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  1. So, I just did a harvest, drained the main 750 U.S. Gallon tank and discovered that circulation in the tank seems to be lacking. I have spots where there are up to 1/4" of solids sitting on the bottom. Any ideas on solving this issue? I am thinking maybe adding a water circulation pump to keep the solids moving along the bottom. Suggestions...go!
  2. Hello! My name is Niall and I am interested in starting my own small scale aquaponics system. I first learned about aquaponics when I read about the Aqualibrium system. The system looks great, but is pricey, and seems as though it doesn't give you the option to expand. So my intention is to: Build a small system, roughly the same size Aqualibirum. Their grow bed is 1.5ft x 1.5ft, as is their fish tank. Source materials as cheap as possible, even free if I have to. Any tips or advice on sourcing or salvaging equipment is welcome. Seek advice on climate control. I intend to locate my system in my bathroom, located on an exterior wall. The pipes freeze in the winter and there's no air-con for the 30 degree summers. Seek advice on grow bed material, I am aware of expandable clay, I am also somewhat knowledgeable on composting. Seek advice on cycling, I have the time and patience to run trial and error. However I don't not have the funds to afford expensive tester kits, or replacement fish. Connect with other Aquaponics community members locally. Seeing a farm in person would help a lot. To get started, I have a 25 litre clear plastic tote from Home Depot that I got for cheap. I'm not sure if it's BPA free and I doubt it's meant to hold water. However, it is flexible and appx. 10 inches tall. I have attached an image. Is the volume too small? I will up scale if necessary. Should I use this as a grow bed or fish tank? Please elaborate. Can you recommend a pump for a farm of this size? Post a link please. What fish can you recommend for a farm of this size? What growing material do you recommend? How should I start cycling? Any other advice welcome. So that's it for my intro, I'm keen to start this project as soon as possible so I'll have fresh veg for the summer. Thank you in advance for all your help, and I look forward to learning from you all. Niall
  3. Does anyone have a favorite brand, type, or model of water pump? Same for air pumps. I think I'm going to try an aeration tank for mineralization. I'll need enough air to keep solids mixing. I've been looking around for a good tutorial on how to interface water and air pumps into PVC pipe systems. Any special fittings I can't find at a hardware store? thanks Jeff
  4. Hello Everyone, I am a retired middle school teacher living in Florida. I am planning to develop a aquaponic system using two 275 gallon IBC totes which I have bought and cut off the top at the very top and cleaned out. I cut the totes at the very top so that I would maximize the volume of the fish tanks. I will use 55 gallon blue barrels cut lengthwise in halves to act as my growbeds. There are so many questions that I have I am afraid to make a start. At this point, I would appreciate advice from anyone as to how to proceed. I am anxious to learn from your experiences. Some of the questions are about: system design, suitable and best pump to use, how to collect waste and remove from the IBC totes using only one economical poump, etc. Any advice would be much appreciated. Kingjam
  5. I am very interested in aquaponics systems. I have built a small hobby sized model. and learned a lot about aquaponics mostly by my mistakes. I have been doing a ton of research and am designing a large system for a college project as well as for implementation. Any help would be greatly appreciated!