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cycling the system

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Massingill Jul 25, 2013. 79 Replies

I ordered everything I need for my system today. I should have everything on Saturday. That said I have a question about cycling the system. If I fill my system with pond water will I still need to…Continue

Pumps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Bosworth Apr 11, 2013. 2 Replies

I have a question about pumps. One video I watched on setting up an IBC system I thought it said used a bilge pump. I found a 500GPH pump for $30. Would anybody recommend against that? Is there…Continue

Perhaps this should be in the alternative energy section but I am trying to understand the technology behind water

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Bosworth Jul 20, 2013. 15 Replies

I don't quite understand the category of Water Technology. I say that because I wonder what technology is in question. I live near Binghamton New Yuck and it drives me crazy every time I drive by the…Continue

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Eric Bosworth replied to Jason Fields's discussion Fence Around Hive- How big? in the group Bee Keeping
"I got my bees on the 25th of April. They have been doing quite well until I had a problem where a fence would have been a good idea... A 30/06 would have worked if I had been watching and had time to load it and shoot. This is from the DEC's…"
Jul 18, 2014
Mark Massingill replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Well, at least the pH is dropping.  The sunny's must have heard about your serial fish killing tendencies.  Hang in there and hopefully you'll start getting a few of them again."
Jul 25, 2013
Eric Bosworth replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Ok... I am really starting to get frustrated... I can't seem to catch any sunfish. I have caught several bass and a crappie but I can't even get sunny's to bite when I hit them with the worm. Yesterday was especially frustrated…"
Jul 22, 2013
Eric Bosworth replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion Perhaps this should be in the alternative energy section but I am trying to understand the technology behind water
"There are 2 possible solutions. I could put in a ductless wall mounted heat pump and modify the outside piece to use a heat exchanger instead of the cooling tower with the radiator and the fan. That would be ideal but somewhat expensive. The other…"
Jul 20, 2013
Susanna Bensman replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion Perhaps this should be in the alternative energy section but I am trying to understand the technology behind water
"Eric, I am not sure I understand the process. There are air filters that can be bled of water for air compressors. Please explain your process further."
Jul 19, 2013
Mark Massingill replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Well, this time around catch and release the bass and keep the sunnys. Yeah, the personal issues are the reason I haven't been on much.  One of the main reasons  I started getting into gardening in the first place was to try and work…"
Jul 9, 2013
Adam Alexander replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Ammonia levels are higher than they were.  pH is a little lower (which is actually good).  Nitrite levels are still high and nitrate levels are high.  Meh... "
Jul 9, 2013
Eric Bosworth replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"I only had 8 fish 4 small bass and 4 sunnys. They are all dead. I need to catch some more sunnys. I don't really care if I kill the sunnys. They are a bit invasive anyway. But I didn't want to kill the bass. I was going to throw them back…"
Jul 9, 2013
Mark Massingill replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"No, the bacteria grows on the surface area of the media, tanks, pipes, etc...  Some lives in the water but simply adding rain water or fresh water to top up doesn't negate the cycling process.  The only thing that would do that would…"
Jul 9, 2013
Mark Massingill replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"The river rock I got works just fine.  As I said, now I'm working to keep the ph up since it drops naturally in a balanced system.  I had about 5 yds delivered and only used about half, planning to use the rest when I finished the…"
Jul 9, 2013
Ron Faulkner replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Is it possible that the fish were poisoned by the excess ammonia and/or nitrates? Adding ammonia for six weeks seems a bit excessive. I only cycled a small system and after a few days of adding ammonia I had to stop as the nitrate concentration was…"
Jul 8, 2013
Ron Faulkner replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"When a similar thing happened to me during cycling, the (acid) rain lowered the PH so I had to buffer it with Bicarb Soda to get it back up above 7.  Nothing much changed apart from that."
Jul 8, 2013
Eric Bosworth replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Test the water and see what it says. If the bacteria was culturing in your grow media then it may have slowed down your cycling but it shouldn't have hurt it much."
Jul 8, 2013
Adam Alexander replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"I'm not sure if it did or not.  I know the sump tank was completely full days ago and then it just kept raining.  I'm sure it would have screwed up all my readings, so I didn't bother.  I think the rain has slacked off…"
Jul 8, 2013
Eric Bosworth replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"Did it flush out all of your water? The idea is to have as much biological surface area (BSA) as possible. The bacteria get on the surfaces of media and stay there for the most part. Rain shouldn't effect that too much."
Jul 8, 2013
Adam Alexander replied to Eric Bosworth's discussion cycling the system
"I was probably about 3/4 finished with cycling my new system....and then it rained for a week straight.  Am I going to have to start over?"
Jul 8, 2013

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