Monday, August 31, 2015

Aquaponics : PH Test

Frankly speaking,  I don't really believe in what tester tells me... As I well aware that, taking the sample of 5ml out of a 500 gal water to get the water pH is...just... inconclusive.

Usually what I do is stand in front of the fish tanks for about 10mins.. Observe them and sometimes i place my hands into the water and feel them...smell them...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Aquaponics : Unacceptable Mistake

We have lost them due to last night backup power dry run activity. Personally I would say our system are very flexible under any power outage situation.

However, when humanity is involved, the thing will screwed up easily whereby during tightening up a pvc pipe from main tank to the taller tank, the impatient old fart(which is i) had not follow the proper procedure PERIOD

And this is unacceptable... TOTALLY... ULTIMATELY.... Or PUT YOUR FAVORITE WORDS HERE...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Aquaponics : Lettuces @Growbed Five

Oh gosh... Sprouted... Overwhelmingly in Growbed Five. 

This proven that the seeds we bought were not as good. Of course, we know what you want.. How it will be ended... Let's put them on radar then. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aquaponics : Slow Growing @ RG420

Something need to be done on this system for sure... It is not happening at all here.

Have figured out some of the reasons but would need time to deploy the ideas slowly and some extra cost involved. 

We would expect a non-stop productions once done. Keep our fingers crossed!

Aquaponics : Duckweed - RG420 Lane 1

Almost occupied the whole Lane 1. However, they are slightly smaller than normal, mostly due to the environment. Chinese used to say '天变、地变、人应变' so do duckweed...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aquaponics : Lettuce Seeds

One of the source where we get our Italian lettuce seeds from.

This is the second time we do this as most of the seeds we bought from the store are not growing. This is another reason why we would be able to keep up its availability on the breakfast table.

Growbed Five

Growbed One 

Growbed Six 

Aquaponics : Cherry tomato @Growbed Five

This one month old Cherry tomato's flowering now.  It grows slower compare to the one in the water filter. 

Aquaponics : Loofah @ Growbed Two

Alright.  We have it reached the level we want it to be,  now it is time for it to grow 'horizontally'

Compare to the two bitter gourds in the same Growbed, loofah grows faster. It is about one month old. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Aquaponics : The Cucumbers @ Growbed Four

The Japanese cucumber and the cucumber...

Looks like they are too closed to each other 

Aquaponics : Bitter Gourds @Growbed Two

We might have to pull these two off as they are not growing as they supposed to and not meeting our expectations. We have sowed another two seeds as replacement... Just in case. 

Aquaponics : Duckweed Duckweed Duckweed

Looks  quite promising here aside of its color not green enough. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Aquaponics : Duckweed - Quick Check

Have a quick check on all the duckweed growing in the system, found that not all of them growing well.  

As you can see the top right and the middle right are not as green as the rest. Those are from the Gutter System and the big tank we have. Let's come back in another week or two. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aquaponics : The Cherry Tomato @Water Filter

One month old and flowering now.

It might be too early but bear in mind that, we are not using the flood and drain method like the rest.

Let's compare the results in another month...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Aquaponics : Cover Up Growbed One

We covered up the Growbed One as the sawi Sprouted to prevent the predators, the birds. No sign of strawberry.

Aquaponics : Growbeds Weekly Update

Let's have a chapperlang style update for this round on the growbeds. 

Growbed One, clean and neat, we have Sawi  and testing on the strawberry. Most probably seeds are being washed off by downpour. 

Growbed Two, we have loofah and bitter gourds growing at the quite promising pace. All of them are ready to climb. 

Growbed Three, the only cherry tomato here. We have sowed two more during weekend. 

Growbed Four,  two cabbages, a Japanese cucumber and a cucumber. 

Growbed Five, very old lettuces with flowers and a cherry tomato. We plan to replant the lettuce from the seeds produced. Planning to pull them off in the coming weekend. 

Growbed Six, nothing interesting here... four 75days old cabbages. We targeted to pull them off once reaching 120days. 

As it is rainny season now... Oh gosh... My ammonia...  :) 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Aquaponics : Loofah @ Growbed Two

Go go grow...

Aquaponics : Growbed One - Revived

Have the Growbed One ready for the next planting.

