AquaAurora

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    strong aquarium/fish keeping background-love aquaponics and riparium setups, as well as aquatic planted tanks.
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  1. photos from first week of march, 75gs
  2. They're tiny, white, all over my pepper leaves and use a network of webbing to get around.. what is it and how do I kill it (without killing fish)? I'm really peeed I even have bugs. This is indoor (in house) system grown from seeds with previously unused grow media. There shouldn't be any infestation >.<
  3. Well didn't take a month thankfully. Bins came in, will be drilling this weekend. On the goldfish front the other fully grown jalepano were turned into a big chili base and portioned out then bagged and frozen for easy use later. Still have a ton of peppers on the plant but the rest aren't quite long enough to harvest yet. We're looking into ways to dry them to preserve.. its too humid here to do the simple air dry and our oven gets too hot for oven drying, may try toaster oven. Pasil Bajo pepper are growing fast and starting to pop out peppers all over too. I also grabbed a white onion at the store that had a tough of green poking out (never see this) and stuffed it on the goldfish tank for the heck of it. Worst case its a back up onion for when we forget to buy/run out. In other news the newest betta (still need to name) is healing up nicely and put on some weight. have the mystery onion, a piece of garlic and some green onion seeds going on his tank The otehr tanks I reseeded to try to grow some more plants. using paper towel to keep seeds form falling too deep into the cracks. And on a random final note: one of my few remaining house plants.. still tiny but eventually leaves should be the size of dinner plats!
  4. UUUUGH FML Planned out using storage totes over the 75g tanks and connected with pvc.. took too long to get it done and between getting the totes and actually putting them together forgot the key point of how much space would be added by the pvc connectors.. without the connectors I could push 3 totes together over th4 8" long tank.. with the connectors in i can only fit 2.. my lights and pluming plants hinged on them staying in a 48" length range. I'm so frustrated I could scream! For all the time and money wasted on this I'm just going to toss it and buy the [censor] 48" long storage bin that have a 1 month wait to get shipped =.= And of course the pvc is all pvc glued together so there's not popping it apart and using the pieces on the new container that will fit.. grrrr
  5. Wanted to add: you can keep these house plants with goldfish (roots in tank) just make sure the goldfish have a good veggy based diet. Give blanched veggies like lettuce/spinach, carrots, etc... or fish foods with a lot of veggies like soilent green repashy powder (make a gel with it). I use this + add some other fish foods and fresh fruits and veggies.
  6. I've grown house plants that are poisonous when consumed on fish tanks (ripariums) without issue before such as pothos, dumb cane (Dieffenbachia) and arrowhead plants. Had all these and more on a 55g tank for over 2 years. Fish were never hurt by them. I had otos (tiny delicate catfish) that loved to hang on the dumb cane roots and kept them very clean (wish they cleaned the other plant roots too). Those otos are still alive.
  7. More recently photos of the peppers on the goldfish tank: I got most of the stink out of the tuffstuff with a baking soda soak. Now just waiting to harvest peppers before moving fish and redoing the setup with the bin. Got 2 sets of shelves ordered to put the aquaponics grow beds on over the 75gs.. whoooole lot of problems (missing most of the parts when arrived UGH) also mangled metal some of which couldn't be hammed back into place... fun times =,= anyways photo below of 1 of the shelves set up. Going to use 3 tubs instead of 2 over the 75gs so have to buy some more 2" pvc to connect them. Also still need to hang the lights. not too thrilling to look at up beginnings of bettaponics.. New boy i just rescued yesterday.. he's been at my local store for over 2 moths. In rough shape now but hoping he'll bounce back. He's in a 2.5g vase from Michel's arts and craft store, has a 50 watt aqueon heater and an air pump run sponge filter. Silk plants and some driftwood for hiding/exploring (if you get fake plants for a betta make sure they're silk, plastic rips the fins). Have 3 small shower caddies on the top of the tank with clay media and scallions + 1 unknown onion.. It just randomly sprouted in a plant that has chives (this is not a chive). Light from a south facing window. Made a light shield for the betta with some old fabric scrap, glue and cardboard. Need to re-roller pin roll it to make a tighter curve. Next is Cacao, 3.5g ~ bubble bowl also from same store, has a constant on style betta heater but I plug it into a temp controller so I don't end up with boiled fish, also air pump driven sponge filter. Has driftwood and live aquatic plant-salvinia minima easy to grow floating plant. 1 large shower caddie with clay media, starting to get lemon mint sprouts. Light is a 13 watt 6500k cfl in lamp mounted to the wall. My husband's giant betta Pailion in a ~6g plastic planter pot from Lowes (was less than $10), Homasy 80 GPH (300L/H) Submersible Water Pump from amazon + scavenged tubing from another pump, light is a 13 watt 6500k cfl in clamp on work lamp. Has live house plant marble pothos-great plant for aquapincs once it gets going it grows like a beast! This one started out as just 4 leaves on a tiny vine. Also salvinia minima again. 2 large shower candies with cilantro seedlings.. they didn't get a lot of light at first so may need to re-sow the clay media (i just toss seeds right ontop). Ciel's set up-same as Papilion's but different plants-has some fake silk plants + salvinia minima , pothos njoy, and a dwarf peace lily. 2 large shower caddies have parsely.
