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Linda

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  1. This is a wonderful aquaponics system and something I would love to have here, even though I have a huge yard and greenhouse with lots of good ground for growing things. But...here it is April 5 and I still have a few feet of snow on the ground (sad but true). I would love to see where you are with the system today and hear how you supplemented your water to fix the nutrient problems. I would put this in my house, if I had the space, for growing winter greens and what not. I'm excited to get my little system going.
  2. Thank you for your advise. There is a topic on this forum titled "Fishless Cycle" by Tithra. I followed these guidelines to bring my ammonia level to 4.0. Perhaps these instructions could be changed to prevent others from bringing their ammonia level up so high when starting a new tank. I also followed the directions on the bottle of ammonia, which says to add 4 drops per gallon. My level is down closer to 2.0 now and we'll see what happens.I will keep my fish at the ambient temp of my home which varies by the season. Right now the tank water is hovering around 64 degrees. Yes, the water is running through the grow box and pre-filter section. Would the large amount of grow media slow the process down?
  3. Hello there. Yes, I added Dr Tim's ammonia a month ago and have had a steady reading of 4.0, no nitrites. Today I checked the ammonia and it seemed a little lower. I have not tested for nitrates. Koko suggested perhaps the ammonia was a bit high so today I removed some water (6 gallons out of 40) and added clean declorinated water. All my water has been declorinated. I have no heater so the water temp has been around 64 degrees for the past week. I didn't want to purchase a heater just to cycle the tank, but if I have to, I have to. I will recheck the ammonia in an hour or so to check that I have around 2.0 ish.
  4. Hello, the ammonia is reading between 2.0-4.0. The temp is averaging 64, so I think that is keeping things slowed down.
  5. Well................it's been 4 weeks now and still no nitrites. I'm getting impatient.
  6. I just finished reading through the thread about gel foods for floaty fish. Everyone's recipe calls for cooking all the ingredients. Why would feeding raw veggies and fish be detrimental?
  7. Thank you for the link. I spent a lot of time on this site this afternoon going through threads but didn't read this one because it was "food for floaters". Thanks again.
  8. So.....my tank is cycling and while I wait for that to happen I'm about to start making my own gel food. Can anyone direct me to your favorite recipes and has anyone used those silicone gummy bear molds to freeze their food in? I thought it would be really fun to feed my fish gummy bears.
  9. Please slow down, don't panic, find out what they are screwing up and get it fixed. If you are in the right and you deal with the IRS in a calm way they will fix it.
  10. Hi there, yes I carved out and painted all my draw pulls and other swimming fish; all 27 of them. Oh boy. Like I said, I didn't have a kitchen for two months. Haha http:// As for the lights. I am most certainly not the one to ask. I made my own using an old gutter, foil tape, pvc pipe and a 16 foot LED light strip I bought on amazon. I can put it on white and many other colors and it looks beautiful when on but I don't have fish or even water in the tank right now. The whole thing only cost me $22. http://
  11. Hi. Shakaho, The type of worm bin I use is a DIY project based on this design http:// You put your produce in the top and harvest the castings from the bottom. No lifting. My canvas bag hangs inside a 50 gallon barrel with one side cut out for access. The worms are pretty small but there are gangs of them. http:// I have a very large veggie garden and plenty of material to feed them. Here is my summer greenhouse, plus I have an outside patch even bigger. I couldn't afford to heat the greenhouse in the winter. I'm just a poor small-scale farm girl. I was pretty amazed at how much my little aquarium cost to set up, even tho I had some of the things and made some. http:// The ants..........well the ants go back to my childhood, when I loved all things like that. Ant farms and aquariums were up my alley but I didn't have a clue what they needed to thrive and they never lasted long. Now I have the internet and know how to research and I want to do all these things in an adult way. Here is my formicarium with out world. Now I need to capture a queen ant that has had her nuptial flight. http:// So that's my story and I'm stick'n to it...haha
  12. Yes. I started a flow through bin last year and they have done very good and I have an ubundance of them. They are in an upstairs spare bedroom now; cold, but not freezing. I use their castings in the garden.
