First, the progress of the tomato vines
Second, a macro shot of one of the flower.
Third, I found snails, my "maintanence crew", two weeks ago in the upper PVC tube. One day I saw one snail and a week later I saw a bucch of babies and quite a few egg sacks all up in there. I have always wanted snails but for obvious reasons was never able to keep them for more than a few days with those voracious loaches. Now I have snails breeding and keeping the upper tube with the roots keeping the pipes clean. Ocassionally I would throw a few down in the tank only to never be seen again. Complete cycle. Anyhow, can someone tell me how on earth they could possibly get there and what kind of snails? I have not added plants or fish since July/August 09. My plants are from seeds in packets. Or, could it be from a piece of water crest that I took from the dinner table about a week before I saw the first snail. I would hate to think its the latter, those were washed thoroughly and I was eating them things??!!
The snails survived in your tank, and when a safe place (PVC tubing) and food source (Food trapped by the roots) became available they started multiplying.
Happy fish keeping!
The first pic is a comparison of the system from July 2009 to January 2010. I planted the tomato seeds about a month after (august 09). The tomato plants only started growing fast after I added the t5 plant light. Now, although the initial peace lillys are much more and much bigger, they are totallu covered by the tomato plants. For scale, the fish tank is 6ftX20"X19" so 120 Gallons or 450 litres roughly.
FUELED BY LOACH
Night Shot with long exposure. The tank is not as bright as it looks and all my loaches are asleep. For comparison, the orange light to the right is the little light from the heater.
Its been over a year, since late summer (August?) 2009 that I started this project. Here are some updates: My plants have been fruiting since may 2010 and all through winter till last week. Yes, I have been eating lots of organic tomatoes, through the winter as well, that was supported 100% from my loaches! I think the loaches are happier too because, they now eat directly out of my hand and a couple of the 1.5yr old baby loaches are almost the size of my oldest loach. Now the cycle renews.
Few weeks ago, one of my tree died and in the process of removing the decaying entangled root, I killed the healthy tree. I have already started some more seeds. I think however that the death of one plant and removal of the other has affected a couple of my loaches because they have stopped eating. It could be because I left the dead plant to rot for a couple weeks. As for the peace lilly plant, they are blooming and growing more than ever. i had to remove and trash quite a few of these plants.
Here are a few pictures of the tomatoes
Well, except for these two, the others are fine. Infact, one of the young one started eating properly a little over a week ago. He went through a month period of eating little and now he gouges himself. It may be a coincidence as well that they stopped eating when the plants were removed. Also, I want to believe that all clown loaches go through a cycle of fasting, atleast from my experience.starsplitter7 wrote:Amazing. The plants are incredible. Are things getting better for the loaches?
I love this most effective "bio-filter" and of course the idea of the obtained organic tomatoes I have been missing your updates.Vancmann wrote:... Yes, I have been eating lots of organic tomatoes, through the winter as well, that was supported 100% from my loaches! ...
I plan on overhauling the whole system in 2011. Since i didnt expect that much growth, the design was flawed because the system got clogged and water backed up. Last july or so, the system got clogged up by the roots and my overflow was not enough for the flood pumps so I had a little flood on my on my carpet. Not exciting to wake up to the sound of water dripping water one level. Actually, too much excitement for me. I will keep posting.
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