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pH problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by R.K. Castillo Feb 24, 2014. 11 Replies

After months of battling a low pH (6-6.6) I finally got my KH from 0 to around 5 but now my pH is high at 8 and I am afraid to do much more adjusting for fear of losing fish.  I lost 9 fish in 2…Continue

Fish banging in tank

Started Oct 7, 2013 0 Replies

My Talipia bang into the walls of the IBC tote at night. It is really loud. I have only witnessed this after the sun sets and the tank room us dark. My fish are inside any ideas? Might I have a bully…Continue

Dead fish

Started this discussion. Last reply by Verna Gross Oct 6, 2013. 3 Replies

Any ideas why this fish died? We have 8 mo old Talipia and 4 goldfish I found this one floating this morning it looks pretty bloated

Fish not eating

Started this discussion. Last reply by Verna Gross May 4, 2014. 2 Replies

Does low pH affect fish feeding? Our fish have stopped eating for the past week. We haven't changed anything like temp 77, but I have been buffering my pH to get it up


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Chris Soliz replied to Verna Gross's discussion Squash
"Hey there! I've been researching this in the past few days. Apparently leaves are important to provide cover and shade for the squash, so don't prune those. However, pruning is fine in general as long as the main stem is left alone. I plan…"
Oct 15, 2015
Verna Gross posted a status
"While doing some housecleaning in the greenhouse today I found a new hatch of Talipia fry! Amazing how healthy our tank us with no effort"
May 24, 2015
Verna Gross replied to John G Guidry's discussion Tomato issues??
"My tomatoes look like that too. I figured it was because they are inside and there is so much moisture the leaves are always dripping wet & don't like that. Thus is the first year I have had roots growing from the stems as well. Lots of…"
Feb 14, 2015
Verna Gross replied to R.K. Castillo's discussion Dealing with Pests
"I've had success with Aphids using spray bottle of H2O, couple drops Dawn, tsp of listerine in a spray bottle. Been using it over a year"
Feb 14, 2015
Verna Gross posted a status
"Our system is 3 years old now. 250 gal tote 40 Talipia 4 grow bedś inside greenhouse question is why plants do best in heat"
Feb 14, 2015
Verna Gross posted a status
"I need ideas for catching about 5 two pound Talipia for harvesting I have limited space to net them out of our tote"
Nov 6, 2014
Verna Gross joined Jeremiah Robinson's group

Cold Weather Aquaponics

This group serves the needs of those who grow in the cold parts of the world.  We'll discuss greenhouses, insulation, air sealing, fish selection, heaters, etc...See More
May 4, 2014
Verna Gross commented on Jim Fisk's photo

Smoky Mountain Aquaponics GH Design

"Ours is similar. Our FT water overflows from the tank by gravity out to 4 GB's but we have 2 sump tanks linked together under the GB's with a pump in each that sends the water back to the FT we have SE sun exposure year round"
May 4, 2014
Verna Gross replied to Verna Gross's discussion Fish not eating
"I believe it was the pH bouncing around once we got it stable everything seemed to change."
May 4, 2014
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"Talipia fry 1 week old"
Apr 27, 2014
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Apr 19, 2014
Ralph R. Zerbonia replied to Verna Gross's discussion Fish not eating
"Ever get an idea of what was the cause?"
Apr 3, 2014
Samson Brock commented on Verna Gross's status
"Hi Verna, you may want to check with each state's Department of Agriculture or whoever handles aquaculture permitting in your state."
Mar 20, 2014
Verna Gross posted a status
"Where can I get yellow perch or bluegill in Colorado/NM area?"
Mar 19, 2014

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What is that smell?

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 9:17am 3 Comments

After almost 3 months of awesome aquaponic success, no dead fish, great plant growth etc it all hit at once, almost overnight! One morning I had a pool of water in growbed #4 at the water inlet. I decided to "stir it up". I was rewarded with a disgustingly foul odor similar to old gym socks. I began pulling out old black roots and slime. Water chemicals maintained in the acceptable range and everything continued to grow. Having thought I had resolved the issue I flooded the bed with fresh… Continue

In the beginning

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 3:11pm 5 Comments

This all started about 9 months ago. After using over $1,000 in water for a small rooftop dirt garden in SW Colorado one summer we needed a way to grow a productive garden with limited water.

Still unsure just how the Aquaponics idea emerged but I'm sure it was due in part to the Internet and ideas from a few marijuana growers we know who use hydroponics.

We started with John hand digging a 8x8 hole off the back deck for a "fish room". He labored weekend after weekend with shovel and… Continue

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At 12:46pm on November 25, 2013, Keith Rowan said…

70's water temp should be fine for all your fish..

yellow perch fed a little more aggresively when it got cooler

At 10:38pm on August 26, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Verna!


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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