For the new start we will try some leafy Veggies and also strawberry seeds 'flanked'...

Yes. Strawberry but not quite confident if it'll grow under the environment we have.

Imaginations rules the world.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aquaponics : Growing Duckweed - Getting Hardcore

Ok.  Here is how serious we are in growing duckweed...

We have this 6 feet tank for the purpose.

If we failed, it will be modified to be my kids' swimming tank on the roof.  :D

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aquaponics : The Bitter Gourds @ Growbed Two

Shifted these two bitter gourds from the ground to the Growbed two as those we sowed a week back didn't work out. They should be about two weeks old. 

Let's start counting days...

Aquaponics : Japanese Cucumber @ Growbed Four

Four days after seeds sowed,  Japanese cucumber Sprouted. However, no sign of sprouting for the cucumber which sowed on the same day.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Aquaponics : The Cherry Tomato @ Water filter

The cherry tomato plant we grow in the water filter looks promising, it is about 23days old. 

Let's put it in the radar for its growing progress. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Aquaponics : Two Cabbages from Growbed Four

Have these cabbages pulled out from the system. There were about 100 days old. This harvest gave us the idea that we should wait for another 10 or 20 days. 

Aquaponics : Small Harvest for Last Weekend

Collected Amaranth Spinach from several places, get them ready for lunch. Most of them one month old.

Aquaponics : Root Issue on RG112

Another root issue for RG112 caused by the very mature kangkung.

The lesson learned here is never let them grow older than there should be as humans not gonna eat them,  so do the fishes. Fuethermore, it will eventually impact the whole chain, this would be unacceptable! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Aquaponics : Clearing Up Growbed One

It's time to clear up growbed one for the next plant.

This is the first time we have such a mess.

Aquaponics : Growing Duckweed - Update

As mentioned in the previous post,  we will start looking into the auto duckweed feeder by phases. 

First phase, we will try to create a sustainable environment for duckweed. We have utilize partial of Lane 3 and full Lane 4 in the RG420 system for this purpose. We will observe the growth for a week. 

Second phase,  we will look into how to automate the feeding. This should not be an issue as long as we have a timer. 

Final phase is our biggest challenge, finding the balance  point between the supply and demand. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Aquaponics : Growing Duckweed

Recently, we have been actively looking for ways/methods to grow more duckweed.

The idea is to have an auto duckweed feeder as what we have planned in the beginning of our system. Since most of the Growbed has been stabilized, except for the RG420, we will revive and continue what we have stopped for quite long time.

Luckily we have kept our duckweed source nicely and lively since day one.

Let's grow duckweed!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aquaponics : Bottle Gourd - The Final Harvest

Alright. It is time to clear the space for next plant in Growbed One.

We have harvested 15+3 bottle gourds in total for the period of 21 days (since the first harvest)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aquaponics : Water Filter - Now

We are trying to be funny by planting here.

Well,  it looks like they are growing.

Aquaponics : RG420 - Now

The RG420 is the system which we really need to put some attention on in the near future.

Initial idea was planting all the leafy Veggies here but its outcome was not as what we expected though many improvements have been done.

Improvement... Learn and unlearn in Progress.

Aquaponics : RG112 - Now

Looks like all the plants here are old enough.

Planning to plant Pandan or Potato Leaf here.

Aquaponics : Growbed Six - Now

Four cabbages.. For sale of course

Aquaponics : Growbed Five - Now

We have these lettuces and just done the final harvest.

We will keep them for another few weeks.

There is also a cherry tomato in the Growbed.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Aquaponics : Growbed Four - Now

Two booked cabbages awaiting for harvest.

We are planning to have cucumbers here in the future.

Aquaponics : Growbed Three - Now

The cherry tomato will be planted here.  Currently there are only two here. Two to three more will be sowed in the coming week.

Aquaponics : Growbed Two - Now

We have a plan to grow loofah and bitter gourds here...

As our previous post, loofah Sprouted but bitter gourd still no sign of sprouting.

Aquaponics : Growbed One - Now

The only plant left in Growbed One, the bottle gourd.

Would expect in few weeks it will be clean and clear for the next plant. We are still undecided on what to grow here... Any suggestions?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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