Moses

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    Not much to tell, i am a first timer looking to learn aquap(h)onic. i am looking forward to turn it into a family commercial system to help my family financial problems.
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    Computers, philosophy, arts, music and basically everything i can get my hands on

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  1. Hello guys, how is it going? i am updating my test system stats again. my ph sits at 6.4, it dropped to 5.6 a few days ago and i added potash and egg shell to push it up to 6.4 TDS is at 560PPM and water temp is 28C iron is good didnt add any chelated for quite sometimes, ammonia and no2 is not detected using sera, no3 is more than 100ppm per litre, it was at 75 so i bump the feeding times to twice a day. the vegetable is growing rapidly as the picture below show when compared to my last post. I am excited, suppose me and my mom will harvest it in 2 days when my dad gets back here. I have also made a small wicking bed for my ginger, it was shipped for 3 days in package when i unpack it the shoot is dying and the root is brown but now i can see new shoot coming up and the root is starting to ligthen up. The wicking bed media is 16cm above the water level whereas the water level is 7cm above surface. I have also added a worm bin to make compost tea, bought the cocoon. Initially i wanted to buy esenia fetida but no one here sold it, we only have lumbricus but the seller told me it was mixed with the eisenia fetida. few hatched but now i cant see them i suppose they burried to eat the coco peat soil mix first as they are only 1cm long.
  2. Hello guys, here is an update on my plant along with a picture, sorry if it isnt so clear since i dont know why its like that. the middle plant is 3 weeks and a few days old and the other is only 2 weeks old. I see a big improvement on the growth after adding iron and grow lights plus foliage spraying magnesium sulfate water mix. Algae kept growing on the plant roots while i keep removing them to let them sink to the bottom. I dont know whether the algae is helpful to the plant roots or not in term of sucking nutrients. I also dont know what kind of algae it is. The pak choy although doesnt grow quite good to the eye since it seems to grow stem in a random manner, has leaf bigger and thicker than the one i see in the market. The No3 dropped 30%. I am trying to make compost tea hoping it will boost the growth and also help the system to cope with the plant needs. I think its going great aside from few technical and equipment issues, what do you guys think?
  3. Can someone please tell me what this is? its seems slimy but on hand it is not as slimy as it seems. It only grows in my grow bed and not in my filter tank or fish tank.
  4. Mr.Bigdaddy, i have seen quite a few videos about wicking bed and have read quite a few writings including the link that you send but there is just one thing that i did not quite understand. where should the drainage pipe be. is it below the geotextile fabric or above the geotextile fabric (the medium / fabric that separates the water + media and the soil)?. if it is above the fabric, wont the soil clog the drainage pipe? if it is below will the water keep the fabric wet enough for the wicking to work? few sources i have seen says that the best depth for wicking would 30cm deep soil, any more than that the wicking wont work that well, i have also read post of people claiming that there is no need to use the geotextile, just soil top down is fine. i will be trying those both but i just need to understand the position of drain pipe, is it below (covered by) the geotextile or above the geotextile meaning it is in the soil. Yes i will check the nitrates reading more often. i have not seen anything wrong with the fish, they are eating good, no matter how much i put in they will just gobble it up 10 to 20 minutes later and asking for more. the water is clear but a little red color since i added chelated iron and my fish feed somehow give off red color and high phosphate. i plant to add a round air stone that will sit at the bottom of my filter tank so they will aerate and help break down the solid fish waste, i have read few reading claiming that it helps but i dont know for sure, is this true? since my airstone kept floating in the middle or to the water surface which is tedious as to having to move them to the bottom everytime. I have also intended to add a seeding rack which have grow light sitting just 3cm or 4cm above the net pot before moving them to the system, as i read it helps so that the plant wont be leggy or spindly, it helps to keep the plant level. my plant has stalk that is about 1,5cm or 2cm which is indeed shorter than before adding the grow light. i have also noticed that after adding the light, the plant which is about 1 week already has roots in the water is i think is a good sign. do you think this is a good addition? i appreciate the help and explanation sir.
  5. Hello Mr.Bigdaddy. Yes i am currently planting 20 plants but i doubt that is enough. Due to space related issues i cant really add more grow bed as that requires more piping. But i intend to add a wicking bed to plant ginger, since its a wicking bed it wont need a reflow, i just add water by hand to it when the water level is low. Does this works?
