So, wanting to play around with some of my clippings, I have never grown indoors, and my luck with growing things in pots seems to be like zero success… I have an outdoor grow that was successful last year and this year so far has been ok. So I wanted to have something for my desk. I found some amazon LED lights for about $40 that have awesome reviews and figured I would have some fun. I took a cheese ball container and a soda bottle, cut them up and drill some holes in the soda bottle lid, added a water bubbler in the rocks underneath the plant, and one in the water for the fish. My theory is that Reefer (the betta and his food) will make the water nutrient rich for the plant. Has anyone ever done anything like this? 5 days strong and the clippings seem to be holding up good so far… Will give weekly updates as to progress. I am open to ideas and suggestions, or opinions on what will make this successful!
Currently running the blue lights as it appears to promote root growth… on a 12/12 (to let the fish sleep a little)
If all goes to plan, you might loose reefer in amongst the roots that’ll form in his jar. It’s going to behave like a hydro set up.
Good luck, I’ll tag along.
An Aquaponics grow!!
I’m down for this!
You took the words out of my mouth lol.
Been wanting to try something like this but with turtles. Definitely pulling up a chair and hanging out for this one
Watching with great enthusiasm. I love aquaponics, was always curious if you could do it with cannabis.
That’s gonna be a lot of fun. Just get an API freshwater pH test kit to be aware of the pH for the betta buddy and the plants. The food and waste breaking down will acidify the water in that volume pretty quickly if overfed, as the bacteria establishes itself it will be more stable. The betta can breathe air too so make sure he’s not constantly at the surface because that could mean low oxygen. The water would do good for both around 6.5-7. Lower could be better for the plant but, too acidic for the fish. 8.0 won’t do anything to the fish but makes it more difficult for the plant to take up nutrients. The fix is easy, whenever pH is out of range, use filtered/bottled water (not alkaline boosted because that means higher pH) and change out a small volume like 10% at a time. Good luck
So today I checked the ph it was high around 8.0 so I did a 15-20% water change with bottle water and will test in a bit. Added a fake plant for the betta to swim around and hide behind. All looks good so far.
Yup, yup. It just needs time for the bacteria to multiply, but don’t use anything like a supplemental bacteria because it would then deplete the nitrogen and interrupt the cycle. Next one, try putting a little fish food in first for a few days to spur on the bacteria even before you put the fish in or seed it with water from this one. Looks really cool!
Funny you mention that about the water sitting for a couple days, I actually setup another tank similar but with no fish, simply to use as a control to see if the fish helped the plant grow bigger or whatever. Originally i was thinking about if i needed to change the water in the betta tank, I would have the same room temp water already dialed in to refill, or replace during water changes, and it wouldn’t be such a shock to Reefer. Nice to see I wasn’t over thinking it…
Exactly my friend. Funny how intelligence and intuition work together huh? I used to own an aquarium store, so I’m full of shit, I mean aquarium information.
I thought I would give an update… seems the plant with Reefer is definitely benefiting as the other plant without is starting to turn yellow… Reefer is happy as can be, getting him trained with a small hole cut into the top and I feed him, so now if I walk up to him or get close he heads straight for the hole and waits… It’s kinda relaxing to get really lit and watch him… fish totally have personalities… lol I am really stoned right now… anyways here is Reefer!
Fish absolutely have personality! Especially the big guys like puffers and triggers. Some get used to you petting them and you have to stay there for a while so they will calm down, just like a puppy. I had a Niger Trigger that would spit water at me to get my attention. Somehow, he realized that the beer bottles that I would place next to the tank were being “touched” instead of him so then he just started spitting on the beer for my attention.
This is cool only have seen aquaponics done once before, over grow on, pulling up a chair for this!