DIY Homemade Hydroponics Basket Pot

I decided to try setting up a bit of hydroponics tonight. Actually, it’s aquaponics, because it’s based off of my fish tank.
I am having a bit of algae problems on the 75 gallon tank. I am hoping that growing some basil out of the tank will help soak up some of the nutrients and slow the algae growth.
I don’t have one of those fancy pots that they use in hydroponics, so I decided to make one of my own. I have a bit of plastic grid that is used for that hook & latch projects. I rolled a bit of it up, and sewed it together with fishing line.

I cut out the base, making it into a circle. This took a bit of trial and error, and it’s a bit small.

To hold the pot I made a support span that the pot would sit in. I sewed two boxes together to force the curves in the supports.

Here you can see base in the pot and the assembled span.

This stuff is kinda handy to make things out of like this.

The pot sewed into the span. You can seen I needed to use a tweezers to get the knots tied in the fishing line. This is designed to hold the bottom of the pot in the water on my microtank. Note the notches in the bottom of the span.

Here you can see the empty pot sitting on my microtank. Yeah, the same tank that has given me so much grief with overflowing and leaking. The notches hold the pot onto the tank without fear of tipping (in theory).

Here is an LED lamp I picked up after Christmas for $10 on clearance at Menards. I am hoping that by adjusting the lamp very close to the plants, they will get enough light. I planted Basil seeds in the pot. I have a bit of rock in the bottom, then a lot of perlite, then a bit of rock on top to hold the perlite down.

Making a Cat Bed

My First Project on my new sewing machine. I decided to make a cat bed for the cats. I don’t have a pattern, so I will make it up as I go along.

Here is my new sewing machine and the fabric I picked out for making the cat bed. I set it up on a folding table I got in college.

I made up the sides as a single long piece of fabric. Here you can see the batting I am adding to the sides. I am using quilt batting as it is flat and I can roll it up and shove it in the side.

Here is the side made up.

Here I am sewing up the bottom. Round and Round I went, I think I went around this thing about 4 times playing with my new machine.

Here I am making the pattern for the bottom. I am using a sheet of butcher paper. It’s the only large paper I have in the house as I don’t read newspapers.

I folded the paper in half, and halfed that and halfed that, etc. until I had this little wedge. A single cut gave me a perfect circle shape.

Here is the pattern on my fabric. I have the fabric doubled up so I can cut the top and bottom at the same time.

SNIP SNIP SNIP. I have a nice circle cut out now.

Here is the sewn up bottom. I cut out a couple of layers of batting for the bottom smaller then the fabric.

Here is the finished cat bed. Looks pretty sharp, eh?

Here is the bottom view. I know the cats would drag this thing around until they find a place they want it at, so I tried to make the underside look decent as well as the top.

Hrmmm… Design flaw. I don’t think Sister will fit into it comfortably.

Sister doesn’t know what to make of it.

If I push hard, I can get Brother to fit. Back to the drawing board, I need to make this bed about half again as large.

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200th post

Wow. This is my 200th post to this blog. I didn’t think I had that much to say.

I worked on my boat tonight. I basically did the same thing as last night, only on the other end brace. I worked on the two bottom stringers – rounding them out and recessing the nuts. I can use a one inch flathead screw on the bottom of the end-brace aluminum and side stringers.
I didn’t take any photos as it’s the same as last night.

I was hungy so I took a walk. I was in the mood for fish. I stumbled upon Shucks on th Water. The Blackened Grouper Rhuben came highly recomended by the waiter who might be the owner by the way he talks. The sandwich was awesome. The steak fries are as good as they come. I am full, but am getting the triple chocolate cake.

A large hoe is squealing down the road. It is shaking my water on the table. It has traffic all tied up.