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Levi

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Re: Levi makes an aquaponics rig
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2014, 10:40:30 am »

This is ingenious. A man after my own heart, growing plants in an apartment with inadequate lighting uncomfortably close to your sleeping quarters.

Ever hear about the walstad method? Not as useful as yours for growing veggies, I would think, but a hobby in the same realm and possibly interesting. http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Walstad_method

Edit: ahh fuck now im reading old aquarium bookmarks instead of sleeping.

Nice.  I hadn't heard of the walstad method, but it makes sense.  I've heard some people grow duckweed on the surface of the water, which fish like to eat, making it an even more closed system.

I don't have any pictures, but here is a quick update of my system.  Basically, my tomato plants overwhelmed everything.   :P  Its gotten slightly too cold in my room for the flowers to polinate, but its still growing like crazy so it sort of turned into an ultra-thick damp jungle pushing up against my growlights.  I've got two tomatoes that are growing on the plants though, so its not a complete loss yet.  I've ended up pulling out all the ones that didn't have tomatos, and pulling the rest down away from the growlight so the jungle isn't quite as thick now. 

One of the LED's on one of my lights burned out though(probably due to how moist it was), so I had to fix that yesterday.

Also I've been having trouble with my bellsiphon on one side, I think bits of the clay gravel kept getting stuck in it and making it not-level, which was interfering with it.  I've pulled up everything on one side and added a media-guard to keep the clay balls out of my bell siphon.  Seems to be working well.  I also planted a bunch of smaller cold resistant plants and herbs(Kale, Oregeno, Peas, Thyme and parsley), so that one grow bed is pretty much been reset.  I'll do the same for the other growbed once those tomatos ripen.   :P

Overall my lessons were don't grow things that grow too big, and don't skip making a media guard.   :P

Fish are still good and happy.  They are trained to eat right out of my hand now, and often give little kisses(well, they try to eat my fingers) when I feed them.
« Last Edit: November 19, 2014, 10:43:05 am by Levi »
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Re: Levi makes an aquaponics rig
« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2015, 10:07:02 pm »

PTW, if this is still going on - seems neat.
Also it's a shame you're not growing some more, ehm, traditional plants, but I fully support homegrown tomatoes - the ones from the supermarket are nothing but shite. Well, water and shite, and whatever else the Dutch decide to dump in their greenhouses :P
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Re: Levi makes an aquaponics rig
« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2015, 10:49:38 am »

Ah yeah, I haven't updated this in a while.  Can't grow the traditional, because I'm in an apartment and my landlord occasionally has to come up and I don't want to get kicked out. :D Its still going, although the tomato plants met an untimely end when I had to pull them all out as they started to attack my growlights.   :P  I'm growing Kale, Garlic and some herbs now, as they are all shorter and more apartment friendly.  I'll save the tomatoes for when I retire and can have a nice big outdoor system.  I'll try to remember to post some more pictures soon.

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