"I have heard of this problem before. It turned out that San Antonio is among many cities that use elevated amounts of CLORAMINE during winter months. And then, some if not most water test kits will count the chloramine as…"
"Personally I completely disagree with hydrates based balancing its simply not stable enough for the average aquaponics user who might go away for the weekend and not want to have to come home just to dose his hydrates. Not to mention with hydrates…"
"Well I have successfully sustained my bio-filter for 6+ months with little to no carbonates. If you talked to Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech I'm sure he could also attest to sustaining a bio filter with similar conditions for many many…"
"I thought of getting that Ranco Temp controller but at $50 it was just too steep. I already had the 30 Amp contactor but even if I had to shell out $5, that is still less than $25 for both. The contactor lasts years when used in an A/C system so I…"
"You have to have at least 40 ppm carbonates in order to sustain your bacteria colony's long term so that would be your bare min even if you were going to use hydroxides. In my opinion its just too dangerous keeping your kh that low. What if for…"
"Thanks for the input Steve. I hadn't read this post in a while and forgot how much awesome info it contains. Most of which came from Vlad, so thanks Vlad you're awesome and possibly a mad scientist :) Anyway in regards to your comment I…"
"Thanks for the reply.
I plan on running 40-50 cubic feet of ebb & flow, then as many towers I can fit in the space that becomes available when I move. I want to do a small scale setup to see how it all works for when I can get some property up…"
"If you have 40 cubic feet of filtration than plan on 40 cubic feet of tank. 40 cubic feet is 300 gallons. If you are only doing towers you will need some kind of filtration, like a swirl filter and matala filters. You can use the same sort of…"
"Y'all have it easy... I had to go to youtube to learn how to throw the cast net I bought at a local sporting good store. Then when the temps fell they were hurting so bad, I used a combo of cast net and swimming pool dip net."
"I do not know if any of my tilapia survived the cold but I do know that not all died at the same time. Some seemed to survive colder temps a few weeks longer than the majority. I pulled a couple of floaters in my growbeds where I saw none a short…"
Hello I checked my ammonia levels before the water change and it was 2.0 ppm ,, I changed 90 % of my water and after the change i checked the ammonia the next day and it was between 0.5 and 1.0 ppm is that a good number to have for ammonia levelsusing the API Test kit i found:before water change ammonia levels was 2.0after water change is between 0.5. and 1.0the fish i have in my system are tilapia and the water tempreature has been maintaining upper 60's the breed of tilapia i have…See More