pH please have patience

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 15, 2010

We are talking about aquaponics which is supposed to be a living ecosystem, it is not a lab test kit. I have lately heard of several occasions where people used drastic measures to adjust pH and some of the situations were not so good for fish . . . → Read More: pH please have patience

Water Chestnuts

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 20, 2010

Just lately I ordered some water chestnut plant starts. I’ve read that fresh water chestnuts (which of course are not nuts but actually more like a corm that grows attached to the plant roots under ground under water) are so much better than the canned variety . . . → Read More: Water Chestnuts

Deep grow beds

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 14, 2010

The common recommended minimum depth for flood and drain gravel beds is 1 foot deep. Some people do attempt beds less than that but the effective bio-filter in a shallow bed is more limited and managing flood and drain by siphons becomes farm more difficult with . . . → Read More: Deep grow beds

Drilling holes in plastic container Tips

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 13, 2010

Tips.

A nice whole saw kit plus a few larger whole saws (of the appropriate size for bulkhead fittings or uniseal fittings of whatever two primary large sizes you are going to use if doing a large system) are definitely a must in the Aquaponics Tool . . . → Read More: Drilling holes in plastic container Tips

Before you send water to your NFT pipes

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 12, 2010

FILTER IT

Yes that was me shouting.

What’s NFT, that would be nutrient film technique or when you put the plant cups in holes in a pipe or trough and trickle a film of water along the bottom of it.

An aquaponics system is more than . . . → Read More: Before you send water to your NFT pipes

Blue Tilapia

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 11, 2010

I have grown Blue Tilapia but am no longer growing them. I found it too much trouble to keep them warm through the winter without using electricity to heat the water.

Here are excerpts of the article I wrote on them for the Backyard Aquaponics Magazine . . . → Read More: Blue Tilapia

Channel Catfish

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 10, 2010

Channel Catfish are currently my only fish species in my aquaponics systems.

Here are excerpts of the article I wrote on them for the Backyard Aquaponics Magazine (Full article with the pictures is available in the 5th issue of the Magazine.)

Channel Catfish Ictalurus . . . → Read More: Channel Catfish

Gravel washing

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 9, 2010

Many people will ask “What’s with this Gravel Washing?” The answer is you don’t really want the random unknown sediment settling into your system and possibly damaging your pump or clogging up your grow beds and plumbing.

Now some media is fairly clean and some people . . . → Read More: Gravel washing

Fish Feed

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 1, 2010

Fish feed can be a big dilemma for aquaponics. Especially for people who want to be as sustainable as possible or organic as possible or want to grow fish that are as healthy as possible to eat.

Here are the main problems with commercial fish feeds.Most . . . → Read More: Fish Feed

Oh but it’s gotten so Hot

Originally posted by TCLynx on AGC, June 7, 2010

Location, Central Florida, USAThis time of year is so hard for us. I have trouble spending lots of time indoors but it is so hot out here now that simply stepping out the door causes a drenching sweat to break out.

Learning to garden in this . . . → Read More: Oh but it’s gotten so Hot