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PostPosted: Dec 14th, '13, 06:41 
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I had a friend over wanting to look at the system as he is thinking about starting a system. Once I explained the set ups I put a hook in the water and pulled up this cracker. Then we sat down, drank some beers and ate trout smeared in Vegemite and smoked. Delicious.


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:thumbright: so how long before your mate starts to build? I reckon after you pulled that trout out you would have had your mate hook line and sinker. :D

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Not too long is my guess HC , he's in Karratha though so he'll be going barra I'd imagine. Lucky bugger.

Can't do a post without adding a photo on my own thread, so...

This is a leek I pulled out today, the root mass was enormous compared to the others I've pulled.
Makes me wonder about all the other leeks in the system, no worms either although I'm not surprised as I know you don't put onions in worm farms.
The trout are still alive after these hot days of 38c+, I'm using a sprinkler off the ft inlet and wetting the shade cloth cover during the day to keep the tank <24c. Tough trout from TM alright. I've got a few ideas on some cooling for next years trout as I'm fairly confident with this trout strain sub 24c is achievable with minimum outlay, but that is for next year.
Roll on cooler weather... 8)


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The doctor thinks a lot then tells him "Well, for one thing, you're not eating correctly".

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Thanks for bringing a bit of humour to my thread Gabe. May even save me a trip to the doctors one day..
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So as the year winds up my final update this year.
Started in April with 1000l ft and 500l gb. Added 3000l ft and 1700l gb's in august with another 500l+ Gb's planned for the future. We have been a bit disappointed in the vegetable growth with only a few plants producing like lettuce, leeks and broccoli in winter. I have added seasol, iron chelate and Eco fungicide.
Tomato's are growing well now, heaps of flowers but minimal fruit, heaps of bees.
Fish have been the saviour with only 3 deaths due to rookie errors. Have had 28 trout and 50 silver perch of which 6 trout remain in the big tank and all the sp's in the smaller tank. Ph 7 and all other readings 0.
I've used 13.5 kgs of fish food and am guessing the average trout weight weight around 400gms.
We are hoping for better growth from the plants next year as the systems mature.
Nothing else to add except thanks for all the information and help from all on the forum and to wish everyone a Happy New Year. :wav:
Oh and a few more pics too.


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More pics. :D


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Excellent Trout skeggley :thumbright:

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Awesome to follow your posts Skeggley great to see your system going so well andbig trout well into the warmer weather


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Thanks guys I appreciate the kind words.
It's been quite a journey, something I've been wanting to do for a few years but haven't had the push. Thanks to JeffJL for the push. :thumbright:
Hopefully I can continue to be a regular contributor in the future as the system grows and morphs.
One last pic taken just now.


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Thanks Dave.

January update.
First of all I hope everyone had a good new year and a merry Xmas. :thumbright:
400th post, 40 posts a month... Hmmm
Still here. :D
Plants ticking along, nothing flash, but still growing in the middle of summer which is good, it's around this time of year when I give up on the dirt garden so still having produce from the yard is great.
Gb 1 has beetroot, okra, leeks, strawberry, garlic, rockmelon, one carrot and one kohl. Rockmelon going all over the place with a few fruit setting.
Gb 2 has silver beet, capsicums, leeks, beans, shallots, strawberries and a poorly pineapple top.
Gb 3 has lettuce, celery, strawberries, watermelon, a couple of tomato suckers, another pineapple top and... Leeks.
All of this in 1500l of media being fed by 8 trout in a 3k tank in the middle of summer. 8)
The tomato's in the half barrels are going well also with many tomato's ripening on the vines, which are turning into a rambling mess but great considering I've not been able to grow them in the past. :)
The trout in the tank are still swimming in temps between 21c and the hottest at 27c for an hour or two during the 40+ days. :shifty: Temp today 23c. I'm hosing the shade cloth covering a couple of times a day and using a sprinkler head during the late evening until the wind comes up. Feeding very conservatively only on cool days with preceding cool days and only a small handful once a day. I'm also keeping the sump at full volume. Having to keep the sump cover open as the heat builds up down there also.

I don't have the computer smarts to link more than 3 photos per post so I'll be following up this one with another post or two consequently.


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Fingerling system going well also, all fish still happy in tank, eating all the 3mm pellets they can. Veggies still suffering from the salt levels. Haven't had anything from this bed for months now but celery coming along so things are getting better.


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Hi people, Feb update.
System still plodding along, no issues pretty much looking after itself.
Best producers lately, tomato's, celery, kale and now the okra is podding away. Lettuce has stalled so have removed the shade cloth and they seem to be going better.
All silvers happy on 3mm pellets, wolfing them down when I remember to feed them... They are close to 150mm now and there are a handful that are still a light colour on top, not sure why.
The 8 trout that are supposed to be powering the larger sys are still swimming the right way up, unsure of the water temp as the thermometer had an accident but I'm spraying the covering in the morn and arvo using a bit of evap cooling. I've modified the cover in a taller dome shape now and have a sprinkler inside it spraying the cover to try and automate the cooling somewhat.
I'm adding cc and seasol to the distributor feed line on cooler days to compensate for the lack of feed input. Still getting 0 results in amm, rites and rates, haven't had a rate reading in months...
The sump tank lids need to be wedged open now due to the heat build up and have plans for an extract system for the future.
The heat has stalled my mini expansion, having to work outside, on roofs most days to earn a crust is taking its toll on my motivation at present.
Pulled our first rock melon from the system, pretty proud of it, not my first home grown one but definitely the largest. :)
Coming up to 1 yr ap birthday in April, so far so good.


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