Verna Gross
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pH problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by R.K. Castillo Feb 24. 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 Ralph R. Zerbonia Apr 3. 1 Reply

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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Ralph R. Zerbonia replied to Verna Gross's discussion Fish not eating
"Ever get an idea of what was the cause?"
Apr 3

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
Verna Gross posted a status
"Where can I get yellow perch or bluegill in Colorado/NM area?"
Mar 19
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Mar 9
Verna Gross posted a status
"Our system is 1 year old had our share of problems but continues to produce beautifully"
Mar 9
Verna Gross posted a status
"They circle the pipe and a few are following the food up. Good news"
Mar 2
Verna Gross posted a status
"My fish are slowly beginning to eat again. I have directing the food through the inlet pipe to the bottom of the tank."
Mar 2
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"Another dead 10-12 inch Talipia today it had really buggy eyes. Any ideas"
Feb 27
R.K. Castillo replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"Because yesterday they were all sold out! haha   I get free shipping in Amazon too"
Feb 24
Steve R replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"why do that when you can get it from the aquaponic source for under 10?"
Feb 24
R.K. Castillo replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"Hey Steve... This is the one I was looking at.  You can see it here at amazon and it seems food grade.  All of the reviews are talking about how people used it for their health things.  "
Feb 24
Steve R replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"So if your ph is to high its ok to have a low kh until your ph is below 7. That is when you need to buffer your KH up to keep it there."
Feb 24
R.K. Castillo replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"I am trying to get some potassium bicarbonate.  The article that Sylvia wrote said to use 2.5 teaspoons of AquaBuffer for every 100 gallons of water but the aquabuffer is all out of stock so I went to Amazon to get the potassium bicarbonate.…"
Feb 23
Verna Gross replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"Thanks it is 7.7 today and my KH was 2 so I added the potassium bicarbonate 10t to 250 gal my tomatoes are starting to show the effects of high pH but I'm just going to ride it out focus on the fish needs first"
Feb 23
Tom Gilkerson replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"I had a similar problem a couple of months ago. I added 2 gallons of distilled water to my 150 gallons of system water. Haven't had any problems since then. PH is about 6.6-6.8."
Feb 22
Verna Gross replied to Verna Gross's discussion pH problems
"Thank for any suggestions"
Feb 22

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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. 


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