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I recon a bit of sacrifice is good to maintain balance. Funny, wonder if the ants knew they were building in a flood zone.

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If a plant gets really infested I'd just feed it to the fish.

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oh, the fish get all the savaged plants, bugs and all. They lurve them :)

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Jamie, ever considered turing the top grow bed into a quarantine zone for lettuce. Put up mossie netting like you would cover food with wire for support.. a large dome. Would that help stop catapillars?

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that's not a bad idea Roy, thanks :)

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or have some sacrificial plants with signs: bugs welcome here... caterpillars this way... grubs --> to the highdive.

I saw a video of a hydroponic lettuce greenhouse. They grow some sort of barley grass on the side that is attractive to aphids. Then they keep a parasitic wasp that kills aphids. The wasps stay alive eating the aphids on the barleygrass and they are ready in case the aphids start munching lettuce.

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the big problem is that it is all essentially open to the world. Any bug that wants to come in, can (and does). I don't think we'd be able to buy in the predatory mites, cos they'd probably just wander off with no walls to keep them in.

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The predatory mites will hang around for as long as there is a food source fior them

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hmmm, I'll think for a bit on that one....

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offer them cider J and if they don't like that try beer!!!
then there also the sq bear!
Theres always some bug (ger) trying to get a free bee(r).

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well, on closer inspection, I'm not sure if I've got mites up there or not. Most of the damage is from 2mm long caterpillers :x too small to pick off, all you can do is squish, and the fish miss out on a feed

I picked them up some more food today.

Here are some plant pix too.


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fish pix, remember they are only up to 160mm long


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