It’s been several weeks now. The Aquaponics has been doing well based on Murray Hallam’s method and using IBC Totes.
You can see some of the leaves are seeing some punishment. I let my PH get a little out of hand. For some reason it keeps drifting higher and higher. Need to track down the issue.
Some quick information on PH. PH is neutral at 7, it’s acidic below 7 and alkaline above 7. Fish prefer the water to be closer to an 8, but the plants prefer the water to be closer to a 6. Ideally you want the water to be about a 7 or neutral. Directly in between making both sides happy. However you will want to normally run your system about 6.5 – 7.
You see, your aquaponics system should always slowly head acidic. There is a long explanation why. But for the purpose of this lets just say it does. So while the PH is always dropping you will just want to gently bring it back up to 6.5 – 7. You don’t want to go higher than 7. The more alkaline your water the more your nutrients get locked into the water and the plants can’t absorb them.
This is why I have issues with my leaves below.
For now enjoy some pictures: