Cleaning Aquaponic Grow Beds. Solids Be Gone..

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Memories of yesterday: Hi Rob, Im new to aquaponics and just completed a grow bed using clay balls, on my first test the balls which is about 250mm deep started to float and almost overflowed to the edge if I didn't scoop it back in, is this normal? cheers mate

Alisher Nabiev: Also will be great if you tell where did you get covered material for you greenhouse. Thank you in advance. 

Alisher Nabiev: May be it is really because of sun. But fishes are ok.

Alisher Nabiev: Hello, thank you for respond. Yes I have a tant with plastic( Cellophane) covered on it. I would like to know what kind of material did you used for your greenhouse. 

Alisher Nabiev: Hello, my water tank is getting dirty. I bought some gold fishes and put them to my water tank with store water in which fishes came. Is This the reason of getting dirty? i am cleaning my water tank and in 3 days it gets dirty again. It is kind of gets yellowish then turns greenish. I am not sure what I am doing wrong may be it should be like that because of fish.

Joshua “ZenKidd” Falcon: Hello,

I've got a few questions as I am planning to start my own auqaponic garden. I've found a 55gal drum set up that would be great for me to start with considering my space is limited. I will share a link bc I am looking for opinions and was not sure where to turn.

So this "barrelponics" set up is pretty simple. But I wanted to ask about the clay ball substrate you use and I was curious if you think it may work in this size set up?

I have also found you of Facebook and sent a message there. Thank you.

Olen Soifer: Hence, the difference between DWC hydroponics and grow media aquaponics. That smell is from anaerobic conditions developing down at the bottom of the in a septic tank. Not what you want! You wouldn't grow food in septic waste!

While you prefer not to use the actual under-gravel filter that are sometimes used in might consider installing a course screen under the media, a couple of inches up from the bottom, so the media doesn't do down to the very bottom of the beds. Then, if you limit the drain holes to the bottom couple of inches of the standpipe...below the level of the might find that you can get some good turbulence in that media-less bottom part of the beds. Perhaps, considering how much flow bell siphons can develop, that could dislodge the sludge as fast as it builds up and carry it out to the filter so that the sludge doesn't build up.

Of course, the other issue could be inadequate filtering Some people don't use filters at all...and they like to show off how clean their fish water is. But, of course, what's happening is that they are sludging up their grow media, turning them into the equivalent of septic tanks. Sooner or later they'll certainly have the same issues you've experienced. The solution is more filters. "Backyarders" don't differentiate between settleable and suspended solids. The homemade swirl filter doesn't remove the suspended solids...but the grow bed does! Using bag or drum filters might be the only practical solution. I haven't seen anyone come up with a homemade drum filter yet, but someone will sooner or later!

Roberto carlos machado gomes: Olá Rob Bob, boa noite!

Gostaria de saber como você administra os fertilizantes nesse sistema de cultivo hidropônico, e quais são eles?
Roberto - Brasília/ Brasil

livefastdieyoung26: Why don't you get rid of the hydrotin ( clay pebbles ) and float all your plants on foam? That way the water flow would be better and less gunk would settle on the bottom?

Miles Komora: Thanks for the cleaning tip!
I'm only into this for less than a year so your tips are very appreciated!
Good Day!

KaleidoscopeJunkie: A siphoning gravel cleaner for aquariums should work well. It pulls all the decay/debris with it so none can escape into your system. I prefer the siphons that are not self priming because those has smaller openings that trap debris. I have three types and "Aqua Culture Regular Gravel Vacuum Cleaner" is My fave. (Some decent videos on YouTube ;-) bout using them in aquariums.)

Yaqub Lourens: Hi Rob. I'm looking at starting a AP here in the north of Arica.I'm just wondering, isn't it better to but in a solid filter so that you don't need to deal with the solids in the grow bed??
Thanks for a great video

bo ter berg: After watching this, my first thought was that the problem started with the shape of the IBC's. The ones you  cut the sides off may not have these lower parts. Another option would be to level the bottom of the bed with cement first. Very informative again, thanks :o)


tjhutch89: Have you tried introducing red wiggler worms?  Works in my small systems.

Freddy Bach: Maybe I am to young in this AP, but, where do you get all the water from, the tap? or do you have some deposit ready for this change of water.

Stephen Wopershall: Sounds like a lot of work. Why not eliminate the entire problem by not allowing the solid waste to enter the beds in the first place? Why not use a bed of 6" vs 10"-12"?
The decreased grow bed area ( size) doesn't affect growth rate, quality or production.

Ack_Zombies: After watching this video I thought you might want to try a new method of breaking up your solids. try placing a floor burnishing pad with a cone of some sort in the middle of it, under the water outlet. This should force the water through the pad and filter out many of the larger solids and allow the smaller to flow through the bed.

Sorry for the long link but here's a burnish pad. There are stiffer ones with larger gaps in the fiber ones as well.

G510Gamer: with my small aquaponics system i just take the plants out and put them in small container then i just take out the clay pellets and it reveales the muck 

im thinking about upgrading 10-20 small plant system to a 5 large plant 60 - 90 small plant system :D

JIM SWIERINGA: ROB do dirty grow beds interfear with bell siphons working right? Almost all my grow beds i'm having trouble getting them to brake siphon.I have 7 ibc and 20 flow beds. Thank you for any help. great videos. Thanks Jim
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