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Grow Baby, Grow

Well, it has been quite a long while since I have been on here. All is well with my little system.  I have had to add another light to keep up with the tomato growth.  I also built them a ladder to climb out away from the other plants in the grow bed.  Two of my three tomato plants won't flower and I'm a bit puzzled by why not. The third is chugging away producing tinny little green fruits.  

I only have one plant left from my original four I planted, a parsley.  She isn't doing very…


Added by Keith Barkwood on July 1, 2013 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Chugging along

I'm about to embark on another deployment upon the Ocean.  My system is going back into the hands of my less than enthusiastic wife for at least 4-8 weeks.  I'm leaving her with a happy system.  Did a small water change today, mainly to remove some solids from the bottom of the tank.  Completed my monthly plumbing overhaul and serviced the pump and pipes.  Scrubbed the algae off the inside of the tank so things are crystal clear now.  Then just for fun threw some seeds into the media perhaps…


Added by Keith Barkwood on February 18, 2013 at 1:23am — 1 Comment


I thought I kept the store bought fish in isolation for long enough.  Well I was wrong.  Now I have ICH in my tank.  This really sucks.  Since moving the entire colony into a hospital tank for two weeks is not really an option, I've begun treating (with heat and salt) directly in my AP system.  I'm very worried that I'm going to kill off my bacteria, worms, and plants.  I wonder if the fish are worth it?  I could just go get more and start all over.  hummm?

Added by Keith Barkwood on February 3, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

It's ALIVE!!!!

I think my bell siphon is alive and mocking me.  I can sit in the playroom where my aquaponics experiment is located all day long and it runs without a hitch.  No sooner than I leave the room and the cycle gets stuck at the end of the ebb.  The siphon won't stop.  I unplug the pump, let the siphon burp, expel a few obscenities, then get it running again.  Now I'm watching, intently.  Of course as long as I'm there it will run without fail.  I've even tried sitting just outside the room.…


Added by Keith Barkwood on February 2, 2013 at 6:25pm — 2 Comments

System is going online

Today is a big step in my little aquaponics experiment.  After patiently getting my cycle running over the last two months. Then watching my fish in quarantine for a week.  The time has come to put it all together.  Presently I have Lavender, Lettuce, Spearmint, and Parsley growing in the bed with Oregano, Rosemary, Spinach, and Chamomile incubating in the seed tray. It was a bit of a challenge to get up to this point.  I had a wicked learning curve trying to figure out the peeponics thing.…


Added by Keith Barkwood on January 31, 2013 at 5:29pm — 1 Comment

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