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Carbonate Buildup on Media

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Mar 10, 2015. 6 Replies

I am curious what you guys do to get the carbonate buildup off of your hydroton or other grow medium, or even keep it from building up in the first place? It seems to build up on the top layer of…Continue

Getting rid of Chlorine w/ Drops

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Veidel Sep 25, 2013. 4 Replies

Is it OK to use regular fish tank de-chlorination drops to remove chlorine? I am having to do a lot of water changes right now with fry so I was wondering if these drops are considered ok even in the…Continue

Low pH and High Ammonia w/ Babies

Started this discussion. Last reply by aubrey sloan Sep 18, 2013. 7 Replies

I have 125 gallon tank with 5 adult tilapia and probably about 100 to 200 of 1/2 inch babies. I was surprised that the adults were not eating the babies this time. Last time there was a birth in the…Continue

Lots of Babies!!!! Help please.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Langdon Jul 12, 2013. 4 Replies

I am sorry if this is a redundant post but I promise to read all the posts after getting some quick advice. And the forum search is not working...uuugggg.I looked in the tank this morning and there…Continue

 

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Charlie replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Transplant from AP to Soil
"I usually snip of a branch of younger plants and use them as clones for replanting. They work better when they're young."
Sep 22, 2015
Jeff S replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Transplant from AP to Soil
"I grow tomatoes in the dirt and aquaponics. Aquaponics is far better in my opinion. I just let them grow up in the raters of my small GH. Had to cut some of the larger branches an transplanted them in my compost bins where they took off as new…"
Sep 20, 2015
Charlie replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Transplant from AP to Soil
"I transplanted my tomatoes from an AP grow bed to a 5 gallon home depot bucket using a potting soil mix and they are doing great. I,did this for the same reason you stated. The only downside of this I now have to babysit the soiled tomatoes more…"
Sep 20, 2015
George replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Carbonate Buildup on Media
"PH should naturally fall in an aquaponics system due to nitrification.  Generally, it's necessary to raise PH, not lower it so something in your system is abnormally affecting your PH.  If you search Vlad's topics, you'll…"
Mar 10, 2015
George replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Carbonate Buildup on Media
"Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe vinegar kills bacteria, which you don't want in an aquaponics system.   "
Mar 10, 2015
Arwen Vaughan replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Carbonate Buildup on Media
"White vinegar really? Interesting.  My system is a 275 gallon IBC tote system. So, it is roughly a 4 x 4 foot grow bed with about 200 gallons of water in the fish tank. My water stays around 70 degrees, 7.6 pH, 20 Calcium hardness, 0 amonia, 0…"
Mar 8, 2015
Brent Shafer replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Carbonate Buildup on Media
"7.6 pH is not horrible : )  I add white vinegar to the GBs to lower pH. But I would need to know the size of your system to recommend the dosage? And if you could share your other water test results it may point to something."
Mar 7, 2015
Arwen Vaughan replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Carbonate Buildup on Media
"Thanks for the post. I just been removing the media with calcium carbonate crusted on it. I don't know how to remove it effectively, so it is just sitting in 5 gallon buckets. My water is not inline and the pH is too high (7.6) normally. I am…"
Mar 7, 2015
Brent Shafer replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Carbonate Buildup on Media
"I have some on my media, but i dont worry about it.   The water test kit shows in line with where I want to be. If you are "digging" in your beds are you cleaning them out and letting them re-cycle? how big are your beds and FT?"
Mar 6, 2015
Arwen Vaughan posted a discussion

Carbonate Buildup on Media

I am curious what you guys do to get the carbonate buildup off of your hydroton or other grow medium, or even keep it from building up in the first place? It seems to build up on the top layer of media as the water wicks and evaporates off the surface...leaving white crusty stuff. Also, I have noticed that it really irritates the skin like salt when you try to dig it out. Is the water level below the surface of the media too high? I think I have too much calcium carbinte in the system, but how…See More
Feb 15, 2015
Michael Welber replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Shy Tilapia or just new?
"I'm having a similar problem. I switched the fingerlings from the crumble to the second size pellets they haven't taken to the new food very well even after a week or so. When I go to feed them again in the afternoon I find a lot of…"
Dec 12, 2013
Arwen Vaughan replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Getting rid of Chlorine w/ Drops
"Wow, great stuff! I appreciate the responses. I will probably just setup a bigger tank to let water sit in for 24 hours to de-chlorinate over time. I don't like adding or paying for chemicals anyways. This will take care of emergency needs for…"
Sep 25, 2013
Jon Paul replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Getting rid of Chlorine w/ Drops
"Chlorine is a essential plant nutrient.  For every one pound of plant grown you need one gram of chlorine.  The problem is that city water has to much chlorine.  If it were me, I would not add De-clorination drops to the water inside…"
Sep 24, 2013
Keith Rowan replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Getting rid of Chlorine w/ Drops
"most de-chlorination drops aren't meant for use with fish/plants that you plan on eating.. for chlorine, 24 hours of aeration or a couple days in the sun will break it down... for chloramine, i'd use ascorbic acid (vitamin c).. there is a…"
Sep 19, 2013
Arwen Vaughan posted a discussion

Getting rid of Chlorine w/ Drops

Is it OK to use regular fish tank de-chlorination drops to remove chlorine? I am having to do a lot of water changes right now with fry so I was wondering if these drops are considered ok even in the context of aquaponics. In other words, are they safe for the plants, fish, bacteria, and worms, etc.?See More
Sep 18, 2013
aubrey sloan replied to Arwen Vaughan's discussion Low pH and High Ammonia w/ Babies
"      I let water stand for at least 24 hrs   And  my first fry tank was a 12 pack cooler with air stone,every day after work I would do a 10 percent water change from  the the water I put out the day before.Only…"
Sep 18, 2013

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