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  1. Be careful! That's how the fourth one may show up.
  2. Welcome MOF! Just so it's clear to me, this study was comparing the growstone to bioballs in a biofilter setup and not as a grow media like hydroton or am I misreading it?
  3. A comment on rain water. When I bought my new car (after trading in my van with 350,000 miles on it), the manual recommended that after every rain it was exposed to, I get it washed. When I finally read the whole section, apparently, this part of the U.S. has a significantly high pH rainfall, >8.5. I haven't bothered to verify, as I live within 2 miles of a very large pulp mill that smells suspiciously like sulfur dioxide. I wash it often because of that!
  4. I think I have an iron problem and am waiting on this answer as well!
  5. As Journeyman said below (post #6?), just let things be for now. Your pH is good, ammonia isn't too high and your nitrates are zero. What's the nitrites, are they zero as well? You should see the nitrites spike and then the nitrates will kick in. This can take a while, like 6-8 weeks or more. The bacteria that does the conversion needs time to grow to a sufficient size to actually make a dent in the concentrations. If you know someone with a fish tank, get them to give you one of their used filter pads and "seed" your water with it. Just place it into the water for a couple of days. I test weekly now but you can test daily if you want. This would allow you to catch the spike easier. Just watch the trends (concentrations up or down) a significant amount means something is happening. We were all guilty of impatience when we first started. But, as you know from your green house, mother nature has her own schedule and it's usually not the same as ours!:biggrin:
  6. What's your water tests show? That would help put a data based spin on things.
  7. I'm jealous! Great work.
  8. Any conclusions on which way (raft or conventional) worked better yet?
  9. Thanks for the link, Gary! My long term accountant (dear wifey!) won't let me purchase a kit. I've got to cobble together one on my own and cut corners where ever I can. Any help with dimensions will help me cut down on the trial and "oops" factor.
  10. That's about the dimensions of what I was looking at building! Can you share: 1) What's the dimension at the highest point? 2) What length of "pipe" did you use? 3) Looks like end piece used 3 tee's and middle ones 3 crosses? 4) 4 total sections of 25mm pipe? Thanks!
  11. Welcome! You'll learn lots by reading and asking questions. Lot's of friendly folks around here. Btw, I lived in Rockton until we moved down here! Don't miss the snow (do miss the ice rinks!) but hate the summers!
  12. Turn the flow rate up. You need more flow through the siphon to get it started. When the siphon won't stop once it's started, you've got too much flow. There's a window where everything works well. You're right near that edge of the sweet spot.
  13. As a father with 2 grown daughters, I thank you for this comment. It's hard enough to raise kids without having to deal with body issues. Add the constant bombardment of the media and the overly hormonal teenage boy (no matter what their age) to the mix and you've got a powder keg waiting to blow.
  14. Thanks Luke! I misunderstood when you said: So are you actually trying to reintroduce the variety, show that it's a viable alternative to the Chinese variety or possibly both? I applaud your efforts and will be following your progress.
  15. Just curious. What made you decide to pick this particular variety of rice, especially since it's never been grown in your part of the world?