Well my romaine sprouts have survived their first week in SWC. One more week and their roots should be long enough for NFT. It seems that bugs do like green things to eat and the sacrificial basil has done that job marvelously with back up from my friendly neighborhood praying mantis.
Big things I have to do now if give them a real hydroponic nutrient formula, set up the resevoir, buy a 30-40 liter a minute pump and reset up the net house to keep out the bugs. A good spraying of neem oil and soapy water will do wonders too. The sad thing is that this is just a trial since I'm giving up the house where it is going on at. I'll get a loan and start again properly. I know what works now and what doesn't. So right now I'm in a race againts Pythium. The roots need to get long enough to go to NFT so that Pythium becomes something I read about rather than have to deal with.
SWC-Shallow water culture(roots are submerged in water)
NFT-Nutrient film technique(constant stream of water flows down the pipes during daylight hours)
Pythium-A type of bacteria that likes to eat roots, thrives in hot oxygen-poor water Water holds more oxygen the colder it is at a geometric rate.