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  1. Hey Brooklyn, love this channel so far. One thing you do different than what I've seen, and was taugh, is you have no issue using your pump to move solids around. I was always taught to filter before your pump to save its life. Are you running a special pump fit to move the heavy solids around or are you just living on the edge? Because I would love to run one of those bead filters but I cant seem to find any way to run it before my pump. From what I've read they only work with pressure before them in the system.

  2. hi, I’m from Nicaragua ( Central America). I’m planning to build a NFT commercial aquaponic system. I really like the idea of a bubble bead filter that give me the 2×1 special ( solid and bio filter) but I'm worry about having the filter water pump running 24/7. Here in Nicaragua the electricity is very expensive. I’m wondering if there is a way to have my system running with out have my water pump running all the time ( maybe with a timer ). what can be my options? thanks

  3. Just a thought for those who want to use a swirl filter (settlement tank) between the fish and the pump. It's a good idea to have something between the two to remove larger debris before going into the pump. This is because the impellers in the pump will mince up everything coming from the tank before heading to the bead filter. Although bead filter can usually filter out most anything below 10 microns… it's still more difficult to do so when you're chopping everything up before hitting the filter and you have to backwash more if you don't pre-filter in some way. I like to use a sieve to pre-filter the water between the fish and the pump. Sieves use a screen to sift out everything above 250 microns (about three times the size of a human hair). You can buy a 100 micron screen if you want to pre-filter more. By pulling water from the sieve instead of directly from the fish tank, you can remove everything above 250 microns to the bead filter. I use these systems for my koi pond. The sieve will normally be gravity fed from the fish tank, but you can buy reverse pressure sieves like the Zakki Sieve that can do the job of pre-filtering without it being gravity fed. That is… you can set this kind of sieve above the tank right next to your pump. The water path would be fish tank, sieve, pump, bead filter and then back to the beds. The other good thing about using a sieve is it can remove this debris from the water column immediately. A swirl filter will capture the debris, but it will remain in the water column, creating more ammonia and nitrites, until you actually do your maintenance to remove it from the filter. With a sieve, the water is passed through a curved screen, which allows the water to pass through, but the debris is pushed down on a shelf inside the filter. The debris on this shelf is out of the flow of water, thus the debris is immediately removed from the water column between maintenance cycles.

  4. Hi Brooklyn. I am an avid fan of yours. I have purchased a bubble bead filter but i have two concerns. The first is the high water loss during backwash. This causes my iron chelate and potassium to be lost. How can I deal with that? Secondly, a lot of solids settle in the sump tank and some is also pulled up by the pump which causes he pump to be filled with gunk after some time. What can I do to trap the solids before entering sump? Thanks Brooklyn.

  5. Would it be a bad idea to plumb two 300g tanks into one 55g drumb radial flow filter?
    Using 2" SLO drains from the tanks can I use a 3" or 4" Y into the radial flow filter?

  6. What I'm wondering is why doesn't Mohamed just try growing salt water altars, etc…and see if it work. I mean, if he's gonna be so persistent, just do it! Maybe he can sell to Asian markets and still have his clams. It might be an epic fail, but it would be a good "learning experience" for him. Lol

  7. OK… I will ask the same question again. Can you tell me the ppm or tds of your system? What nutrients salt you use in your system? I come from hydro background, I'm trying to switch to aquaponics, I added the same salts I.E. Magnesium sulfate, calcim nitrate, potassium sulfate, iron etc… My whater is almost 2000us on the tds meter, fish are still alive ( I don't know how much do they tolerate, if you know tell us, I got tilapia ), the plants on the system yellowing slowed down but are still there, is probably lack of more potassium, I don't know how much nutrients I can add more, I don't wanna get my fish to have kidney stones from too much salts….

  8. Brooklyn, I read your book. I still have one burning question that remained unanswered! What is the chain for and where does the black part attach!? 😀😎

  9. You said my name right and I got it now. Thank you for answering my question. Currently I'm moving water from the grow bed to the fish tank using a siphon effect and an airlift pump. The submergence ratio will always be constant. Water from the tank is gravity fed into the grow bed passing through a bead filter. I'm still working out the number.

  10. I have a question for you that I have never seen covered in any of your videos. In my research of aquaponics I have run across IAVS systems (flood and drain sand media systems usually with a 2-3hour dry cycle) several times, seems that they are used commercially overseas quite a bit especially in India. They boast advantages in terms of energy efficiency, solids handling, and bio filtration over UVI style systems. Do you have any experience with such systems and if so what do you think about them?

  11. Yo Bk A-God spit some fire here. My question is about freezing cold winter. That is the only reason that I have not build an aquaponic system yet . Do you have a series of videos for winter aquaponic.?

  12. So are you saying we should only use a bead filter, and don't bother with a swirl filter? Could I have one pipe from the fish tank going to a swirl filter and then another 2nd pipe going to a bead filter?




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