  13. http:// Hi, I am a new member (see welcome new members post) and I am interested in mini-ecosystems and the cycles and connections of all life. I have built a mini aquaponics (fish waste to feed plants to filter the water) system in my kitchen. I am also into vermiculture (red composting worms) and myrmeculture (raising ants) and normal agriculture. See my greenhouse for raising veggies above. My question is: do any of you raise red worms, ants or veggies to feed your fish and do goldfish eat ants? I am really interested in making my own gel fish food with my summer vegetable garden this year and welcome all suggestions, especially things to avoid. That is, if the snow ever goes away. We have gotten another foot since the photo was taken.
  14. Wow, awesome tank at an awesome price. I bought my tank from a local swap and sell too, but it was just the tank, nothing else. I can't wait to see what you create with yours. I love mirrors in tanks, it gives you the illusion of so much more. You could put your plants in fancy clear little glass containers with soil and marbles on top so the fish don't get into the soil and put the containers on top of small mirrors so it looks like double the plants. I may do that some day with my tank. My ammonia is in transit, I'll be starting my cycle in a few weeks. That is nerve racking for me; making sure I get things right for my fish.
  15. Thank you so much. The two + months it took to build all that, plus time before that, was spent in research, research, research. I watched a lot of YouTube vids, especially Joey "The King of DIY". His videos really inspired me. My LED light was built using his ideas, as well as the filter. I highly recommend him. I came here to this site and prowled around a lot too. There is tons of info out there with a lot of contradictory info too. I would love to see photos of your fish. The photo part of this forum is a little tricky and I'm trying to figure it out too. I end up having to edit my posts because I get the wrong photo up. But learning is a good thing, keeps the brain active. I have a very patient hubby who went without a kitchen for two months. Haha
  16. http:// Okay. The pond pump sends the water into the top of the dark green container which is 13x9. Inside the first layer is batting, a trickle plate sends water down over a plastic canvas box full of pot scrubies. Below that is a chamber with micro K1 and an air stone which will tumble it around. The water flows from that out holes drilled in the bottom 3rd of the container and into the 3 foot planter box which will hold the lava rock and clay pebbles. Plants will be grown in small drilled pots inserted in there. The seeds will be started in rock wool cubes. Then the water will flow through the two bulkheads back down into the aquarium.
  17. http:// Sorry, this was the photo I was trying to insert.
  18. http:// Good morning, the tubes in the tank are old acrylic salt and pepper grinders filled with shells I found on a Massachusetts beach years and years ago. I filled the grinders with the shells and water so they would sink and sealed them with silicone. I thought the shells looked like goldfish scales. The other drink bottle is filled with marbles. I plan on having a bare bottom with some marbles for the fish to roll around and play with, some small mirrors hear and there (some hanging from clear floating plastic balls) and hopefully some wine bottle tubes, if I can get the hang of cutting bottles. I really like DIY projects and I don't want my fish to be bored. Haha...compared to what is happening outside it is down right balmy. You get used to it. Thank you for sending me to AquaAurora's posts.
  19. Thank you all. Daniel, I have a 420 pond pump up to a DIY container with the following elements, Floss then trickle down thru pot scrubies then K1 micro moving bed media with air stone...then into two feet of lava rock and expanded clay pellets where greens will be grown under grow light and then back into the tank. Do any of you use your aquarium water to grow plants?
  20. Hello, I have just set up a 40 gallon breeder tank with overhead filter and planter box that will hold lava rock and expanded clay pellets and grow lettuce and spinach to feed my fish and help filter the water. I plan on getting 3 fantail goldfish. I asked at Petco ( our only fish supply place) how to cycle the tank fishless, they had no clue. Ive since figured it out but might have to wait until it gets warmer. I have no tank heaters. Inside it is in the 50's at night and 60's during the day with two feet of snow expected tonight. I don't want to bring the fish home and shock them with cold water. I welcome all advice as this is my first tank. http://
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