"Ditto, big fan of fishless cycling, I cycled for over 3 months before putting fish in the system (my fish were two small to put in). My system was cycled in a month and a half, and waiting for the fish to grow to a decent size to put in the…"
"Might be iron or magnesium deficient ... I have posted this is image on other treads. I found it a while back and find that is informative. Both of these minerals can be deployed via spraying the leaves with a diluted solution.
Aquaponics is a fascinating method of growing. Creating a micro-eco-system (can you double hyphenate?) is a challenging, interesting, and often expensive endeavor. I enjoyed the research and the fruits of that labor. But, in the Northwest, I found it to be a greater challenge to make it economically practical on a small scale. Perhaps if I were to use native species of fish and allowed the system to go dormant during the cold and dark season, it may have been more practical. But I wanted…See More
These shrimp looking critters have taken over my grow beds. Can anyone identify them?Not sure that they are harmful but my earth worms have disappeared since they showed up. I am assuming that they are either competing for food or devouring my worms.Any ideas?See More
I had someone ask me a question the other day about AP and I figured I would ask the experts here. I know Ammonia attracts Nitrites that get converted to Nitrates which is what the plants eat. What else do plants need to grow strong and big? Aren't there other nutrients a plant needs other than Nitrates? Or are Nitrates and Water all they need?Let me know, or point me to the blog posts or articles...Thanks!See More
"Thats a good idea with the scrubby pad im sure i have a few somewhere,
I found that out the hard way when pellets were floating in the water, im trying to get this bell syphon to work for a new bed design.
Would adding start zyme bacteria help?I…"
"I'm a big fan of the fishless cycling as well, though in truth I've never tried it. I started with fish, not knowing any better, and now simply seed new systems from my old, with no cycling time whatsoever. My advice is to make local AP…"
"Interesting angle, Paul. I certainly agree that duckweed is invasive, but that should not be confused with non-native. In my area of central Cali (and possibly your's too?), duckweed is a native plant and it supports…"