  8. Ok all caught up now! Onto a bit of babbling. I had thought about/planed twice to setup a greenhouse for aquaponics buuut the backyard isn't really conducive as there are a lot of trees so the only area that gets a lot of sun is a really bad spot for a structure (pretty much run into ti right off the patio),. So I'm keeping mine indoors, plus side: year round growing, I dot' have to freeze going out to the green house in winter to feed/do maintenance.. downside: more $ for lights, sticking to smaller tanks/grow beds. Right now I have a t5 over the 40g breeder with the peppers-it has 2 54watt ho bulbs-one is 6500k the other 3500k. Once I harvest peppers I'll be doing a bit of 'musical chairs'. That light will go to one of my 2 75g tanks I'll be setting up for aquaponics, the other tank will also have a t5-same stats. I'll be putting a finnex LED on the 40g long (shorter light for shorter tank). I also have a spare LED and some clfs I'll use where I think they're needed as plants grow. The 2 75gs are in a spare bedroom, 1 against a window, the other on the wall next to it. They have wood stands my husband built, sunsun canister filters (with uv light, 500+gph), and heaters which i need to add a faux wall to 1 tank to protect fro the tilapia once they start growing. The canister will have intake in the tank and output into a grow bed above the tank, 2" pvc/bulkhead will connect 2 tubs together and there will be a simply drain bulkhead/pvc to let water back into the tank at the other end. Plant to grow tomato in one tank's grow bed (probably by window), with cucumbers and peppers over the other 75g. Once peppers are harvested the goldfish will be going into 1 75g for a while as I need to drain and gut the 40g breeder. Right now it has an in tank sump-faux wall that's much larger than I'll need when I switch to the tuffstuff bin (currently takes up 3' the length of the tank and 5" on one side). Also the original tank silicone has me worried as I've seen air bubbles form ans some edges peels way so my husband and I will be scraping and re-sealing the whole tank. I'll make a small corner sump with heater, pump, and some foam/bio media. Plumbing for the pump will have output in the 26g tuffstuff bin and again I'll have a bulkhead/pvc drain back into the tank. The grow bed my husband is helping figure out best (most stable) platform to setup above the tank. We may scavenge some parts from the shelving ordered to make a rack for the tub. I don't trust putting the bins right on top of the tank-1 too hard to get into the tank to feed/do maintenance, also the tanks are built to hand the water pressure pushing outward.. not have an extra 20-40+ lbs on top of them. The 40g will grow some various lettuce, maybe spinach or other leafy greens but mostly lettuce, and the goldfish will go back in once its all set up to be my 'farmers', as well as the large msytery snail. Ok so I mentioned I'll have some betta aquponics going. I want to state now that I will NOT be using those rip off junky pre-made setups for betta qauponcis as they're 1 over priced, 2 95% of the time way too small a tank, 3 majority of reviews for their product complain of [censor]y pump that craps out or is way too loud.. It may to look as 'fancy' but I can setup for some bettaponics for much cheaper and will post more on that later. Side note: if you want to keep/are keeping a betta please please please get an adjustable aquarium heater. They are tropical fish that need warm water.. pre-set and [betta heaters' have a nasty habit of frying and cooking fish. I mostly use Hydro Theo adjustable heaters as they're small, reliable, and cheap.
