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Hm, I've been wanting to do the same thing, but I have a north facing balcony and not much direct light

I've been successfully growing algae on rocks in a tupperware pan for my otos though, lol.
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How many gallon is this tub btw?
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about 15 gallons

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Just saw that you have swiss chards in your garden! Yay!

Sauteed with honey & garlic = yum. Mine:


After a harvesting :/ should have done a before/after, they grow out huge leaves again in 1-2 weeks. Chewed up one was by the cat.

I wish I had a yard.
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Those look delicious! For some reason mine started developing holes in their leaves....do you think it's potassium deficiency like aquatic plants?

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Something could be eating it? I have an aphid/mealy bug infestation up here, but they generally go for my star jasmine, eggplant, and tomatoes.

I do a general water soluble plant fert every once in a while when I remember, but I use root hormones in all my planters (Super Thrive). I even add some to my tanks (but according to Tom Barr they don't do much for submersed root growth), they definitely work for terrestrial plants.

My gardening isn't very scientific, I just add dirt, some sun, an odd fertilizer every month, and see what happens
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My gardening isn't very scientific, I just add dirt, some sun, an odd fertilizer every month, and see what happens
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the water doesn't turn green? And the temperature doesn't affect your fish/plants? just curious. I am interested in doing something like this
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Neat idea!
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the water doesn't turn green? And the temperature doesn't affect your fish/plants? just curious. I am interested in doing something like this
I haven't had a green water outbreak yet, but there is hair algae. Not much though.

I think since it's in the ground the temperature doesn't fluctuate much. I'm interested to see how it does in the summer since temps get in the 100's here. Luckily the betta's kinda like warmer weather and the stagnant water conditions.

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Hey BlueJack, where in Florida did you find soil and or dirt? I've added truckloads of horse manure to my veggie gardens along with other compostables and it's still sand. My neighbor has 6 horses so it's free and I use his FEL to put it into the garden areas.
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I've done about the same thing with a 35 gallon pond from the Depot. Added 2 bags of top soil. Made it thru the winter without any cover at all. Plants seem to be doing good.

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Hey BlueJack, where in Florida did you find soil and or dirt? I've added truckloads of horse manure to my veggie gardens along with other compostables and it's still sand. My neighbor has 6 horses so it's free and I use his FEL to put it into the garden areas.
You telling fibs here?
I've done about the same thing with a 35 gallon pond from the Depot. Added 2 bags of top soil. Made it thru the winter without any cover at all. Plants seem to be doing good.
Haha...ya, down here in south florida all you'll find is silt. My garden is "home depot" grown and I mix in compost every now and then (decomposed yardwork, kitchen scraps etc.)

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This is really interesting.

I have been trying to get my microsword to grow but am not having much luck. The plants survived below freezing air temps? Did you ever measure the water temps in the winter? It gets 15-20F in the winter here and 100+ in the summer, but if they can survive the freeze I'd love to try it this year. Even if the plants did not look spectacular, about how fast did you think they were growing healthy?
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It rarely freezes in MIA, maybe once or twice over the past 3 years. Easy to grow stuff here year round
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How is this going for you? I am going to try my own but think I will have to skip on the fish because it just snowed again last night. (lol)
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