"@Matt that's good to know! @John I am digging the underground tank. Is it a plastic tank of did you have it made of concrete? I'd love to see more photos... we should all get together and shoot the shit about aquaponics over some suds!"
Help--our fish went from eating wildly to no interest in eating. It has been almost a month since they ate normally. Eventually the food gets eaten but not like before when they (Tilapia)would break the surface and roll wildly to eat to now. We haven't changed food or anything. My water is pH 6.8, ammonia .25, Nitrite, 0 and Nitrates >40 temp 75 our system is new since Feb 2013 and we have lost only 1 of our original goldfish.
I actually built a Radial Flow filter rather than a swirl. It was dead easy to build, relatively inexpensive and works quite well. When I did that design in Sketchup I didn't know about radial flow filters and was…"
"Hey Sampson, if you want to add a filter, you may want to look at Radial Filter designs, as they seem to be a little easier to make. But don't get ahead of yourself yet, most beginner systems wont need a filter systems - just depends on…"
"@John I literally just read a small snippet about swirl filters. The purpose of the swirl to remove the solids, correct? Did you design that with sketchup? That looks amazing. Far better aesthetics then what I am concocting."
Hi all. I am a bit confused about the recent behavior of my fish. I have recently come to the conclusion that my hybrid bluegill have an external bacterial infection. From reading on this forum, it has been my understanding that a major factor leading to the infection, especially with bluegill, is stress of some sort. I won't deny that my little guys have suffered a bit of stress. In addition, I was also under the impression that sick fish, let alone stressed fish would not be interested in…See More
A group for those of you willing to donate fingerlings (tilapia, koi, catfish, etc) to other Backyard Aquapons and the those needing them. Let's help each other! There is strength in unity. Let's make a better world through aquaponics!See More
I finally broke down and bought a real HPS grow light after growing a big batch of really long stringy pea plants that produced no pea pods. And while it is a very big improvement over the T-8 grow lights with year old bulbs I had been using, I can't help noticing that my outdoor peas are now kicking ass on my indoor plants even though they were started later. Of course, the indoor garden does have a pretty big edge in this area from October through March, but when it warms up it looks like…See More
Here's my original design:
I built one grow bed initially, then added a second and a couple of months ago added a third.
I use red lava rock / cinders and they work well. I have a hand trowel I use to dig it around and for…"
"Matt, thanks for that information about the volcanic rocks. I just googled them and noticed the edging. I think I have enough hydroton to cover at least two inches or so for my grow beds. So far I've been lucky with my purchases. Once I saw the…"
"Volcanic rock (or Cinders as Jim likes to call them) are going to be the lightest of all rocks that you can use as a medium. It's PH is neutral which is also nice. I used Pea Gravel as a medium for a grow bed and the weight…"
"@Jim & @John thank you for the information I really appreciate it. In terms of cost I have just over $146 invested with hydroton nearly at $50 and the 275 gallon IBC at $50 then two additional tubs that will act as grow beds both for $26 and the…"