Aquaponics For Beginners


Aquaponics For Beginners

This is a place where Beginners can post questions and find answers.

Advanced Users are welcome to help the Beginners out.

Please KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) .

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Keeping your Pond or Tank Cool This Summer

Started by Phil Slaton Jun 20. 0 Replies

Keeping your pond cool and oxygenated should be your primary focus during the hot summer months.  The warm weather has a dramatic affect on oxygen levels in your pond - the warmer the water, the…Continue

Pump failure.

Started by Johnny Kral. Last reply by Jim Fisk Jun 8. 9 Replies

First post and probably a question I'll answer myself, BUT.My pump failed two days ago, and I finally installed a replacement. I was manually filling my bed (40 gallon tank and 40 gallon media bed)…Continue

Using Black worms

Started by Linda Logan Jun 5. 0 Replies

I have a dirty sump system so cleaning fish waste is a monthly chore.  I pump out of the sump into a media bed.  No problems with this.  I got the black worms to eat the fish waste and be a food…Continue

Adding Fish and Plants

Started by Danny May 31. 0 Replies

After 7 weeks of cycling my 175 gal tank I added fish (goldfish) and plants to my system. its been two weeks with fish and plantsGot a few questionsAmmonia has stayed fairly constant at .25 but noted…Continue

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Comment by Matt Miskinnis on Monday

just found the link wasn't working, here you go...

Comment by Matt Miskinnis on Monday

Cool, thanks for the info, I'll definitely look into picking some up!  Oh, since I'm here I wanted to show off my new toy: Wifi fish tank temperature reader.  Let me know what you think? 

Comment by Jack Dunbar on Monday

Hi Matt. Jason beat me to the punch. The Aquaponics store has a complete chemical analysis. It is low in Nitrogen as the fish supply that. I like the fact that it is very convenient and they've done all the research so I know it is safe. I can't say enough about the Aquaponics Store. Brent was awesome. I'll try to keep you posted on my results. My plants were pretty sad so it'll take awhile. My plants presently in my media beds are stringbeans. I've been eating them for a couple of months now. I've got Habanero and Banana peppers on the plant. I'm eating lettuce (Arugula and Mesclun). I tried Spinach and it grew quick but bolted very small. I've got 2 Cherry toms that are loaded with blossoms. I'll be trying Swiss Chard soon. Take care.


Comment by Jason Stepp on Monday
Comment by Matt Miskinnis on Sunday

Hey Jack, can you give us some more info on those teabags?  do they tell what is inside them etc... 

Comment by Jack Dunbar on Sunday

I would like to make a comment...As a beginner, there is so much to learn about aquaponics and it can be very over whelming. I'm sure that this has stopped a lot of people from starting a system. There have been times when my plants did not look as well as my plants outside in my raised beds but as anybody who knows me.. I'm not a quitter. I knew my plants needed something added to perk them up but I was afraid to give them anything that might hurt my sons Goldfish. These are his babies that we care for together. He puts his hand in the tank and they know it's time to be fed and then with his other hand, he drops food in. He's only five so he has names for some of them...Well, to get back on track, I was shopping at the aquaponics store and I noticed that they have tea bags with minerals that you can purchase and put them in your media bed. My goodness, you can't get much easier than that. I talked to a gentleman Brent who was extremely helpful with my questions. One question I had was it says one tea bag is good for 100 Gallons but I've only got 150 Gallon tank wit 2 grow beds. Can I use 1 bag in each without hurting our fish. The answer was yes. I ordered 10 bags. I got the shipment faster than expected and I immediately used 1 bag in each grow bed. My water got cloudy for maybe a day or so and my last count was our fish are fine, maybe even abit friskier, and my plants are looking so much better. I want to thank everyone at the Aquaponics store  for being right on top of thins and selling a great product. Now I'm eyeing your 4x4 HID light. It may be an early Christmas at my house. Take care everyone on this sight.


Comment by Leo White Bear on June 19, 2014 at 7:40pm

If you are concerned with the nitrates, add more plants into you system.  Just don't go overboard.  The new plants will take up the nitrates without harming your system or starving the other plants.

Comment by Danny on June 19, 2014 at 5:46pm

My Nitrates have been around 100 ppm for the past 2 weeks.  Both Ammonia and Nitrites are steadily ready zero.  Both plants and fish (goldfish) seem to be going well, should I be concern with my Nitrates readings?

Comment by Gordon Wilder on May 13, 2014 at 11:05am

I have a 150 Gal Fish tank and 2ea. 55 gal drums cut in half for grow Beds.  What size pump and Sump tank do I need??

Comment by Terry Healy on May 1, 2014 at 5:41pm

Danny- I'm no pro but I think you still have some serious things to deal with before considering your system cycled and ready for fish:

- Get the Ph down - I have found phosphoric acid helpful, but go slowly, a bit each day until you near 7.0 

- Your nitrites seem way to high to think about adding fish. 

- Nitrates are high - get some plants going!


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