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Nice man, thanks for that.

Wish there were paying mantids too though, :p
The video sopappy posted, is of my praying mantis, from my youtube channel.
 

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Very nice setup and awesome thread. I'll have to check out your vids.
 

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No stem rot..
[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgR1I5q_wbQ[/ame]


Heating up my Northern Maine fishtank water..
[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNC5EpEVoko[/ame]
 

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Fish only supply the Nitrogen, and all large fruiting plants need a full spectrum of nutrients; some come from the fish feed, but many require you to supplement like iron.

I don't use conventional nutrient pre-mixes.
I do use:
-"City" Tap Water (+8.1pH and up, no RO filter)
-Organic Fish Feed (Aquaorganic brand)
-FeEDDHA or FeDTPA (iron)
-Organic Rock Phosphate
-Organic Potassium Sulfate
-OMRI Calcium Sulfate
-Food grade Magnesium Sulfate
-Organic Silica
-Borax Soap
-Worm Castings

I also modified my system to include hardware to add small amounts of nutrients, as man does on nature.
Things I've use in my plumbing:
-Copper PEX crimp ring (Copper)
-Galvanized Steel couplings (Zinc)

And only in emergencies...
-Muriatic Acid (pH down)
-Phosphoric Acid (pH down)
-Potassium Hydroxide (pH up)

Target chemistry:

pH: 6.4-6.8
(NH4)Ammonia: 0.0ppm
(NO2)Nitrites: 0.0ppm
(NO3)Nitrates: 20-50ppm
(PO4)Phosphate: 15-50ppm
(K)Potassium: 50-200ppm
(Ca)Calcium: 25-150ppm
(Mg)Magnesium: 10-50ppm
(S)Sulfur: 15-50ppm
(Fe)Iron (Fe): 1-3ppm
(B)Boron: 0.1-0.5ppm
(Mn)Manganese: 0.5-1.0ppms
(Z)Zinc: 0.25-0.3ppms
(Mo)Molybdenum: 0.01-0.02ppms
(C)Copper: 0.025-0.05ppms
(Si)Silica: 120-150ppm
(Co)Cobalt: 0.20-0.30ppm
(Cl)Chloride: 50-110ppm

I use different methods from, Hanna's colourimeters to API & Salifert testers and Bluelab's EC meters. Hach and LaMotte also make some good equipment. My nutrients have wide spreads because of the timing involved in each grow; and of course trade secrets ;)
 

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GREAT THREAD---gotta be a bit of a mad scientist to keep your system in tune---very interesting stuff---thanks for sharing---i be following
 

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First of all this is a really exciting thread and goodluck in your grow. I discovered the proccess of apuaponics a year ago and now i'm planning to make a small system but i need more infos about that. If u dont mind i need your help with some infos. I'm also reading an intresting book for small and large systems. Any info for making a small system would help.

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First of all this is a really exciting thread and goodluck in your grow...
Thank man :)

I actually started a couple of years back, in an earlier version of this system.
Here's my aero-aqua (no soil) back in 2015 and January 2016:

[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmV0U4cnUz0[/ame]

[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYmvn9fUmg[/ame]

I discovered the process of aquaponics a year ago and now i'm planning to make a small system but i need more infos about that. If u dont mind i need your help with some infos. I'm also reading an intresting book for small and large systems. Any info for making a small system would help.
No problem man. How can I help?
 

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yep---based on the looks of those roots alone---i would call that pretty successful---please share more about the feeding schedule for the plants---what are you supplementing the fish crap with for veg and flower
 

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yep---based on the looks of those roots alone---i would call that pretty successful---please share more about the feeding schedule for the plants---what are you supplementing the fish crap with for veg and flower
I use just what is listed in post #27, above. About once a week, I test the nutrients, and add what's needed. :)
 

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Dumme do u test anything instead of PH regularly? And is there anything hard about this process?
 

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Yes, I generally test weekly, unless there's a problem and then daily or as needed. Each nutrient is tested individually, but some tests are required more frequently. I'm hoping I've have a video up soon of the entire process.
 

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That would really help me if u dont mind and thank u :)
 

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That would really help me if u dont mind and thank u :)
I have a lot going on, but I'll post that ASAP. It's basically the same with all the tests. Until then, this is the gist of it:

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpV_hUc-Qp0&t=11s"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpV_hUc-Qp0&t=11s[/ame]
 

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2-5-2017 update

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGzTogXbEbM"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGzTogXbEbM[/ame]


In the first plant, you can see where I was rough when I pulled a branch off, low on the stem, but there's no stem rot luckily.

The first three are Green Crack and the last is an old AK-48 clone.
 

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Not my best grow, but I'm loving these Cree COB's :joint4:

1 x 300watt light = 435 grams @ ~1.45gpw

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbfQzC62fps"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbfQzC62fps[/ame]
 

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