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My fish eating. They are getting big and a fish meal is in our near future.



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Mark those Talipa look fantastic too. :D You guys are making me wish for another tank and AP. :think: :shock:

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@Boss Thanks.

Today’s peppers

All the peppers are from the same plant 9’ tall pepper plant except the one on the top right.

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Mark, you have to be up to something... what's the latest experiments / progress? Finally have the greenhouse on set-and-forget? Did you forget about us too?

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Still around I just cleaned out 9 foot tall pepper plants 12 tall tomato plants. It was a jungle.
It is time to replant. I also have to harvest some fish.
Everything is running good still to this day I have run off only rain water collected off my house.
I am still running it completely off solar power active and passive.
Except for a couple weeks I tested my backup natural gas fish tank heater.

Here is my latest project I welded up a aluminum table for my big Green Egg cooker.
I used my new mig welder with a spool gun to weld the aluminum.
I made a cement top for the stand with exposed aggregate and glass.

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I based my top off this project.
https://www.diypete.com/diy-polished-co ... hed-glass/

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The table turned out great :headbang:


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nice job, I have some sea glass in a bag someplace from when we were in St. Croix that would be great for something like that!

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My tomato and pepper plants are probably in the 8 or 9 foot tall range as well. I have been debating about thinning and replanting. I did cut a couple of trimmings off one plant and stuck it in a bed to let it re-root so I wasn't growing from seed because it will probably get too cold too quick for me to start stuff from seed this time of year. Maybe I'll do that with some of the other ones to get them back down lower. I have learned a bit about better ways of stringing them up since I first put mine up so would be good to start over. Maybe anything that doesn't have new buds on it currently I'll do that...I want to leave some of them going though just undisturbed in case they die off as temps get lower I don't have to question if they died due to cutting or if they died due to temps. I think I had tomato plants staying alive right into December last year so I'm hoping now that the greenhouse is a little more finished I can keep them going through the winter.

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Quick greenhouse update. @12 am it was 30 degrees F down to 22 degrees F.
The greenhouse went down to 52 degrees.
We have strawberries running crazy. Some peppers and I just replanted tomatoes.
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Nice job mark. Are you running any of the heaters to maintain your temp?

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I keep my fish water @70 degrees F during the winter.
I have two ways to do that.
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One way is electric fish tank heater it is only 1,000 watts 240 volts.
Thais will use my solar power to heat the fish water. This is what I was using on my last post.
The other way I can heat the fish water is the vent free natural gas heater I put in.

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this nice thing about this heater is the vent free nature heats the air some. It could be used in a power outage to heat the fish water. I would just supply the pump with power and it will work.
The heater uses 2 D batteries to run.
Now it is down lower temp it got to 6 degrees last night. I am using both it runs the electric heater when needed but it will kick in the NG heater after 45 min for up to 15 min.
We are out of banked solar power. This is the first time in three years but my son got his learners driving permit and we used or EV car a lot more over the summer to teach him to drive.
Last winter we just used electric heater after testing NG heater. But now I am out of banked power I will use the NG heater more for the next two months.
NG heater is way more efficient than the electric heater.

Last year I would limit the amount of time the pump ran at night this helped. But this year I have to many fish to do that.

Sorry for the long answer but it depends on how much banked solar I have on how I will heat the fish water.
I have a small NG vent fee heater but i never installed it because it has not been needed.

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gotcha, I knew you had a couple ways of heating was just wondering if it was running or not =) Just trying to compare your proper passive solar design to my improper... I've seen it about 39F in there was the coldest I've seen it with no heater... so I added two 300W aquarium heaters in my DWC bed which has taken the water temp in the fish tank back in to the 50's but I'm trying to get my air temp up in to the 50's... so far it hovers around mid 40's.

I gave in and ordered a propane ventless heater last night, should have it by Thursday. It has a built in thermostat so it will shut off when the set temp is reached. I am just planning to run it off of a 20lb tank (we have fuel oil in the house so don't have an existing propane tank to tap into) and leave it set at the lowest setting to try and get the air temp to stay in the 50's. Then I'll see how long the 20lb tank lasts to determine if I want to have a bigger tank set or not... I'm hoping I won't need to run it much because I'm able to get the air temp up to 50F pretty quick using the small top of tank heater, just not sure how much propane I've burned doing so and how much more it will need to maintain it (once it's maintaining 50F then the water in the barrels should never be less than 50F (but I'm not running my small heater long enough to increase the water temp in the barrels much right now) so I think the water will help reduce the amount of time the heater needs to run). I don't know if running the aquarium heaters will ever be enough (without really having a big impact on my electric bill)... it's been very slow to increase the air temp just using them but that might be due to the amount of water in the barrels that need to warm up.

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We just had our yearly or every two-year snow.
We have snow on the ground but fish and plants in the greenhouse.

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These reports show that you created an excellent design Mark. Congratulations.

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