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  • Berkeley, CA
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My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff S Nov 18, 2014. 8 Replies

Hello all,In Sylvia's video on KH (http://www.theaquaponicstore.com/API-KH-Test-Kit-p/atspw014.htm) she states that the…Continue

Tags: deficency, Calcium, KH

Unknown Pepper Plant Disease

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Nov 5, 2014. 3 Replies

I'm growing in a LED powered indoor system, and my plants (and tilapia) have all been doing phenomenally well, with one exception. One of my pepper plant's leafs are distorted, and it looks like…Continue

Tags: LED, Indoor, Disease, Pepper

 

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Mike commented on Paul j Young's blog post CFL vs LED
"LED lights tend to be very expensive upfront, but are a bit more electricity efficient. I have ~3000W of Black Dog LED and can vouch they work very well."
Feb 19, 2015
Mike replied to Daniel Budfuloski's discussion 3 watt 440 and 660 nm LED's
"I'm using all Black Dog LEDs and am having great results. Black Dog is Expensive, but the quality is unmatched. They are well balanced in spectrum and have a lifetime warranty."
Jan 12, 2015
Mike commented on Vlad Jovanovic's blog post The Organic Label and Agri-Business
"That is sad to see... I've bought some of the one star "organic.""
Dec 16, 2014
Mike replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion Trying to figure out Plant issue
"What is the pH of your system? Your plants maybe experiencing nutrient lockout."
Dec 14, 2014
Mike replied to Richard Kowalski's discussion Trying to figure out Plant issue
"Looks like a calcium deficiency to me. Maybe a bit of iron deficiency too."
Dec 14, 2014
Mike commented on Steve R's group Aquaponic Cannabis Growers
"Thanks for showing the podcast. I think they mentioned on the last show that they want you back on Steve."
Dec 9, 2014
Jeff S replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"I'd ride it out and see if the pH comes down on it's own. As for using chelated iron, it might work for you but you'll never get the brown out of your water."
Nov 18, 2014
Mike replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"Do you think it would be harmful to do a partial water change? It might be more work then it is worth, but I feel like I've added too many nutrients to the water."
Nov 17, 2014
Jeff S replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"I have an IBC that is over a year old and the pH stays around 7.4. I have 3 smaller tanks that I have to continually struggle with the raise pH. Don't know why.  It's funny that the system that I'm growing plants in stays high…"
Nov 17, 2014
Scott Roberts replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"pH is a balancing act between acids and bases.  In our systems, the acid is usually CO2, the base is the KH.  Adding acid  burns through the alkalinity, but I assume the alkalinity comes from your source-water. So every time you…"
Nov 17, 2014
Jack Dunbar replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"Hi Scott. Why would you want to leave it there when at that PH, you lock out a lot of nutrients for your plants? I've heard that in time your PH would normally go down but it's been over a year and I still have to add aquadown periodically…"
Nov 17, 2014
Scott Roberts replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"If your pH is under 8.3 (which yours is), that means you have exclusively bicarbonate chemistry. Yay. Your KH could be much higher (and i've seen such) and the pH wouldn't increase much. The amount of phosphoric acid you have to add to get…"
Nov 17, 2014
Mike replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"7 < pH < 7.6. I have been slowly adding Aquadown to get it back consistently under 7."
Nov 17, 2014
Scott Roberts replied to Mike's discussion My KH is through the roof. Should I be worried?
"What is your pH?"
Nov 16, 2014
Mike commented on Steve R's group Aquaponic Cannabis Growers
"Hey Steve, Great interview. I thought the bit about feminizing pollen was really interesting. Thanks for sharing. On another note, I have begun experimenting with trying to get a vermicompost cycle setup within the grow beds. I have a tube…"
Nov 16, 2014

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Aquaponic Gardening Book
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Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
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Less than 6 months
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Koi
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25 Gallon
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Gills
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am a BioEngineering student at UCB who would like to make a career in commercial aquaponics. But for now I want to learn as much about it as possible and help the AP community.

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