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Catfish Added to Aquaponics System

After a little bit of a wait, I finally got some catfish to help power the system. They’re really small at about 4 inches. Not sure if we should be calling them kitten fish at this stage. I’ll have to…

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Mineralization Chamber

Aquaponics is extremely water wise. And our system is about to get a whole lot wiser. I’ve decided to add a mineralization chamber to the aquaponics system to minimize water loss from clearing filters and hopefully to increase the nutrient…

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Measure to Manage-Aquaponics Nutrient Analysis Report #3

Every 6-8 weeks, I post my photometer readings for the aquaponics system water. The biggest change I’ve made this term is using rainwater exclusively. I should also add that I lost a bunch of fish in early February due to an aeration…

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Measure to Manage-Aquaponics Nutrient Analysis Report #2

It’s been a couple months since I posted the last grouping of nutrient analysis reports. Things are fairly stable as you can see. NO3 NO2 P K Ca Mg SO4 PO4 Alkty Na Fe NH3 EC pH Temp 7/20/15 25…

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Rainwater Collection

If you’re in California, the drought is something that is on everyone’s minds. The prospect of having little to no water is a scary thought. That’s why water wise farming methods like aquaponics are really getting a good look as…

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Let’s Raise a Glass!

This morning I was collecting some water to test with the photometer for nutrient analysis. Thought I’d share how well the swirl filter is working. Let’s raise our beakers for a toast!

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Swirl Filter Revisited

After a couple of months of operating the swirl filter, I really like the way it operates. I had to bump up my pump size to get a little more flow (8-10gpm), but it seems to keep more solids out…

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