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PostPosted: Mar 4th, '18, 19:10 
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Got a bit done during the week, growbed 2 is now filled with scoria and operational so filtration should in theory increase. Also planted it out with broccoli, purple broccoli, spring onions and beetroot. Managed to pick up a free screen door which will become the fish tank lid once it has been modified. Fish and yabby still alive and well. Lettuce and Bok Choy are doing amazing, mini eggplant and capsicums have flowers and even the silver beet has managed to resurrect itself. Pretty chuffed!


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PostPosted: Mar 13th, '18, 19:09 
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Today's water readings:
PH. 7.4
Ammonia. 0.5
Nitrite. 0
Nitrate. 10
Ammonia rise I think is due to me feeding a bit much as there was a bit of leftover food on the bottom of the tank. Growbed 1 is doing really well, lettuce and bok choy at harvestable sizes and capsicums and mini eggplants both flowering so hopefully soon we'll see some fruit.
On a slight downer though I went away for the weekend and my broccoli seedlings got destroyed by caterpillars :upset:


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Well, it isn't just the caterpillars that are finding my veges irresistible :upset: apparently there is something else that's been eating their fill!


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In other, and better, news...
I harvested my first bok choy :headbang:


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Might be slugs chomping on the plants? Have a look at night and see what is getting around.

The old beer slug trap does the trick if it is slugs. Certainly solved the issue in my case.


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Thanks Brian, I am thinking it might be rats so I have set a couple of traps and we'll see what happens tonight, if not I'll try the slug traps.

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So it's rats? 3, me 0 :upset: pulled all my bok choy after loosing two whole plants overnight (see pictures). I have officially decided to declare war and according to Websters dictionary...Definition of declare war

: to officially decide to fight or go to war...it's that easy.
So this is me officially declaring that I am in a state of war :-x


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Rats. That sucks.

Any new developments or demolition of houses happening nearby recently? Seems I get an influx of mice or rats when houses nearby are knocked over.

Best of luck with the war!


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Might even be rabbits. Any sign of droppings nearby?


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No builds or developments that I know of but my system backs onto a creek so I figure that's where they are coming from. Either that or it's possums but my clay balls aren't ever disturbed so I tend to think small hence rats.
I haven't seen any rabbit droppings around either so I'm tending to rule them out too.
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So I can safely say it's rats! Caught nothing but rats so far and they are still decimating my veges :upset:
The count now stands at: Rats- 2 bok choi, 3 lettuce, 3 broccoli and 1 eggplant.
Me- 6 rats
The war rages on! :twisted:


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Good work :notworthy: No pics but there's one less rat here :thumbright:


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If you don't have dogs running around, you can put rat baits around the system. It'll sort them out quick enough. I had some in my roof, put some baits up there, and my cat happily brought in a sick looking rat (so glad it didn't die in the roof).

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I feel that now I am a fully fledged aquaponicer?! I experienced my first HSM! Came home from five days off to find no water flowing into my growbeds, the sump almost dry, the fish tank so murky with uneaten food that I couldn't see more than a couple of inches in and no water flowing to the fish tank. :cry:
I had left instructions for the fish to be fed daily a preset amount not really thinking that the fish weren't eating every day. Consequently the excess feed blocked the slo and muddied the water, this meant that water only exited the fish tank through the top of the tee piece and thus didn't clear any of the muck. Water level also dropped to a level that meant that the pump didn't have enough water to pump up to the fish tank and out of the tee off. Unwittingly I saved my pump running dry by having the tee off the pump line (to reduce flow rate) just above the pump so that although there wasn't enough water to pump to the fish tank there was enough to circulate water in the sump. :notworthy:

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Any fish pull through or is it a 100% loss?

Congrats on the pump :clap: , at least one positive thing (outside of the experience/knowledge for the future).

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