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A group for those who are either doing, or thinking about, aquaponics.  All tips welcome.  Nobody is too experienced or too new to join.  

Members: 46
Latest Activity: May 21

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Description of a simple Aquaponics Mineralisation Tank

Started by Rob Collings May 15. 0 Replies

Below is a one sentence description of the Mineralisation Tank (MT) which I use to mineralise aquaponics solids waste, which is collected via filtration within the aquaponics loop. A 200 Litre plastic blue barrel containing watery solids’ fish waste…Continue

Tags: ammionia, solids, waste, suspended, nitrite

The crux of the matter - what do the fish taste like?

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Chris Nov 18, 2015. 7 Replies

When I started this aquaponics gig, there was one thing that was playing on my mind.What do the fish taste like?  Are they any good?Some people thought they'd be bland.  Others suggested a muddy taste.  I can report neither is true.  I found them to…Continue

Tags: aquaponics, taste of jade perch

Replacing Your Fish Harvest

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Rob Collings Nov 5, 2015. 7 Replies

The Lads (that's as close to a name that they'll ever get) are now mostly at harvest size.  This brings some challenges that I'm starting to think about.Spacing the harvestI want to eat them fresh, not frozen.  Some are quite large and some are…Continue

Tags: backyard, new fish with old, aquaponics

Coping with the seasons

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Dec 28, 2014. 12 Replies

Hopefully, we can share some tips.  Keeping the tank warm in winter and cool in summer. Continue

Tags: seasonal tips, cooling, heating, Backyard, Aquaponics

How tough is this aquaponics gig - be honest now!

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Nov 20, 2014. 28 Replies

I'm hoping people who have a set up or two join in to this conversation.  It's aimed at helping those thinking about aquaponics. So how hard is it?  Do you have to be a chemist?  Genius?  Farmer? Fish keeper? Share your experience. Continue

Tags: how hard, aquaponics, backyard aquaponics

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 18, 2016 at 20:33

If it's helpful, Rob and I could organise to come look.  We have quite different approaches to aquaponics, so maybe one of us might say something vaguely useful (although, knowing us, I doubt it - LOL!).

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 17, 2016 at 21:55

How would a dedicated garden visit suit you Angela? There's lots of interest on this site as you know. Can be as small as you want, getting several experienced members together to discuss your setup could be useful for you and for them.

Have a talk with Dianne Caswell on this site (you have to ask her to 'friend' you first, that's the way this site works. You can have a private convo via private messaging.

Uploading photos is a snip. See this menu bar on the text input window?

Choose 2nd from left (image) navigate to where the pic is on your computer and hit upload.

Make the pix about 200-400kbs for those with slow connections.

Comment by Angela gray on May 17, 2016 at 21:24
Anyone is welcome to come & have a look, & offer suggestions! I live in alderley
Comment by Angela gray on May 17, 2016 at 21:23
Haha! I'm taking weekly photos (2) but unsure how to send them on....
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 17, 2016 at 20:39

It's great innit?

Comment by Rob Collings on May 17, 2016 at 20:33

That sound's great Angela, can't wait to see some snap shots, no pressure though :)

Comment by Angela gray on May 17, 2016 at 18:58
Aqua garden is flourishing after 1 week. pH is still a liitle high, but veggies going great guns! Gudgeons have t died, so hopefully in another week I'll get some jade perch.
I love the whole setup! Thanks for advice.
Comment by Rob Collings on May 11, 2016 at 0:16

Firetail powered, I like it... turtle will probably like that too.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 10, 2016 at 22:12

That'll work - except you'll still need to keep an eye on the measurements. Best to start with low doses of seasol and slowly build up. 

Comment by Angela gray on May 10, 2016 at 18:28
Thanks Rob. I've bought my test kit today & I think I'll just let the system cycle for a couple of weeks with just the feeder fish in the tank. I'm using a sea sol type of plant food to help the new plants along.
Cheers angela
 

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