Hi, I might have posted my discussion in the wrong section. I was looking for some reviews and pointers on a system Im setting up.
I read a post by you before I joined the forum in which you commented on the viability of adding water from a nearby pond to jumpstart nitrate production.....you warned of also getting "critters" that were in the pond.....can you be specific of the possibility of getting something detremental ......?
I have an established pond in the woods near my house from which I plan to get my perch for my fish tank....I was thinking of taking 5 or 10 gallons of water from it to kick off my cycle....
what's the name of that organic additive that you recommended.....to be used in lieu of seasol....??..Maxi grow or something....?
Available here in the USA
There are lots of ways to run a system. Depends on a lot of factors. I feel that gravel or clay bead grow beds are the simplest and easiest for a home system. Personally I really like auto siphons, but systems run really well using a timer.
I am not a fan of continuous flow through shallow beds, they do work, but not nearly as well as the traditional flood and drain one foot deep bed.
Raft systems are wonderful for growing salad greens but need the additional work of cleaning a filter system periodically.
Recently we have been making combination grow bed and raft systems for home use. They work really well.