Alex Veidel

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Depending on where your water is sourced from, it may not necessarily be your media that's giving you grief. Where are you getting your water from a well system or municipal water supply?

I don't know anything about Nicaragua, especially when it comes to sourcing fishtank products, but if you can source a KH test kit (API is a popular one and usually sell for less than $10 here in the States), it may clear up a few things. KH (carbonate hardness) is a measure of carbonates and bicarbonates in your water. Carbonates act as a sort of pH buffer, and if there happen to be any in your source water, than they can cause the same symptoms you've been describing, where the acid temporarily drops the water pH, only to be then neutralized by carbonates, causing the pH to swing back up to where it was originally.

In my own personal experience, well water can be notoriously high in carbonates. For example, the well water we have at my place tests at a 8pH and 18dKH and takes 4-5 cups of muriatic acid to bring one 275 gallon IBC tote to a pH of 6.5.

Carbonates aren't super difficult to deal with, but it helps to know about them as a factor so you aren't pulling your hair out

Here are a couple tips:

1) Buy that KH test kit if it's available and reasonably priced. It's a lot less stressful when you can see those levels slowly climbing down, plus you'll know when to ease up on the acid so you don't crash your pH once the carbonates run out

2) Use cheap muriatic acid for bulk adjusting. Ever try eliminating carbonates with phosphoric acid? Don't. Your wallet will thank you.

3) Buy a separate container to treat water in. You're going to need to replace water in your system due to evaporation and such, and it's a lot less stressful to adjust water that doesn't have fish in it.

Hopefully some of that was helpful. I'm sleepy and I tend to ramble
4 years ago
0.0 is fine. I'm guessing there are a lot of shitty soil pH tools out there even for that range; I'm just looking for the one cheap test that is more reliable than the other cheapo garbage.
5 years ago
What's the the most accurate way to inexpensively test soil pH? I need to survey the soil around my house for the best place to plant some blueberries. Any tips on keeping the soil acidic for blueberries from year to year would also be appreciated Thanks!
5 years ago
Looks to me like you are in zone 7b.

Personally, I would consider running a seasonal system if you are planning to do it completely outdoors, but if you do so, you may need to purchase commercial feed if you want your fish to reach plate size before the cold sets in. Then again, you do live in Texas, so you should have a good bit of wiggle room when it comes to temperatures

For a year round system, catfish might be a good choice for you. Tilapia grow quickly and should do great in the high temps of Texas. Being naturally tropical fish, they thrive in warm water (70F+) and can handle the low levels of dissolved oxygen that come with it. Plus they're just all round tough-as-nails bastards that can put up with a good bit of abuse.
5 years ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Alex, fishing is a multi faceted sport, which method (s) are you most interested in, that will determine which books I head you towards.


Thanks! For a while, it was mostly just trying to figure out where to start. Luckily I was able to find myself a intermediately skilled fishing companion that helped me get started. My overall goal is to catch and eat some bluegill this year, so my interest is mostly catching fish to supplement my diet. I'm thinking bluegill, catfish, and maybe carp if I can get a good recipe. Anything that's in abundance and easy to catch.
5 years ago
I've been fishing a few times as a kid, but never really on my own and we never really caught to eat. I've been wanting to get some fishing knowledge under my belt; does anybody have any favorite books or resources for fishing?
5 years ago
The pink lighting is from my LED grow light fixtures.
6 years ago
Just finished up my system expansion project. I added a new raft bed and a fingerling tank. I also switched over from tilapia to channel catfish; loving those whiskers!
6 years ago
I take it you are outdoors? I would say root temperature is the more important factor rather than the ambient air temperature when it comes to growing plants, so using a water heating element will help you keep plants with warmer temperature requirements if that's what you're looking for. It all depends on what Asheville's winter temps are like and what plants you are looking to grow.
6 years ago
From what I remember, aquatic creatures that are cold blooded don't often harbor pathogens and diseases that affect warm blooded mammals. Usually contaminations such as e.coli or salmonella occur when the food has come into contact with infected material post-harvest.
6 years ago