The world is filled with opposites…good and bad…life and death…plants and bugs.
We do our best to embrace nature, love it for what it is, enjoy its beauty, and accept what we can’t change. But when it comes to our auquaponic system, we try to control every aspect of our small ecosystem as much as possible. If the pH of the water is not within a certain range, we add crushed coral to raise the pH or remove some of the water and replace it with fresh water to lower the pH. If the solid wastes begin to build up too much, we add Gammarus to clean it up. If the water temperature gets too low, we heat it up.
This has given us healthy plants, rapid growth, beautiful flowers, and delicious vegetables.
Unfortunately, when you have a lot of healthy plants, the bugs always seem to find them. Our aquaponic system is no different. At first we noticed that some leaves were getting holes in them, and then we discovered that there were some worms, beetles, and snails invading our system like it was an All-You-Can buffet. BEASTS!!!
We tried to pick them off the leaves, squash them, and cover them in food-grade Diatomaceous Earth (aka, DE, diatomite, kieselguhr), but there were so many bugs infesting the greens that we felt it was better to pull out the most damaged plants and feed them to the fish and chickens…along with all of those bugs.
Are these flea beetles?
The Tilapia are hiding, as usual, but they ate all of this within a day.
“Hey, whatchya got there?”
“It’s mine!” “No, it’s mine!”
Live and let live, unless you’re an evil bug.