Saturday, December 19, 2009
Have 6x gold fish in the tank now. tested the water and found zero Nitrites (no fish waste) interesting - before I had dangerous levels of nitrites. This means the beneficial bacteria have been established and are now converting the fishwaste into awesome plant food! yay! system shot - on the left 3 grape tomato plants and 3 edamame plants - on the right 3 lettuce plants and one "big" tomato plant with the 2 Thai Basil plants on the most right side.
Check out the Edamame
The "big" tomato plant - with my bbq chicken tray seedling starter in the background.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I made a rectangle out of 1/2 inch pvc pipe and taped 3 reflective space blankets to make a homemade grow tent. Should help bounce more light all over. In the blue circle you can see tomato flower about to bloom. I made some more holes too. Now I have 3 bean plants, 4 tomato plants, 2 Thai Basil, 2 butter head lettuce and I have some more seedings going with bell peppers, cucumbers, and some sweet basil. I cut back the tomato plants too.
Friday, November 27, 2009
I got some really bad advice from a garden shop guy to put some hydrated lime in my system so the plants would get some much needed nutrients. It instantly killed the 4 gold fish I had. I'm also thinking it killed my beneficial bacteria so I could be waiting for the nitrogen cycle to get established again (3-4 weeks).
*Edit* I later found out that Hydrated lime is actually excellent for raising PH. Its strong stuff so be careful and I would just use a teaspoon if you have under 20 gal system like me and then test the PH.
Ironite - I would not recommend using ironite in aquaponics - it turned my pristine white roots into a brown grey mess. At least it didn't kill the fish. If your gonna add anything use Maxicrop Seaweed extract.
I flushed the whole system with clean water and then added hydroponics liquid nutirents (many Aquaponics pros say you don't actually need to add anything once the system is over 6 months old.) Which is what I probably should have done in the first place but I really wanted to see if I could grow stuff with just fish water.