11:30 am arrival
People: Green City Initiative and friends
Weather: Hot and sunny with medium winds.
Status: Today was the official open house for our aquaponics system. We had SMU students and staff present as well as members of the Cochran Church. We explained the system and showed off our plump, little fishies to everyone, while they dined on homemade spaghetti and cookies.
Fish Corner: While showing off the system, opportunity came knocking in the form of a large June bug crawling on the plant raft. Capturing the bug, we attempted to feed it to the fish in a Roman style display of gladiator versus lion for our guests. The “lions” outnumbered the bug 20 to 1, but only nibbled at it a couple times before giving up the fight. As is custom, the June bug was set free and crawled off into the sunset victorious.
2:00 pm departure
Great News! Our beans are sprouting! They sprout with extensive root systems from all the nutrients in the bean, so they’re very easy to put into hydroponics cups! We even saw some spinach sprouts and some tomato sprouts!
We decided to plant a few more seeds, including swiss chard and lettuce (little gem variety). It doesn’t look like we’ll be having any peppers if we don’t have any by thursday. Might be time to re-plant them in that case.
Lettuce sprouts from previous days only have a single small root when they sprout. That’s a problem when you want to move them into a hydroponics system. We’re hoping they’ll grow a little bit in their pots before they want to move out.
Fish are hungry as always :)
8:10 pm arrival
Weather: The day was warm and bright with heavy rain in the wee hours of the morning, but no clouds in sight for the rest of the day. It was getting dark when the observer arrived, and the mosquitoes were brutal.
Status: The system is running smoothly with our new addition of fish and all the plants have sprouts coming up in the system bed and in transfer pots next to the system.
Fish Corner: The fish were hungry and happy swimming in their tank. They don’t like light shining on them like the light from a phone, but do enjoy singing when they eat. (Helps with the digestion I guess.) They’re favorite artist at the moment is Taylor Swift, but more experiments will help determine their overall preference. Crushing the food with bricks before tossing it in so the food sinks has increased consumption by the fish compared to throwing in whole pellets that floated on the surface. No new fishy babies yet, but we’re hopeful for some soon.
8:30 pm departure