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PostPosted: Jan 17th, '17, 00:35 
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Your pH is a bit high but depending on the grow bed media and the top up water I would expect it to come down further than it is because of nitrification. Shoot to be somewhere between 6 to 7.2 for the pH. Once you hit 6 the API kit doesn't tell you if the pH is lower than 6 so you need to be aware of this and adjust if needed.

With your pH at 7.8 you'll probably need to either spray iron on the plants as needed or find a good iron chelate to add to the system water (do some research not all of them will work).



Thanks for the advise.


Recently we've been getting some rain, and mine rolls off the roof into the sump. My grow media is clay hydroton...

Generally haven't had to top off the water, there's very little evaporation in my system.


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That can be bad or good. What kind of roof do you have?


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Hi AquaTurtle,

I am planing for a system similar to yours,

Can you provide the capacity break down of your system? For example how big is your FT, total Media bed and your DWC/SUMP.

How are you running your pump? 24/7 or timed? If timed what are the intervals?

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Hi AquaTurtle,

I am planing for a system similar to yours,

Can you provide the capacity break down of your system? For example how big is your FT, total Media bed and your DWC/SUMP.

How are you running your pump? 24/7 or timed? If timed what are the intervals?

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Fish tank is a 100 gallon rubbermaid stock tank

Water goes to a 5 gal swirl filter by gravity

from there, drops to 4 media beds each box is 7 1/8 gallon with bell siphons

This drops to a sump that's also doubling as my floating raft area - this area is 10ft x 2ft x 2ft

then there's a active aqua 400 GPH pump in the sump back to FT.


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Can you believe it's been a year?? time goes by so quickly when you're having fun.

Of the original 20 fish, i have about 15 left. Random casualties. i'm guessing heat related, or caught by the turtle?

Roots have been a problem recently, one bucket has been overtaken by cucumbers, and the other by tomatos. Probably need bigger growbeds for these dense root plants...

I've been having issues with my original drain, a SLO that was outside of the tank, This 1 inch pipe was not enough to keep up with the flow of the water. Experience a few overflows. Also, solids liked to sit in the pipe so i had to frequently stick wire in there to loosen it up to increase the flow a bit.

Today I had enough, got a uni-seal, pulled out the drill and made a SLO the right way :)

My tomatos are growing, slowly, but staying hard and not ripening. Also very low yield. I planted the same tomato plant in soil and i'm getting a bunch of yield. Any advice? lots of leaves, just no fruits.

Same with Cucumber. lots of leaves, one female flower, no male flowers.

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sorry, pictures might of been uploaded a little big :)


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@AquaTurtle - Can you show the area where your pump is and how it is setup? Do you have a screen of sort to keep the roots from getting to the pump?

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This is probably the best picture i have of the pump sitting in the bottom of my DWC/sump. I did have screens around my bell siphon, but the tomato roots went right through it, probably should consider double or triple layering.

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Wow i haven't updated in a while.

Bought a small pipe cleaner - wish it was double the length - and cleaned out all of my pipes. The flow increased by more than double, I was surprised at how much slower the flow was traveling prior to the cleaning.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IA ... UTF8&psc=1


Fish are also growing up quickly, no longer scared of the turtle and fights the turtle for food. Most of the goldfish has since tripled their size since the beginning.

Question: I found a bunch of little red worm like swimmers in the waste after emptying the radial flow filter... wondering if these are baby worms that made their way through the growbeds, through the bell siphon, up the filter, into the fish tank, up the solid lift overflow into the filter? that's a long way to travel. There were hundreds of them.


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