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Aquaponics on Apartment Deck UPDATE!!

Greetings all this is another update with video for the 50 gallon fish tank ecosystem I have made. It's exploded costs and earlier posts on profile!!

23 Comments
2024/07/12
14:43 UTC

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Aquaponics on Apartment Deck UPDATE!!

Greetings all this is another update with video for the 50 gallon fish tank ecosystem I have made. It's exploded costs and earlier posts on profile!!

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2024/07/12
14:43 UTC

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Buying Coral to Add to My Saltwater Aquarium! Shopping at The Aquarium Store

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2024/07/12
08:16 UTC

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New Aquaponic Setup - Veggies Option? (Detail in comments)

35 Comments
2024/07/10
18:06 UTC

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hemianthus callitrichoides

at least $50 worth of “crop” in this little patch

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2024/07/10
03:26 UTC

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An update to a poorly drawn sketch

Hello again, it seems like we can’t tell if the siphon I wanted to make would work or not unless I uploaded the full poorly drawn sketch. I think everything is there along with rough idea of altitudes. The plan is to use a regular fishtank(for now) and I’d like to avoid cutting a hole in the side of it. If I use a siphon as built, would it work? I think it offers an option for an air vac since it splits but the higher end of the siphon should come out of the air if something breaks down the line. If the second part really only is to allow for an air break I would think it could be half capped or use a smaller bit of pipe.

As I was drawing it out I wanted to add a bio ball set up to the sump set up with a divider and a couple of big air stones to keep the balls moving well.

I’d like the return to tank to be a pvc pipe with holes in it and for a water fall/aeration effect. The tank is going to be in a shed, away from light. Sort of like a man cave. I’d like to make this a semi permanent feature(eventually I will get a 275g tote and rebuild the shed into a shop) only the tank will be indoors. Everything else is in a smallish square section in the yard next to it. I’d like to keep everything close to level with it in stands.

I’d like to keep the pump out of the tank but understand if it doesn’t happen that way. It’s just a first set up and design. Thanks for your time

2 Comments
2024/07/10
01:24 UTC

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New Tank

All natural and rock, just rearranged and took out about a pound of plants.

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2024/07/09
22:12 UTC

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Growing Dayflower in Aquarium

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2024/07/09
11:38 UTC

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Help with connecting siphon to grow bed

My area does not have male-female adapters in the size I need. Is there another way I can connect the siphon to the grow bed?

4 Comments
2024/07/09
07:25 UTC

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Poorly drawn sketch in regards to pickup design

Hello everyone! I’m getting ready to build my first set up and I wanted to use a clear fish tank as the main fish housing area. I don’t really want to drill a hole in the side of a tank(I will but still) and I think I’ve come up with a design that will allow me to use an actual siphon to clear the tank ledge while still giving myself some kind anti siphon valve. Anyway here’s my photo, thanks!

7 Comments
2024/07/09
05:26 UTC

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Do I need more fish tank space for this aquaponics system

I am constructing an aquaponics system with a 10-foot NFT and an 8-square-foot grow bed. All I am trying to do is grow salad greens due to limited light. I only have a 30-gallon tank (in reality a concrete holder) for (2 or 3?) goldfish. Do I need to get another fish tank?

Note: the concrete holder has the concrete chipped off and is covered with a tarp

6 Comments
2024/07/08
00:45 UTC

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If you had a 75 gallon aquarium what would you stock it with to feed your plants? Would a BUNCH of mystery snails and some endlers work??

Basically what the title says. I’m breaking down my aquariums and existing plant wall (mostly decorative plants atm) and I’m going to rebuild an aquaponics type setup (vertical pvc draining into the tank) and run it off a 75 gallon tank.

I’m looking to stock the tank with something relatively low maintenance (I do have auto feeders I mean more like I don’t want to be doing constant water changes. I normally stock my tanks where they can go longer between changes) but that will provide at least a little nutrients to the plants. I was contemplating the merits of a big endler colony (since I have them) and mystery snails (because they’re fun to breed and I think they’re cute) but idk if the level of waste they produce would be sufficient for the extra plants. I also considered maybe a goldfish or two but I prefer the not fancy ones and a 75 seems kind of small for them from a swimming space tbh.

My plans are to put my existing plant wall plants in and some monsteras I have in a bin, but also lots of herbs and greens and maybe beans because I want to see if they climb on the basement ceiling lol. Gonna turn the back room into a crazy plant space instead of a crazy aquarium space lol.

I’ll toss a pic of my wall from a year ago that’s run off a 29 gallon endler tank in the comments for fun if I can.

6 Comments
2024/07/07
23:11 UTC

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Can anyone shed some light on why I can’t get my bell siphon to start?

