the big loach died! It was shocking sight. He got sucked into the balancing siphon into reservoir tank, or maybe he was screwing around thinking he can wiggle in and back out of the balancing siphon hose, but he went all the way through and even past the kinks. He ended up inside the reservoir then sucked and killed by the pump. So I wrapped a net over the siphon hose.. I didn't think they can even get past the elbow tube, he must've had to really stretch out thin and wiggle his way through. No pics, sorry. It's not the kind of thing I like to remember.
I bought 3 new young loaches over the weekend but they don't eat well. NO2 NO3 levels are ZERO. I think I'll call the 3 young ones Moe, Larry, Curly, and the big one Shemp. I'll get maybe 2 or 3 more.
Fish Count: 6
Tank Status: Perfect
I only need to scrub brown algae off the glass about once a week. The fish don't mind when I reach in for a 5 minute scrubbing, they nibble at my hand and eat the scrubbed algae particles.
Pests: non.. no more aphids
Got a Nurtrient Film Tech growbed going and transplanted the watermelon seedlings into it but the roots were damaged cos they're so thin and fragile, they may not make it so I planted more seeds directly in the NTF bed. That adjustable rolling rack came in handy for hose support and the NTF bed, in fact I can stretch it wider for one more NTF bed.
I harvested the fisrt ripe red jalapeno from the fake jalapeno plant... a beautiful little pepper pod maybe 2 inches..but zero heat..It's absolutely pointless to waste so much water and attention on these plants. Tasting it kinda really pissed me off, to be honest,
I might as well eat plastic or wax fruits. Red Hot Chili Peppers are supposed to have you shooting steam out of yer ears and nose and flames out yer mouth and make ya say GOD DAMN! But I felt like those cursed pirates in the fist Pirates of the Carrabean film who couldn't taste or feel nothing! Way to go, Japan. You screwed with East Indian hot curries and now yer screwing with hot chilies..*shaking fist*
anyway, the growbed Jalapenos and Cayennes aren't doing so... "hot" either. They're trying to bear fruit and bloom flowers but nothing yet.. the soil planter cayennes are shooting past the growbed ones and they are about two weeks younger, but to be fair they are enjoying the benefits of dead loaches in the soil and the soil is highly nutritious to begin with. And the transplanted ones suffered some roots damage during the transplant, not to mention tyring to survive in a premature aquaponics system.
The good news is the moringa is doing great, absolutely lovin' the growbed lifestyle, delicate and pretty new leaves branching out every other day, as well as growing taller every other day. Andit seems new stalks are sprouting off the same seed, dunno if that's normal...maybe it's a branch, I'll find out when I transplant it into it's own grow pot.
I'm really enjoying aquaponics, it gets me up every morning, which is ironic since the point of aquaponics is self-maintenance.. but watching the plants grow is amazing. I'm sure the growth will be mind blowing when the system becomes fully matured!