  9. I have another thread here but the title is no longer applicable as its about goldfish, and I'm setting up for betta and tilapia aquaponic tanks. Don't worry I won't be house the species together. If you're curious what MTS stands for its multi tank syndrome aka having a lot of tanks.. seeing as I am at 19 aquariums and possible getting another its safe to say I have mts... at this moment only 1 of the 19 is an aquaponic system but I'll soon have 2 75gs (for tilapia) and 4 betta tanks also set up for growing edible plants (total will be 7 of 20 tanks used for aquaponics). I come into the hobby with an aquarium hobby background. I've kept fish and aquatic plants for several years. I've also do a lot of riparium work-its pretty much the same as aquaponics only different being I use non edible plants and roots are right in the tank (instead of separate grow bed). I had an NFT system setup for a while a few years back which successfully grew lettuce and I think cilantro. The pleco (south American catfish) I had int eh tank below grew too lager and his poop kept clogging the canister filter I used so I re-homed him and took the aquaponics down. in April 2016 I got back into aquaponics again as I got some fancy goldfish and wanted to extra help with water quality. I ended up with some monster lettuce and a decent sized cucumber before taking those plants out and doing peppers:jalapeno and Pasilla Bajo. Next post will be quotes from old thread. All new posts/updates will be in this thread.
  10. Time for an update! SO originally i was waiting on a storage container that would fit over the 75gs perfectly. Even though I bought it through amazon prime it was not actually in stock and woudl take up to to months to ship.. on top of that it was a bit expensive. So I canceled the order and my husband and I picked up some much cheaper clear storage bins at home depot-2 per a tank along with some 2" bulkheads to connect them and drain back into the tank. I also got 4x 40 liter bags of Grow!t expanded clay media for the bins. Now we're waiting on some metal shelving units to come in the mail because heaven forbid our local stores carry anything we actually want "You want 60" long shelving unit? to bad! we only carry 48"!".. once everything is set up over the 75g my husband will 'pretty it up' for me with some wood paneling to hide the bins. These plants won't be staying here but I am sprouting some seeds on the 75g by the window that I'll be moving soon. I plant to take the riparium plants off my betta tanks/ponds and grow edibles instead. Papillon will have cilantro, Ciel takes care of parsley, one of my newer betas in a 3.5g bubble bowl will have lemon mint, and I may be ;saving' a betta soon that's been sitting in a petstore for MONTHS, I dunno how he's not dead. If he's still there once plants are grown enough I always have some cups with scallions/green onions that he'll help grow. Green onions haven't sprouted yet as i sowed them just a few days ago. Onto the 40g breeder. The jalapeno plant is going gang busters and has 16 or more peppers growing on it!! The largest is shown in front of my hand-its about 3/4ths the length of an average store bought jalapeno so almost ready to harvest! Also the pasilla bajo pepper finally started making peppers (I thought the jalapeno was hogging all the nutrients). Its just a small one. I did a 98% water change this past Monday.. my back is still killing me from it-but I took out the sand and put Very Berry back in the tank. With the dark substrate gone i can see the yellow of Ginger and Tangerine's bellies more clearly. They don't want to hold still for in focus shots though >.<. And finally last photos is the 26g tuffstuff bin I bought at tractor supply co to use as a grow bed when I redo the 40g tank.. right now it smells really bad so soaking it in a water+baking soda mixture to hopefully get rid of the stick.
  11. I know this is an old thread but wanted to share my method: a product called "No Planaria" its a Betal Nut Palm Extract that's safe for fish/plants/shrimp/human (as long as you're not over dosing-such as dumping into tank every day for a year). Note this may kill beneficial worms in your system, and it kills all snails so if you keep a snail(s) for algae eating/decorative remove it and don't put it back in the system until a large water change after treatments are done. I have used this in my small aquaponics setup-40g breeder with goldfish. Killed my bladder snail infestation (I removed my msytery snail(pet) during treatment), no effect on plant/fish/husband (who ate the lettuce grown in there). Note the common pond/bladder snail (and other fast breeding snails) lay eggs so plan to do 2-3 treatments spread out over 1-2 weeks to kill first batch, then any eggs that hatch (the extract doesn't kill eggs). you can find the product on eBay and probably a few other sites.
  12. Thank you for the reply. I've not kept food fish before, even tank bred fish like goldfish and betta can have worms, so I treat with prazi pro then aq salt during 1 month quarantine of new pet fish.
