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Edwin Mercado
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Edwin Mercado's Discussions

Finally cycling. What do these levels mean?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edwin Mercado Apr 12, 2012. 7 Replies

Hi everyone,My system in finally cycling.  I have levels of Nitrites and Nitrates present, but my ammonia and ph are still pretty high.My numbers:PH - 8-8.2Amm - 4-6 ppmNO2 - 3-4 ppmNO3 - 5-6 ppmIs…Continue

IBC valve swap.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vlad Jovanovic Mar 23, 2012. 6 Replies

Hoping someone has experience with this.I have an IBC tote I was looking to add to my system as a sump, but the valve leaks quite a bit.  More than I'm willing to ignore.I have what's left of another…Continue

Adding a trough (pipe) for growing strawberries.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Averan Mar 15, 2012. 15 Replies

I have my one IBC system already set up.  It seems to be doing well, although it's still cycling of course.I'm already adding to it.  I cut up another IBC vertically to get two bigger grow beds out…Continue

How much hydroton for a single IBC?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair Jan 24, 2012. 10 Replies

I keep running my numbers and I know that they can't be right.  So I ask those of you with practical experience...How much hydroton did it take you to fill a single IBC grow bed?I know everyone's…Continue

 

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Candis Kalley replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Wil - Candyk here we are in the process of setting up our aquaponics system.  Would love to hear from you and/or come see your set up.  We live out off the E Trail & 6 L's Farm Rd.  our phone is (239) 213-0987 ."
Sep 24, 2014
Edwin Mercado replied to Gary Anderson's discussion Filter
"I used to have the same problem.  I removed the filter and have never looked back. Get some worms in your system.  That will help. Ed."
May 30, 2013
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Koi Growers

Aquaponists who are growing their plants with Koi
May 30, 2013
M D Fowler replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Florida Rock Industry or Vulcan Rock in Gainesville on main street allowed me to buy half a ton. after i cut my IBC i took the top part in a trailer.  they filled it for about $60"
Jun 12, 2012
Steve Bradbury replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Conrad Yelvington  At least here in G-ville)  has all the rock you want, at really good prices ....last I spoke to them they were selling med-small river rock for $60 a ton.........no deliveries tho. They used to sell by the half ton,but…"
Jun 12, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Thanks for pointing me out, it`s ok for now, i am done with the repairs, but it will be nice if another leak appears, if anybody do know any other way to repair HDPE plastic it will be nice to posted it here, we all busy with aquaponics and…"
Apr 29, 2012
M D Fowler replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
Apr 28, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Second part of the IBC tank repairs, one of the tanks was leaking, (the one with the hole in the front half height), i emptied, let it dry for a day at the sun and with a small gas torch did apply some heat to the glue weld applied before with the…"
Apr 27, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Well some of you will call me crazy but the idea did work, i did melt a piece of a toothbrush in the hole, then i covered with glue (from a heat glue gun) and after letting it cool down for 30 minutes i am filling the tank with water right now and…"
Apr 24, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"The idea about the tohbrush seems to be working, more about this later...."
Apr 24, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"i got an idea that it may work well, what about using a old toothbrush and melting it over the hole covering it completely?"
Apr 24, 2012
TCLynx replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Few adhesives actually stick well to HDPE plastic, even when using silicone to seal something to hdpe plastic, it is really more like using the silicone as a gasket more than a sealant."
Apr 24, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"A friend told me about a product call 5200 made for boot repairs and waterproof,  but i don`t know if this will go with the material the IBC containers are made of."
Apr 24, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"One of the holes is in the front of the container at half height the size of a dime, the other one is at the bottom close to the front the size of a quarter, is being produce by heat and it`s a inflated bubble with a small hole in it, i do have here…"
Apr 24, 2012
TCLynx replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Are they jagged holes?  Or smooth and round? Is the portion of the tank with the hole in a flat area of the tank or in a molded ridge or corner? If the area is flat, then a patch or making that location be one of your drains or something may…"
Apr 24, 2012
Luis Arteaga replied to Edwin Mercado's discussion Least expensive grow media for Central FL? in the group Florida Aquaponics
"I have two containers with holes in it, one is at the bottom the size of a quarter, is kind of a inflated bubble with a small hole in it and the other one is at the front of the tank dime size."
Apr 24, 2012

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At 11:49am on January 8, 2012, Sahib Punjabi said…

Welcome Edwin :-)

God bless

At 11:24am on December 30, 2011, TCLynx said…

oh I bet Aquaponics would be a great way to maintain lots of bonsai set in a big tray to flood and drain several times a day.

At 11:08am on December 30, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Edwin,

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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