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hi, I'm new to aquaponics, but not to plants...I have a small landscape business in NE Florida, and not new to fish...I have maintained aquariums for the past 25 years.  So, I decided to try to put 2 and 2 together and...I figured that I'd start out with an indoor system to grow out fish and start out plants.  I bought a 40 gallon aquarium on sale at the pet store, then built a 12" riser just to get it up off the floor.  I was cleaning the inside of the tank, removing stickers, that's when my problems first began.  They used some sort of super glue to put a background paper inside the tank. It wouldn't peel off, so I put some wd-40 on it to dissolve the glue and used a razor blade to scrape it off. Most of it came off, but when I started cleaning it with windex, it just made a cloudy mess, hoping someone can steer me "clear" of the mess I made...

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thanks Ravins...the rubbing alcohol took most of the oil off, but there is a lot of glue still left on the glass. I may try nail polish remover next...its turning into a real chemistry experiment now... :angry:

 

...but on to other things.  I bought a concrete mixing tray at home depot to use for the grow bed.  Its about 33 x 21 inches and about 7 inches deep.  I'm building a wood frame to hold it above the tank with a one inch bulkhead fitting in the bottom.  My goal is "no leaks" because its a hardwood floor :(

 

 

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Hi Mr Dave,

 

You can use an essential oil like Eucalyptus Oil to cut through the gum adhesive on the back of stickers.  Just make sure you wash the oil off thoroughly or you'll kill your fish.

 

Gary

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thanks Ravnis...I tried nail polish remover, but unfortunately it didn't work. It must be too watered down, that's the second ingredient behind acetone.  I'll pick up a a bottle of 100% at ace hdw.

thanks Gary...I've never seen that product in the US, but I'll start looking for it. I bet it smells pretty good :D

thanks yahoo2....another place to look, in the nail gun department.

 

I worked on my growbed over the holiday, MLK day, and positioned it over the fishtank. I could only make it three feet wide to fit in front of the part of the sliding glass door that doesn't open.

Its pretty heavy duty, but water and rocks are heavy too, and I don't want any "oh ____" moments to occur :startle:  It will mainly be used to start seeds in one inch rockwool cubes n stuff like that.

 

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thanks eternal noob....I can't wait to start cycling, but most of my stuff is on order. I live in a very small town, like Mayberry, only one hardware store, and no one has ever heard of aquaponics.

 

The Little Giant filter box came in broken last night, what a waste of time and money, its like no one cares anymore, not even enough to put some old newspapers in the box to keep it from getting damaged during shipping.  I called the customer service number and they asked me if I could fix it myself.  I may look like a dumb redneck, but I know NOT to put superglue or any other CA into an aquarium.  If you can smell it, your fish can too!

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