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PostPosted: May 24th, '11, 12:25 
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Well not sure how well my video did, but as soon as I get it on the computer I'll upload it.

I have a 25 gallon tank for fish. I'll get 5 to 10 fingerlings hopefully in 3 weeks when the seaweed has done some of its magic. Above I have a small tote 1 ft by 1.5 ft filled with 3/4 in gravel and an auto syphon which is working very well so far. That is some crazy heavy stuff for such a small tote.

I bought 2 t8 light fixtures with 4 6500k flouresent lights to help the veges grow up tall. Those are going in tomorrow. I'll be growing lettuce, spinach, cilantro, oregano, and basil as soon as I get the other dwc raft in place tomorrow. I also have a small 36 plant seedling greenhouse that will also be using the lights to keep a good supply. I'll get pictures up on a journal site as soon as I get the plants in. And should post in here regularly

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:wave1: Hello Silkcom.

Post here as often as you like to keep us up to date.

Look forward to seeing your video.

Good luck with the spinach - it seems to be hit and miss in AP. Works for some, but no others.

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Nice to know, if it doesn't do well I like lettuce more anyway :) spinach is for my wife :)

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Nice, I found a local farm that sells Tilapia for .25 a fingerling. This will definately help as i'm sure i'm going to kill the first few sets :). Also doesn't appear to be the blue which I do want, but the species doesn't really mater if they die :).

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You won't kill them if you do things properly.

Cycle your system correctly. Do not over stock. Do not over feed. Above all have patience.

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Found what I hope is pure ammonia from ace hardware. We'll see I guess. Added vinegar to lower ph now closer to 7. Ammonia, I used a few drops and it raised to 3 ppm, so when that goes down in a few days I'll add less :). My 24 gallon tank is definitely small, hopefully I can get it to be somewhat mature so I can get a constant supply of herbs.

I plan on adding a dwc hydroponic setup next to it until my nutrients are gone, then I'll try and convert it over to another small grow bed, or just use tank water as nutrients after a good cleaning of all the hydroponic salts. Either way it'll be a great side by side test.

Lights are in and on a timer, ammonias in, plants are in, the system is up and running :).

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My first video :). Hope to update it every couple of months

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:( turns out lettuce really don't like 90 degree (F) weather. They all just seem to take a nap. The cilantro is doing ok, as well as the basil (though it's really slow growing), but the lettuce has just had enough of trying to stand up.

I'm waiting on an electronic PH meter to come from hong kong :) yeah ebay, and so i haven't been watching the system as much as i probably should :). But when I check the ammonia levels they never seem to change, which makes me wonder if my little test strips are simply stupid, or if something else is wrong. I'm using pure ammonia bought from Ace Hardware (i shake it and no bubbles so i think it's pure) and only about 3 drops with my tiny system. I added 2 sets now and it sits at about 3ppm (as far as i can tell). Anyone know what or if i'm doing something wrong. It's been there for about a week now. I was hoping to add 5 fish to the system (found a place that will sell me 5 tiny tilapia for my first test system for .25 a piece).

I find it very difficult to stay with a test system and not just buy the other $300 worth of stuff for my IBC system :(. Hopefully I can pull the money together in a few months. I don't want to start it before next March though because I want it to be an outdoor system and don't yet have a good passive greenhouse (though I found plans and will hopefully have one next year :)).

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Side note: I wish there was some way to put a tag around a number like [temp-f]90[/temp-f] and it would convert that to whatever degrees you happen to know how to read :). same with [volume-l]1000[/volume-l]. That would be an awesome addition to the system.

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:wave1: Hello Silkcom.

Post here as often as you like to keep us up to date.

Look forward to seeing your video.

Good luck with the spinach - it seems to be hit and miss in AP. Works for some, but no others.



Really? I didnt know spinach was an issue for some. I grow baby spinach and repeat harvest leaves for salads. They grow like crazy. If normal spinach doesn't do well give baby spinach a try.

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Will do, right now not much is growing, but I pick up a few fish tomorrow, hopefully by the time the system fully cycles it will be more normal temps.

I need to study up on what plants do well in hot, I know lettuce and such do better when it's cool.

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constant flood might be better with hot weather. It also looks like it might cycle faster.

have a look at this thread

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Haha, yesterday I read the tests thread and switched it over to constant flow. Though I also have a hydroponic dwc setup and the lettuce isn't doing well there either.

Thanks for the suggestion though, and if u have any others please tell me :)

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:) FISH!!!

So i just added them to my system without waiting :(. My daughter was too excited. However the system is small and we used at least 5 or 10 gallons of pond water from their pond with the 20 or so gallons that are in there. I'm hoping that it won't kill them all :(.

BTW, http://dudalangfarms.com/ is a great place to get fish if you live in the st louis area :). They're really inexpensive and a great little farm.

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It's good to have a daughter to blame your excitement on :)

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