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 Post subject: Re: RS's 5000gal System
PostPosted: Dec 27th, '09, 10:14 
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 Post subject: Re: RS's 5000gal System
PostPosted: Dec 27th, '09, 10:19 
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Seriously, this cant be healthy.
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so i have been busy, with all the details in getting this operation going....... and what do i find, what i thought was mossy larvae swimming around in the Fry barrels, then all the sudden one swam by that was as big as a guppy, and i knew that had to be one hell of a mossy larvae or i was way drunker than i thought..........!!!!!!!! so i realized that it was a bunch of baby gold fish posing as what looked like mossy larvae swimming around the duckweed/koi kandy roots


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PostPosted: Dec 27th, '09, 17:46 
How do you find the tomatoes grow in the "topsy turvys"... compared to normal upright growth???


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Rupert,

I like the topsy turvys, they work very well, although they need watering 3 times a day when it is real hot during the summer.

I am going to rig a rebar higher up in the rafters, so that they have more room to grow down, as some of mine tomato's are now touching the floor and growing back up....

have a bit of problem with spider mites on some of them, so i ordered some green lace wing's and lady beetle's that should be here this next week.......

once i get the hang of planting and growing in this this new F&D Barrel GB, i will prob move it outside, and create a 2' wide GB that runs all the way down the front wall by the windows and then back up the middle where the topsy turvys are now, and them move them to other locations

I still cant think of how to uitlize the sump barrels, other than maybe putting minnows in them to store as live food for the catfish


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PostPosted: Dec 28th, '09, 00:07 
Did you consider a very slow... or manual/intermittent drip feed.. for the topsy turveys...


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Rupert,

Yes, i have, and need to buy a Timer and valve's to install irrigation through out the GH, and out to the garden area.

but i have been thinking about how to do some hanging F&D 5gal buckets or other containers, inplace of the topsy turvys though


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Rupe beat me to asking how well the topsy turvys worked for you. :wink:

I tried it one year with mixed results. I found that the plants got root bound, then it would stunt their growth. I also tried growing one in a 5 gallon bucket it it did fairly well...but it was painfully heavy! I also found that the plant would try to curl up to the sun, then when the branches go big enough, they would snap under their own weight.

I see them hanging from people's porches all the time...perhaps it's the variety I'm using. The same type grow great in my GB's and I just tie them to a support pole........

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after the first 2 i tryed a while back, i started putting only 1/2 of the potting soil to start with, and i add 2" to 3" fertllized potting soil so the roots can grow some more, and a cup of diluted fish emulision or the Medina Hasta Grow 6-12-6 every so often to keep them going good

now that i have been watering some of the newer ones with Fish Tank water, they have grown a lot better than some of the first ones this year did

i have not had too much trouble with the stems getting heavy and breaking off...... i have had a fan blowing on them at times, to toughen them or the peppers up so they dont get so lanky, and i trim older leaf's off them all the time to improve air flow

i had 3 plants, in 3 holes in the bottom of a 5gal bucket, but 2 of them never did good and died after a while, where the 3rd one did just fine, i have a habernio pepper growing in the top of it now as well

Most of the tomato's and pepper's are blooming real good right now......

C and I had BLT's a cupple of times lately, and the Lettuce and Tomato's came out of the Green House

I've gotten the 2nd floating raft built and in the FT with Hydroton in the cups VS the perlite that is in the first one...
will plant it out soon
TCL is right, the perlite is a pain in the butt, and i spend 5 to 10 min almost every day netting it out of the FT, and it is hard not to get a bunch of duckweed netted in the process


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PostPosted: Dec 28th, '09, 11:45 
Perlite should be rebranded and mandated to be labelled PITA... :evil:


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Rupert,

at least for floating rafts in the FT, perlite sure needs to be relabeled PITA.........

I think the perlite might work good in a F&D 5gal bucket with some gravel in the bottom, perlite in the middle, and some gravel on top to hold the perlite down. This way, a bucket is not so heavy, and the perlite is isolated from the FT.

It seams to be working good in the F/R cups though..................
but I wont do that again.......

I hope the Hydroton balls work good in the F/R's cups
at least they float, or most of them do, i have seen one sink......

the thought of using gravel in the cups scared me, because i could just see a cup full or more getting spilled into the tank, and going through the drain to the pump strainer...... :shock: and i did not know if a foam raft would hold the weight of the gravel and full grown plants

i have about 5 baby goldfish that are about +1in long, and a bunch more still in the -1/2in mossy larvey look alike stage....


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