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Keith Barkwood
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A new infestation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Barkwood Aug 31, 2013. 1 Reply

I noticed a white dust on top of my rocks today. Upon closer inspection I discovered a microscopic bug living under all the rocks on the top layer of the grow bed. I'm trying to get an ID so I…Continue

The Stank Farm

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Barkwood Feb 4, 2013. 86 Replies

Aloha,I'm just getting into Aquaponics and this is my first experiment.  I am running a 20 gallon fish tank (FT) and a 21.5 gallon grow bed (GB).  My auto siphon is set at the 20 gallon level in the…Continue

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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?
Less than 6 months
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
How big is your fish tank?
20 GAL
Please tell us something else about yourself.
This suburban kid never grew up to be the Marine Corps Fighter Pilot/ Astronaut that he wanted to be. However I have been…..a Marine Corporal, a drillers assistant, a Yoga instructor, waiter, hiker, cook, barista, model, kennel assistant, retail clerk, ER tech, tree slayer, deckhand, heavy equipment operator, warehouse worker, and Merchant Mariner.
I am experimenting with Aquaponics to evaluate weather this is a viable cost saving option for fresh organic food here in Alaska.

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Grow Baby, Grow

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 3:00am 5 Comments

Well, it has been quite a long while since I have been on here. All is well with my little system.  I have had to add another light to keep up with the tomato growth.  I also built them a ladder to climb out away from the other plants in the grow bed.  Two of my three tomato plants won't flower and I'm a bit puzzled by why not. The third is chugging away producing tinny little green fruits.  

I only have one plant left from my original four I planted, a parsley.  She isn't doing very…


Chugging along

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:23am 1 Comment

I'm about to embark on another deployment upon the Ocean.  My system is going back into the hands of my less than enthusiastic wife for at least 4-8 weeks.  I'm leaving her with a happy system.  Did a small water change today, mainly to remove some solids from the bottom of the tank.  Completed my monthly plumbing overhaul and serviced the pump and pipes.  Scrubbed the algae off the inside of the tank so things are crystal clear now.  Then just for fun threw some seeds into the media perhaps…



Posted on February 3, 2013 at 2:30am 0 Comments

I thought I kept the store bought fish in isolation for long enough.  Well I was wrong.  Now I have ICH in my tank.  This really sucks.  Since moving the entire colony into a hospital tank for two weeks is not really an option, I've begun treating (with heat and salt) directly in my AP system.  I'm very worried that I'm going to kill off my bacteria, worms, and plants.  I wonder if the fish are worth it?  I could just go get more and start all over.  hummm?

It's ALIVE!!!!

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 6:25pm 2 Comments

I think my bell siphon is alive and mocking me.  I can sit in the playroom where my aquaponics experiment is located all day long and it runs without a hitch.  No sooner than I leave the room and the cycle gets stuck at the end of the ebb.  The siphon won't stop.  I unplug the pump, let the siphon burp, expel a few obscenities, then get it running again.  Now I'm watching, intently.  Of course as long as I'm there it will run without fail.  I've even tried sitting just outside the room.…


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