This is my 6th or 7th year using Hydroponics to grow Heirloom tomatoes (and none of that funny stuff not that there is anything wrong with it) on one of our decks. I put the seedlings into the hydroton on June 3rd, and here is their status as of this morning. I specialize in Green Zebra tomatoes, which have by far the best flavor I have found, but are so fragile they will burst if you look at them funny. These plants will get 10' high by october, and yield a stunning amount of tomatoes.
I use the General Hydroponics waterfarm 8 with the recirculating system. Instead of using a water pump whose filters can clog, uses an aquarium air pump to drive water up a column, and spray it down over the hydroton. It uses a similar column to drive the recirculating system, which is a must-have for the Waterfarm 8. In addition, I have found that a single reservoir is not enough for 8 buckets - the plants at the end of the loop don't get enough nutrients - so this year I installed (2) reservoirs, each of which feeds (4) buckets.
PS - here are pics from 2010 (dozens of Rosso Bruno's erupting on the vine) and 2011 (leaf as big as my hand from a green zebra)
Good stuff Oatnet, as always!
Glad to see you guys are interested in aquaponics. I didn't wanna have to join an aquaponics forum, that would be preaching to the choir. Once I get my system going I'll promote aquaponics to our next door neighbors, to our town's daycare and elementary school, and eventually the whole of Japan.
I'm sure you EV peeps can rock a badass system so share your tips and tricks!
nechaus wrote:Im thinking of getting one of murry hallams systems
Yeah, Murry Hallam's the guru!
And Will Allen..he got $500,000 from The Macarthur Foundation just for doing what makes A LOT OF SENSE and they called him genius.
If exercising good judgement and common sense is genius, then the rest must've really de-evolved.
My system will attempt to imitate a rainforest by showering from the top down.
-cool off the water for the fish during summer
-kick off bugs on leaves, natural pest control
-and give the plants some exercise. <-- my very own original idea. Really. I think wind and rain drops stimulate plants, giving them a little workout thus thriving for more nutrients! Think about it.