  6. Hello Mr.Bigdaddy. This is my current reading: Water level is 500 liter Fe Iron 1,0mg/l = 500ppm Ammonia 0.003mg/l = 1,5ppm No2 0,0mg/l No3 >100mg/l = lots of ppm TDS 460ppm temp 27C i think this is a good reading, what do you think sir?
  7. Thanks for the kind advice Mr. Jake. I was dousing in some egg shell (8pcs of egg) for organic calcium. And the pH did raise to 6.8 so i removed the egg bag. If i kept it above 7 the plant will be deficient in magnesium later on.
  8. I just got my tds and ph meter, tried measuring it, my pH sit still at 6.6 and TDS is 442ppm, which is good reading i think? somehow liquid test ph came out with color of 6 and Carbonate hardness and general hardness from sera yield no result.
  9. Since installing the Grow lights, i have seen major growth on my pak choi. It was a left over from mu 30 watts red and blue light. Since then i added more pak choi and noi bai to see how it is.
  10. Finally its done guys, a diy grow lights with 81 watts, it should be 102 watts but fried a few of them. I hope the plants will grow well and better than last time, since i am really betting on this. I had put quite lot of money, effort, time and heart on this test. Im gonna update often now since the lights is up now only the growth remains. I hope you guys will help me out as always.
  11. Hello everyone it has been a long time since my update... so i have been doing a diy grow lights but i have met with some technical issues that even now i cant resolve. I felt very frustrated. the led seller did offer some assitance over whatsapp but did not resolve the problem either... so here are 3 serial/series wiring led. 2 types of white x9 660mn red x8 455mn x9 i burned few leds in the process. The wiring also became messy as some technical issue due to the seller did not tell me that the forward current of the lights differ. Now the problem i am facing is with the blue lights... 3 lit - 4 not litting - 2 lit. It is series wiring how can it be possible? Please do help if you have an idea how to resolve. Below are 2 pictures with all the lights on and one more with only blue lights on.
  12. Sad news, after i added the chelated iron, the plant still died this morning. too bad, interestingly i found out that the algae only grow by the grow bed, not in the filter tank or the fish tank. maybe i will replant after i installed the 100w LED lights and clean the grow bed as well. The algae is probably toxic for the plant.
  13. I am sorry to hear what has occurred Mr.Joe, what happened? Yes, i think when i first started the fish tank there were no No2 & No3 then after a while there was a huge spike on the test for No2&No3 but now the reading of No2 is very low and very high on No3. the good news for me is that the degradation of the leaves is not progressing so fast, fish is not dying at all and still eating normally. Next to that, my aluminum plate has arrived along with the chelated iron ( FeEDDHA ). now i just need to wait until my aluminum plate is done being drilled for attaching the heat sink then i can DIY the LED lights and for the epsom salt (for magnesium) to arrive. After adding the iron, i tested the Ph, i think it sits at 6 or 7, i cant be sure as there is no color for 6.5. but the color surely isnt 7 or 6 to be exact when compared. Additionally i have also found out that my well water contain a little bit of phospates (Po4) and the very high contain of Po4 in my system is due to the fish feed! i tried soaking the test water and the Po4 test spiked. i do hope it is okay, and i think i am gonna alternate between pellets and lenma minor from time to time. regarding the lenma i have read that the wet lenma is actually very low in protein vs the dry lenma. can anyone confirm this?
  14. Yes sure Mr.Bigdaddy. this result were taken just now. No2 = 0,0mg No3= 100mg/l Fe=0,1mg/l Kh= 5dkh Gh = 8dgh Po4 = way out of the chart Temp = 24-25c Ph = 7-8 unfortunately i dont have ammonia test kit since the test liquid bottle i bought was empty inside.
  15. That'd be great if i can actually bring it to harvest! But now i have new problem. The leaf appears yellowish, and sign of rotting can be seen. The third picture shows the rotting eating away the leaves. checked the root, it appears healthy. White colored, solid and not watery. i tried adding pottasium hydroxide (KoH) flakes, i also want to add iron, i think its deficient in iron since i just checked, my fish food doesn't contaion iron but it doesn contain lots of protein. can anyone please help?