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 well though and may be removed unless I see some improvement. I think that she is being shaded by the bell pepper plants to much. I try to keep them trimmed back to give her and the cucumber more light but they are growing so fast.
My fish are doing great. I have 5 really happy fat goldfish and one grumpy crayfish. I switched to the organic fish food I bought from the store here and have been happy with it's performance thus far. I'm not to happy with the shipping costs up to Alaska. It was going to cost more than the food itself. I found it cheaper to ship it to NJ and then fly home with the box in my luggage after a visit. I have also been supplementing the fish food with worms from my worm bin. Once or twice a week I will throw a few varied sized worms and watch them pig out.
I learned a valuable lesson the other day. I was puttering around the house and took note that the tank was getting a bit green. At one point I was working in the same room as the system and saw the level of the grow-bed was about to drain. I decided to linger a bit and watch the cycle for a quality assurance. It was then that I noticed the level wasn't changing. ALARM! Yup the pump isn't pumping. OK, so I take it out, remove all connected plumbing, and start trouble shooting. I found a minimal amount of build up inside the tubing out from the pump and a good amount of gunk in the pump itself. Which is surprising because I had just completely cleaned the pump 2 weeks prior to this.
I'm ready for this system to start producing some food. So far I have only harvested parsley and lettuce. The very bitter lettuce has since passed on to the worm bin. Flowers on the strawberries, bell peppers, and cucumbers are looking promising though. Grow Baby, Grow!
Hey, thanks for reading. Have a great day.