I'm a newbie here in Central Maine...
I have a full cycled small system right now to learn the trade...
It's a 10 gallon aquarium with 4 goldfish, 10 gallon ebb and flow grow bed with 3 thriving tomato plants and 3 cucumber plants. I also just planted some radishes.
It's been helpful to put the info I've picked up via the web into practice.
So far I've had a few problems/failures, but I've learned a bit from them...
- lost one goldfish (comet) early...learned that some fish aren't healthy enough to make it
- lost all the green onions I planted...learned that putting plants in a system that's not fully cycled is rolling the dice
- nearly lost my cukes...learned that a grow light needs to be closer to the plants if I expect them to make it
Well...I'll sign off for now
I'm not started on my system yet, but should have it built this fall. From the reading I have done so far, it sounds like you are doing really well. Some of the horror stories out there talk about losing entire tanks full of fish and/or all of the plants on the first try.
It is encouraging to read a success story.