The Tiny Tim tomato seedling has it's first set of true leaves coming in and is looking healthy. The raspberry leaves dried up, so I'm going to remove them (it was worth a try anyway). The goji berry cutting in the aquaponic cup is finally starting to get some leaves! I find this a little odd, as this cutting has fertile water and a 12 hour daylight cycle with a lamp just inches above it. The other two cuttings (which are growing much faster) are in moist soil with a grow light about 3-feet above them.
My turtle tank has been growing algae. A lot of algae. So much that I can't see through the glass any more. This is my fault entirely, as I bought two dozen goldfish for her this time. The extra load of twice as many fish has caused the algae to take off. In a flash of genius (or perhaps not), I decided the best way to get rid of the algae is to steal the nutrients. In a similar idea as an aquaponic system, if I introduce a plant to eat up the nutrients, the algae won't have enough and will start to die off. So I dug out one of my Green Star lettuce plants from under the grow light, rinsed the roots as best I could to get as much dirt off as I could, and put it in the turtle filter. She has a tendency to knock the filter around sometimes, but I figure if she knocks the lettuce into the water and eats it, it won't hurt her anyway. Ideally, I hope to have a very large lettuce plant that the turtle can free feed from when the leaves touch the water, and an algae-free tank. We'll see if that's how it goes. Of course, because lettuce picks up the stuff from the water, this lettuce is no longer for eating (eeww, turtle germs). Since the turtle light is also on a 12 hour timer, I am hoping this lettuce will get enough light to flourish.
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