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If you want to be successful with your aquaponics system, you will need to understand how the nitrogen cycle works. I will explain what the nitrogen cycle is, why it's important, how it progresses and how to ensure it works efficiently in your establis...
We use a lot of acronyms in aquaponics and aquaculture, and this can cause a fair bit of confusion for people who are just starting out. To help make things easier for those new to Aquaponics, we've compiled a list of the most frequently used acronyms,...
Aquaponics is the combination of two well-known food production methods, aquaculture and hydroponics, functioning together in a semi-symbiotic manner. The word "aquaponics" is a word blend, or better stated, a portmanteau that attempts to more precisel...
When it comes to tilapia, there are mouthbrooders and substrate spawners. Within the mouthbrooding tilapia, there are several differences in terms of who (male, female or both) takes care of the eggs and fry. Tilapia (meaning the entire tilapiine cichl...


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Continuous Flow System

EQUIPMENT Today, 02:15 PM
Hello all,  Just wanted to post my early planing on the upgrades to my Greenhouse aquaponics system.  From the IBC FT the water will syphon(not a fancy bell or auto syphon) or gravity drain(i have to play around and see if gravity provides enough pressure) into a my swirl filter from th...
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Hello from Sarasota

WELCOME WAGON 17 Dec 2014
Hello all I came from another really old forum via search for an Air pump for my AP system which led me from youtube to ebay to alliedaqua.com to a really cool conversation on the phone (and $150 order) with someone who sent me to this forum. Anyway eventually I will post some photos over here an...
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0 phosphate

GENERAL AQUAPONICS DISCUSSION 17 Dec 2014
Why would my system show 0 phosphate when testing with api test kit? My system is a total of 385 gallons. I have a RFF filter bag setup, with some stuffed bird netting around it, then goes to MBBR then,split between mediabeds and raft bed. I tested water a few days back and it would show 0 phosp...
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FAO Small-Scale Aquaponics Handbook

USEFUL INFORMATION 17 Dec 2014
This is an extensive and up to date free publication of small scale aquaponics from FAO.  It is a wonderful body of work.  With 260 pages that covers topics from water quality to cost benefit, and includes a full DIY aquaponic build and materials list, it represents the best free knowle...
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media for static bed filter

EQUIPMENT 16 Dec 2014
I am possibly planning to use a static bed media filter in place of a birdnetting filter. The water and fines would flow from the top down through the media. For ease of cleaning and best filtering what type of media would you all recommend? To clean a static bed of say kaldnes media could I jus...
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Snails growing in MB3 media

GENERAL AQUAPONICS DISCUSSION 14 Dec 2014
No doubt they came in when I brought in fish from the pond. Probably not much I can do besides nuking the media wirh PP or chlorine,which isn't an option while in use, I do know they potentially carry parasites.
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Pond for Aquaponics

GENERAL AQUAPONICS DISCUSSION 14 Dec 2014
Hey all, I've recently been reading about Aquaponics and decided I want to get into it plus my parents already have pond in my backyard that isn't being maintained that I could use. The pond has a few koi and goldfish (I'm actually surprised the fish are still in there). I recently moved back fro...
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I'm excited!

GENERAL AQUAPONICS DISCUSSION 13 Dec 2014
It doesn't take much to excite this ol' coot so when I got my 4 plus cubic feed of plastic media from Allied Aqua today I was excited! It's definitely smaller in size than the MB3 which means much more surface area than MB3 per cubic foot or meter. Can't wait to start adding it to my second mbb...
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