HD Aquaponics Ep. 17 – Floating Raft system, DWC, growing sweet bells and habanero peppers.

HD Aquaponics episode 17

Here is episode 17. In this episode we talk a little about our deep water culture, or floating raft grow bed. We finally got the holes drilled and the baskets placed. We are looking forward to getting some lettuce seedlings in the system asap.

 

 

 

Transcript of the video:
Well there is actually three tomatoes coming in now, this is in the indoor system. You can see them down there. It’s pretty neat.

Okay, so I wanted to give you guys an update on our floating raft system. I don’t know how well you’re going to be able to see this video because of the reflective material on the top of our raft is making, at least my view of what’s going on, kind of dark. So anyway if you can see in these first six cups we have expanded shale, I don’t know if you can see it, this stuff is pretty neat I got this off the web4deb expanded shale give away content thing on his Youtube page and these ones we have just regular hydroton.  It’s almost all full (the floating raft), you can see the rips in the stuff, the drill made short work of it but some of these don’t have baskets in because we ran out.

So I need to go to the hydro store tomorrow and pick up some more baskets and get the hydroton planted. I don’t know if you can actually tell  but these (the raft) are actually split into separate rafts so if we ever want to put in other rafts we can just measure these ones out and replace the tile as needed. As you can see there are fifteen cups per raft, eighteen in the first one, but 15 cups per, hopefully, once we get a rotation down we’ll be able to harvest at least fifteen heads of lettuce every one to two weeks just depending on how well they grow. That would be ideal, I’ll keep you guys updated on the progress.

I just wanted to show you guys these Bell Pepper plants. So far they’re liking this system and doing okay. This one has some yellowing of the leaves but it’s not too bad. I wanted to show you this guy here: That’s a pepper starting, it’s pretty neat. There’s another one on here actually, right here. These plants are a little small but I don’t know how big they should be before they start to produce fruit. It’s actually starting to come in on all three of them (the fruit) so I’ll just let them go and see what happens.

So I just wanted to show you guys the habaneros plants. These four habaneros are in the greenhouse system and you can see the leaves are turning yellow, they’re still going through their initial shock of being in the water probably, a lot longer than they’re used too. They’re still alive, but I’m hoping they snap back with this sunshine we have been getting. I wanted to show you guys the habaneros we have growing in the indoor system and showing you how well they’re doing… So these are the habaneros peppers we have growing inside. These ones have actually been in the system a lot longer than the other ones. This one was a lot smaller, the top leaves were all the way down in the rocks when I put it in. So it has grown a bunch. This one is just doing a lot better, it was closer to the light longer, but you can see how tall it is, compared to my hand these leaves are getting big. It’s getting a decent size and you can see some flowers starting to form and I think I’ll just let them.

We noticed that we had an iron supplement so we checked it out and it turns out this iron supplement is chellated. There is just iron, maltodextrin and gelatin, so nothing weird. I’m just going to take one of these capsules, dissolve it in this water and put it out into the outdoor system over there. I’m going to go ahead and do that real quick. So I got it all stirred up and there are some floating solids on the top but I don’t really think that’s going to matter. So I’m going to go over and add this to my system. Alright, so we’re going to add iron to the aquaponics system and we’ll give it a few days and see if we notice any difference in these plants.

These are the micro, or dwarf, tomato plants, the tumbling toms. I have them growing indoors before I move them out into the greenhouse and into the strawberry towers. I think I’m going to keep two of them in the indoor system since the system is doing so well. We’ll see what kind of growth we get out of a dwarf tomato plant in the indoor system and I just wanted to give you guys a look at that.

You can hear the wind and the rain starting to pick up now. Thanks for watching this video guys, subscribe to the channel. Come join our aquaponics discussions on our Facebook fan page, HD Aquaponics. I’ll be updating you guys again real soon, probably when I put the tumbling toms into the strawberry towers.

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