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Tilapia dying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mort Williams Dec 25, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello all!My system has been up and running for several months now. Up until now I've had no real issues. My water levels are good and have not fluctuated and the plants are doing great. However,…Continue

How long does it take for a system to cycle?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richie Betts Feb 5, 2014. 4 Replies

Hi all!I added  four fish (two gold fish, two Koi) to my system a week before adding three herb plants to the grow bed. I checked all levels (Ph, ammonia, Etc) before adding the herbs and all was…Continue

Water source to fill tank?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremiah Robinson Jun 6, 2014. 6 Replies

Hi,I just started building an IBC aquaponics system and was wondering if it's ok to use tap water and if so, are there any tips? I live in Chicago and my system is in my basement. I don't have…Continue

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Mort Williams replied to Richie Betts's discussion Tilapia dying
"Yah get an air pump going, the splash down from the water returning in to the tank isn't enough to aerate the water.    "
Dec 25, 2014
Jonathan Russo replied to Richie Betts's discussion Tilapia dying
"With any kind of fish, coming to the top of the tank for air means that there isn't enough dissolved oxygen in the water. This issue can be simply resolved with the purchase of an air pump.  I hope this helps! -Jon"
Jun 17, 2014
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"Thanks for the request, man!"
Jun 9, 2014
Jeremiah Robinson replied to Richie Betts's discussion Water source to fill tank?
"RV water filter.  Works like a charm.  "
Jun 6, 2014
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This is an IBC Aquaponics tank. There's about 175 gallons in the fish tank and about 30 gallons in the grow bed. I started this in Dec, Had a few set backs b..
Jun 3, 2014
Richie Betts posted a discussion

Tilapia dying

Hello all!My system has been up and running for several months now. Up until now I've had no real issues. My water levels are good and have not fluctuated and the plants are doing great. However, this past week I noticed the tilapia coming to the top for air and have lost three tilapia. Again, all levels are good and no sign of amonia. The dead tilapia are not showing signs of disease.I have 37 tilapia in the same tank as 2 Koi fish and 10 goldfish. My tank is a 175 gallon IBC tank. Could they…See More
Jun 3, 2014
Paul V Jensen replied to Richie Betts's discussion Water source to fill tank?
"rain water is my preference"
May 21, 2014
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Apr 24, 2014
Richie Betts replied to Richie Betts's discussion How long does it take for a system to cycle?
"Added 10 goldfish today. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks a lot for the advice. "
Feb 5, 2014
Thomas Oberg replied to Richie Betts's discussion How long does it take for a system to cycle?
"Add more fish.... 4 fishes in an IBC is not enough"
Feb 4, 2014
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Richie Betts replied to Richie Betts's discussion Water source to fill tank?
"On Dec 20th I added two gold fish and two Koi fish after letting the water set for a week. Before adding the fish, I checked all parameters, PH 7.6 and all others at 0ppm. Started showing ammonia levels about three days later.  About a week…"
Jan 28, 2014
Richie Betts replied to Richie Betts's discussion How long does it take for a system to cycle?
"Thanks Rob, Got my first sign of Nitrates today. Plants still aren't looking good though. I'll have to be patient. Thanks again!"
Jan 28, 2014
Rob Seymour replied to Richie Betts's discussion How long does it take for a system to cycle?
"There isn't really a good answer for how long. Keep check the water for signs of nitrates. Cycling with fish can take weeks"
Jan 22, 2014

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