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Nitrifying Bacteria Quandary

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey Ihara May 17, 2013. 6 Replies

I am completely perplexed right now and am hoping someone who is more knowledgeable in waste water treatment can help me out. I recently moved a media flood and drain system from an old setup into an…Continue

Staining DIY wood grow beds and fish tanks.....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Dec 18, 2012. 4 Replies

Hello all, this is something that has been troubling me lately. I am currently fabricating a compact patio system that is constructed almost entirely out of white oak. I want it to be nice enough to…Continue

aquaponics safe water heater element???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Dec 10, 2012. 4 Replies

does anyone know of a 120v stainless steel water heater element? It seems most all you can find online are 240v or if they are 120v they are copper, nickel or zinc. Also, when talking stainless…Continue

Tags: element, heater, water

KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve R Dec 12, 2013. 54 Replies

Has anyone used Kalkwasser in aquaponics? It is designed specifically for use in marine applications and according to the label is is pure calcium hydroxide. calcium hydroxide is an ideal compound…Continue

Tags: ph, pickling, kalkwasser, lime, hydroxide

 

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Steve R replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"And because of that your bacteria is replicating at 5% of what it would be at 40ppm. You also claimed your system was at 0 which its clearly not if its almost at 20. Its far from ideal and your actively hurting your plants for absolutely no benefit…"
Dec 12, 2013
Benjamin replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"Can you please tell me why my bacterial colony is thriving even though I have been depriving them of their one and only source of carbon? I even recently added 25 tilapia fry to my system at home a few weeks back (pH is also exclusively adjusted…"
Dec 12, 2013
Steve R replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"I think your missing the fact that you need a bare min of carbonate to maintain your bacteria and your plants. all life forms on earth need carbonate to make new cells why on earth would you intentionally starve them of this it makes literally no…"
Dec 12, 2013
Steve R replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"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…"
Dec 11, 2013
Benjamin replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"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…"
Dec 11, 2013
Steve R replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"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…"
Dec 11, 2013
Benjamin replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"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…"
Dec 11, 2013
Steve R replied to Benjamin's discussion KALKWASSER IN AQUAPONICS???
"The issue is PH isnt stable at 40ppm.  I just talked to some one TODAY with 40ppm and a bouncing PH.  hydrates are fine if you are in a lab and can adjust all the time say twice daily but are not teh way to go in an aquaponic system where…"
Dec 9, 2013
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"Hey rob, I love your greenhouse! Do you custom build your greenhouses from scratch or are they kits?"
Dec 1, 2013
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Nov 7, 2013
Benjamin replied to Rob Nash's discussion DIY submersible water heater, build your own water heater
"Hey Randal, I am running the heater with a Ranco ETC 111000, the same one Rob mentioned in this post.  My profile page needs to be updated haha I am currently using the heater on a 200 gallon system.  The extension cord that I have…"
Oct 28, 2013
Benjamin replied to Rob Nash's discussion DIY submersible water heater, build your own water heater
"Hey Rob have you or anyone else ran in to any problems with their water heater element letting off a slight charge into the water? I have been conducting countless experiments with the through-wall setup and I keep getting an electrical charge being…"
Oct 27, 2013
Benjamin commented on Jacalope's photo
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My Aq system

"That's a very impressive looking control until. Is that custom built? From the picture it looks like it might be running a DIY heater? maybe a pH monitor? temperature probes? main water pump? I would love to hear some details on it"
Sep 5, 2013
Benjamin replied to Rob Nash's discussion DIY water heater, DIY submersible water heater, build your own water heater, 1500 - 5500+ watt element water heater
"Thanks for the info Rob. On the through wall heater thread you uploaded a picture of a submersible design that looked like you made a bunch of cuts it a pvc pipe and put the heating element in that. How did that design perform compared to the design…"
Aug 12, 2013
Benjamin replied to Rob Nash's discussion DIY water heater, DIY submersible water heater, build your own water heater, 1500 - 5500+ watt element water heater
"Hey just read through this entire thread and didn't see anywhere if anyone has used the Ranco temperature controller and had any problems with submersing the temperature probe. I have read on some home brewing and salt water aquarium forums and…"
Aug 11, 2013
Benjamin commented on Rob Nash's video
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Aquaponic blue berries

"Thanks for the info Rob. I really like the wood wrapped stock tanks. I think I just might have to build one those. How did you attach the wood to the stock tank? Is the whole tank wrapped in TekFoil? What type of TekFoil do you use, R/B/R? How do…"
May 30, 2013

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At 9:02pm on June 11, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Ben,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.

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