  13. So I've kept pet fish (non edible) for several years and use a dewormer called Prazipro, works great.. Now I'm prepping to keep tilapia as a food fish and was curious what others use as a dewormer medicine? Side question: how much of this dewomer medicine do you use per gallon (or per pound of fish)?
  14. I realized I never posted in this section after joining. I've been keeping fish since.. 2012-2013 as pets starting out with a 10g and a dwarf gourami (great 'lil fish was very friendly). I got into aquaponics rather by accident after a tomato seed spouted behind my sink (don't look at me, niece was over and wanted to make dinner for my husband and me and made a mess with the tomato she cut apparently..)ANYWAYS I decided to look into growing the tomato indoors after I died the mystery sprouted green behind the sink and stumbled into aquaponics and some very simple setups just using an HOB (hang on back filter) to stuff a tomato plant in and grow. A short time later I had a pleco (South American cat fish) that I was mis-informed would stay small.. tunrs out it gets to 18"! i research all my fish thoroughly now before buying after that 'mistake'. The pleco was growing very fast and needed a tank upgrade and more help with the nitrates. In 2014 I ended up with a 55g and an NFT system above it that grew monstrous lettuce and some herbs (forget which.. maybe cilantro) that my husband help me put together. We simply plumed the outflow from the canister to go through the 4" pvc pipe and dump back into the tank at the other side. Anyways it was a huge help but the pleco kept growing and by 13" the canister filter could not keep up with the poop and was clogging weekly. I tried upgrading to the biggest eheim canister I could get and he clogged THAT too so I finally re-homed him. Found him a good home with people with a huge tank, massive filters, and knowledge keeping plecos so happy for my fish. While the nft aquaponics was up (and after it) i got into ripariums which is very similar to aquaponics but nothing's eaten-it uses plants (mostly hose plants for me) that have roots growing directly in the tank. I originally set up a 20 long with riparium plants, then after re-homing my pleco took the 55g over + 2-g long.. and eventually several smaller betta tanks with house plants above. You can see my 55g riparium in its last days searching my recent threads-had a raok(free plants give away) last week. That was the end of my aquaponics until this past spring/summer. I got a 40g breeder and 2 fancy goldfihs-1 oranda and one I think was a mix between ryukin and fantail. I kept aquatic plants in the tank (yes goldfish can be kept with live plants-they just need a good veggy based diet). Don't bash on goldies, if you want to grow plant foods but not eat fish they are a great option-make plenty of waste to feed plants and are wonderful pets, like underwater puppies! Originally my husband help me setup up the tank with a faux in tank sump (fake wall to separate pluming in tank from display area) it was going to be a riparium and I had planned to condense my 20g long under water display with my 55g riparium plants, but things don't go as planned as those 2 tanks kept running. I ended up planting remaining lettuce seeds from my 2014 adventure and they grew, again monster lettuce. I finally had to take the lettuce down after some off thing started happening to the leaves, not sure if it was deficiency or issue from the leaves getting to wet... but A while alter I planted some peppers and spinach. I lost 1 goldfish to an accident-larger river rock slid down and crushed it (no more large rocks in tank). The other I lost to dropsy (not fun-bacterial infection causes kidney failure which results in fluid buildup in the body and end result in 'pine coning-scales raised away from body) its incurable so I had to put her down. Before loosing my 2nd goldie I'd gotten 2 new ones both orandas and they're still doing well-no signs of dropsy and past the incubation period for that infection. Once the jalapeno are big enough to harvest I'll be doing a big of reorganizing and making the aquaponic set up bigger. The goldfish will be moved into a 75g temporarily and I will drain and gut the 40g breeder-redo silicone on the corners (as I don't trust the original work.. there are air bubbles that are growing larger o.O ) as well as remote the faux wall that's taking up a lot of room in the tank. I'll re-silicone (or my husband might) and instead of the back 3" and side 5" being taken up with fake wall, w1 corner will have a faux wall to hide heater and pump. Will re-plum pump to go above the tank to a storage bin grow bed with clay media and grow lettuce and maybe some herbs or scallions there, then dump back into the tank. Once the 40g is done I'll probably remove the faux well I'd put in 1 of my 2 75gs and set up a corner cover to protect the heater then do basically the same thing as the 40g-but with canister filter (intake in tank, output in a grow bed above tank (75gs will grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers), dumps out back into tank). and get tilapia.
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