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  1. If there is another thread on this please direct me to it but I was unable to find anything. First off does anyone here have experience with AP Trout? I am asking because I have never done trout and I am looking to overwinter this year. Couple questions... - Best subspecies? Please include temp ranges if you know off the top of your head. - Reliable Breeders? - Is size a problem? I am working with an IBC tank I believe 400 gallons with the top chopped off so probably 350. - What about water conditions other than temp? Are they picky or hardier? - Does trout taste good? I've heard some really good things in this dept. Thanks again for any answers or generally useful information. <3 chu guys
  2. Wicking Beds April15

    From the album Plant and growing platforms

    The 1st 2 wicking beds have improved (plant health) in the last 6 months from initial setup. I have used some sheeting left over from the shed to clad the 2 IBCs.
  3. Yesterday I purchased 40 3 1/2 inch Rainbow Trout. They had an hour long trip back home at which point I put them in my IBC based 400 gallon system. At this point they all seemed to be alive and happy. The tank has 4 air stones attached to an air pump. In less than 24 hours they were all dead. They died off as the day went on, a couple in the morning, more in the afternoon, and by night they were all dead. Water Parameters: Temp: Around 55-60 degrees (breeder kept them at 50). PH: 6.5 Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 Additional details: The tank did have a good deal of algae in it which they seemed to prefer over the pellet food. I do not have a meter for dissolved Oxygen. Aside from the algae the water is pretty clean, no obvious contaminants other than a bit of clay dust on the bottom of the tank from the clay pellets. I did do a partial water change which seems to not have much of an effect. Conclusions: My best guess is an Oxygen problem. Some of them appeared to be popping up to the surface of the water to gasp for air but not all of them. The under water pumps blast water into the tanks pretty fast. The pump in my tank is pretty over powered and could have had something to do it maybe?
  4. Hey guys, So this might be a stupid question but I want to use metal braces in my beds to hold my plants up. The metal is exposed, there is no coating. Will this in anyway change the water quality/content? Thanks
  5. So I'm getting ready to fill my system once again for another summer (and hopefully winter this time) of Aquaponics joy. I was wondering should I paint my tanks black before I fill them? I was wondering this for two reasons. One it should cut down on the algae population and two to help over winter the tank when the time comes. Thoughts? (EDIT: If a mod could please move this to Aquaponics that's where I meant to post it and I don't see a way to delete it. Thanks!)
  6. I'm having problems keeping a high enough PH in my approx. 300 gallon IBC. I have been doing partial water changes which seem to work short term but I've had to supplement with a liquid PH upper. I need something a bit stronger in order to maintain a constant PH. Any suggestions?
  7. I have been into aquaponics in my backyard for over two years now and I am still learning. Now I am planning on getting an aquaculture venture going using above ground pools. I have already found that it is a different game and I accept the challenge. You can see my setup on YouTube by searching for HOWponics. Glad I found my way to the Aquaponics Nation.
  8. Hello I just joined. last year i babbled in aquaponics with a moderate 30gal fish tank, 24"x30"x8" grow bed filled with river gravel (ebb&Flow), 80GPH throtlled down to about 40GPH pump and about a dozen 3" goldfish. And it work great and in most cases out did better that my container garden. This year i am Upscaling my system to (2) seperate IBCs using the top 8-10" of the container as my grow bed filled with red lava rock. Once again i will be using the ebb & flow method. Each fish tank will be comprised of what is left of the IBC Container. The Growbeds will be house directly over the fish tanks. Each tank will have its own 250-310GPH submerisible pump feeding a single grow bed. I am hoping to raise ethier perch, bluegill or catfish. With my setup what could i safley raise in each of the tanks. Any suggestions or pointer would be greatly apperciated. Thanks
  9. Having a problem catching fish in my deep IBC tank without emptying most of the water. Am trying to find a 36" square net that I can put under the fish and then lift them out. Anyone has a source for appropriate net or a method for catching them?
  10. I try to siphon up solid wastes from bottom of my IBC tote FT. This happens when plant bed water is pumped in and raises the level higher than the siphon. Is there a good way to plumb the siphon uptake so that solids are removed from a larger area of the bottom? I was thinking of adding PVC pipe around the perimeter of the bottom and drill large holes every 6 inches of so. kingjam
  11. Now that the weather is beginning to cool we Central Floridans need to start to make plans for heating our outdoor systems. I tentatively plan to do the following: 1. Paint my IBC FTs black 2. Cover tank with bubble wrap or pool blanket and paint black 3. Build a wooden cover I would appreciate hearing from other Floridans or similar locations plans for keeping the fish through the winter months. kingjam
  12. Previously I was unable to see into the bottom of my IBC Breeding tank but I added a bag of discounted broken-bag play sand. The white sand in the bottom now allows me to see to the bottom of the IBC and I am now able to observe the tilapia breeding behavior. Hopefully it will also encourage them to breed.
  13. What do you guys think of constructing "debris catcher" window screen panels in the water flow current to catch the suspended debris? My water input pipe shoots counter clockwise into my IBC FT for 15 minutes every hour. In this time the water circulates slowly. I think that a few screeen panels would collect quite a bit of debris. Periodically these could be removed and hosed off and be reused. When these panels become overburdened with debris, they wouldn't pose any critical danger to the clogging of the overall system. Kingjam
  14. I've built it! I used 1 IBC container. The top 1/3 of the IBC container was cut and flipped. I filled it with red lava rocks on the bottom half and Hydroton on the top half. After doing more research, I realized more grow bed volume was needed. I made a frame out of some thick cedar and posts and tossed in a pond liner. I used river pebbles on the top half to go the cheaper route. I have just about a 1 to 1 ratio going. The pump is a 550-GPH from Lowes. I have it on a cinder block in case something happens and it will not drain the whole tank. Is it bad that it is not on the bottom? I split the pvc from the pump and have a 3/4" pvc about 3 ft long with many holes drilled in the side to give the tank a current. I used Affnan's website to help with the bell siphon and it works great. Each bed drain has a homemade venturi similar to Affnan's. I may be able to avoid an air pump, but I have an Air Pump AIR-8000: For aquariums up to 170 gallons. I got 9 Koi from a friend in the neighborhood. There are 4 that are about 6 inches and the rest are about 4 inches. Is that enough fish? Also, is there a recommended food that would be more organic? The stuff from Lowes, Smart Pond Premium Fish Food, has some crazy ingredients. I need a duckweed tank I guess. I posted some pictures to my profile. This site has been a great resource. So, 3 questions... Is it bad that the pump is not on the bottom? Would 9 Koi enough for 625 Liters? Is there a good organic food to buy?
  15. hi im excited about getting a system going next year, im in planning stage i have experience the with plant side of things, not so with fish im heading to sydney in january and hope to return with some containers(ibc, blue barrells) (on a budget but slightlly concerned about previous contents of ibcs) all the best folks!