Added aquaponics ibc tanks to existing pond


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Is there any ammonia showing up? It can take several weeks for the nitrogen cycle to be completed. I've not had one to get established in less than 2 months.

Low pH and low KH will definitely slow or even inhibit the process, as will low temperatures.

Are you using liquid testing kits? The strips are really not accurate enough to be of much use.
No im getting 0ppm of ammonia using liquid tests. Ph is 8 and water temp is 19 degrees Celsius.

I just dont know about the main pond a few days ago ammonia, nitrite and nitrate were all 0ppm now I have ammonia but nothing else!
 
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If there are plants in the new aquaponics tank, it could be that they are taking up the ammonia. If that is the case it wouldn't show up on the test.

The older pond seems to need to cycle again. I would use Prime or Safe to protect the fish and make sure the pH doesn't fall below 7.0. I like to keep my pH level at 8.2 or 8.3 and my KH at least around 200ppm. My filter works best in that range and there is some cushion with the pH if I slack off and don't keep up with the KH as well as I should.
 
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Urine is. Not beneficial in any way I am aware of except to try and get a system a shock and to get bacteria growing. I see it this way dairy farmers do not collect urine . But they do collect and spread all over there fields solid waste. With the small pond that you have for the large mount of fish that you have. I wouldnt think you would have a deficiency for growing even hydroponicly. I know a type of rush that I have that is barely affected by winter does great untill about the end of may where the other plants have now reestablished and once that happens the rush starts to turn yellow from what i believe is a lack of Ballanced nutrients..are many compounds being replaced by the fish sure but are the lesser componds like copper a very key element in wetland growth being maintained or replaced probably not..
 
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