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2024/07/06
17:10 UTC

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4” of coarse sand over 3” of sand/clay pebble mix over 3” clay pebbles = laminar flow at the drain

Always experimenting with ways to get proper drainage!

18 Comments
2024/07/02
02:01 UTC

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PSA about a person Impersonating multiple Aquaponics Experts

The reddit and subreddit banned user u/djdefenda aka Max Reed is now running around reddit pretending to be Sylvia Bernstein Author of Aquaponic Gardening on this account u/Sylvia-B-5286 as well as Stephen Raisner of Potent Ponics on u/Stephen-Raisner after he got his main account banned for harassing multiple users including myself, u/cologetmomo and his wife as well as multiple other users. His other accounts include u/farmerdave1 and u/overall_chemist_9166 and u/restglittering9056 and others attempting to push his failed sand boxes and toxic subreddit. Please be advised of what hes doing and the accounts hes using and report them when you see them as he has been banned from reddit and is now attempting to use other people's credentials to push his failed ideas.

Its a reddit violation to impersonate other people especially if your going to try and use there real name. Please be advised of his deception and what hes doing. This is the kind of childish behavior thats used by the sand box kitty litter folks to try and push there crappy ideas.

27 Comments
2024/07/01
14:21 UTC

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Mitigating power cost?

I'm looking at aquaponics. I live in the Midwest and power is fairly cheap, but it still seems a bit expensive running grow lights, pumps, aerators, etc and that's before you even account for food cost and tests to monitor water quality and such.

How do yall go about mitigating costs like electricity? My initial thought was solar but a solar source with enough batter for even a modest setup was going to be pretty expensive.

Thoughts / advice?

13 Comments
2024/07/01
06:53 UTC

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Setup and Progress

Just felt like sharing my setup. Goldfish, pleco, nerite snails in a 55 gal tank with a 840gph pump and an air stone in the corner. This pumps into a 50 gal food grade barrel split in half, filled with expanded shale and red wigglers. Testing out what plants do well in direct media vs dual root zone or starter pucks. I had 1 air stone in the grow bed, I recently added two more. They're all under 3 spider farmer 2000 2x4 coverage LEDs. The most prolific plants are two peppers, a jimmy nardello and a pippin fish pepper, both using DRZ. While I'm not super experienced, I have grown both of these plants before, but I've never had a yield like this from the jimmy nardellos. I think the fish pepper likes it hotter, though. They both have shown some signs of overwatering, so I've disturbed the roots and raised them up above the water line a couple times

5 Comments
2024/07/01
02:24 UTC

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Newbie starting up. Tips?

Hi all. My partner and I are starting up a new tank and running a cannabis autoflower along with some other aquatic plants. My partner is pretty experienced with fish tanks and I’ve done a few hydro grows in a smaller aerogarden now so somewhat experienced there. Any tips for transitioning the two into this new hobby? We will have a 20long tank and thinking of getting a good amount of schooling fish like danio or tetra. I’m not too worried about harvest size, I just enjoy it as a hobby so no worries there. Any advice is welcome. Thank you!

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2024/06/30
18:56 UTC

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Lava Rock Dust Suspended in Water

I could use some advice!

Setup: Finished setting up my first aquaponics system and jumped the gun by putting about 50 tilapia fingerlings I caught in a pond down the street in my 275 gallon IBC. I have a 500 gph pump going through lava rock and draining back into the tank for filtration.

Problem: I have a ton of lava rock dust clouding my tank as I did not properly wash the rock before beginning filtration. Any advice on how to remove it? Will my fish be okay?

Thank you!

8 Comments
2024/06/28
01:20 UTC

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Self sustaining aquaponics system?

Hello I am very new to aquaponics and I’m wondering is there a way to make a system self feeding I know tilapia forage alge and duckweed mostly is it possible to grow algae in the tank without killing the fish in order to feed them so they feed the plants? Even if it’s not completely self sustainable and requires intermittent feeding The idea is to make a aquaponics system in my survival bunker so I don’t want to waste space on fish foods.
And is it beneficial to put prawn in the tank too? I’ve read they help with further breakdown of the tilapia poop and they also don’t interfere with the fish
Obviously I understand you can’t be completely hands off since you have to check oxygen and PH in the water but I want to minimize as mutch as possible I am planning on having a fairly large garden and tank I will have a whole section in my bunker dedicated to aquaponics and my bunker does have a generator pod so if my house power goes out it will not be hard to to keep power to the pumps and lights. Yes I know I’m breaking the first rule of a survival bunker by saying I have a survival bunker but it helps give context as to what I’m doing and why I require it a specific way. Because I really had my heart set on aquaponics because it’s extremely renewable if you have any questions on what I mean just ask so I can clarify

44 Comments
2024/06/27
11:28 UTC

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