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PostPosted: Feb 12th, '13, 09:03 
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FT - 250l
Sump - 150l
Growbeds - 170l
Radial Filter - 19l

I am adding a 60l ebb/flow tomato box in the next 48 hours. As soon as I can I'll add a 113l growbed (I have it just waiting for gravel) and a 5 foot long strawberry nft set up.

In a few days the system will turn 3 months old. It's winter here but it only took 7 weeks to be fully cycled. Since then ammonia has constantly been according to my chart close to 0ppm. Nitrites and Nitrates are good. Only problem is the damn pH has been a constant 8.2. It comes out the tap at 8.2 as well. The water for the system is run through a dechlorinator and the pH drops to 7.6. After 3 months looks like I'll have to add something to drop the pH because it won't happen on its own.

Currently the system has 9 3' Goldfish and a 1" Plecostomus. I plan changing it to 2-3 catfish in the sump (when I figure out how to acquire them so it doesn't cost more than just buying catfish)and 3-5 of a tasty edible fish in the FT.

I have duckweed in both FT and Sump, it hasn't been eaten up yet in the FT which is fine. I had a few questions about duckweed, I read it doesn't like turbulent water which describes the sump, but the FT which has calm water will get eaten up by the goldfish. Do people find truth to Duckweed preferring calm water, if so how do I remedy this without adding yet another water reservoir just for duckweed.


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File comment: Sump before I moved over a bunch of Duckweed.
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PostPosted: Feb 12th, '13, 09:09 
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The 2 growbeds look like they have deadzones but I gotta say up until yesterday (the full 3 months) The system cycled with almost no direct sunlight. Only the part of the system with direct sunlight looks green and happy and that was only with 1-2 hours of direct sunlight. I moved the system and it now gets ~6 hours which is the max I can get for my location.

Also, everything except for the pea gravel was equipment I had, tubes, buckets, tanks, pumps, everything. This is to explain why some of it is set up the way it is, not by design but recycling what I had. The buckets had holes predrilled, same with most of the used equipment, did what I could with what I had, including limited hose length so I adjusted to reduce need to cut any tube. Worked out pretty damn well for recycled goods.


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File comment: Kale and Spinach from sprouts, I have since added strawberries to the empty space.
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I'll update this one day... :P

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Nice little system,


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PostPosted: Jun 9th, '13, 19:49 
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Seriously, this cant be healthy.
Seriously, this cant be healthy.
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Re-use of existing plumbing bits is what I call PLART I do it a lot at my place since the systems have grown and changed so much, and then I moved.

Good job do what you can with what you got!

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