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PostPosted: Feb 15th, '17, 10:23 
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You bring up good points. I agree too many changes to be sure.

Look at the double picture and the bottom lettuce plants. They really grew a lot in five days. It has been growing but not the speed I thought it would. Now that conditions have all seemed to line up. My DWC is taking off. The tomato plant grew more than a foot in that time.

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Yeah they really took off :thumbright:


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My electric 1K heater is still doing all the fish tank heating. At this point will be able to just use this heater and use the closed loop natural gas as emergency backup. I tested out the closed loop natural gas heater this year and use $15 in gas then I turned it off and have used solar power ever since.

March 1 is our yearly zero out date for our solar power. We are going into Feb with 1,495 KWH banked.
It is Feb 22 and we have only used 160KWH of that banked power so far. If we keep using power like we have the last few couple years we will have enough solar power to run the 1K heater to heat the fish water.

So we are back to solar greenhouse with emergency backup NG fish tank water heater. This also meets our goal to run the greenhouse off extra solar power.

If we have extra power at March 1 the power company pays us wholesale for the power so I would rather use it in the greenhouse that get 4.5 cents KWH for it.

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That would be great if you didn't have to rely on anything but solar to run this Mark :headbang: . If they force you to sell the power then save up for a backup immersion heater so you don't have to use the NG that costs money or put it into the retirement account :thumbright:.


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The backup NG heater is if we lose power in the winter. I have a small generator but it can’t handle the immersion heater and the house. I am not using the NG at all now. I tested it for about a month the rest of the winter I have only used the immersion heater and solar power to heat the water.

I cleaned out my front grow bed. That was a pain I need to add a radial flow filter back into the system.
I had gloves on but my hands are still sore from the big job. Check out this tomato root ball. It was loaded with worms. Crazy looking. The bed looks so empty.

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wow, I guess it looks empty... you didn't really start over last year did you? because you had tomatoes come up on their own? So the beds have pretty much been running close to nonstop since you started? Did you wash gravel out too or just cleaning roots out?

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Yes the bed had been running nonstop. Those tomato plants were over a year old and still producing tomatoes lots of them.

The water was not flowing away from the end without drain. That end of the bed gets more solids.
I took out about 60 gallons of rock. I piped the beds water flow out of the bed away from the sump tank and out the vent window.

I used a hose with a good sprayer to wash the rock in the bed I took a 5 gallon bucket and would bale out the dirty water. Once I got very far away from the drain the dirty water was not draining out that is when I started bale the water out.

It was a lot of work but all rock got a very good wash down.
Three is a bunch of worms in that bed but I am sure in need to add a filter back into this system

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It appears I have white files. What is the best way to get rid of these?

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It appears I have white files. What is the best way to get rid of these?


Get some sticky traps.
http://parkseed.com/product.aspx?gclid= ... 06222725:s


I, make my own from either Yellow, White, Red or Blue, 4mm Coroplast signage material and coat them with STP oil treatment.


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Thanks for the trap info.

I cleaned out my GB over the weekend with city water. I washed all the rock top to bottom. Now I am getting a .05ppm ammonia reading. I guess I did damage to my good bacteria. I have not had an ammonia reading since I got cycled.
How long do you think it take to get filter back to working good again. I was thinking about stopping feeding my fish for a couple days.
Have PH 7.1 is good no Nitrites good strong Nitrates.

Water temp is 70-71F.others seen this happen after cleaning out the GB?

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From your past posts I take it you've got one large grow bed and no other GB? No bio-filter of any kind either? If that's the case, it'll probably need to cycle again.

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Yes just one GB and a DWC bed the DWC has a small fines filter.
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I just took the fish feeder away and I will check the fish tank later today.

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How long do you think it take to get filter back to working good again.


Want to get cycled faster. Get some good compost from an active pile and make a tea in your filter.


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My ammonia reading was still .05ppm last night. Today ammonia is 0 so I am going to feed the once today.
But that is good news.

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The filter seems to be handling the ammonia again.

The strawberries are planted and starting to wake up. These types are said to be more salt tolerant.
We got three different types to see which one do better.

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