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 Post subject: Re: 1st System
PostPosted: Sep 18th, '17, 11:13 
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After sorting out my pump issues, we planted some seeds on Sept. 4th.

Here's some pics:

Kentucky Beans:
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Beef Steak Tomatoes
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Butter Crunch Lettuce:
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Oregon Peas:
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I added pure ammonia on the 4th and some liquid seaweed on the 5th. Ammonia tested 0 ppm so I added more until I got 4 ppm. 9 days later, on the 13th I got Nitrites, and today I got Nitrates. I'll be adding fish as soon as the ammonia tests at 0ppm which should be in a few days. The initial fish tank is 275 gal and I'll be filling it tomorrow with rainwater. I've only used rainwater in my system so far.


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You should wait for the nitrites to reach 0, not just the ammonia. Ammonia is actually less harmful to fish than Nitrites are (depending on pH and water temp... which being texas would probably be warmer water so if you have high pH then ammonia is still an issue).

Following along, looking forward to see what your system brings!

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Thanks, Rob. You're right about the nitrites. Today I have ph=7, ammonia=0, nitrites=2, and nitrates=5.

Is there something I can do to help bring the nitrites down?

I strung a trellis over the bed and ran a line down to one of the beans. It was sending out a runner so I leaned the runner against the line. This morning I found this:

Image From a seed to this in 16 days is amazing to me.


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