just wondering if uranium will leach out somehow and what the accumulation effect would be in a recirculation system.

At 1:47am on September 22, 2011, Attie Esterhuyse said…
What is the annual rainfall in Jos? I once travelled from Jos to Kaduna and was amazed to see the beautiful countryside. It seems to me that one can almost farm with anything in that region without having to worry too much about droughts. I might be wrong and maybe it was just the right time of year.
At 1:41am on September 22, 2011, Attie Esterhuyse said…

Hi Brian,


I will definately come and visit. I am in Guinea at the moment and will shortly visit Burkina. I will probably be in Abuja early December.


It looks like an interesting project that you are busy with. Who is funding it?

At 9:34am on April 18, 2011, Kobus Jooste said…
I am a aquaponic researcher and system developer in South Africa.  I am very interested in community-based application for AP, but have had little success in getting the South African government here committed to funding anything as yet.  I'm more than willing to help with your work if you are interested.
At 2:29pm on April 4, 2011, Aaron said…
Brian. What is your affiliated organization? I forsee my wife and I doing something like this in the near future. Keep up the good work!
At 9:33am on April 4, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Brian,

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.

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