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High Amonia; Higher Hopes

A few weeks have gone by since my last post. I checked my ammonia and nitrate levels a week ago, and the results were dismal. I had 0ppm nitrate, and 6ppm ammonia. I resolved that my second fish was going to die, because dependent on the pH of my water (which I neglected to check) as low as .1 ppm can be lethal. I suppose I must have around 6ph water, because fish survived the hard week of high ammonia, and is now super healthy! This week, my levels were up to 30ppm nitrate, and 0ppm…


Added by Devin Solkov on November 17, 2014 at 7:33pm — No Comments


I soon began a series of modifications to new Aquaponic garden. Shortly after constructing the initial build, I moved, and had a much bigger window. So, I offset the fish tank, and built four more columns for the WindowFarm following the DIY instructions found on the WindowFarm website. After numerous trial and error attempts, I got the system working with only the occasional leak.

Eventually, it became clear that the sun penetrating my window would not be sufficient to grow plants to…


Added by Devin Solkov on November 5, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments

My First Aquaponic Garden Arrives!

Fast-forward 2 years. I’m turning 18 and my mom asks me what I’d like for my birthday. Well, I can’t really think of anything else, so I ask her for a Windowfarm. What is a WindowFarm? Windowfarms are vertical hydroponic gardens which are designed to produce food in a small space, namely a New York apartment window. As described on the WindowFarm website;

 “WindowFarms is a Brooklyn-based social enterprise that helps city dwellers around the world grow some of their own fresh food. …


Added by Devin Solkov on October 25, 2014 at 8:59pm — 2 Comments

New Post, New Garden, New Blog

Hey, I’m Devin Solkov. Four years ago I had coffee. Not for the first time, not even for the twelfth time. But this coffee opened my eyes to a different world. No, it wasn’t the first time I tried pour over, or even Blue Bottle. In fact, the reason I even mention coffee is to contextualize a conversation which would define the next chapter of my life. I remember the day well. It was mid-July, the time was 4:35 pm, across from me sat the intelligent and…


Added by Devin Solkov on October 19, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments

New Greenhouse

Just spent the day digging out holes for the foundation of a new greenhouse! I'm so excited to continue the build process tomorrow, and to move my system "outside". The larger space will mean that I can expand the size of my bottlefarm, and possibly change/combine it with other variations. Pics on the way!

Added by Devin Solkov on March 7, 2014 at 6:18pm — No Comments

The Wheel

Just posted a "progress so far" picture of an art piece my partner and I have dubbed "The Wheel". The concept behind this piece came from volksgarden design, however, we upcycled this project from 100% second-hand material; either we found it, had it, or we bought it at the scrapyard. The only thing I bought new in this project were the net-cups, which I later realized I could have made myself from plastic cups I had in the…


Added by Devin Solkov on January 21, 2014 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Cleaned the Tank (And made some modifications)

Today was a momentous day! I cleaned out all of my piping for the very first time today, and my system is glorious and clean. Additionally, I made some modifications to the (previously) leaking right pump tubing, which now is working fine. I also changed out my 2-hose pump, to a 4 hose pump, the other two hoses attached to some air stones I had but didn't know how to use!  I decided to figure out how they worked after retiring the filter I had been using as an aerator. These are much…


Added by Devin Solkov on December 4, 2013 at 7:02pm — No Comments

I just planted a Flower!

 I just bought this flower today! I forget what kind it is, but I saw it at Imwalle Gardens today, and it told me it needed to live in Tower #3. When I went to transplant it, I learned a valuable lesson: don't rinse off dirt in the sink: the garbage disposal will (probably) eat the dirt just fine, but those white pebbles the proverbial 'they' put in with it will fuck that shit up! I don't think it broke mine though...after awhile the noise of pebble grinding on blade turned to like a…


Added by Devin Solkov on November 25, 2013 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

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