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PostPosted: May 6th, '07, 22:13 
Mods... can we shrink the original photo so that we don't have to scroll???


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where are the sheep going to go in your system kiwi boy? ;)

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Where ever I bloody tell them to .... LOL


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I had a similar idea a while ago for efficient use of space in a round greenhouse. The main problem was the limbo dancing requirement to gain access to the plants.

What about an old trampoline frame.. 12-15ft in diameter with a
round tank/sump in the middle set a tad lower to get some gravity drainage going?
Use the frame to support the high end of the plant tubes and the single ring feedpipe or gutter distribution system.
For extra flexibility you could devise a way to move the plant tubes around the frame (and tank) to gain access as the plants get larger or perhaps even add/remove individual plant tubes as required.

Around here plastic sewer pipe is pretty expensive stuff considering and not that big a diameter either (110mm od).

With the circular layout it should be easy to make some (cheap) deep-as-you-like"gutters" using dark coloured tarp or poly supported on a couple of timber rails.. just hook them onto the trampoline frame.

Fix some black breathable weedbarrier (geotex etc) over the top of the "gutter" to reduce evaporation and block light to the rootzone.

The trampoline frame would make a pretty sturdy base for some form of canopy over the top too.

The possibilities are endless :wink:


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sounds like you have a spare frame Hex ;)

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Hi Jaymie
I could do with converting it as it`s taking up valuable yardspace..but the kids would not be too keen :wink:

I bet you could modify the bottom of the frame into a nice 12-15 ft dia tank pretty cheaply too


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In the same boat Hex. Mine is about 12 ft by 10. My kids live on it, so no chance of it being a fishtank just yet. Luckily i have a bit more space.


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RUPERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your a genius I wouldn't have thought of

that....... yeah i just finished welding up a tank stand today i have a 1000

litre with steel cage around the tank. its sitting under a gutter with down

pipe running in to it... just got to wait for it to rain the news weather man

says it might rain wednesday here so hoping for it.... at the moment i

am looking for bathtubs and grow beds.... i am going to use 90mm pvcs

as they are within my budget $11 for 3 meter.


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it rained last night only got about 3 mm


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PostPosted: May 8th, '07, 15:23 
Gregssie... can you claim "Primary Producer" rates on things???

And don't forget your QLD Govt Waterwise rebates for your tank etc.... :wink:


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no i cannot claim primary producer as i don't have an abn.. should i get one??? i am not doing this as bussiness i am only doing it as a hobby.


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