I need some advice on my aquaponics system. I have a 900 gallon system w/tilapia fingerlings and lava rock in my growbeds. The tilapia are doing great but my pH is really high. I have hard water…Continue
"I'm just beginning in to experiment with AP, but here is my $0.02
Avoid HCl. HCl is what you use to both lower pH and chlorinate your pool!
You are adding a toxic element to your aquaculture. I have been using phosphoric acid…"
"Wow. 8.2 is really high. Do you test hardness?
If it were me, I'd leave it for a while till the Ph comes down naturally to about 7, then buffer it there with lime, calcium carbonate, or a partial water change.
If you try to adjust…"
"Rainwater is acidic so topping up with that will help to reduce the pH and/or keep it under control.
I discovered that whilst cycling my system, I had to buffer the water after a heavy rainstorm to get the pH back up."
"I had a similar instance where this occurred to me during the early stages of my AP system cycling. I spoke with a local pet shop owner and he suggested I buy a large bag of peat as It would stabilize the the pH prevent the onset of algae bloom and…"
"I hope this picture helps. This is just the way I made mine out of parts I had on hand, there are other ways to make them. The main thing is to have the air inlet positioned in such a way that water flows around it, creating a vacuum…"
"I don't grow using aquaponics although i really want start. So I don't know if it would affect the fish or not but CalMag+ by General Organics which is a line of organics by General Hydroponics is great for the plants and will drop your…"
"Thanks Larry, I'm not exactly hip to the science behind it all, I just know what happens in a balanced system from experience. Interesting stuff there and I learned a bit of the science reading it. Like you, I adjust top up…"
"If anything in any of my posts has been unwarranted or untoward, let me know. As stated above, I simply wanted to let others know that the issues he encountered weren't always a problem, just as I stated that my solution may not work for…"
Definitely want to keep a culture of encouragement around here, and we will do what it takes to keep it so. Yall do what you can to make that happen. Love having you all here. If it gets silly, lemme know."