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About bigdaddy

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  1. The fish don't know if they are Athur or Martha LOL... Just on water testing Bryan...I've found I need to test and log at least daily when cycling, then with the tanks cycled, maybe weekly or even two weekly if results allow...I found I only need to reach for the water test kit when I find an issue then I may test more frequently until the issue is solved then I stretch the timing out again. I look for visible differences also use my nose and ears, then if something doesn't smell or sound right I start to investigate. Cheers.
  2. Hi AT, My direct answer is not going to be helpful to you, but I'll try to expand. I've moved into a brand new house so ATM I don't have one running. When time permits I will though. These systems last as long as you want them to. If you are using gravel or clay or other course media, the media does eventually clog and you need to replace it. If you have no other filtration they do no not last as long as if you were to properly filter with MBBR, swirls or other filters. There is plenty of info on this forum about that if you use the search function. If you decide to do iAVs the correct sand is the key, no other filtration is required and it is not known how long the sand will last at this stage but all reports are substantially longer. If you want to see what I have done over the years use the search function and you may need to dig a little further into the archives. Lots of people have also posted their systems in the build section plus, we would like you to post your build as you go along your journey as well, this helps other future newbies and also helps the current community. Cheers.
  3. Mistake: Not being patient when doing first cycle and wanting to change the water because I thought the water readings were too high. Remedy: Posted everydays reading on the forum and told people what I wanted to do then listened to their advise, became patient and did not change the water. Cheers
  4. Hi Bryan and welcome to APN, I love the way you have integrated technology with growing food. I also love your sticker work So I take it you still manually test the water? and how often do you test it now? Cheers.
  5. Hi Cecil, Don't they look good? How do you anaesthetise your fish? Cheers.
  6. Looks like you have a lovely back yard Ande, What's Chaga?
  7. Hi Cecil, We're just coming out of winter in my neck of the woods. I've notice our mornings were a bit colder then normal with quite a bit more rain. it took a while for the cooler weather to go and it hasn't gone completely, by now we would expect quite a few in fact mostly nice warmer days, but up until now we've just had some with quite a few cooler days. Our wedding anniversary is coming up this weekend and the reason we chose to get married this time of year, all those years ago, was because of the high probability of getting a nice day and the day we got was superb. If our wedding was this year, the weather would be very much hit and miss. I don't know if this weather is a trend or if it is just happening this year, but already I'm looking forward to many more nice days ahead. Cheers.
  8. Hi Kusum and welcome to APN, When you are ready take some photos of your system and start your own build thread in the aquaponics section. I look forward to seeing your progress. Cheers
  9. Hi fb Welcome to APN Cheers
  10. Hi Dave, I use Hydrated lime to raise the pH and HydroChloric acid to lower it. To raise my pH I dissolve Hydrated lime or builders lime(same thing over here but check the packet) in a bucket of water and add gradually to to fish tank...Generally I bump it up 1 or max 2 pH points per day until it gets to my desired pH level. I aim for 6.4 pH but bump it up to 6.8 and let it drop to 6.2 or 6.0 at the outside. If I need to lower the pH I use gloves and goggles Mix some Hydro Chloric acid in a watering can and gradually add to fish tanks. again I try to lower it as slowly as I can and I am very careful not to spill any on me or my clothes. It seems to me you have some issues with your media which is keeping the pH down. I'd persist and keep adding lime and hopefully sometime it will even out. I don't think this is causing the problem but I certainly think it will help to get the pH at around 6.4. Cheers.
  11. Hi Dave, I'd bump up the pH (slowly) to pH 6.4 I don't know what is causing your issues there, but I have a couple of questions. Have you found out what's causing your cucumbers to turn black? Also Have you taken some samples and your pics to the local garden store?.....In my part of the world I do that when I have issues and they are very helpful. And Do you have aeration? Let's know how you get on. Cheers.
  12. As Irma Fizzles out They are expecting a large storm surge ... In the vicinity of 11 metres... Cheers.
  13. How much a pound is that Cecil? Cheers.
  14. Hi Cecil, I have never heard of tiger trout before...Don't they look a good looking fish.... All the trout shown are in good nick...I'd be happy with their progress. I'd also be eying one or two off for dinner he, he he :0. Cheers.
  15. Hi Wickedsix,and welcome to APN Cheers.