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ph pen finally in calibrated that thing and found ph at 5.9 so nice to not have to gestimate with that silly chart

dunked the cal carb sock a few times

ill put up some pics soon lettuce is growing and green agian wrinkles slowly getting better

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Depending on how dipping it works you may wind up putting it under one of the faucets in your system. I do some oyster shells in a mesh bag this way for the CaCO3 they contain. Obviously you don't want whatever is in the bag to just flow right out - it should dissolve.

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Here's some additional information about feeding your goldfish.

Sleepe uses a high protein (I think 38%) 3mm commercial pellet soaked for a while to soften. He also feeds duckweed and occasionally gives them frozen baby peas microwaved and then squeezed out of their shells or carrot pulp from a juicer.

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Thing to remember about goldies is they have no real stomach (ie acid producing food breakdown area) and so need extra greens in their diet to make sure they don't get constipation.


In his system what the Goldies don't eat falls to the bottom where he has gilgies (like Yabbies) to eat the leftovers.

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cool i got fish food last week

its 35% protein but i need to get into feeding more veg and stuff too

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been away for 7 days

left the ph bag in and it climbed to 8.6 so took that out as soon as i got back
overall the garden is looking better- a lot of the lettuce seeds didnt sprout while i was away though

strangest thing is these aphids i have-released 500 aphid lions before i left( there were hardly any aphids as i cut back the mint which was infested) but when i got back the mint still had a few aphids on it- i fear the lions cannibalised
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so things have been tinkering along
ph has been pretty stable at around 7 lately
i released some aphidius colemani(parasitic wasp) to deal with the aphods-looks good so far
the chilli plants are starting to flower heavily and have been dropping flowers as usual so ive added about 2g of potasium sulphate to the system on 2 seperate days

also dosed with iron again

and am adding cal carb and phosphoric acid to the top up water to get both in the system- i bubble it for a day before adding

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if i dont see awesome results this year im gonna sell the tank and give ap a miss
so far ive not seen the advantages of hydro(faster growth) and just issues with ap when correcting deficiencies and bugs as so many things cant be used

i added 50 more watts of light today-

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needing lights looks like a pita

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The light? not really- 120w can get u a lot with this tech- and u get sunny days 7 days a week(i run a 16h light cycle) and a never ending grow season(perhaps not a consideration in warm climates)
the pita so far has been switching from hydro to aqua- even organic soil had better results-for me at least

thats why ive boosted the light and got some supliments and am getting rid of pests(no excuses)

gonna run this another year and decide if i will continue with the hobby

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seedlings still sick looking- think the nitrates really are too high- once/if they get past seedling stage they do well

perhaps will raise seedlings in a separate trey on tap water

the pests continue but the plants survive the potasium seems to be doing its job


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i think i finally got rid of the aphids--perhaps lol

nitrates still in the 250+ zone and seedlings suffer

i planted a bunch of seeds just to try and consume these nitrates

also gonna try and get rid of some fish

anyone in austria looking to buy goldfish? big ones like 10-15cm? hehehe

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seems i cant get this floating raft to produce properly.....
have read back over the advise offered and have lowered the water a bit and increased the air flow into that bed
not sure though

the chili bed is going pretty well- harvested a few spicy chillis and am waiting on the capsicum to fully ripen

however since the initial flowering they havnt set fruit despite continuing to flower, ive been adding the potassium with the water top ups and it does seem to induce flower formation but not fruit, perhaps im not adding enough?

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did you build the RGB lighting drivers yourself?

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Yes +! when you bring these down the growth will change again,high nitrates build big cells small cell walls leaving them vulnerable to pests,the pests almost know this i will home in.High Nitrates upset the Potassium Nitrate ratio giving low sugar in the plant as the plant is using so much of its energy using up the excess of nitrate,low sugar shows itself in lettuce by the plant being bitter to taste.
Aim for 40mgl and i wouldn't add any more potassium just bring the nitrates down,then when there down see how the plants respond,you should find all nutrient uptake will be improved.

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