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Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair Feb 27. 8 Replies

I have been told about the uses of water absorbing polymer crystals and doing research I found upon deterioration they turn into water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen.  My husband and I are looking for…Continue

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Aquaponic to acidic

Started this discussion. Last reply by TCLynx Apr 8, 2012. 3 Replies

"Help!  We placed goldfish and sucker fish in our system and they are dying from high acidity.  Veggies are dying, too.  I read some where that some lava rocks could contain minerals that can cause…Continue

 

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Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"Your welcome Tim. I also found it interesting that this stuff is used as a sub-dermal injection to fill wrinkles in Europe. I though the Europeans are usually more cautious than the FDA who has not approved it. They are following 5000 people so we…"
Feb 27
David - WI replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"I thought it was weird that "soil conditioning" is listed as one of the uses if it's bad for the environment; BUT when I looked up Acrylamide I found that "it decomposes non-thermally to form ammonia" which is how we power…"
Feb 27
Tim & Rashelle Goodner replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"Wow, Jonathan!  This has been absolutely helpful to me.  Thank you so much for researching this and finding this out.  I must have spent 5 hours online and could not find out anything regarding the information you found. …"
Feb 27
Tim & Rashelle Goodner replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"Hi Rob.  My husband and I also use the wicking beds with coir.  They work great.  We are just trying to find other methods as well in expanding our operation.  This material caught my eye with it's water retention…"
Feb 27
Tim & Rashelle Goodner replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"Thank you, David for taking your time to help me find more information about the material.  I really appreciate your assistance.  "
Feb 27
Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"I was unaware of this material... very interesting indeed and peaked my interest. The MSDS for Soil Moist says there is no toxicity in the Aquatic environment. But, apparently there are trace levels of Acrylamide left after polymerization which has…"
Feb 27
Rob Nash replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"Why not the standard coir and or soil?  i like growing roots in our wicking beds"
Feb 27
David - WI replied to Tim & Rashelle Goodner's discussion Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals
"Info is easy to find but nothing about decomposing: http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/geology-terms/question581.htm"
Feb 26
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Water Absorbing Polymer Crystals

I have been told about the uses of water absorbing polymer crystals and doing research I found upon deterioration they turn into water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen.  My husband and I are looking for alternative grow mediums to use for growing root vegetables in our aquaponic system.  Has anyone ever used this type of material?  Does anyone have any information about their effects on fish.  So far, I have only been informed they are perfect for cricket beds and other reptile bed uses.  But,…See More
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My husband and I in the research stages of aquaponics farming. The area we live in here in Alabama makes this type of farming more affordable for what our goals are. We are interested in both a not-for-profit business as well as a for-profit fertilizer business. We recently (within last 90 days) moved to this area and have been trying unsuccessfully in establishing a "traditional" farm, but as the clay here becomes wet with the rains, it tends to suffocate the roots of the plants. This has led us to look more into hydroponics as well as aquaponic systems.

Thus far we have been able to establish an extremely small scale water filtration system with a 5 gallon bucket, a water pump and small (shoe-box size) plastic bin to test how the system functions. We are ready to move on to a much larger scale production.

The area we live in has ample land available and I have several potential investors lined up to present a business plan which will reduce the need to present the plan to any banking institutions.

We are looking to help support local church food pantries, local schools (including them in our project for their FFA chapters), and also provide sustenance to local recipients of government assistance.

I noticed in posts to a gentleman from Texas, you have a business plan template you were willing to provide him in assisting his aquaponic farming needs. I would like to know if you still have this template available and how I could get a copy from you as well as how much it would cost.

Thank you so much for your assistance with my request. This is a dream of my husband's and I am going to do everything in my power to help in making this a reality.

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At 6:06pm on September 14, 2013, Tray Rasco said…

I have been planning my 1st system for a few months now and plan on building a greenhouse and small system after my vacation. I have only seen 1 media filled f&d  system in person and I see you might have a multiple grow media system also using something more practical then clay pellets. I happen to be on vacation in Orange Beach for the month is there any chance I could view your system in person? It would be My wife, father Aunt and my self. We took a very beginner class last week in Birmingham but the more 1st hand experience you can learn from the better!

At 3:45pm on October 5, 2011, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Rashelle,


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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