On the bright side, the system does work. . . (on the lettuce) which grew twice as well as the lettuce that was moved outside into the greenhouse, and the duckweed has continued to grow.
It has been transplanted into pots for now:
These are the outside lettuce (note they were cut for a salad recently but if you look at the base of the stem from the Fish-tank lettuce, the outside lettuce is much smaller and wimpier. Nowhere near as many or as large, leaves.
Duckweed (still going):
The downside was that the fish from Wal-Mart all died thanks to the fungus among us (Ich). Actually a fish fungus. We realized too late what to look for in fish, and didn’t realize most of poor fish at the major stores are already diseased 😦 We attempted to add salt to the aquarium to make it uninhabitable to the fungus but it is a delicate balance, adding salt without letting lettuce die. By the time we were about to transfer the lettuce to a different solution to allow for the salinity of the tank to rise, the last fish had succumbed to the fungus. Other methods of eliminating the fungus proved to be more costly, time consuming and cumbersome than we were willing to allow for, especially since we didn’t want any side effects to the lettuce. It works, we just need to sterilize the environment and get fish from a reputable source.
On the bright side the cat doesn’t mind either way.
To the side you can see the two African Violets that are still looking for the best spot in our new home.
Try. Fail. Learn. Try Again.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Teddy Roosevelt