Dutch Bucket Algae

by Bruce Warren
(Brookings, OR USA)

I'm growing vegetables in a "Dutch Bucket" type system. Buckets with strainer bags with perlite in them. The feed tubing is aimed at the base of the vegetable(s), tomato, cucumber, squash, zucchini, beans, etc.. over flow is routed back to the reservoir. Of late, there seems to be a greenish algae developing on the perlite, right at the area the feed tube discharges to. Can anyone give me an idea of what is happening? I am using Dyna-Gro GROW as nutrient, maintaining 750 - 850 ppm, with a 5.5 - 7.5 pH.

All growing is in a SOLEXX Oasis Greenhouse, 8' X 12'. Of late because of inside temps rising to high 90's am leaving the door open with exhaust fan running and vent louvers open.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

Bruce
Brookings, OR

ps:
just saw the note regarding photos. In the future I will include photos of any question or situations.

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Jun 17, 2015
Algae
by: Helmut

Algae are plants too, and love a fertile environment that lets them have (1) light, (2) moisture and (3) nutrients. They will grow wherever you offer these.
Control them by reducing the light they are getting. Just shade/shield the area where they are growing.

Jun 17, 2015
algae solution
by: Anonymous

assume your overflow is out of the bottom of the bucket as typical. you need to put the irrigation tube under the surface of the perlite so that the top of the perlite that is exposed to sun is not damp. lots of folks will cut a 4" length of pvc pipe, push that down into the perlite then put the irrigation tube in that.

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